Lentsaba Farm is not just a piece of land; it’s a beacon of hope, nurturing the growth of both our plants and our children. Every tree planted, every building constructed, and every road built marks our commitment to providing a safe haven and a prosperous future for the vulnerable children in our care.
SOHO has achieved a momentous milestone with the acquisition of Lentsaba, an expansive 1065-acre mountain farm nestled amidst breathtaking natural beauty. This monumental endeavor signifies our unwavering dedication to the creation of a truly holistic Children’s Village, where every facet of a child’s development is prioritized and nurtured.
At Lentsaba, our vision is clear and comprehensive: to establish a haven of hope, safety, and growth for vulnerable children. Within the village’s boundaries, we are building not just safe housing, but a nurturing environment where children can access quality education, engage in sustainable agriculture, receive essential healthcare, and benefit from all-encompassing infrastructure designed to cater to their diverse needs.
Lentsaba is more than a place; it is a promise. A promise to the children of today that their futures will be filled with opportunity, hope, and the unwavering support of a caring community. It is a commitment to fostering a generation of young individuals who will not just survive but thrive, and who will, in turn, become contributing members of their community and their country.
One distinguishing hallmark of our program is an unyielding commitment to ensuring that children receive a foundation of healthy nutrition. Periodic assessments will not only gauge the quality of their health but also evaluate their overall performance, ensuring that they thrive in every sense of the word.
In our holistic approach, we firmly believe that faith in God is a pivotal component of emotional and psychological well-being. Thus, we encourage and foster a sense of spirituality that serves as a wellspring of strength and resilience for the children under our care. Our mission extends beyond providing physical necessities; it is about empowering each child to recognize their intrinsic worth and to develop an unshakable inner strength that will guide them throughout their lives.
Since acquiring Lentsaba farm, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, significant progress has been made in developing the farm and supporting the children under the care of SOHO. Here are the key milestones we’ve achieved
As part of our ongoing efforts to develop Lentsaba Farm into a sustainable and nurturing environment for the children under our care, SOHO has undertaken an ambitious project to expand our Macadamia Orchard. This expansion is not just about agriculture; it’s about creating a thriving ecosystem that supports both the environment and the livelihoods of those who depend on the farm.
We have successfully planted 700 new macadamia trees and cleared land for an additional 1,000 trees. Our orchard now proudly houses 2,000 trees, each equipped with mini sprinkler irrigation. We’re excited about our future planting plans!
Impact and Goals:
Environmental Benefits: This expansion contributes to biodiversity, soil health, and carbon sequestration, playing a small but significant part in combating climate change.
Housing for Farm Staff:
Children’s Accommodation and Facilities:
A new well has been drilled, and a 72,000-liter water tank is now in place for the Children’s Village. Installation of the solar pump and pipes is the next step.
To welcome visitors and volunteer groups, we’ve built a guest rondavel near the farmhouse and are currently constructing a second one.
A Toyota Landcruiser pickup truck has been acquired for reliable transportation across the farm.
Construction of a house for the farm supervisor and a new entry road are underway, enhancing the infrastructure of the farm.