Barcelona social inclusion, empower 2500 homeless

 
$8,627
$41,373
Raised
Remaining
Aug 6, 2010

First Artistic Contribution!

What if these flowers were real!
What if these flowers were real!

"Empowering the Person Campaign" has recieved its first artistic innovation called "Mobile Garden Cart" that could help empower people who need food security, in which well-balanced “kitchen gardens” can contribute much to the diet and health of individuals and families, wherever they are. And if there is extra produce, it can be shared, or sold. Leftover building material, furniture and many more are always scattered and found on the streets of Barcelona. It seems to us that its the perfect place for DIY projects. The "Mobile Garden Cart" MGC project will raise awareness on bio-diversity, and support of co-dependent pollinator ecosystems, which will appeal to the advantages of owning/propagating individual garden. The MGC is a great contribution by Artist Vounteer Michele Baron who writes an effecient description for this intervention. However, the next step is to make this description visual for the public. Here is Michele Baron's proposal: The MGC can be a wholly-contained unit, with seed-sprouting, container gardening, watering, and composting all in a portable growing system. The cart can be wheeled to maximize exposure to sun, and enable resilient gardening even when no plots of land are available. (Of course, the wheels must have a brake system, and, preferably, a block-and-wedge secondary stationary device.) A water sack can be filled, and a flexible piping system can be used to either water (drip or osmosis), or to create a fully-operational hydroponic (soil-free) garden, as well. This decreases water waste and evaporation, and ensures sufficient watering even if the gardener is away for a time. A composting unit can be enclosed just beneath the base of the container platforms—essentially, a double-platform frame, with perhaps 12 inches to 18 inches (30 to 50 cm) between the levels. A durable plastic housing can be placed within, benefitting from the warmer temperatures at the base of the Cart, where garden trimings, and other suitable vegetation can be combined to yield an ongoing source of compost. Worms or beneficial bacteria may be cultured within, as well—and thus if soil containers are used, the soil may be refreshed between each planting. If the garden is hydroponic, the compost may be donated to another garden space, nourishing more of the earth. Another benefit of this composting segment is that it insulates the base of the cart, ensuring a longer growing season, and enables a higher platforming of the framework for hanging containers, since the center of gravity and weight ratios are improved. A central, higher “ridge-pole” frame piece may be added at the top-center of the Cart’s framing system, to support anti-insect netting, open-weave vine-supporting netting, or acrylic/plastic cover-sheeting (if available)—to protect from insects, high winds, rains or droughts, and cold, improving the growing season, and garden productivity. Seed-sprouting trays, if desired, may be track-suspended along the top rails of the framework; they needn’t be very wide, only long, and will not block the sun’s rays to other garden containers. If possible, carts could be sold to urban and other landless, financially-stable gardeners, with an announced slight increase in price, so that other carts might be donated to the indigent landless, who also need food security, and could vastly benefit from a sustainable gardening system.

Please comment to help us improve this intervention. Thank you so much Michele Baron!

Living off the streets as tourist attraction!
Living off the streets as tourist attraction!
Comments:
  • Sonia
    Sonia This humanitarian approach is ideal to empower individuals. I think every neighbourhood has positive assets that not necessarily utlilized and disadvantages that were never treated. I hope your campaign will help initiate a dialogue and become very successful!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Margaret
    Margaret Great idea. I can see recycled shopping carts being used as the base for these gardens.
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Gilda
    Gilda A great evokation is now an amazing project, best of luck!!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Hoda
    Hoda Very Interesting!!!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • maximehourani
    maximehourani interesting idea for a good cause.. i can see it sprouting in many mega cities of the world. i support
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Mirou
    Mirou It is very interesting for artists to contribute and address societal problems. Food security is a major issue that can really help individuals in any city. I definitely support and would be happy to assist in agricultural matters!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Fay
    Fay Can I build that cart for my grandchildren. I think it will help them learn big deal of science too.
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Ins
    Ins Wish you all the luck on this project Aseel. I fully supported and hope you do the same in Lebanon.
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Ins
    Ins Wish you all the luck on this project Aseel. I fully supported and hope you do the same in Lebanon.
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Anthony
    Anthony great project! I like that the first phase is to raise awareness and conduct research and the second phase is to build something. Good luck!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Hala
    Hala I am an 8th grade school teacher and would like to volunteer for your cause. Maybe we can do some class acivity to raise awareness among youngsters (our future generation).
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Antwane
    Antwane from an agricultural engineer! good job on Mobile Garden Cart! keep us posted with results.
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Antwane
    Antwane from an agricultural engineer! good job on Mobile Garden Cart! keep us posted with results.
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Chris
    Chris I've been homeless, and it's no fun! I agree that the key is to empower the individual, not just to provide 'aid'.Well done to you for starting this.
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • CrisCas
    CrisCas I find the empowering idea very interesting. Best of luck
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • nikki
    nikki very nice !!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • nickky
    nickky super
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • nickky
    nickky i like it!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • nick
    nick good job Aseel
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • N/I
    N/I Very Interesting! I would like to sponsor one mobile garden cart to promote healthy herbs at local community residential areas! Good Luck!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Jonathan Minchin
    Jonathan Minchin Very interesting project!perhaps the turning wheels of the cart can be made to power the hydroponic system. You could also inculde solar oven in there to allow people to cook their own food too. I would like to help in the construction of these if there is the need.Good Job!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • A|J
    A|J Very Interesting indeed! Its a great idea to rethink technologies and programs that worked but not for everybody! Lebanon need such initiave too!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Tony
    Tony Great project.. wether mobile garden carts or mobile mural walls.. the idea is clear and ambitous... it will create positive interactions!!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Wissam Shekhani
    Wissam Shekhani Great Idea and unique conceptBravo
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Jad
    Jad Great Idea! Good luck Aseel on your humanitarian initiative to establish healthy dialogue!
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Naja
    Naja good luck! the world need more people like you Aseel.. I see homeless every 1 minute and now I see an alternative to keep them busy and noticed...
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • Jim
    Jim wow so much to learn..
    • 4 years ago
    •  · 
  • To comment you need to login. Don't have an account? Create One.

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

Retired Project

This project is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?
Find another project in Spain or in Human Rights that needs your help.

Organization

Aseel Honein

El-koura, North Lebanon, Lebanon

Project Leader

Aseel Honein

El koura, North Lebanon Lebanon

Where is this project located?

Map of Barcelona social inclusion, empower 2500 homeless