Maize Mill: Sustainable Enterprise & Food Security

in partnership with Far Away Friends
Project location: Namasale, Uganda

Food has been an intricate part of my life, from my degree in baking and pastry, to working in food service establishments, to having fun in the kitchen at home, it is a beautiful way to share love.

My partnerships with FAF started in 2014 and has always surrounded their school lunch programs. When the founder of FAF told me about their new project to fund a Maize Mill which would not only lower the cost to feed students, create a local sustainable source of food for the school, but would also allow the school to develop its own enterprise to fund programs needed to continue to educate children in the community it seemed like a dream come true! 

Having the Young Living Foundation match donations is having my two worlds collide in the most beautiful way! Young Living & Far Away Friends have both taught me that friendship can span any distance and have the greatest impact when we are driven by purpose and passion! 

More about the Maize Mill & Far Away Friends:

Far Away Friends partners with local leaders to improve access to education and equip youth in rural Uganda to break cycles of poverty forever. Built in 2016, Global Leaders Primary School provides high quality pre-k through 7th grade education to 250 students in the rural district of Amolatar in northern Uganda. 

This summer, Far Away Friends is raising funds for the creation of a new food-security and income generating project – a super-grade Maize (Corn) Milling machine that will help feed thousands of children at our partner schools across our district. 

Maize is the single most important cereal crop in northern Uganda and provides more than 40% of the food consumed by students, teachers and the community of 21,000 residents. Milled maize is a staple in the Ugandan diet as maize flour is used to make “Posho”, an inexpensive carbohydrate paired most commonly with beans, served widely across the country and daily at schools for lunch. 

This project will not only reduce food waste, improve access to high quality milled maize for schools and families, but will also help generate income for Global Leaders Primary School as part of our long-term sustainability plan. Thank you for making a sustainable impact for children and families in Uganda! 

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$21,475 of $20,000 goal

$11,475 // donated

$10,000 // matched

Jordan Stearns
Bemidji, MN
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