A vegetable garden was set up last week at the Elim van de Heer Orphanage in Suriname. Soldiers of the agricultural company Von Freyburg, a branch of the National Army in Saramacca County, along with children put the first plants into the ground. Plant material was also donated. In addition to making the home self-sufficient, children and supervisors gained knowledge about growing vegetables and caring for crops.
Dr. Muni Raj Singh, director and founder of the orphanage, is very grateful for the support of the Veterans Organization.
“The Surinamese army is a positive light in a dark world. In the 25th anniversary of the orphanage, it is the first time that we have such support. So we really appreciate that. Not only with plants, but also with knowledge. The children learned a lot from the army “, the director emphasizes.
Elim van de Heer is a home that provides shelter and assistance to orphans, semi-orphans, homeless children and children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The orphanage, which cares for 40 children, is completely dependent on its own resources.
In the first phase, cassava sticks, tayer leaf, antroewa, boulanger, cabbage, peppers and bananas were donated. Lieutenant Mohamed Kadir, acting commander of the agricultural company, says an agreement has been reached that the army will stay in touch to donate more plant material each month as needed.