A chief priority of Save More Kids is to turn moments of crisis into legacies of opportunity. Inspired by the challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, students at CCH began planning how they can grow their own rice as Liberia, which imports 95% of this staple crop, has stopped receiving shipments from China and India.
Due to this unpredictable crisis, Liberians are beginning to struggle with finding food for themselves and their families. Rice depots are rapidly emptying and the price per bag has jumped from $12 to $15 in just one week’s time. We predict that within one month, the price will reach $30, and in three months there will likely be no rice in Liberia. The average Liberian will starve.
Save More Kids is prepared to begin planting twenty four acres of swamp rice which can yield roughly 15,000 bags per year. With 1,000 bags going directly to the CCH Orphanage, the remaining 14,000 bags will be sold to the surrounding community at an affordable rate. At $10 a bag, well below the healthy market rate, Save More Kids will receive $140,000 in profit. This money will go towards other SMK Impact Projects or be reinvested into next year’s harvest.
The Save More Kids Agricultural Impact Project will provide opportunities for the children living at Christ Children's Home now and for years to come. It will then become their responsibility to provide for the future youth at CCH and the communities in which they live. The SMK Agricultural Impact Project will give highly capable students an opportunity to leave a positive mark on Liberia.