The past couple of weeks I've had the opportunity to help deliver food from the farm to the villages. Every Friday (or every other Friday, depending on what is available), fresh fruit and vegetables grown at Lubbe Farm are delivered to each of the homes within the villages. These fruits and vegetables provide the children with nutritious food to supplement the other food they get throughout the week. The food is delivered in groups, and then the house moms will come out and get one pile of each item of produce. This week, we delivered tomatoes, pumpkins, carrots and greens, and the time before we delivered potatoes and greens. It's so cool getting to see the whole sustainability process. I've gotten to see the crops being grown, picked and then, lastly, delivered to the homes. Seeing the whole process like this has helped me better appreciate just how much work goes into the sustainability process here at Watoto. It is really amazing what they do.
One of my favorite things about helping deliver food to the villages is getting to meet the house moms. When we deliver the food, the house moms come out and pick up the food, and I usually get to visit with them during this time. I love being able to meet many of the women who have devoted their lives to caring for and being a mother to the children in the homes. They do so much, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to both help deliver some of the food the children receive and to develop friendship with many of the moms.
House moms coming out to get the delivered food
Hilary with one of the house moms
Hilary Gibson is a 2015 Noble-Watoto Fellow working at Watoto Child Care Ministries in Uganda. Gibson is from Shawnee, Oklahoma, and has one more semester left in the master of international agriculture program at Oklahoma State University, where she focuses on trade and ethics.