Presentation to Ms. Heselgrave’s Class Lazo School, Oct. 20, 2010 Fertile Ground : East/West Sustainability Network
Fertile Ground CANADA AFRICA INDIA E
ORGANIC FARMING IN ASSAM
SPRAYING PESTICIDES ON TEA NOW PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO USE PESTICIDES ON THEIR VEGETABLES!
Fertile Ground made a Resource Centre and Classroom in Assam
Demonstrating how to make compost
Last year, we started the “Kids to Kids” Project 4 Kids from the Comox Valley E Queneesh School
Why did we start this project? J
WHY DID WE START THIS PROJECT? We wanted to help the kids living in villages in Assam E
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 E
How did we raise money? J
HERE’S HOW THE MONEY HELPED KIDS IN ASSAM
This is Pompy…. J
Last year, she visited a village a long way from the resource centre, and learned about the people who were living there. E
The people used to live in villages on the shores of the Brahmaputra River. 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
E & J
Many of the dads have to work a long way from home to make money for their families . E 100 rupees per day
The soil is really sandy and they don’t have enough water to water their gardens
The teacher asked us if we could help them buy some
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
Teach people how to
take care of the soil
grow vegetables organically
so they have healthy food to feed their families
Let people know people 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?
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
CLASSROOM SUPPLIES E
Pompy will teach people
how to improve their soil
how to stop insect pests from damaging their crops without spraying them with pesticides.
Stem borer in eggplant
Stem borer in eggplant
HERE ARE TWO WAYS TO CATCH MOTHS BEFORE THEY LAY EGGS ON THE PLANTS
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 E
Build outhouses at each school 4 E
But what about the playground at the school that the teacher asked us to help them build? J
We can use local materials like bamboo and also recycled materials like rubber tires
a metal teeter-totter will cost about $95
a metal swing set will cost about $125
What can YOU do?
Ask us questions about children living in Assam.
Write letters or draw pictures that we can send to the kids there.
Think about whether your class would like to raise money for some special project in Assam.
Thanks very much for inviting us to visit your class today!