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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

August Update

We just finished a pilot project that we feel will have an essential positive impact on our community.  If re-funded and expanded this project will change the face and health of several communities.

OUR STRATEGY is empowerment rather than dependency.  Many times people in need appear to those helping them as people who dont think about what is best for them.  When given the space and resources to implement their own ideas parents have confidence in their own capacities and personal experiences.  LKMPD believes that self-determination is the raod to dignity and success.

A quick 9 week project called Water and Gardens for 10 Families was funded by Pacific Rim Voices.  Each family received 2 water drums, 2 gutters, vegetable seeds, training, kandelam plants for a 10 square meter space, and wire fencing to keep out goats and chickens until the kandelam grows to secure height and width.  The gardeners talked together each wek to deepen each other’s knowledge.  The completion of these gardens has ignited a desire in others to be part of this movement.  We hope all of our 100 families will eventually have home vegetable gardens.  The community recognizes that this gardens will diminish malnutrition in Matènwa.

LUISINE SPEAKS ABOUT THE PROJECT: I have already benefitted from my garden.  We have eaten from it and sold from it.  I will help some of the other families in their gardens so they can also be successful.  If one of us in the group doesn’t succeed, then we all lose out.

Sincerely,

Chris W. Low

Salad Garden Update

In November we shared a photo of our preschoolers tending their salad garden.  Here we see them harvesting the fruits of their labors.

 

 

Harvesting the Salad Garden