In the fall of 2011, Morning Star Fishermen (MSF) was contacted by Paul Puleo, the founder of Construction for Worldwide Evangelism (CWE). Mr. Puleo has an interest in developing sustainable food producing systems around the world. After a visit to MSF’s training facility in Dade City Florida, meetings took place to determine if a partnership between MSF and CWE could occur. In December 2011, MSF’s Executive Director, Phil Reasons, traveled to Orlando Florida and presented a collaboration plan of MSF, CWE and ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) to CWE’s board of executives. The result was a unanimous decision by both organizations board members to begin the collaborative project.
A little more than a year later a new aquaponic training center was born.
This system in Kpalime has become our West African Training center with students from other African countries already attending our classes. Production at this facility is very important to us. This system has the potential to produce about 8000 lbs of fish and about 20,000 lbs of produce per year. Food in West Africa for most is already available. The problem is that most do not eat a balanced diet with enough fresh produce and proteins. With this planned production we have the potential to supplement the diets of over 200 people per day with a daily operation cost of $20 USD per day. Construction cost for this facility (with many variables to consider) is around $150,000 USD. All of our partners have been incredible. We could not have accomplished this work without the focused and diligent efforts of our partners CWE and ABWE and of course your faithful support of Morning Star Fishermen.
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