GANTA, Liberia (Operation Classroom) – The United Methodist-related Ganta School has entered into a seven-year plan to become self-sufficient. The first step in the program is to clear land for a rubber plantation before the 2011 rainy season.

The goal is to have $5,700 in funds to purchase and plant 5,000 rubber seedlings in 2011. Individuals, Sunday school classes, organizations, and churches can purchase one or more seedlings for $1.15 each. In 2012-2013 the goal is to plant an additional 2,500 rubber seedlings at a cost of $2,800.

The overall investment during the seven-year period is approximately $23,000 or nearly $3 per tree. It is estimated that the rubber plantation will have a profit of approximately $20,000 per year for 25 years.

Funds can be sent to the Indiana Conference Center marked Advance #3020494/Ganta rubber trees, to Operation Classroom, P.O. Box 246, Colfax, IN 46035, or with a credit or debit card on the Operation Classroom website at www.operationclassroom.org.

All gifts are tax-deductible. Other projects for the future include oil palms, vegetable gardening, swamp rice and poultry production.