We, Chris and Norma Ferguson, have a vision to transform our neighbours’ lives by raising awareness of community needs, raising funds for community projects, and attracting volunteer groups to assist the community.
Over the last 10+ years, the ranch has become a community hub and, in consultation with the local people, a number of initiatives have been introduced, the goal of which is to ensure sustainable living in the long term and to restore lost dignity.
The camp on ‘Morning Star’ ranch is equipped to accommodate both short and long-term volunteer groups. Over the last 5+ years, volunteers have been involved in all aspects of the Green Island Vision, but have been especially effective in the community schools.
We have partnered with American Foundation for Children with AIDS to help them run one of their livelihood projects in the Matopos. We run a multiplication center for the goats being used in the project and train families in the community. The program helps children and families that are infected or affected by AIDS.
Once families are identified, they start receiving training on how to garden, cook the food they grow, care for their goats, and how to use their goats to provide for their family (milk, fertilizer, etc). Once they have gone through all the training and are using the food from their gardens, they are given three pregnant goats. They will have the goats for three years and during that time they are not meant to kill or sell any of them. They will continue to receive support during this time as they are learning to care for their growing herd. Once the three years are up, they bring three goats back to us. Those three goats will then be given to another family in the community that has gone through the training process. These goats will give the families a way to provide for themselves. Another life changed!
Here's a short video with more details on the goat project:
community center project
We are currently in the process of constructing a Community and Resource Center on a 200 acre site on Morning Star ranch.
The site is ideally located near a main road network, and within easy access of an electrical power source.
The Center will greatly enhance the community in providing a base for:
library and media center
pre-school and infant day-care
adult literacy and IT skills training
sports, art, music and drama
agricultural and vocational skills’ training
church, Sunday school and youth activities
micro-financing and management skills training