The Inle Lake tribes were driven from land in the 16th century. They built their homes and established floating gardens on the lake. The lake has been polluted by the use of chemical fertilizer, and waste from the families and animals. This project will help the Intha people to establish environmentally friendly methods of gardening and to decrease the amount of chemical and human pollutants in the lake. The effects will be improvement in family health, and quality of crops and fish.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Over the years the Lake has become badly polluted. Families, with homes built over the water have "floating" gardens, as their primary food source. Chemical fertilizers are used to enhance crop growth but the chemicals run off into the lake - the long term affect is that the crop quality and quantity is declining.. The pollution is especially felt by pregnant women and by children who have a serious health problems, including "soft bone" disease, blindness, and skin lesions.
How will this project solve this problem?
A pilot program, conducted by Global Community Service Foundation, had the following results: twenty-five people were trained in worm composting technology, twenty-five households began to breed worms, each household produced over 200 worms each, and the worms were integrated into the floating garden plots, the amount and quality of the food produced in the floating gardens fertilized by worm residue was equal to, and in many cases superior to, the crops grown with application of chemicals.
Potential Long Term Impact
Expected Result at the end of the project implementation;. 25 persons trained with Vermi Composing Technology. 25 households provided with breeding vermi worms. Methods and procedures established to replicate the vermi agriculture methods to up to 100 family garden plots. As a result, the Inle Lake garden plots can be transformed from pollution generating plots to environmentally safe, sustainable agriculture, as a means of food production for the impoverished families.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,255
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,245
Total Funding Goal: $8,500