SPRAYING PESTICIDES ON TEA NOW PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO USE PESTICIDES ON THEIR VEGETABLES!
Fertile Ground helped set up a Resource Centre and Classroom in Assam
A joint project of Rotary Clubs in Canada and Assam, and Fertile Ground - with support from Indian Oil Corporation
Marcia Allardice, from Sunrise Strathcona Rotary Club in 2007
Demonstrating how to make compost
Last year, we started the “Kids to Kids” Project 4 Kids from the Comox Valley E
Why did we start this project?
WHY DID WE START THIS PROJECT?
WHY do the kids there need our help? The people in the villages don’t have a lot of money to build schools Some of the schools don’t have desks or blackboards, and the kids’ families can’t afford to buy school supplies
Do they have enough food to eat? J
Most families in the villages can grow enough food to feed their families, but they don’t have extra money for school. M
How did we raise money?
HERE’S HOW THE MONEY HELPED KIDS IN ASSAM
This is Pompy….
Last year, she visited a village a long way from the resource centre, and learned about the people who were living there.
They used to live in villages on the shores of the Brahmaputra River but they had move to the Sadiya area because floods destroyed their homes and their land
Burma SADIYA INDIA
most eastern corner of Assam
foothills of the Himalayan mountains
no road access
Number of villages: - 28 Number of families:- 1493
Many of the dads have to work a long way from home to make money for their families .
The soil is really sandy and they don’t have enough water to water their gardens
The teacher told us their school needs
a new project this year….
making Community Gardens at village schools
– a place where children and families living in Sadiya can learn how to improve the sandy soil and grow healthy food
We’ll be working with people from 5 small villages to build community gardens next to the local elementary schools. People of all ages, including the kids, will work with a group of volunteers from Canada to make these gardens
PLAYGROUND CLASSROOM SUPPLIES $5,000
Teach people how to
take care of the soil
grow vegetables organically
so they have healthy food to feed their families
Let people know that pesticides can make people sick and harm the environment
Help some of the families in the village earn money by growing and selling vegetables
Make sure families have the information they need so they don’t take out loans that they can’t manage
WHAT THINGS WILL FERTILE GROUND DO TO MAKE THIS PROJECT WORK?
Pompy will teach people
how to improve their soil
how to stop insect pests from damaging their crops without spraying them with pesticides.
Take a clay pot and put some holes in the side of it
Put fresh or tinned fish into the pot
Make a 6” deep hole in the ground in the area where the ants have been eating the roots of the plants. Put the container in the soil, and cover the top with a lid.
In only 24 hours, the ants will have entered the pot through the holes in the side and have eaten most of the fish! There will be lots of tiny ants in the pot. Carefully remove the pot from the ground and destroy the ants by burning them or drowning them in water.
The teacher and parents can use vegetables from the garden to make healthy school lunches for the kids.
We’ll continue raising money for more school supplies, books, posters and things that make learning FUN. 3
Build sanitary latrines (outhouses) at each school 4
But what about the playground at the school that the teacher asked us to help them build? ?
We can start by using local materials like bamboo and also recycled materials like rubber tires
Because of all the rain Assam has, bamboo and wood won’t last very long, so we are also hoping we can raise money for some metal swing sets and teeter-totters
a teeter cost will cost about $95
a metal swing set will cost about $125
Training in villages near the garden
Thank you for all the different ways you’re supporting Fertile Ground’s work in Assam!