The Earth Trust

Earth Trust works to give tools to tribals and villagers to farm their land in a sustainable way, to develop responsibility for Primary Health solutions with traditional answers and to give rural children inspiration, skills & passion for revitalising their communities & land. Email: earthtrust@gmail.com
Dec 26, 2012

Learning from Nature: The Shola Forest Experience

Reconnect children with Nature: Seeding the importance of conservation of the unique shola forest at the right age group in an enjoyable way.  

Organic agriculture follows the laws of nature. The below mentioned 88 Eco Club students and 10 teachers from 8 rural   Eco Club schools were exposed to 3 different Shola and grassland forests in Nilgiris. (Wet evergreen montane forest)

While the waste biomass accumulates, the children begin to discover and to learn the basic principles of organic agriculture. A field trip to an area of indigenous forest (Tropical montane evergreen forest/ shola and grassland forest) provides the springboard. Here they witness a self-sustaining integrated eco-system with natural mulch, humus formation, mixed species, diversity of wildlife and so on. As a comparison, they then visit an exotic forest of pine, eucalyptus, or wattle. The differences are apparent: only one species, no birds, sunlight burning the open forest floor, hard ground, little humus.

The eco-club members can easily grasp the parallels between shola forest and organic farming, and between exotic forest and conventional farming.

The Learning: 

  • About the natural forests soil health
  • Shola Biodiversity (Plants &animals) Soil, Multitier system, Natural mulch, Water holding capacity of the soil, diversity of the plant species and animal species in the forest ecosystem.
  • Importance of Shola & Grassland vegetation 
  • Preliminary study on enumerating the grassland species to observe the species diversification
  • In addition we expose them the impact of monoculture (Eucalyptus, Acacia, Pine etc) and invasive (Cytisus, Cestrum, Ulex, Eupatorium) 

 RESULTS

At the end of the programme a quiz was conducted to refresh what they have learned from the shola forest experience.

  • This programme was an eye opener for the students and teachers. It gave first hand information and experience on the Shola forest
  • Students were able to realize the urgent need for the conservation of biodiversity
  • They were able to distinguish native and alien plants
  • Helped to identify active students for our follow up programme
  • Teachers understood the seriousness of conservation issues
  • Established good rapport and better understanding among students and teachers 

 

Sr.No       Name of the school              No of students     No of Teachers          Place 

1           P.U.M.School ,Kollimalai                11                          1        Glenmorgan  Forest

2              P.U.M.School, Thenalai                  12                          2        Glenmorgan  Forest

3              P.U.M.School, Sogathorai                9                          1        Glenmorgan  Forest

4              M.M.School, Attadi                        12                          1        Kodanadu Forest

5              M.M.School, Bandisolai                  21                          2        Kodanadu Forest

6              P.U.M.School, Kilkowatty                 9                          1        Pykara Forest

7              P.U.M.School, Adasolai                    9                          1        Pykara Forest

8              P.U.M.School, Odaikadu                   5                          1        Pykara Forest

                                        Total:     88                       10

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Sep 26, 2012

Income Generation Programme for Rural village wome

The Earth Trust provides Income Generation Programmes for tribal village women to improve their home skills & health issues and help towards their financial improvement. They are given 100 days training in Knitting, sewing, embroidery & other craft and food processing skills. When they complete this programme they have the skill to knit & make clothes for their families and can start to generate their own income.

As an unexpected and invaluable result we also found that the women who had previously been isolated at home found friends and a new supporting community over the 3-month training period During this programme the tribal women gain the confidence to start discussing their health issues and family problems in a supportive and low key way with our team which enables many troubling issues to be resolved.

The villages we work with are of farming communities so we take them for exposure visits to organic farming fields where they get awareness about organic farming, health and herbal plants and are encouraged to grow their own kitchen herbal & vegetable garden.

During April 2012 to June 2012 we have given this training to 15 women in Kethorai village. This will complete 17 villages in which we have impacted more than 249 women and their families.

The Training modules for 3 months:

Basic Training – 1st Month:

Basic mechanisms for the sewing machines; 

3 types of Hemming, 3 types of Button Stitches,

Learning to use the sewing machine with a foot pedal,

Designing and Cutting – Shorts (Boys & Girls) Petticoat, Under skirt, Skirt (Long & Short),

Embroidery for various dress materials, furnishing etc.:Pillow covers, Cushion covers, Frocks, Churidhars, blouses, Bags, Door mats, Dinner Mats and Purse/ handbag materials

Basic Training – 2nd Month

Designing & cutting on cloth and paper: Skirt (Full & Half) Skirt Blouse (Neck type U, V type etc.) Frock – Four types Pleated petticoat Gathered petticoat

Advanced Training – 3rd Month

Designing & cutting on cloth and paper: Churidhar – 2 types of Pajamas, Sun suit Waistcoats, Sari Blouse – (With a U-neck, V-neck etc) Uniform – Skirt & Blouse, Trouser & Shirt

Knitting Basic & Advanced Training

Introduction to knitting Needles Starting stitches Crocheting Taking measurements Teaching variety of Designs & Module Knitted Items Scarf, mat, cap – 4 types Socks – 2 types Sweater - 5 models Shawls - ordinary & ‘V’ shawls Sweater designs For Babies, School children, ladies & gents

Jun 28, 2012

Primary Health Care Training in Nilgiri Villages - provided by Earth Trust from Jan to Mar 2012

Earth Trust Provides Primary Health Care Training in Rural villages in Nilgiris

Earth Trust provides and supports a process whereby people learn to improve their personal habits and attitudes and to work responsibly for the improvement of health conditions in the family, community and nation. Every member of the health team shares responsibility in providing health education.

It aims to help people make use of their own efforts and education in improving their conditions of living, lodging, good nutrition and prevention of diseases.

It is a means of improving the health of the people by employing various methods of scientific procedures to show the most healthful ways of living.

Earth Trust teaches 12 modules programme for rural village women.  In which the following Modules are taught to the group of village women.

I. Human Body Systems (Anatomy)

a)     Digestive system

b)     Respiratory System

c)     Skeletal system

d)     Function of Heart

e)     Nervous system

f)      Muscular system

g)     Reproductive system

h)     Child Birth

i)       Adolescence

 

II. Nutrition - Basic Nutrients and uses

III. Disease classification

a)      Communicable Diseases

b)      Non communicable diseases – Symptoms & sign of diseases

IV. Breathing Exercises - Importance of Breathing exercises

V. Hygiene (Basic) - Self Hygiene & in community

VI. Neonatal & Child Care

a)      Antenatal guidance

b)     From child birth to Adolescent stage

VII. Stress management / Massage  & simple Exercises

VIII. Reflexology

IX. Energy Healing Therapies (Quantum Touch, Reiki, Cranio sacral therapy)

X. Herbal Garden setup (Indigenous Plants) – Minimum 20 plants

XI. Herb Medicine preparation – Teas, Legium, Sooranum, Oils and Syrups

a) Documentation of indigenous herbs & uses

b) Extending knowledge about indigenous plants

c) Preparing Medicine on available plants

c) Preparing Medicines for Primary Health Care conditions

During Jan 2012 to March 2012 we have given this training to two villages Namely Thenalai & Kethorai Village.

  • After completing this programme the village women are aware of Hygiene, nutrition & above said information.
  • They are happy to set up a Kitchen Herbal Garden for their own nutrition & primary health care. Now the women have set up their kitchen herbal garden.
  • The women are Preparing Their own Nutrition flour with the Following Ingredients

        INGREDIENTS     Quantity

1           Pearl Millets                 1 kg

2          Finger Millets / Ragi       1 kg

3          Little Millets                  1 kg

4          Foxtile Millets               1 kg

5          Maize                          1 Kg

6          Sorghum                      1 Kg

7          Wheat                         1 Kg

8          Brown Rice                 1 kg

9          Barley                          1 kg

10        Chick Peas                    0.500 g

11        Green Peas (Dry)          0.500 g

12        Green Beans                 0.500 g

13        Soya beans                   0.500 g

14        Amaranthus                  0.500 g

15        Roasted Chana dhal      0.500 g

16        Red gram                     0.500 g

17        Bengal gram (Split)        0.500 g

18        Black gram / Urid dhal   0.500 g

19        Green gram (Split)         0.500 g

20        Horse gram                  0.500 g

21        Beans                           0.500 g

22        Almonds                      0.100 g

23        Groundnuts                  0.100 g

24        Cashew nuts                 0.100 g

25        Pista nuts                     0.100 g

26        Fennel                         0.100 g

27        Fenugreek                    0.050 g

 

TASTE / Flavor

28         Cardamum                   0.050 g

29         Dry Ginger                   0.100 g

30         Jaggery                        5.500 kg

31         Brown sugar                 0.500 g

32         Cumin                         0.050 g

 

Preparation

Roast and grind all the ingredients

Additional options: Amaranthus seeds; flax seeds; forest grains & nuts

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