pointing out where we’re working in Assam in relation to Delhi
Fertile Ground set up to promote organic farming in Assam
Pesticides are commonly used in tea, and people are starting to use them on their food crops.
Soil was terrible, but people from the neighbourhood came and helped to remove the debris and clean up the garbage
What the garden looks like today – babu and soumen making compost right in the beds. Soil’s a lot better, lots of organic vegetables are being grown
Pompy and kel gave out books and school supplies at the singpho school
We also helped repair an old building that the community wanted to fix up to make into a school where the kids could learn in their own language – Singpho language. Singpho has been identified as an “endangered language” – just like many First Nations’ languages here on the coast.
With money that we raised, a new wooden roof was built
New doors and windows, painted, a new roof
Formal inauguration of the event took place in September. Two FG volunteers were there - Rhianna Walz from Cumberland and her mom Jude from Australia
Most of the funding for this school garden project is coming from Rotary - Chip Ross from one of the local clubs – and clubs in this district (Vancouver island and north part of Washington state.)
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
<ul><li>a new project this year…. </li></ul><ul><li>making Community Gardens at village schools </li></ul><ul><li>– a place where children and families living in Sadiya can learn how to improve the sandy soil and grow healthy food </li></ul>GARDEN
<ul><li>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 </li></ul>PLAYGROUND CLASSROOM SUPPLIES $5,000
PROJECT GOALS <ul><li>Teach people how to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>take care of the soil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>grow vegetables organically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>so they have healthy food to feed their families </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Let people know that pesticides can make people sick and harm the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Help some of the families in the village earn money by growing and selling vegetables </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure families have the information they need so they don’t take out loans that they can’t manage </li></ul>
WHAT THINGS WILL FERTILE GROUND DO TO MAKE THIS PROJECT WORK? <ul><li>? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Pompy will teach people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>how to improve their soil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how to stop insect pests from damaging their crops without spraying them with pesticides. </li></ul></ul>1
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.
<ul><li>The teacher and parents can use vegetables from the garden to make healthy school lunches for the kids. </li></ul>2
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? ?
<ul><li>We can start by using local materials like bamboo and also recycled materials like rubber tires </li></ul>5
<ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a teeter cost will cost about $95 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a metal swing set will cost about $125 </li></ul></ul>