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Overview: With the help of the faculty, PCV established school gardens. The faculty organized the school children into groups to collect fencing supplies, prepare the earth, and maintain the garden.
Statement of Problem: Both schools have a problem when it comes to parents paying school fees, as well as a problem supplying the school canteen.
Mechanism: The students are split It is truly a learning experience for the kids. The garden project helps to:
Funding: PCV/ Community (good sources include the APE, AME, or local groupement)
Parties Involved: PCV, directors of primary schools, teachers, students
Problems Encountered: The timing of the project was the only problem. It is best to start gardens in October as the kids come back from vacation. The group was close to the end of the idle time to start the project, but it all worked out.
Solutions: The group made sure to stick to a revised schedule. PCV emphasized importance of gardening during the traditional season rather than spilling over into hot season
Success and Impact: The projects are a huge success; the students take immense pride in their gardens, and are looking forward to the next gardening season.
Recommendations: Action planning is key! Make sure the involved parties write the plan, and account for all spent money. Also schedule a visit from another PCV as a “project evaluator.” It always helps to have another PCV come in as an expert/extra person to whom the community is accountable.
Resources/Contacts: Local Food Security Representative, Agriculture Resource Manual (available at IRC), local agriculture agent (for advice on local soil/environmental conditions)
Subject Name: Ebben B.
Site Location: Est