So, we all know how easy it is to ‘shoot fish in a barrel’. Have you ever wondered how hard it would be to count fish in 2,000 gallon tank?
Well, I can tell you right now! While it may be not anywhere as easy as the shooting option, it certainly is just as much fun!
This week we have a team of interns from Ignite Academy in Virginia, and one of the tasks that we needed help with is to inventory one of out tilapia tanks. This involves draining the tank and removing all the fish, counting them out and counting them back into a different tank, just to make sure! All this complicated by the fact that tilapia are prolific breeders and the tank is full of tiny fry almost invisible to the naked eye…but thankfully not quite!
We began our tilapia project back in June last year with 600 babies! (you can read more about this here) By January this year they were ready to be sold and had been busy enough replacing themselves that we now have approximately 2,500 fish in our 8 tanks!
So the fish that we sell provides and income for Foursquare Haiti and also much needed affordable nutrition for the people who live locally and come to the church to buy fish.
This is all part of the self sufficiency project that we prototyping on our own property to be reproduced at our other churches and orphanages, along with chicken farming and the new bakery project and our Trades Schools and Training Centers. Our ultimate goal is to be able to have each project able to finance itself and be
encouraging health, education and training in their communities.
– Becky Haldane