GCSF President, Marcia Selva, just returned from a visit to Inle Lake where she went to visit the Naung Taw Lae Chay Village for the dedication of a new pre-school sponsored by one of GCF’s Donors.
The pre-school is located in the same village where 2 years ago, GCSF first piloted the worm breeding organic fertilizer project for 20 families in the village.
As part of a dedication ceremony, it is typical for the host to offer a meal to the donors and members of the community. This however, was a very special meal – the village families that made the meal proudly announced that the watermelon and green tomato salad were organic – both grown in their family gardens using their home produced worm fertilizer.
What a great day it was – the first pre-school in the village, the offering by the villagers to us of their organic watermelon and tomatoes and the announcement to us that they had actually run out of fertilizer because they were now starting to use in on the rice paddies! This initiative was all on their own.
We witnessed the success of using the organic fertilizer on their crops – and concluded that not only is the food as good but it was also bigger and better, than the food raised by use of chemical fertilizer. The families of Inle Lake, with the help of GSCF donors, are directly helping to save the lake and improve the healthcare of the families that use the lake water.
The village people asked us if there was any way that Global Community Service Foundation could replicate and expand the organic fertilizer program to other families in other villages on the lake. We acknowledged their request, congratulated them on their success and their initiative to expand the program to other crops. We let them know that we are currently raising funds on GlobalGiving to do just that – replicate and expand the program; one worm at a time!
Thank you for caring – thank you for giving – Global Community Service Foundation.
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