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[LEEDERS] Community of Agriculturalists in Multi-Product/Purpose (CAMP) participates to bring net zero emissions (CAMP-NetZero)
Project Introduction:  Local Environmental Entrepreneur Developer Engineer Researcher Society (LEEDERS) have started implementing their planned works: expansion of cattle farm, fish-farm, survey, biogas production and training program. We started working to construct and expand the existing cattle farm. From May to mid-July 2021, we completed the construction works for cattle. This farm now accommodates total 4 cows that would help producing biogas. Moreover, we also grow fish in our small pond i.e. also a place for harvesting rainwater. The fish culture totally focuses on nature-induced production supporting the ecosystems as we buy the mother fish from markets. We have about 3 kilogram (KG) of fish given in the pond for growing about 4 months. Furthermore, we have also conducted surveys to explore small-scale producers, livestock farmers, and any household gardeners. The motivation for survey is to learn current situations and cultures for farming among sub-urban and villagers. While collecting data, we also conduct dialogues with the survey participants for exploring details about their farming and cultivating skills, challenges, and outcomes.  The detail analysis for survey and the results are given below: Survey Results:  The survey conducted from 01 to 10 June 2020 about 300 participants both online and offline. The offline survey is mostly addressing sub-urban and rural regions. There were total 13 questions in survey form including education, income source, home gardening or small-scale agro-production, livestock or cattle farming, cooking fuel source and cost, knowledge about climate change, and eager to knowledge and education. The locations for survey are sub-urban, village, coastal and capital (megacity) respectively about 64, 20, 7.7, and 4%. The education level of the survey participants are dominated by Primary, Secondary, and Graduate levels. However, there are also no education available representing in the village areas. Moreover, the agricultural and livestock practices are also prominent in sub-urban and rural areas. The survey found about 110 families are involved in households gardening and small-scale production in Fulbari and Sabgram village in Bogra district. The house gardeners do not utilize chemical fertilizers or pesticides (representing about 210 familes). However, small-scale producers i.e. about 70 farmers practice using chemical fertilizers and pesticides at their agro-production. Despite of cultivations, 58.14% of families cannot meet nutrition levels in the villages. About 6.31% participants stated 100% meeting family nutrition who hold service and decent family income. For cooking fuels, it is interesting to find that sub-urban and rural regions started using cylinder gas. The pipeline gas supplies mostly found in city regions and town areas in district levels. Most villagers (42 families) also collect biomass for cooking fuels from surroundings while there are also households (66 families) who pay for biomass in cooking fuels. Despite of biomass, cylinder gas is another popular cooking fuel among village and sub-urban regions. Most families found depending on cylinder and biomass for their cooking fuels. City and town regions mostly depend upon pipeline gases for their cooking. The mean costs rank biomass, cylinder, and pipeline gas respectively 850, 940, and 985 Bangladeshi Taka (BDT). Mostly people for dependency on biomass experience difficulties in cooking during monsoon periods. Overall, either villages or city becomes dependent on gas for meeting cooking fuel. Therefore, it is very clear future for producing biogas as a clean cooking fuel that will also induce circular economy in cattle farmers. Future activities: #Complete constructions for Biogas Plant #Test and produce biogas from the plant to serve about 5 households #Harvest fish and continue with nature-produced vegetable production #Training programs and webinars for knowledge sharing #Participations in International conference (Part of knowledge sharing and advertisement) Figure 1: Survey Activities (top panel) and Cattle and fish farm constructions. Figure 2: Offline survey conducted by LEEDERS in Sabgram Village. Figure 3: A few harvest by LEEDERS (Left panel) and expansion for cattle farm (right panel) Figure 4: Representing (a) Survey regions and (b) Education levels of survey participants. Figure 5: Small scale (a) agricultural practices among survey participants and (b) households nutrition levels. Figure 6: Cooking fuel (a) sources and their (b) costs Figure 7: Understanding of climate impacts among survey participants.
[Upcycle Nepal] “Upcycling and recycling waste fabrics into useable products”.
Project Description Our project includes us collecting, disinfecting, washing, segregating, upcycling, and recycling the fabrics. We will be renting a space and constructing an upcycled store in the heart of Kathmandu valley for the collection of clothes. We plan to collect an estimated 100 tons of clothes in 6 months of the project and in the process also create products that can be used in daily life ensuring no fabrics goes to waste. We will even use scrap fabrics to create recycled black cotton to make sitting mats at a reasonable price for everyone to afford and use. Project Progress Up to Now Unfortunately due to the lockdown in Nepal from May through June, we couldn’t achieve a lot of the plans we had prepared. Also, the amount of clothes we hoped to collect has been hampered due to the same reason, as it could cause the virus to spread even more. So, we have had to take extra precautions and steps to properly manage the collection and segregation of clothes. The lockdown eased down at the end of June and the beginning of July, and from then, we have carried out the following tasks: Fabrics collection from 10 locations, totaling a weight of 2500 KGs. Rented a place to carry out our collection work and showcase our products. Hired a freelance marketing person for the offline promotion of the place, which will be finished by the starting of August. An intern/trainee has been hired to handle some social media posts and updates. Got in touch with a freelance designer, who will also be available in August for training. Segregated and sanitized collected clothes for upcycling and recycling purposes. These were some of the works that have been carried out after the lockdown eased in Nepal. Project Plan Forward Most of our major plans still have to be carried out, which include the following: Completing the construction of the store for interaction with the customers and for events such as collection and donations of fabrics. Purchasing sewing machines. Training with an external freelance designer for better and more finished products. Recycling the collected clothes into by-products from recycled cotton. Upcycling the fabrics that can be used to make utility products. Running a donation event of wearable clothes for the people in need. Collecting clothes and fabrics from different households and offices. Offline marketing with pillar boards in the space rented. Online marketing for collection of fabrics from Kathmandu Valley. Carrying out sales whenever possible. These are some of the pictures of our project progress so far as of now. They are from the collection, sanitization, and segregation of clothes that have been collected. 
[Peasant Market Team] Promotion of native food for responsible consumption and sustainable production
Project description Peasant Market Team aims to organize educational and campaign actions for promoting native and forest varieties of food as the way toward the urban consumers’ responsible consumption and the peasants’ sustainable production, and for conservation of biodiversity of native and forest food genetic resources. The monthly seminar with peasants as resource persons, contest of food cooked with native and forest varieties of food, native food cooking show and collection of native food recipes. The activities will take place in Peasant Market for 6 months. The Peasant Market is the monthly 1-day market initiated by peasant women to sell their products during COVID19 pandemic in Bangkok, Thailand. Project progress up to now Impacts of COVID19 pandemic crisis in Thailand and our adjustment According to our original plan, the Peasant Market will be held in Bangkok every month. However, due to the outbreak of COVID19 pandemic since April 2021, the government started to implement the inter-provincial travel restriction, closing of businesses and markets, and the lockdown measures. Therefore, our peasants cannot travel to Bangkok, and we move our Peasant Market to online platform. Because of the limitation of the online platform, we have to make adjustment to our activity. The Peasant Market Online is scheduled on every Saturdays of the last or the second last week, on ZOOM and Facebook Live broadcast. It lasts for 2 hours from 13:00-15:00 hrs. The Peasant Market has 3 parts: selling, discussion and campaign. For the planned activity of seminar and contest of recipe, we use the discussion part in the Peasant Market Online as well as our Facebook Page “Peasant Market” as the tools to achieve the objectives of promoting the responsible consumption and production and educating the urban consumers about how to eat and cook the native food. Project progress From May 2021 until now, we already organize Peasant Market Online 3 times: May 30th, June 26th and July 24th. For the Activity 1 (Seminar to promote responsible consumption and production), we picked up the themes as follows: May:    Wild mushrooms, the indicators for biodiversity. Our peasant resource persons share knowledge about different types of wild mushroom and their agroforestry and integrated production to protect the ecosystems and biodiversity. It is to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22nd). June:   Food safety and environment protection. Our peasant resource persons explain about their production of native varieties of produces with the agroecological method which is the sustainable way of production. They also tell the stories of their struggles to keep the ecosystem at the local level and national level as the member of peasant movement. The topic was selected to celebrate the World Environment Day (June 5th) and World Food Safety Day (June 7th) July:    People’s food system. Our peasant resource persons talked about the local food system from the agroecological production in their farms to the local markets which become more critical to people’s food accessibility during the COVID19 pandemic. The discussion is also a symbolic action to oppose the process toward the United Nations Summit of Food Systems in September that is captured by multinational corporates and marginalized the peasants’ organizations and social movement. The content of the monthly discussion is summarized and posted in our Facebook pages. For the Activity 2 (Collection and contest of food recipe with native and forest varieties of produces) We received 13 entries from our consumes who cooked their food from the ingredients from our markets. This activity aims to encourage the city people to eat more local food from peasants. The recipes are shared in our Facebook page. They are both traditional recipe and some experiment of new food, snacks and sweets from the native and forest produces. Collaboration with our consumers to fight COVID19. In early July, the government issued order to close all the construction sites in Bangkok. Workers who stay in the 1,200 construction sites are not allowed to go out. They are in great need of food because there is almost no support from the government. Our several consumers decided to buy fresh vegetables from our Peasant Market and donate to these workers in our area. Our peasant sold the produces at cheap price. Our consumers want these workers to eat fresh and healthy food from peasants instead of canned food products from factories which are normally given out to the affected people. Project plan forward During August to October, we have the following plan. We will continue to do the planned activities online, because we expect that until the end of 2021 the COVID19 crisis in Thailand might not be improved. We will increase more effort for campaigning via social media platform to achieve the objective of promoting responsible consumption with our urban consumers. We will enhance the capacity of our peasant leaders and peasant sellers in Peasant Market on digital communication skills.
[Laisani Takala’s Beekeeping Farms] “Construction of a Disaster-Resilient Community Evacuation Centre”.
Project Description Our project is “Constructing a Disaster-Resilient Community Evacuation Centre, in Qelemumumu Village, Labasa, Macuata Province, Vanua Levu. This evacuation centre will act as protective shelters for the community inhabitants from natural disasters such as Tropical Cyclones and floods, and alternatively, when not in use as evacuation centre-as multi-purpose centre (hall) for community activities such as village meetings, assemblies, workshops’ from NGO’s and government agencies and most importantly as a supervised study place for our school students in the evenings to help them in their education especially during this pandemic when learning is being held remotely and online through Zoom, Viber and other learning tech companies. Project Progress Up to Now The village headman (Ilisoni Tuimavana) and Nemani Valeniyasana (Audit and Inventory Team Leader) held talks with the carpenter and men and youths volunteers to start construction of the structure from existing materials that we had like timber frames and a few cement bags to hold direct posts for the structure of the Evacuation Centre. Coordination with our 4 community women groups was done by our village headman (Ilisoni Tuimavana), also a team member, for the ladies to prepare meals (lunch) and afternoon tea for the carpenters and volunteers. The 4 groups shared days on which to make meals and afternoon tea. The first batch of building materials were purchased and delivered to the construction site and the construction of the structure of the evacuation center began. Our youths and men volunteered to help in the construction of the evacuation center and this project has brought even our elders to come and sit around just to supervise the young ones on what to do. Even the smiles on their faces just shows how they appreciate the great help rendered to us by Korea SHE Foundation. As of now, you can witnessed the evacuation centre structure being constructed and roofing iron being laid on top. It is such a great achievement that was long awaited for by the many members of our community especially the elders. Our team just recently managed to get hold of 23 bags of cement bags which was out of stock for a few months due to border closure and delay in delivery of materials from the mainland supplier (Suva). Project Plan Forward Now, our team is yet to purchase a few other materials which are out of stock to start making cement flooring for the evacuation centre. Materials like; Sand Gravel Mesh rod & Wire We have 23 cement bags kept and covered with taurplin at the construction site, ready for the flooring to be mixed. We are only left to construct the walls, windows (louvre frames and blades installation and painting of the exterior and interior walls of the evacuation Centre. We will be able to do this in the rest of the coming months from August until October. Last but not the least, our community women will plant flowers around the hall, hanging up of curtains and even do cleaning of the evacuation centre once it is all done and prepared ready for the opening ceremony by the end of October. Photos of Project Progress These are 10 pictures of our project progress so far as of now.
[Nawa Paila] Improving sanitation and hygiene behavior in community schools, Nepal
Project description Unsafe and insufficient quantity of drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and unimproved hygiene account for 7% of the global disease and 19% of child mortality worldwide. Moreover, the knowledge and practice of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) is still poor in secondary level students of Nepal. There is a need to impart WASH education in children who can be effective advocates in outreaching families and wider communities. Project purpose The overall purpose of the project is to promote health and education benefits through the implementation of proper sanitation and hygiene campaign. It focuses on the theme of safe drinking water, personal/ hand hygiene, and menstrual hygiene management. Through the integration of knowledge and life-skill-based education, we intend to enable children and the community to make an informed decisions. Activities plan Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the implementation of the project has been a challenge. As per the Government of Nepal’s notice, training or seminars in-person is not allowed. Considering the health and safety protocol, we plan to carry out the following activities: Developing menstrual hygiene management (MHM) education material. Capacity building in school students through online platforms. We also intend to raise an awareness campaign in the community through female community health volunteer’s which will be carried out once the COVID situation improves. Drinking water quality (microbial) test using Rapid Coliform Test Kit (RCTK). Implementing WASH club in schools 3. Conducting promotional events in the form of virtual competition to disseminate the outcomes of the project in the school. Project progress Describe the details you did relate to your project including the preparation process so far. *Details about Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How Following the COVID-19 restrictions, Kathmandu Valley was under lockdown because of which we organized most of our meetings and program through virtual platform. Conduction of talk program On May 27, 2021, a talk program titled“Menstrual Hygiene Management: Status, Challenges, and Gap in Nepal” was organized on a virtual platform. The main objective of the program was to highlight the status of menstrual hygiene, the challenges in policy, societal perspective, and discuss the possible interventions. More than 60 participants registered for the program. The program was chaired by Er. Ganesh Shah, former minister of the Ministry of Environment Science and Technology, stressed the need for awareness on menstrual hygiene as it impacts health as well. The key speakers (listed below) in the program were professionals from government, NGO, and social entrepreneur backgrounds who are actively advocating for sustainable menstrual hygiene management. Bharat Adhikari, community and capacity development expert, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Development Board (RWSSFDB)presented the cultural significance and societal perspective on menstruation in Nepal. Mr. Adhikari highlighted the role of male members and educated people to advocate dignified menstrual hygiene and trigger behavior change in the community. He further related menstrual hygiene with other sustainable development goals (SDG 3, 4, 5, 6, 8). Priti Sharma, program specialist, VSO Nepal presented the restrictions that menstruating women face in society not only in rural areas but also in urban areas. Moreover, the practice of the Chhaupadi system affects the health, dignity, mental health, and even the life of menstruating women. Ms. Sharma also highlighted national policies, programs, and progress to create dignified menstruation. Shubhangi Rana, co-founder, Pad2go, presented the approach of Pad2go:providing affordable and accessible sanitary pads, awareness and advocacy, and sanitary facilities. She further stressed the need of VAT exemption on all menstrual products so that it is accessible even to low income families. She also highlighted the need to discuss inclusive menstruation that includes differently-abled, transgender men, menopause, and the Dalit community. Poor menstrual hygiene practice has an impact on the education, health, environment, and overall socio-economic development of a country. As a way forward, collaboration and co-operation between different institutions (NGOs, in-line ministries, social enterprises) are crucial to bringing a positive change from ground to policy level through a holistic approach. Selection of schools and FCHV’s A total of 3 schools (1 public and 2 private) have been selected for the orientation and training program.However, the number of students from each school is yet to be finalized as the new session started in mid-June. Also, the number of students attending classes through online platforms is low.  Besides the schools, a group of FCHV’s in Kathmandu valley have also been selected to conduct the training program. Developing MHM educational materials Based on the desk review and discussion from the talk program, team NawaPaila made content for the pamphlets and poster focusing on menstrual hygiene management. The poster provides information on current status, relevant policies and government’s initiatives to promote dignified menstrual hygiene. Project plan Describe your plan for the time remaining. Any improvements, cautions, and expectations for future activities. Conducting training programs Students from classes 6 to 10 from the selected schools will be provided with the training programs via an online platform. The program schedule has already been designed and circulated to the respective schools. The information and education materials (IEC) will be distributed to the school. For the FCHV’s, it is challenging to conduct an online training program because most of them do not have access to the internet or the computer. Therefore, depending upon the situation, we plan to conduct this training program in person. Testing drinking water quality through rapid coliform test kit. A rapid coliform test kit will be distributed to the FCHV’s and the school students to assess the quality of drinking water. This will also help them to understand the importance of testing water quality. Conducting online competition among school children At the end of the program, an online competition (drawing/ essay writing) will be organized among the participating schools. In the event, all the beneficiaries (school children, teachers, and community clubs) and the relevant stakeholders (government agencies, INGOs, private companies) will be invited. Moreover, a video showcasing the journey of the campaign will also be presented. The pictures from the meeting with sanitation professionals, the talk program and team members follow: The pictures of the pamphlet designed on MHM follow: The picture of the poster designed on MHM follows:
[Zero Waste Malaysia] MY Zero Waste Life - Summarized
1.Project description Every day, Malaysians produce 38,000 tonnes of waste and 8.5 percent or over 1,000 tonnes of that is plastic waste. In one week, the waste collected is enough to fill up Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest building in our country. Malaysia also ranks second in Asia as the country with the most plastic waste. The waste issue is no longer an unfamiliar topic. It is talked about globally and is also recognized by the local community through awareness and conversation in their social sphere. Despite this exposure, plenty still get overwhelmed over the abundance of information and are not sure where to start. The plethora of YouTube videos and online articles on sustainable, zero-waste living oftentimes focus on changing individual habits without providing enough context on the local situation and how to drive big corporations and governments to take action. Zero Waste Malaysia thought of a way for ordinary people like YOU and I to take action to create a greener Malaysia, while potentially improving our health and saving money! MY Zero Waste Life – Summarized, launched in July 2021, is a comprehensive, go-to handbook on zero waste living, guiding readers to take simple actions to develop better habits and contribute to positive systemic change. To drive nationwide adoption, 14 online and offline campaigns covering schools, districts and states will be held throughout the year. 2. Project progress up to now The launching of MY Zero Waste Life – Summarized took place in July through online platforms Zoom and Facebook Live. The virtual launch was officiated by Jamalulail Abu Bakar, Environment Management Division Undersecretary with the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA). Mr Jamalulail hailed the development of the handbook and expressed support for ZWM’s efforts, which are in line with the government’s aspirations under the Malaysia’s Roadmap towards Zero Single Use Plastics 2018-2030. The event was attended by 250 individuals ranging from students, professionals, young adults, families, etc. We invited four panellists from various background – Davina, a vegan chef and plant-based lifestyle advocate; America, a 4-years’ zero waste practitioner and content creator; Amalina, a fellow volunteer and program coordinator at YSEALI; Melissa, a climate activist, model, and lead for Fashion Revolution Malaysia; Priyaa, the reigning Mrs Malaysia World and Founder of EcoQueen – who are all zero waste advocates and captivated the audience with real-life accounts of their zero waste journey to the three pillars of the handbook – Daily Lifestyle, Community Support, and Systemic Change. Within 24 hours, we recorded a total of >500 downloads of the handbook spanning over four languages (English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil versions). Participants have described the handbook launch as “game changing”, “inspiring” and “eye-opening”. 3. Project plan forward The launch day was the end of 6 months’ worth of work from the Phase 1 team consisting of content writers, translators, editors, designers, etc., but marked the beginning of collaborations with individual advocates, groups, organizations, corporations, institutions and governmental bodies to develop campaigns to drive the adoption of key sustainable practices across Malaysia for the remainder of the project period. We are currently finalizing plans for our national 30 Days Zero Waste Challenge happening in October. 4. Photos
[RECYCL'AFRICA] Campaign on waste segregation at households-level in Musanze City
Project Description The aim of the campaign is to foster ecological awareness pro-environmental engagement of residents of Musanze in order to properly segregate waste. The campaign also aims to show that waste segregation brings real environmental and economic benefits. The project is also intended to provide a clear overview of the various aspects of waste segregation, as well as to educate and encourage change in attitudes. The project also envisions communication with local government units. We were planning to train 30 volunteers, to sensitize 5000 households on proper waste segregation. We plan to have 40 local leaders to be involved in project. At the end of the campaign, the waste segregation awareness is supposed to be fostered and understood. The campaign will show that waste segregation brings real environmental and economic benefits. The project is providing a clear overview of the various aspects of waste segregation, as well as to educate and encourage change in attitudes.       2. Project progress up to now. We trained 24 volunteers who are visiting different neighborhoods in Musanze city and we had also 3 official authorities from the district during the training. These volunteer s interact with the population and the local authorities of these neighborhoods and show them how they have to segregate their waste. We reached the population of Musanze city through the radio talk and advertising and interact with them on how to segregate their waste. We showed the population how to segregate waste by using different banners which are displayed in all neighborhoods of the City. We had different meetings with district officials on how to foster this initiative and how to help the volunteers who are interacting the population 3. Project plan forward We expect to continue the advertising on radio which is in continuous until October 2021. The volunteers will continue the sensitization visit to the households in different community of the city. We will continue to interact with the local authorities in order to ask them to help in the sensitization of the population during different public meetings.            4. Photos