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Nigeria - Benedictines of Ewu-Ishan
Project 6698 - Acquisition of bakery machinery
The monastery of Ewu was founded by Glenstal Abbey (Ireland) in 1979. It is part of the Benedictine Congregation of the Annunciation and is located in west-central Nigeria. The community includes fifty brothers. It is in full expansion and has opened a house with five brothers permanently committed and four postulants.
The brothers farm and raise livestock, make candles and jam. The brothers sell their bread production - which has a very nutritious and natural composition - and have a medical centre that produces medicinal plants. This production has so far been the community's primary means of subsistence.
Because of the increase in the community, the brothers are considering developing the bakery and pigsty in order to increase their economic resources. Currently, there are many aspirants to monastic life but they cannot be welcomed due to the lack of financial resources in the community.
The first objective is the acquisition of machines to develop the bakery activity, because the bread made by the monks is appreciated and its production can be increased.
Requested amount: 10,000 euros
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The community lives very poorly although it has several sectors of activity: altar bread, bookbinding, production of milk caramels, manufacture of wax and honey products, handicrafts, liturgical ornaments, hotels.
The sisters wish to carry out a reforestation project on fifty hectares of land they own. The land was previously used for cattle, but the situation has become untenable because of the many thefts that have taken place, with all the risks that this entails.
The government's policy is very concerned about land use; expropriation of land is provided for in the event that the government deems that the land is being misused. Reforestation is very much desired by the government.
Several acres of the same land have been reforested with Teak and the result is positive. The total cost of the project is high, but its implementation has been divided into three phases, which should be completed within five or six years.
The first stage began in 2013 with the support of several benefactors.
Total Cost Details:
1- Preparing the ground: 10 500 $
2- Sowing costs: 8 332,50 $
3- Cost of labour: 11 475,50 $
Total reforestation of 15 hectares: 30 307,50 $
The current application is for the second stage.
Requested amount: 15 291 euros
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