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September, 2011:

September Update

Dear Friends of Matènwa,

Here are pictures of one of the 10 family vegetable gardens. This Water and Gardens Project was started in May 2011 as part of our larger agricultural program to promote vegetable gardens at homes and schools in several communities on Lagonav.



Abner writes:  Good afternoon all supporters of vegetable gardens on Lagonav.  It is a pleasure to show you how the gardens are reaching several corners of Lagonav.  We thank you for how you have helped us with seed and money and visits to learn from other gardeners.  We are now harvesting tomatoes, radishes, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach and a variety of other vegetables.

One family sold 400 gourdes worth of carrots in one day.  Many people are especially motivated to make vegetable gardens this year.   We believe it is thanks to your support that we are progressing with so many people on the island.  Thank you for your help.

 On Teacher Training:   this summer Connie Biewald gave a writing workshop, and Jennifer Hogan gave a mathematics workshop in our new beautiful training space

On the Arts:  Ingleed Auguste gave dance classes and Owen Thomas continued his work with the advancing BGS youth music group.

Sincerely, Chris W. Low

Meanwhile in Matènwa…

These photos are of the land that we bought with the money donated by Marietta’s group after the earthquake. The government isn’t opening schools until October . Meanwhile in Matènwa, instead of waiting for school to officially open, this is what we are doing with the children. Over the past 3 weeks they have been working with the students to begin to make soil conservation walls, carry donkey poop, put in posts for fencing in the land to make a large garden this year.
Abner remarked, “All the students were working. I gave them explanations and training on what they were going to do. They carried rocks, they arranged conservation walls, and they have already gathered lots of natural fertilizer as you can see.”

(Mwen espere ou ka jwenn kèk foto mwen voye pou ou , se travay nou kòmanse fè nan tè nou achte bò kay  Ana tè LKM nan .Pandan twò semèn nou t ap travay ak elèv yo , kòmanse fè mizèk , bwote kaka bourik , nou deja plante poto pou n bare tè a nèt pou fè gwo jaden pou ane sa. Tout elèv t ap travay: mwen bay yo esplikasyon ak fòmasyon sou travay yo ta pral fè , yo bwote wòch, yo ranje mizèk epi yo gentan pote anpil fimye jan w ap gade la yo.)

Sauveur Jean Abner