On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, May 18, 2019
What’s going on at Project Canaan?
This video is of some of our underweight children eating fresh avocado.
I hope you enjoy their smiles and laughter.
The days are getting shorter and colder as winter is on her
way to us here in eSwatini.The sun
comes up at 6:30 AM and is down by 5:15 PM and the temperatures dip to the frigid
55F (12 C) and "only" hit 83F (28 C) during the day leaving most of our Swazi friends bundled in
winter coats, wool hats and even scarves (and this Canadian in a short sleeve shirt!).
The weeks leading up to our 10th Anniversary
celebration in July seem to be getting busier than ever before and Ian and I
find ourselves sitting at the end of the day with our heads spinning with all
that is going on.Emseni #5 is well
underway with hopes to be fully built by October so the big girls can move
in.The foundation for our new preschool
will start on Monday (it will be double in size of the current one, and the
current school will become an infirmary/children’s clinic at the children’s
Emseni #5 Girls home
We are building an amphitheater near the Living Water Dam which
will be where we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Project Canaan,
but it will also be where we have Sunday church services and special
Our field farming and greenhouse farming are in full swing
with lettuce being grown in our aquaponics program, cucumbers/tomatoes/beets/cabbage/beans/peas
being grown in our hydroponics program and sweet potatoes and onions grown in the
We are finishing up building an abattoir so that we can
slaughter all of our own meat (chickens, beef cattle and goat), and just yesterday
we welcomed six sheep to the family (Ian has always wanted sheep!) so they will
also be a part of our meat consumption in the future.
Then there are the other projects like our welding team building
bike racks for the Emseni homes, making chairs at the Kufundza Center for the Nkonyeni
Golf Resort, renovating the floors at the Oasis dining hall/kitchen (WHAT A
MESS), and installing two new kilns at Khutsala so that we can make more
We also welcomed home three new children this week – one newborn
who was found at a bus stop late one night with no blanket and no diaper.The other two are siblings who come from a
sad story of illness and abuse.Project
Canaan is now home to 232 children.
Our toddlers welcoming "the new kid". Heart warming to say the least.
Things are hopping here, and we are loving all that we are
seeing get done. We are thankful for an incredible staff (300+ strong now),
wonderful Supervisors who oversee every department and a great team of
long-term volunteers who work alongside our Swazi family.
Thank you for reading my blog, week after week, and praying
for us all.This week had some
difficulties that I am not able to share, and which had me in bed by 8:30PM
several nights, but the Lord is our strength and our shield, and as our
children sing “If God is for us, who can be against us?”.