For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.  - Matthew 25:35

2012-2015 North Kivu Food Security

The Malio Food Security project will seek to improve food production and food consumption for 600 farming families from 8 villages in Beni territory, North Kivu Province in the DR Congo. 

Farmers will learn: 

  • to improve staple crops such as cassava, bananas, beans, soya, maize, rice, and potatoes
  • how to manage existing plantations and slowly introduce new high yield and disease resistant seed varieties
  • to contribute to soil restoration through conservation agriculture
  • animal health education through training and distribution of goats, pigs, chicken and rabbits

How Kernels of Hope Works

Canadian Covenant farmers in several provinces donate their time to grow wheat and canola crops on a portion of their land set aside to be “purchased” by virtual farmer donors. Those donations pay the costs of rent, seed, chemicals, insurance, and custom work.

When the crops are sold, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) matches the grain sales revenue on a four-to-one ratio to reach the final donation amount. That money is distributed to the intended recipients through the Canadian Food Grains Bank and World Relief Canada.

Previous to 2011, money from the Kernels project was used to provide implements and other needed supplies to farmers in South Sudan and Liberia. Ray "The Grain Guy" Baloun leads the Kernels initiative - see his video interview on 100 Huntley Street above. 

You are Helping People Access Reliable Food Sources
in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Since the 1994 genocide in nearby Rwanda, much of North Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been unstable, and there is continuing conflict with many armed rebel groups.

Countless families have been displaced from their homes - and each other. Each day, millions live under the threat of violence. Food is scarce and it can be a daily struggle for people to meet the basic nutritional needs of their families. 

Thank you! Because of you, people in North Kivu, DR Congo, are becoming more food secure. Kernels of Hope aims to help people re-establish themselves in agriculture so they can better provide for their families. 

Please join us in prayer for vulnerable people. Pray for the Lord to give strength to the millions of refugees and displaces people around the world who are trapped in dire and impoverished circumstances. 


A gift to Kernels for Hope makes a great gift for someone else!

Need a gift idea for someone? Make them a virtual farmer!

Make a donation and include a request for one of the below inserts. We can either send them to you to give as a gift, or mail the insert directly to the person who's name the donation has been made in. 

You may also email office(a)covchurch.ca to arrange one of these gifts. 

Donate Today! 

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

Become a virtual farmer today by donating online. 

Or contribute by sending a cheque to the ECCC. Please make cheque out to the ECCC, and include 'Kernels' in the memo. Address can be found in the 'Contact Us' page.