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  • 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.)

Strathcona sunrise rotary nov2010c Strathcona sunrise rotary nov2010c Presentation Transcript

  • Fertile Ground : East/West Sustainability Network
  • ORGANIC FARMING IN ASSAM
  • 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
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  • Marcia Allardice, from Sunrise Strathcona Rotary Club in 2007
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  • 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?
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  • HERE’S HOW THE MONEY HELPED KIDS IN ASSAM
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  • 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
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  • 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
      • school supplies
      • soccer ball
      • playground equipment
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    • 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
    GARDEN
    • 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
  • PROJECT GOALS
    • 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?
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    • Pompy will teach people
      • how to improve their soil
      • how to stop insect pests from damaging their crops without spraying them with pesticides.
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  • Red Ant
  • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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  • Thank you for all the different ways you’re supporting Fertile Ground’s work in Assam!
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