Caritas in Ukraininan Ternopil will invest into the purchase of seed dresser which will help to raise efficiency of growing crops on fields owned by Caritas. Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc donated a significant amount of money to their long-term partners in Ternopil in order to help them with the purchase.

Seed dresser will be a great boost to the crop production and it will also greatly reduce the economic demands of crop growing. Caritas of Ternopil will be able to prepare their own seed stock without the need to spend any further financial means on getting the seeds dressed elsewhere or buying a seed stock altogether. It will also greatly reduce the requirements for human resources which can be used more effectively and improve the quality of seed stock, which could vary in quality, when bought from external suppliers.

Caritas of Ternopil owns 345 hectares of agricultural land on which basic crop plants are grown. These crops then make a huge portion of food aid given to socially disadvantaged people. When it comes to food aid people from Caritas of Ternopil do not rely only on donations, but also on their own production so they could give food aid to the growing number of poor people in need. Grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and other products are processed in the canteen of Caritas so they could be sent to other social facilities or given to the people for their consumption.

Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc regularly donates to such projects, even in other parts of the country. In the past people from Caritas in Olomouc took part in the project named ‘cider house’ in Ternopil, Bortnyky and Kolomyia. Apple juice from the cider house is then given to the people in need. They also partook on projects as establishing a blueberry farm in Bortnyky or building canteens for local Caritas. Revenue from this project will help local children’s home in achieving a partial self-sufficiency.

The central idea of projects, in which the Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc partakes, is not only to help financially and socially, but also to educate the disadvantaged children from children’s homes in order to give them working habits which are indispensable during preparation for self-dependent life. These projects substitude upbringing in well-functioning families. Projects also create a small portion of job opportunities and have a positive influence on local communities. 

Dagmar Jurčíková, PR

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