At The Father's Heart Foundation, we believe in being a HOLISTIC ministry, and in being long-term SUSTAINABLE. We believe that aside from the initial funds to establish and construct a grassroots organization we should strive to be sustainable, and not dependent on regular outside donor-based funds.
"...and work with your hands, just as we directed you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders [exhibiting good character, personal integrity, and moral courage worthy of the respect of the outside world], and be dependent on no one and in need of nothing [be self-supporting]" (1 Thessalonians 4:12 amplified)
When you partner with us financially, we will take your "seed money" and use it as an investment for growth.
Our main sustainability enterprise is an aquaponics system, which has 4 phases - phase one will be operational in 2019! That means that in 10 years we will no longer be dependent on outside donor-based funds, but will be completely sustainable.
"Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days." (Ecclesiastes 11:1)
Malnutrition is the leading cause of death among the rural poor - our farm will both feed and teach sustainable farming to those in and around our village.
And click here to learn about and to order Father's Heart Organic Coffee!
Our Unique Sustainability Plan and
The Science Behind Aquaponics
We have built several successful aquaponics systems around
El Salvador, and we offer consultation services as well - contact us today for more information.
Our own system will be operational in 2019; we have constructed the fish ponds and our first greenhouse and grow beds, with plans to expand the system to be able to grow food year-round at The Father’s Heart Village to provide for the children in our care.
Aquaponics is a sustainable combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing of plants in a soil-less water medium). The combination between aquaculture and hydroponics creates a symbiotic relationship between the fish and plants.
The fish produce ammonia as a byproduct of their metabolism. This ammonia is converted into nitrates, which both reduces the toxicity of the water for the fish and acts as nutrients for the plants. Their root system acts as a bio-filter, cleaning the water for the fish. Ammonia is steadily released into the water but must be filtered out of the water by the plant root system because high concentrations of ammonia can kill fish. This virtuous cycle creates the symbiotic relationship between the plants and fish. The fish produce food for the plants and the plants take away the nutrients from the water thereby improving the oxygenation and cleanliness of the water for the fish. The water in our aquaponics system is filtered 13 to 18 times per day, or equivalent to changing water in the fish pond every 1.8 hours every day, creating a clean, controlled environment for the fish. The water is recirculated through a closed loop system enabling us to produce tons of food using only 2% of the water used in traditional farming. We are able to produce crops throughout the year, guaranteeing a steady level of production even in the most adverse weather conditions – even times of drought or flood.
1 Thessalonians 4:11,12
But we urge you, brothers and sisters, that you excel [in this matter (brotherly love)] more and more, and to make it your ambition to live quietly and peacefully, and to mind your own affairs and work with your hands, just as we directed you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders [exhibiting good character, personal integrity, and moral courage worthy of the respect of the outside world], and be dependent on no one and in need of nothing [be self-supporting].
We are passionate about holistic care, which includes nutrition and discipling others - which is also a great platform for internships!
We train interns, aquaponics enthusiasts, missionaries and other interest groups with a hands-on approach.
While we invest in you, you will be expected to spend between 20 to 30 hours a week helping in the management of the nutritional program. Which involves: teaching families and individuals about basic nutrition, planting, transplanting, harvesting, feeding the fish, chickens and other animals, as well as packaging and distribution of the produce.
At the same time you will be mentoring or discipling two to three young people while you work in the garden.
Father's Heart Coffee
Providing family one-sip-at-a-time...
Father' Heart Coffee gives 100% profits to The Father's Heart Village in El Salvador.
With every sip, you empower us to sustainably care for the holistic needs of orphaned children.
Our coffee is:
High quality, low acidity, pure flavour, with chocolate tones. Our coffee comes in 3 roasts (dark, medium, and blonde), our coffee is:
Rainforest Alliance, Bird Friendly, and Organic (as a cash-crop, if your coffee is not organic then it is sprayed with chemicals that not only affect your health in the long-run, but quickly affect farm workers)
From several organic farms in the Apeneca region of El Salvador
High Altitude (1,500 metres above sea level)