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[Centre for Ecological Studies] Capacity building training on organic waste management for methane emission reduction
1. Project description Summary of the Project Solid waste management, being a major concern in most of Nepal's urban areas, is either left unattended or burnt without segregation, resulting in pollution, carbon emission, and health hazards. More than 60% of the waste produced in Kathmandu is organic. Most of the local communities and school students in Nepal have a low level of solid waste management using scientific techniques. Solid waste management has become one of Nepal's most serious and debated issues. Because the municipality is unable to handle solid waste on its own, community engagement in trash management is encouraged. Henceforth, there is an urgent need to sensitize and mobilize key community stakeholders like youth groups, community forest user groups (CFUGs), mother groups, and school students through environmental education and extensive training on organic waste management. As a result, this project addressed the issues of organic waste pollution in order to control solid waste pollution in general and specifically ameliorate the impacts resulting from it by building the capacity of marginalized people and other community members on organic waste management and by developing trainees as cleanliness ambassadors through the formation of eco teams, commemorating World Cleanup Day, distributing eco-friendly dustbins, and waste assimilation. This project was specially designed to create awareness among the people who are still unaware of the harmful effects of mixed waste, sensitize them and create fresh and healthy spaces for living. The training was designed in such a way that each trainee spread the knowledge gained from their training to their relatives and community, so a total of 150 participants was reached, with 300 participants mobilizing the cleanliness volunteers in large numbers for sustainable waste management. The communities were trained by a professional trainer. The theme of the training was based on reuse and recycling of solid waste, such as composting for urban farming and energy generation. 2. Project progress up to now Qualitative outcomes: > Trained communities and stakeholders was fully aware of the waste segregation process, use of different waste bins along with preparation and use of green manure from the bio degradable waste generated from the household. > The awareness campaign and sensitization have strengthen local community and concerned stakeholders capacities in sustainable solid waste management to reduce methane emissions. > Community and student awareness campaigns & outreach materials build up their solid waste management skills and knowledge. > The findings from waste assessment and waste audit will also be replicated to other areas via scientific journal publication. > Coordination and organic waste management approaches and attitudes among relevant stakeholders for maintaining clean and healthy environment have been strengthened. Quantitative outcomes of the projects: > More than 180 community people, youth group’s students were trained and their capacity have been built regarding solid waste management. This have further created more than 500 cleanliness ambassador. > Through Online video competition, many people from national as well as international platform were interacted on theme, “Organic manure preparation: A way to convert trash into treasure”. Moreover, the collected video were disseminated via online platform that have played a vital role in awaring many people. 3. Project plan forward Since this project was not only focused on training and sensitization but to create an actual impact in the communities, as in Nepal, the local governments are facing serious challenges in managing solid waste generated in the cities and keeping them clean. So, this effort will be continued for the long run. We have also collected household responses in the study that clearly demonstrate that there is a dire need to be aware of many people living in the proximity of the study area regarding solid waste preparation. As a result, a consistent and rigorous outreach program is required to educate people about waste segregation and organic manure preparation. Though our project is coming to an end, we will continue to share the progress of Nagarjun communities in organic manure preparation and how it is contributing to lessening the use of chemical insecticides and promoting organic farming while also assisting the communities in economically reaping the benefits. We will constantly monitor the progress of the communities and also sensitize more interested communities regarding managing their organic waste. However, I intend to apply for more grants to follow up on solid waste management in this area by encouraging the local communities to use organic manure. The first phase of this work has been completed, but there is a need for follow-up of the population to encourage them and keep the spirit of conservation alive. We intend to contribute via journal publication based on the information obtained from these communities, which will undoubtedly help in arousing many conservation enthusiasts across the social platform. 4. Photos A) Outreach materials and Video links: B) Documentary video link: 1) 2) 3) C) Ecofriendly dustbin distributions:
[UZOEBO NIGERIA] Innovative digital hub that promote food availability and reduce food wastage in Nigeria
1.0 SHE Project Team Meeting Below are highlights of our meeting on 30th April, 2021. We agreed that our project will; Target smallholder farmers at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) who are mostly women and youths in order to help contain the impacts caused by COVID-19. Target smallholder farmers in Delta and Enugu state because of our distribution channel. Lunch some part of our logistics department as soon as possible so facilitate the distribution of our products. Promote our project activities using 2 channels – offline by the use of posters and postcards and online by the use of Facebook ads. Train Food Tech students in one of the Universities in Enugu State Nigeria on food safety, processing and preservation. Figure 1 below is the picture that we took during the event of our meeting. Figure 1: The picture that we took during the event of our meeting. 2.0 Promotional Channels We used online and offline techniques to promote the activities of our project. For the offline method, we used posters and postcards as shown in Figure 2.1. Figure 2.1: Offline promotional channel – poster. For the online channel, we used Facebook ad as shown in Figure 2.2. Figure 2.2: Facebook ad promotion. 3.0 Project activities. We targeted smallholder farmers at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) who are mostly women and youths in order to help contain the impacts caused by COVID-19. Following this, we considered smallholder farmers in Delta and Enugu state because of our distribution channel. We also lunched some part of our logistics department so as to facilitate the distribution of our products. 3.1 Activity 1 – Training of Palm oil smallholder farmers in Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria. Palm oil is one of the cash crops that Nigeria women deal on in other to earn source of livelihood. Palm oil is one of the products every household in Nigeria uses and this is the reason we targeted the palm oil farmers.  We target palm oil smallholder farmers in BOP at Agbor, Delta state Nigeria as the state is one of our pivot distribution state. As could be seen in Figure 3.1, we trained about 50 smallholder palm oil farmers. Figure 3.1: Smallholder palm oil farmers training in Agbor, Delta state Nigeria. 3.2: Activity 2 – Training of Seafood smallholder farmers in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. Following our strategy of BOP mapping, smallholder farmers in Warri, Delta state, Nigeria who are into seafood like crayfish, stock fish, fresh fish, etc were targeted. These farmers are all women and their products are used in all the households in Nigeria. We trained them on how to use our platform and food safety. Figure 3.2 is one of the pictures taken during the event of the training. We were able to train about 20 seafood farmers. Figure 3.2: The picture taken during the event of the sea food smallholder farmers training. 3.3: Activity 3 – Training of Poultry smallholder farmers Following our strategy of BOP mapping, smallholder farmers in Enugu and Warri, Delta state, Nigeria who are into poultry businesses like chickens and eggs were targeted. These farmers are mostly youths and their products are used in all the households in Nigeria. We trained them on how to use our platform and food safety. Figure 3.3 is one of the pictures taken during the event of the training in Warri while Figure 3.4 is one of the pictures we took during the training in Enugu state. We were able to train about 10 poultry farmers both in Delta and Enugu state. Figure 3.3: The picture taken during the event of the training in Warri. Figure 3.4: The picture we took during the training in Enugu state. 3.4: Activity 4 – Buying of second hand minibus As a crucial part of our project, we purchased a second hand mini bus as shown in Figure 3.4 for the development of some part of our logistics department. The idea is to facilitate the distribution of our product and assist the smallholder farmers in carrying their products to our warehouse. This will really help in containing the effect of Covid-19. Figure 3.4: Mini bus for the development of some part of our logistics department. 4.0 Acknowledgment We deeply appreciate Korea SHE Foundation for this great opportunity. This grant has really accelerated our project.
[Mongol] Improve health behaver of Arsinal miners
Improve health behaver of Arsinal miners We need to improve occupational diseases such as pneumoconiosis and safety for the local doctors as well as employ, employers this work based on last year project. Objects Results 1.    Promote post training education for local doctor Promoted and it will continue 2.    Promote health education in work place for miners Promoted and it will continue 3.    Preparing lecture Pneumoconiosis and disability of occupational respiratory disease for doctors (video, booklet, pre, posttest) Promoted and it will continue Object 1. A. Webinar for medical doctors Organized lecture Pneumoconiosis and disability of occupational respiratory disease for doctors, hygienist, trade union, employers about 200, in 28.04.2021. Our words touched to Head of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor, Professional Inspection Agency and Occupational safety and health center, Mongolian Hygienists Association. . Figure 1. Symposium program “Prevention of occupational diseases caused by dust” in 28.04.2021 Figure 2. Participants of symposium 28.04.2021 Object 1. B. Webinar for medical doctors We had organized webinar for doctors about 80 in 26.06.2021. This webinar covered antibiotic selection of respiratory infection, dust related lung disease. Object 2. Medical education for miners We translated to Mongolia subtitle of short videos. These videos have about Silica, asbestos and isocyanate. We took an agreement from the Silica exposure: 2. Asbestos exposure: 3. Isocyanate exposure: 3. Handbook We are preparing handbook pneumoconiosis for doctor. Pneumoconiosis Dr. Khishigtogtokh Davaajav Mesothelioma Professor Ichinnorov Dashtseren Asbestosis Dr. Densenbal Dansran CWP Professor Solongo Bandi ILO x-ray Garamjav Khishigdavaa 4.    Conclusion of midterm work We worked with doctors, miners but have to work continued.  If the situation in Kovid-19 is not bad, we will go to the miners. Acknowledgement Thank you very much Korea Safety Health Foundation for supporting our idea and protecting the health of the people of Mongolia.
[HURUMA TOWN YOUTH GROUP] Scaling-up urban food security and youth employment amid Covid-19 pandemic
I: Project Description ‘’ Scaling-up urban food security and youth employment amid Covid-19 pandemic’’ The initiative aims at providing agri-business resilience and employment/livelihood opportunities among youth and women in urban informal settlements of Mathare Sub-County, Nairobi City in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The intervention seeks to instill agri-business knowledge and skills to the target groups, while providing poor households with food security and income generation. Finally, the project transcends the target population through use of mainstream and social media to positively impact agribusiness in Kenya and internationally. Since May 2021, through the support of Korea SHE Foundation, Huruma Town Youth Group (HTYG) is implementing a 6 months project entitled “Scaling-up urban food security and youth employment amid Covid-19 pandemic” in Mathare Sub-county, Nairobi County in Kenya. The project purpose is a ‘Building food secure urban poor and youth livelihood resilience’ with the objectives of; 1: To empower 20 youth and women group leaders with practical knowledge and skills in agribusiness in Mathare Sub-County, Nairobi-Kenya from May to October 2021 and 2: To provide an online information hub to youth in agri-business and project visibility through production of information, education and communication in Kenya, regional and international. To achieve these objectives, we have conducted the following activities; Activity 1.1: Training 20 women and youth leaders on vegetable/crop production (fruit trees), dairy goat, pig raring, indigenous poultry and animal vaccination (3 days); Activity 1.2: Host an open field day to show case practical value-addition skills in processing of cheese, yoghurt, kale drying & tomato sauce making (1 day)and Activity 2.1: Design and produce information, education & communication pamphlets. Activity 2.2: Design and produce a banner for outdoor events . II: PROJECT PROGRESS To execute the planned activities Huruma Town Youth Group (HTYG) implementation committee held 2 planning meetings to brainstorm on how to implement the training and field day. The purpose of the planning meetings was to allocate responsibilities, set dates, and identify venues, participants, partners programs and logistics. On 18th, 19th and 20th May 2021, HTYG conducted a three days capacity building to 20 women and youth group leaders at Huruma Community Hall. The training involved Horticulture farming, Poultry Keeping, Dairy Goat and Pig Raring in an urban set-up. Further, the training involved practical / field demonstration on horticulture, poultry keeping and dairy goat and pig raring. HTYG engaged the services of consultants on pig and indigenous poultry to train the participants on pig and poultry management including medication and vaccination of the animals. In our phase 2 implementation with Korea SHE Foundation, we received support to conduct a day Walk-In Walk- Out Field. The theme of the day was ‘’ Scaling –up urban food security and youth employment amid Covid-19 pandemic 2021 ‘’.  The purpose of the field day was to expose practicing and potential farmers to various value addition techniques such as Yoghurt Making, Cheese Processing, Tomato paste making and Kale drying. Additionally the show attracted other exhibitors who showcased jam making, Honey and peanut butter. We collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock from Nairobi City County Government. The government partners operated stands offering extension services on practical lessons on agro-processing, animal husbandry and crop production. Other partners included Mazingira Institute, SOMO Africa, Protein Master and Che Youth Group showcasing value addition on honey and peanut butter, advocacy on rights, black soldier flies (protein supplements for pigs and poultry) and cow milk processing products respectively. This event was conducted on 12th June 2021, at H-Town Farm and involved 90 participants. Other organizations who participated include, TMG and Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBC) to cover the event. HTYG has also established interactive online platforms such website ( including other social media platforms such as tweeter, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp. Further, to enhance our communication, HTYG has purchased a laptop, camera to support in documentation. For visibility purposes, HTYG produced a field day banner and produced 3000 pamphlets. 253 pamphlets have already been disseminated to urban farmers and youth and women groups.   See links of Banner and Pamphlet.pdf  on information about us and our programs, our partners and value-addition guidelines on yoghurt, cheese, kale drying and tomato paste processing. III: Project Plan Forward After the capacity building exercise for the women and youth leaders on urban Agri-business, the meeting came up with a call to action moving forward as follows; Follow-ups- HTYG agreed with the participants that the group would conduct on-site extension services to the trained groups upon request. HTYG has already initiated the on-site extension services to Ghetto Youth and Huruma Kings Youth Groups. The extension services involved construction of a poultry unit  and  selection of pig breeds respectively.  Further, Shirikisho Youth Group have been supported to set up 3 multi-storey gardens. Online training-HTYG will set-up and administrate an online platform to engage the Mathare Sub-County Farmers. This platform is being interactively to address farming questions by HTYG team. Huruma Town Youth Group (HTYG) has establish a WhatsApp and Facebook online platforms for interactive agri-business sessions. The platforms are as follows; Facebook (H-townyouthgroup and H-towndairygoat) and WhatsApp (MATHARE URBAN FARMERS ASS). These platforms are for training farmers beyond Mathare and involves technical experts such as Veterinary Officers, Trained youth leaders to train their group members and other youth and women. The trained youth leaders were issued with training tools, which they will use to empower their group members and the general community. As a result of this action point, already 3 youth groups namely Huruma Sports, Mayors Youth Group and Frontline Minds Youth Group have already trained their members. HTYG is making follow-ups with other groups. Youth and women start-ups- it was agreed that those groups interested in a start-up would seek for assistance from HTYG. In realizing this action point, HTYG has already supported Ghetto Youth Group, Frontline Minds Youth Group and Tangaza Table Banking Youth Groups to begin start-up. This has been through provision of chicken and seedlings for horticulture set-up. Fruit Trees for groups with spaces HTYG procured fruit tree seedlings and prepared nursery seedbed. During the training, 10 groups and previously 13-trained groups have identified land for planting. The seedlings are of grafted avocado, mango, oranges and apple. Exchange visits for experiential learning to Mwengenye CBO group in Kayole which is outskirts of Nairobi Town HTYG has frozen the process and is seeking for support from other funders for the exchange visit. HTYG plans to continue pursuing these action points within the project timeline as well as after the project closeout.   IV: TRAINING AND FIELD DEMONSTRATION PHOTOS   Figure ‑1: Mr. Hezekiah Muhindi- Pig Management Consultant training youth and women leaders on pig raring  on 18th May ,2021 at Huruma Community Hall in Mathare Sub-county. This is through the support of Korea Safety Environment Foundation, Figure2: Group photo for youth and women group leaders  who underwent vegetable, dairy goat, poultry and pig raring from 18th ,19th & 20th May, 2021 in Mathare Slums. This is through the support of Korea Safety Environment Foundation   Figure 3: Mr.Kevin Uduny _ Taking participants through practical vegetable farming at Huruma Town Youth Group farm. This is through the support of Korea Safety Environment Foundation Figure 4: Mr. Hezekiah Muhindi _ Pig Management consultant taking participants on practical pig raring at Huruma Town Youth Group farm. This is through the support of Korea Safety Environment Foundation Figure 5: Mr. Kevin Uduny _ Team leaders of  Huruma Town Youth Group taking participants through vegetable and dairy goat management at  Huruma Community Hall. The is through support of Korea Safety Health & Environment Foundation Figure 6: Ms. Ruth Kikanga- Poultry Management Consultant training youth and women leaders on poultry raring at Huruma Town Hall on 19th May, 2021. This is through support by Korea Safety Health and Environment Foundation Figure 7:Huruma Town Youth Group ‘ Walk-in Walk-out’ Field day _  Participants are taken through innovation of organic products –Black Soldier Fly as protein supplements for pig and poultry  at H-Town Farm.. The is through support of Korea Safety Health & Environment Foundation Figure 8: Ms. Susan Mwangi_ Ministry of Livestock Department Officer- Taking participants through youghurt making process during ‘ Walk-in Walk-out field day at H-Town Farm. This is through support by Korea Safety Health and Environment Foundation Figure 9: Huruma Town Youth Group ‘ Walk-in Walk-out’ Field day _  Participants are taken through innovation of organic products –Black Soldier Fly as protein supplements for pig and poultry  at H-Town Farm.. The is through support of Korea Safety Health & Environment Foundation. Figure 10: Huruma Town Youth Group ‘ Walk-in Walk-out’ Field day _  Participants registration desk during field day  at H-Town Farm. This is through support by Korea Safety Health and Environment Foundation
[GREEN] Protecting & conserving biodiversity in villages through environmental education & justice.
REPORT IN BRIEF The GREEN – General Movement for Rural Education and Environment a native based, non-for profit organization working for the welfare of the environmental protection, biodiversity conservation in Theni District (TN), India through awareness education, training, community organization development programs etc., It has been implemented a special initiative on Environmental protection and Biodiversity conservation in special focusing with result oriented strategies and community involved sustainable practices. This specially designed project initiative namely Protecting & conserving biodiversity in villages through environmental education & justice. was supported by “Korea – SHE (Safety Health & Environment) Project” for the period of 3 (three) months consequently from May 2021 and was concluded by the month of July 2021 in to a phase wise implementation schedule as mentioned in the project proposal. And the implementing agency has successfully completed the 1st Phase (Interim) project activities for the period starts from the date of 01.05.2021 to 25.07.2021 project as reporting period. The project activities made considerable impacts and delivered the desired outcome as said in the proposal over the reporting period and made a positive changes and remarkable achievements among the targeted project area. The GREEN has put enormous efforts and close working with the project activities in every phased wise implementation and the Korea – SHE Project has been supported extensively to make the productive results of the project focused. By this time our GREEN has applied the need based project for addressing the Sustainable Agriculture in the Rain fed areas of the Western Ghats of India, Theni District, Tamilnadu through local efforts. The advent of Green Revolution has thrown out the indigenous and traditional farming methods, and indigenous seeds that are suitable to this very climate are in extinct. The chemical intensive farming resulted in degradation of lands of small & marginal farmers which forced farmers to go on adding more chemical inputs and get low outputs, There is a strong possibility that revival and promotion of these cropping activities will not only address land degradation but also problems related to food and nutrition security in large tracts of rain-fed India, hence this project was proposed. GOAL of the Project & Program Objectives The goal of the project is to enable individuals to explore environmental issues, engage them in problem solving and take action to improve the environment and in the process provide every workers with right to healthy and safe working environment without having to choose between unemployment and an unsafe source of livelihood. The main objectives of project and was intended to support to provide 1) To organize workshops, seminars, rallies, awareness camps and public meetings to create awareness on biodiversity conservation among children, women and men living in the villages; 2) To involve key stakeholders in evolving a community nursery at cluster level for the preparation of seed balls of native trees, including foot-bearing trees, to promote and conserve flora and eventually fauna in the villages; 3) To engage pupils from schools and students from colleges and small and marginal farmers in biodiversity protection and conservation in the village; and, 4) To promote sustainability through responsible and ethical use of renewable resources and ensuring the freedom of life of all living organisms. This project is designed to create awareness and sensitivity, knowledge and understanding, skills and change of attitudes and informed choices and participatory decisions by children, women and men in rural areas to identify issues and address environmental challenges for ensuring healthy environments for all communities. This project is also designed to assert the necessity of right to freedom and livelihood of all living organisms and responsible and ethical use of land and renewable resources as citizens and consumers with a prime focus on sustainability. Following are the details of the Activities that have been COMPLETED by the GREEN under this Korea – SHE (Safety Health & Environment) Project effort for the period started from 01.05.2021 to 25.07.2021 the detailed description of completed activities are as follows:  Selection Process & Selection Criteria: Before starting the project activity, our GREEN planned to make a Community Consultation meeting in order to get involve the local community participation on the project activities of GREEN, and has initiated a process of community consultation and site selection in 60 target villages by the 1st week of May 2021. Under this project, our GREEN have interviewed about the local women SHG members, youths and other stakeholders of the project site out of 60 active members of the Women SHGs already organized by our organization were involved, our Secretary Mr. P.S. Bose along with Resource Team members conducted a details consultation meeting. Indeed we faced problem of selecting women as many women farmers wanted to involve in organic farming. The team members explained the goals and objectives of the project, the context, contents, proposed activities, time plan, and the expected results. The program was interrupted with input sessions, plenary sessions, group discussions, report presentations, and a concluding session at the end.  Base line survey As a preliminary part of the KOREA – SHE project, that our GREEN initiate a Base Line Data (BLD) collection / field survey in this project area. About (1) survey process with 10 participations have been conducted. For this survey project we have designed a special questionnaire and formats for collecting the field level data. Generally the data comprised the information about the ecological assessment, soil fertility, groundwater potential, indigenous trees, and humidity in the project area. The survey has been conducted through standardized method and random verification of data. The trained youth volunteers, women SHG members, leaders of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), and children were provided one day orientation training on how to collect the information (Primary and Secondary data collection) and data interpretation. Over 25 more volunteers were involved in the survey process and collection of information at the field from 18.05.2021 to 04.06.2021. The collected information has been stored, computerized and interpretation of data, analysis and final report of the BLD survey project developed.  Transect walk As a part of this project, we have undertaken a transect walk across every village together with the local people to explore and identify vacant agricultural lands and forest, dry land areas and unused lands in and around the villages, including the campuses of government institutions, schools, colleges and other institutions. About 60 programs with over and about 600 more participants were involved in the Transect Walk across the 60 more villages in the project site by 12.06.2021 to spread the importance of the project activities and to call for public in action.  Training programs GREEN had organized an exclusive interactive training programs for children, youth, women, schoolteachers, women, small and marginal farmers, volunteers and leaders of CBOs to train them on to render active participation of the project activities and field level implementation. About 20 Training programs with 250 participants were conducted. Resource persons from Forest Department, Horticulture Department, Agriculture Department, NGOs and Environmentalists had participated the training process. The training program was conducted by 5th July 2021 to 25th July 2021 (05.07.2021 to 25.07.2021) in to batch wise and village wise training sessions. The intensive Training focused on a. Environmental Protection & Biodiversity Conservation and its importance b. Importance of Tree plantation c. Preparation of seed balls, d. Environment and ecology, various Ecosystems, e. Ecological rights and Livelihoods f. Protection of native species, fruit-bearing trees, g. RWH - rainwater harvesting, techniques of growing trees with minimum water, etc. As in the orientation program, we adopted the same training methodology to train the participants. This training program has to equip school, college students, CBO leaders and volunteers with skills to sustain the benefits of project for coming years.  Seed balls production As the salient activity of project is to produce Seed Balls, this activity will be commenced by the upcoming month (August to October 2021) of 2nd phase of project. But our organization has started the works for mobilizing women SHG, collecting raw materials, seeds and others for SEED BALL production by this July 2021. As this is the 1st phase – INTERIM of the project that we have been successfully completed the above project activities as per the schedule mentioned in the project period and the remaining of activities will be completed by the end of OCTOBER 2021 Event Photos of the Project Activities - Completed Following activities will be Completed by upcoming period – 2nd Phase of project by August 2021 to October 2021 as the 2nd and Final phase of the project 1. Preparation and sowing of Seed Balls. 2. Awareness Camps (Workshops, Awareness camps and Public meetings). 3. Formation of Environment Protection Committees EPCs. 4. Awareness rallies. 5. Publication of a manual. The project implementing agency would take necessary efforts to complete the remaining project activities within the stipulated period.
[Rural Organization for Social Education and Development] Six Greener villages and schools, reaching 10000 people & 2000 ch
Village level meetings were organized and conducted among women and women farmers in target villages of Thandalaiputhur, Thandalai, Velakkanatham, Thiruthaliyur, Melakottam, Thuruthiyamalai, and Ponganipatt of Musiri Taluk. Women group leaders, members, and the farmers from these villages turned out and benefitted thru these villages level orientations on environment, ecosystem conservation, tree promotion, protection and conservation importance etc. These meetings were held from 29/06/2021 to 23/ 07/2021. Our 7 staff members’ team were the facilitators of these orientations.COVID 19 restrictions and safety guidelines were observed during the meetings. Under the KSHE foundation project , ROSED team has begun the project activities and amidst CORONA pandemic and restrictions imposed thereupon, we were able to hold the village level meetings with the women groups so far in the target 6 villages.  These meetings focused on orienting the women group members, about the project, its needs, relevance, details and their participation to make the project a success and sustainable one Training to 20 women group members in raising the common nursery Nursery formation by women group volunteers Growing the 5000 trees in the nursery for distribution to all 6 target villages Distribution of tree saplings to all 6 villages to women groups, schools, farmers in the villages School level orientation to school children on ecosystem, conservation, bio diversity and their role in promoting this project and make the project into a successful and sustainable one. IEC materials distribution to all families in 6 villages Formation of tree promoters clubs in 6 villages Cautions: Here in our target villages the threatening Second wave is at the receding stage, as the number of positive cases, death rates are coming down drastically, however there are signs of threats of third wave, nobody knows, if everything is okay, we will carry out the works as planned intensively, if any restrictions imposed, then the activities will be slowed upon or postponed and we have to wait for the situation to improve to speed up the project activities
[Learning Landscapes] PACHA: "Public space greenery for nurturing our community"
¡ Somos Paisajes Educativos ! Pacha: Public Space Greenery for nurturing our Community By Learning Landscapes Team , Peru PROJECT DESCRIPTION According to the Andean tradition, “Pacha-mama” means “ Mother Earth” who sustains everything that has life on it. In a similar way, our community orchard, “Pacha”, aims to explore the kindness that earth provides not just by planting vegetables, fruit trees, and herbs; but also by reassessing the neighbors’ hard work, and sharing the joy of watching the results of a common effort. This is our second Learning Landscape! This time, we are working in “Príncipe de Asturias” neighborhood, a proactive community located in “Villa El Salvador” district whose inhabitants have worked in order to improve their surroundings through self-construction processes and organization since 1988. The current generation's commitment is to give leisure and greener public spaces for the neighborhood, in this matter, the Learning Landscapes Team designed a masterplan for their central park, and PACHA orchard is meant to be the first small green hearth that impulses all the following actions in the rest of the spaces in the future. The project has recovered 315 m2 of a wilderness area as a space for greenery learning. The vegetation proposal includes ornamental trees, fruit trees and 8 herbal areas with orchard boxes within them.  The species were selected in accordance with the Peruvian coast landscape, considering low-water consumption species  while reassessing knowledge of this region’ species. Our team methodology changed during the covid 19 pandemic, so the "Learning Landscape" experience goes further than the physical intervention and includes a virtual phase: graphic aid content for environmental education topics. The topics were selected in accordance with the community’s interest, introducing topics such as learning with nature, participatory processes, and conviviality. The content should properly reflect the bond between the built project and the benefits this space can bring to enhance community relationships. Therefore, it is our team's job to represent the content in sets of informational images meant to be shared via WhatsApp with the community. To keep all of our content permanently available, the content is also published on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  Here is a guideline of our content per month: JUNE:    We talked about “The Community history and identity”,  acontent to get to know the neighborhood origins and their founding members.  JULY:    We are sharing the "Learning public spaces for everyone" content, talking about how the design of the components of public spaces contributes to creating a friendlier environment for all community members. AUGUST:   We plan to share the content “Nature in our new park”. To learn about the species selection concordance with Peruvian coast landscape. SEPTEMBER:  We’ll be talking about the Learning Landscape itself: “Our Community orchard”, to give a closer look at the constructed project. PROJECT PROGRESS UNTIL NOW During these months, our team relationship with the community leaders has become stronger and we have been working together in order to reach the goals in the constructed project and for the diffusion of the virtual one.  Currently, we are in constant contact with 8 community leaders and 27 neighbors through a WhatsApp group to keep in touch and comment about the project and the upcoming work. We are very glad about this result. It is important to mention that our team has distributed the work in this project in four teams in order to meet the demands of the complexity of designing a public space that will impact the daily routine of a medium local community. Here is a short view of the progress of each one: Communication Team The virtual project started the first week of June and, so far, we have published 6 out of 16 contents, shared about the fieldwork advance, workshops, and activities with other partners. The neighbors of Príncipe de Asturias also have a Facebook page where they share our content and promote participation in the Sunday ‘faenas’ (fieldwork duties). As a closure for the first unit, we made a video Interview to seven founding neighbors, they shared ideas about their identity, values as a community, and their process of turning this place into a home: Humanities Team The humanities team has participated as mediators between the community and the team members in the following activities: - Seven virtual sessions for enriching and validating the project. -Conducting interviews with the founding members. -‘Knitting knowledge’ (6 sessions) Community conversation sessions with Conscious Lima. -In-field construction duties. Through this participative process, the team identified that the neighbors' initiative for transforming their space has grown: members of the community shared the accomplishments they forged working cooperatively and relentlessly, they were motivated by the chance of having a space in which they could express the burdens they had to deal with in the early years.  Additionally, it's worth mentioning that thanks to the last working journeys in the park, now the new generations of neighbors found a new space for getting to know each other and interacting while working communally. Landscape Team The team collected information about the local ecosystem in order to be able to project it in the landscape design. The choice of plants considered the warm - temperate climate with little rain, that was added the diversity of use (medicinal, ornamental) for choosing plants that have a certain resistance to lack of water such as lavender and statice, and native plants, mainly trees, such as molle and huaranguay. The first environment workshop was possible thanks to Lima Metropolitan City Hall as an ally organization, in the  ‘Home orchards Workshop’ the neighbors brought containers for learning how to cultivate vegetables. Since some Learning Landscape members also joined this workshop, the next objective is to replicate this experience with other neighbors in the upcoming future. Infrastructure Team During the last 3 months, our team has organized 12 fieldwork journeys maintaining all the safety regulations. Due to the covid 19 and the distant location of Villa El Salvador, each journey had 2 to 7 volunteers per day to avoid possible agglomerations, and we held a distanced fieldwork with biosecurity measures and a greater connection with the neighbors in person.  We want to thank the community leaders Gaby, Tere, Jaime, Marcos, and Margot, who have constantly supported us. Every working journey took place with at least 1 leader supporting us with coordination and facilitating tools for the work, as well as taking care of our tools in their houses so we don't have to bring them with us every week and they have shown us commitment and gratitude, sometimes they even invite us to have something to drink or eat. We would like to mention some of the most active volunteers Charo, Abela, Juan Pablo, and Carlos and his family. Here is a short description of the actions in field-work which started on May 28th: - 1st stage: Some materials were selected for recycling and the orchard area was cleaned. Thanks to the community leaders' initiative, the Villa El Salvador City Hall cooperated with us by removing the waste from the rest of the park too during 3 journeys so the impact of the first action became bigger than we expected. -2nd-3rd stage: We defined on-site the location of the entrances, demolished a damaged slab, leveled the ground, and defined the border of the orchards, furniture, and the perimeter fence. -4th  stage:  Currently we are coordinating the buy of the materials, and we are building a contention wall for the elevated orchard. This whole work is made in cooperation with the neighbors. Up: One of the first visits to the park. Down: Progress until now. The work in the park has expanded further than the orchard itself to the rest of the park. PLAN FORWARD Our work was promoted thanks to our participation in diffusion events with ally collectives ArquiTeam and Iniciativa Libre, and we participated in the Environment Initiatives Festival “Musuq Wayra” organized by the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. During all this process, the joy and initiative of the neighbors have motivated us a lot while joining efforts working together. We plan to conduct the work journeys 2-3 times per month on the weekends. Organizing the construction journeys in the park is a constant challenge so this more spaced schedule allows us to detail our action plan before meeting the neighbors. The next stage in the project would be building and implementing the fence so we can plant the trees soon. The current vegetal catalog has 48 species among shading trees, fruit trees, shrubbery, cactaceae, ground covers, and other species; so another pending step is the visit to the plant nursery. For the virtual project, there are still 2 more units to come. We organized our first co-creation workshop for the neighbors and even though they were really excited about the idea, we didn't receive many works. This could be because many neighbors are full-time workers, hence, this kind of activity which used to work great with school children is difficult to fit into their schedule. At this moment, our team has identified this difficulty and is seeking alternatives for the workshop. Since the ‘Home Orchard’ workshop worked really well, we’re considering planning similar activities in the future, so the community can join them in the park.  Moreover, we have contacted the kindergarten principal, who is interested in participating with the children in the new communal orchard activities. We think this can be a great opportunity for creating concern links and responsibility between children and the green space.  We invite you to look forward to it and to our construction process on our Facebook Page! Feel free to follow our process in our Instagram account! @learniglandscapes.peru     Paisajes Educativos