Help for Africa
From Denmark to Chilangoma
We were talking a lot about what should be the actions that we will make when we are working in our school when we will be in Africa. Help for Africa!
Should they be big ones? Should they be small ones? How can we involve the school? How can we involve the community? Do they have tools for the action we want to do?
We have Africa in our minds, we have thoughts and ideas about how it can be, but the reality might be totally different when we will be totally involved there.
That’s why we prepared our 5 actions but we didn’t really develop the ideas yet. We first need to get into the reality of the place, and after develop what we will do.
The 5 actions we would like to develop in our program period are these:
Growing your own food:
Growing your own food can sound like a difficult idea but it’s much easier than you think. So, put your gloves on, take your shovel and let’s start!
You just need seeds, water and soil.
We would like to propose this idea because there are a lot of benefits that come from growing your own food.
One of the big benefits is saving money because it will always be cheaper to buy a pocket of 30 carrot seeds than to buy the carrots in the market.
Training in Moringa trees:
During the climate conference in Lindersvold, Ayae found out about all the benefits that Moringa trees have from a girl who have been in Botswana.
Moringa tree can grow during the dry season and rainy seasons, and you can eat the leaves, roots and seeds.
The seeds have more vitamin C than oranges, four times more calcium than a glass of milk, three times more potassium than banana and two times more protein than yoghurt.
There really are a lot of benefits and we would like to share this information in Chirangoma, Malawi for the dry season.
After sharing all of the information about Moringa trees, we would like to propose to plant the trees all together close to school, market and community place.
When the trees grow up, we would like to make an action to cook together using the leaves, roots and seeds.
Using local markets and local products:
We would like to support the local markets and products to help both local interests and the climate.
First, about the local interest. If you buy products locally, the money stays around the local economy.
However, if we continue to buy stuff in the supermarkets then we spend money which goes to other areas and large companies. If we do not support, buy and use local products then local industries will die and the local economy will suffer.
Secondly, about the climate. When we buy products in supermarkets, most of products are packed in plastic. All of these plastics are going to the rubbish bin when we unpack back at home. We would like to reduce the plastic waste by buying locally.
The three R's (3R) is a rule to care for the environment, specifically to reduce the volume of waste generated. The 3R’s aim to develop responsible consumption habits and make you aware about throwing less waste away, saving money and being a more responsible consumer, thus reducing your carbon footprint.
This is what we want to teach to our students, that everything can be Reused, Reduced or Recycled and all together we can find many ways to do it.
Make a water tank to collect water rain:
We would like to propose an action to make a water tank to collect water during the rainy season. Malawi, there are rainy and dry seasons. If we collect the water during the rain season, we can use it during the dry season to grow vegetables.
If there is already a water tank for this purpose, then we plan to check the quality of the tank and we would like to fix it if we need to do it.
We have proposed the above 5 Actions for our service period in Africa.
However, our goal is to learn all together about the benefits of consuming locally and continuing the project for the people involved after we leave. Because these projects are not for us.
We would like to change the situation regarding climate change and global warming. We cannot change that if we just do something good for one day. No.
We have to do it for all our lives.
And now, We help for Africa!
By Ayae and Carla