Volunteer Climate Activists
During our Time in Saint Vincent as volunteer Climate activists we have had the chance to join different actions in the academy and work in two main projects.
First of all the living at RVA is very intense and fruitful, to become climate compliant is not an easy work and they are getting there successfully but that require commitment and time to rethink our doings. I really enjoy and learned being part of it since through courses actions and community life we could actually improve our understandings and capacity to act toward climate change.
As volunteers coming from an activist Climate program in Denmark for a period of three months we also got the opportunity to work and carry on two main projects.
The first one:
Organic school garden in Chateau Belair primary school.
That was the main and bigger project we had since it took almost three months to set it up. The proyect was a demand from the school who wanted to implement gardening in their curriculum as a part of the last two grades.
An organic garden in an school is such an important educational project since most of the people rely in chemical pesticides and fertilizers to treat their crops. Even in schoold they have a gardener that goes sometimes during the evening to kill the weed with chemical, so the soil lose its nutrients and become poor.
When you make such a project for and with the kids they learn many values and tricks that can help not just to the environment but to their health as well. Kids will conform the future generations and to educate them is to ensure a better destiny for our planet.
Beside that when you do such a project in the school you do not just teach children but the teachers in the school and the families of each an every single of them.
I would definitely say that school garden can become a guarantee of a better life and future for all of us.
When we first came there we didn’t realize about the amount of work that this project will require, as we started cleaning and preparing the ground we had to pick up a huge amount of litter that students throw away unconsciously and without thinking.
While picking the litter we had the chance to involve them and explain to them why is it needed to do so, and most important why we should prevent that from happening.
As the ground was clean to determine the shape of the garden was also a challenge since the soil was mostly rocky and the sloped area didn’t make things easier.
We found ourselves carrying soil from a nearby field to the school playground in order flatten the space and build to different levels where to place our dreamed organic garden.
That was also a very tough process since we didn’t manage to involve many people and the amount of work that need to be done was quite big. We can say that the main challenge we faced in the area was to mobilize people.
That is such a pity and for me the biggest lesson we have learn. Doing good things for people shows good intentions, but good intentions are not enough, people need to be independent people need to feel that what you are doing is also their own production, in that way you guarantee the well care they will take of it.
As the project was going on and we earn that many people should be involve in order to secure a long lasting life for the school garden, we start inviting the kids to our school, involving them in planting and take care of the plants, we explain them some important concepts about organic farming, like companion planting, and later on they had to bring it into practice in their own garden.
We give to all people in the school a tour around the garden, made some different actions with them.
More than 200 kids where involve in the last part of our project and most of them where even helping with different tasks like litter collection, planting, etc.
We can say now the project was a success, we were able to provide a water tank as well to harvest rain water and ensure a quality water supply to the garden sin the public water is full of chlorine and not always available.
Before we left we hand it over to others volunteer so they will have some support in how to grow it healthy and make it bloom beautifully!