Langano Harvest Foundation
P.O. Box 248
Lionville, PA 19353
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Wish list for the Farm includes a well and a water tower for irrigation

the farm

Many have heard the proverb, "give the man a fish, feed him for a day, teach him how to fish, feed him for a lifetime." That gets to the essence of why the farm is so critical and important to the community.

Langano Farms is located about four hours south of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. It is a rural area where there are large communities living in severe poverty conditions with little or no food. Unemployment is high and individuals have little to no opportunity or resources to change their situation. Those with injury or illness must travel great distances to receive medical treatment, if they can get it. More than half of all Ethiopians do not have access to clean water. Most of the rivers and lakes in the area and throughout Ethiopia are contaminated or contain parasites, so locals often must walk great distances to find clean drinking water. Recurring drought and local farming techniques result in very low yields. With reasonable investment, education, and guidance the effectiveness of these efforts can be greatly increased.

What have we been up to so far?

Langano Farms began with a 50 x 50 meter section of land owned by the Dawe Langano Community, a people group in the Arsi-Oromo region of Ethiopia. There is plenty of room for expansion to plant more vegetables, fruit trees, build chicken houses, facilitate goat/sheep breeding, and tilapia fish farming in Lake Langano.

  • 180 Fruit trees (60 Orange, 10 Eugenia, 10 Avocado and 100 Banana) have been planted with 300 more banana trees planned for the future.
  •  Greenhouse construction has begun enabling the continuous cycle of seedling production.
  • Construction of a multi-purpose building including a community store, workshop and business office has been completed.
  • Two oxen were recently purchased for plowing.
  • View the Langano Farms proposed long-range site plan.

The Question of Water

So what about this question of water? First let’s look at a couple of statistics according to the World Health Organization.
  • Worldwide, 3.575 million people die each year from water related diseases. 
  • 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight.

These numbers are kind of hard to comprehend while just thinking about them as numbers. But think about them as human lives.

In the Langano community it is estimated that 90% of all treated diseases at the Langano health clinic, are water related.

So where does the Langano Harvest Foundation stand? We believe that water is an essential resource for life and good health. We realize that it isn’t just a localized problem, that it is a global problem, one that is getting worse as cities and populations grow and the needs for water increases.

What are we going to do? Our plan is to take action; not just in Ethiopia but in other communities and countries where we feel called to help. By working with organizations like Water is Life, we hope we can make a difference.

LHF volunteer Bill Deuink saw the need and acted.

My family and I have been blessed and deeply impacted through our interaction with the Langano community. Their joy in the midst of difficult circumstances is both inspiring and convicting. Providing access to safe drinking water by funding a well was an opportunity to meet a profound need and demonstrate our love for their community.

What are we going to do? We will use the resources available to us to improve the quality of life for others. We believe that water is vital to survival, and clean, safe drinking water is something that is desired by everyone.

The following are facts concerning the world’s water supply, from the website.
  • The ancient Romans had better water quality than half the people alive now.
  • Only 63% of the world’s population have access to improved sanitation.
  • Waterborne diseases cause 1.4 million children’s deaths every year.
  • Half of the world’s hospitalizations are due to water-related disease.
  • Women spend thousands of hours each year collecting and carrying water.
  • 70% of the world’s fresh water supply is devoted to agriculture.
  • Over 50 % of all water projects fail in the first few years.
You can help us make a difference.

All kinds of fruit trees will grow along both sides of the river ... they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple.
The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.
Ezekiel 47:12