NWC contingent takes aquaponics project to Moldova
Monday, August 6, 2007
The project, entitled Teach a Man to Fish, was begun by business professor Mike Avery and the Northwestern Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team he advises. Through four years of research, development and experimentation, the team has manufactured a self-sustaining kit that combines aquaculture and hydroponics to provide subsistence for people in developing nations. SIFE seeks to help alleviate poverty by selling the inexpensive kits to relief agencies around the world.
The aquaponics system enables plants and fish to grow together, with the fish waste providing a food source for the plants, and the plants filtering the water in which the fish live. The Northwestern group plans to purchase enough fish, fish food and plants so 100 carp or trout can be harvested from the system in six months to help feed children and other community members. They also expect to grow tomatoes.
Dave Nonnemacher, Northwestern’s director of experiential learning, has assisted For God’s Children International on several previous trips to
While in Moldova, the Northwestern contingent will set up the system; provide training for Petru, the local resident who will manage the project on-site; and help the Moldovans develop a business plan that will enable the project to be viable.
“My goal is to help feed people I know and love, and that when they see how they can provide for themselves, they will have hope,” he continues. “Ultimately, we pray that God uses this for his kingdom.”
Scheaffer says the project enables Northwestern to use research to positively impact others’ lives. “Teach a Man to Fish offers
Teach a Man to Fish was one of 12 finalists in the 2007 Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition.
For God’s Children International has worked in the countries of