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Fertile Ground in Sadiya, Assam


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Fertile Ground in Sadiya, Assam

  1. 1. Growing Healthy Families Project
  2. 2. PROJECT GOALS <ul><li>to offer the knowledge and skills they need to meet nutritional needs of their family members </li></ul><ul><li>to educate families about health risks associated with pesticide use </li></ul><ul><li>to provide the means to cultivate and sell agricultural crops as a potential source of income </li></ul><ul><li>to ensure families have the information they need to avoid taking on debt and loans that they can’t manage </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHO? <ul><li>Families previously living in areas along the Brahmaputra River who have been affected by flooding and relocated to the Sadiya area </li></ul>
  4. 4. Partners in the project <ul><li>NEADS (North East Affected Area Development Society, Jorhat, Assam) </li></ul><ul><li>Fertile Ground: East/West Sustainability Network (Courtenay, B.C.) </li></ul>with the support of
  5. 6. Burma China (formerly Tibet Project Location SADIYA State of Assam In northeast India
  6. 19. <ul><li>NUTRITION </li></ul><ul><li>LIVESTOCK REARING </li></ul><ul><li>INCOME/LIVELIHOOD </li></ul><ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>FOOD SECURITY </li></ul>
  7. 20. <ul><li>Chutia </li></ul><ul><li>Bodo </li></ul><ul><li>Ahom </li></ul><ul><li>NepalI </li></ul>1. Number of villages: - 28 2. Number of families:- 1493 3. Number of population: - 8347
  8. 21. <ul><li>“ The Sadiya area, located in the remotest corner of the North East is one of the most neglected areas of Assam. </li></ul><ul><li>Govt. has not expended a single penny for infrastructural development. All the schools are having teachers under the management of village committee. Shockingly, no school is having even a low cost toilet.” </li></ul>
  9. 22. “ “ NEADS is committed to working for socio economic betterment of the down- trodden communities in Upper Assam. A few years back we made an extensive fact finding tour to Sadiya and felt strongly the need for doing something for the poorest of the poor. This is how we have chosen Sadiya for intervention.&quot;
  10. 23. <ul><li>“ Soil is sandy and devoid of humus so crops production is low. Regular application of compost and better farming practices will help. </li></ul><ul><li>Tube wells for irrigation may be required in future.” </li></ul>
  11. 24. 1998 Fertile Ground’s presence in Assam….
  12. 27. Small growers require commitment, time and resources to learn about and implement different cultivation and labour practices
  14. 31. 2005
  15. 32. 2006
  16. 52. …… back to Sadiya
  17. 60. Phase I Nov. 2010 – April 2011
  18. 61. establish a community garden in Ambikapur village, Assam
  19. 62. <ul><li>develop a school playground adjacent to the resource centre </li></ul>
  20. 64. Disabled Village Children A guide for community health workers, rehabilitation workers, and families by David Werner Published by The Hesperian Foundation P.O. Box 11577 Berkeley, CA 94712-2577 “ I am of the firm believe that playground and kitchen gardening would be most ideal as teaching learning tools for the children of Sadiya. Please convey our heartiest thanks to the enterprising children of Projimo Mexico. We may be far away from them, but we shower them with blessings. For this marvelous concept, our thanks also are due to the organizers.”
  21. 65. NEXT STEPS…. Next steps…. a network of community gardens and playgrounds adjacent to schools in villages in Ambikapur area
  22. 66. <ul><li>Monitor and evaluate progress of the phase I </li></ul><ul><li>Work with NEADS staff and village-level animators to develop a plan for implementing similar but more rudimentary centres at schools in the Ambikapur area </li></ul><ul><li>Provide ongoing training and support to teachers, NEADS’ staff and village-level animators </li></ul><ul><li>Research & source curriculum materials (science, history, nutrition, ecology) </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to develop a volunteer program and to provide internship opportunities for students at Canadian and Indian post-secondary institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Work with NEADS and Rotary Clubs in Assam to help them identify and access required funding </li></ul>
  23. 68. Assam Village School Project kell aru barh (Play and Grow)