VOCATIONAL TRAINING | The Hope Farm
The Hope Farm was first opened in 2016. The two acres of farmland is set on a slope within the complex of Hengyang Care Centre. The area is dedicated specifically for ICC’s children to enjoy nature, and for the young people to learn about agriculture as part of the vocational training programme in Hengyang.
Teacher Mr. Lee (left) guiding Jianxin (right) as they start to clean up and weed out the plants that have overgrown.
Farm work is labour-intensive, but it is also extremely rewarding. This is a place where the young people can fully immerse in nature, to be on the ground ploughing, planting seeds, fertilizing, harvesting… They enjoy the work and are very hard-working, not once have we heard them complain!
Guided by their teachers, working in the farm helps to build up the young people’s confidence and take pride in their work as they see the fruits of their labour.
Once a year, during the harvest season, the farm’s fresh produce is directly brought to the Care Centre’s main kitchen. There is a lot of excitement at the ICC Care Centre as they come to share the joy of harvesting with the staff and their brothers and sisters.
Hope Farm’s New Vision
There are currently 65 young adults who are over 18 years old living at the Hengyang Care Centre. Compare to four years ago, we now have more young people who can work in the farm and take part in the vocational training programme.
We have started working to redevelop the area around the livestock and plantation zones. This include improving the drainage system and landscape in the planting area so that the ICC children can come and watch the crops grow throughout the seasons. In the livestock breeding area, there are four chicken sheds, where new heating facilities are being installed to allow the farm to raise up to 100 young chicks or ducklings.
Cultivating Love, Hope and Opportunity
One of the main goals we hope to provide are opportunities for the young people to improve their communication skills as they start to integrate into society. The Hope Farm project is a safe place for them to learn to interact while working alongside each other.
Jianxin “the farmer” is the rising star that has come out of the Hope Farm’s vocational training programme. From being a shy and quiet boy who avoided social interactions with people, he is now a confident, happy young man who has found his talent in farming!
Jianxin is tasked as the caretaker of Hope Farm.
The young people enjoy harvesting their own crops.
Grateful to the dedicated teachers for equipping ICC’s young people with life skills as they learn to live independently in new communities.
We see so much potential as we continue to develop the Hope Farm project. Thank you for supporting ICC’s work. Through your generous giving, we hope to provide more vocational training opportunities for our young people living with disabilities.
Your love brings life!
Hengyang Care Centre’s local staff
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