Jul 3, 2018

2nd Report for Myanmar Youth Sustainability Centre

Our farm situation in valley with 14 ethnic villag
Our farm situation in valley with 14 ethnic villag

2nd Report for Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training Centre (Whispering Earth Sustainability Training Centre)

Dear Friends and Family, 

We are happy to share some very exciting news with you once again about our new Whispering Earth Sustainability Training Centre! We have been able to put a small deposit down on the land for the new training centre located just 12 km outside of Kalaw which has allowed us to begin designing and planting the property.  We need to raise the rest of the funds as soon as possible to pay off all of the farm. In the meantime, we have already started the development of the property!

Access Road into farm complete
Already an access road has been built going into the farm and we have started digging our first water source to help us through the dry season. The monsoon season has started and its time for planting! So we are back and forth to the farm every day bringing trees and getting beds ready for sowing. 

Surkhi Rain Water Catchment Tank
Albert has started our first rainwater catchment system using a new earthen building technique from India called Surkhi. So far we are very pleased with the outcome, which will allow us to teach the local villagers how to build their own rainwater harvesting tanks using mud, straw and rice husk, with a lime and brick dust water proof plaster. This technique will also be able to be used on the buildings in the near future! The outcome of the tank so far has been spectacular!

Our first bamboo house
With the help of the local Danu villagers, we have built our first small bamboo shelter which allows us a place to take shelter from the driving rains which have already begun and a place to sleep at night when we have long working and planting days. 

Sustainable Design and Planting trees and crops
Permaculture design of the entire property has already started and we have marked out the spaces for the first buildings which will be started after the rains in November, including the training hall, kitchen and welcome lodge. 

Over the next weeks we will continue planting and doing intensive design work on the land. So far we have planted several species of mulberry, avocadoes, Asian pears, plums, lots jasmine, gardenias and frangipani, cover crops of beans, corn, lentils, some pumpkins, squash, beets and a variety of forest trees. We are now getting ready to plant 6 different species of bananas, more fruit trees and continuing the natural edible fencing around the land to stop the water buffalo from eating all of our hard work! 

We look forward to sharing more news over the next months!!!!

Warmly, 

Whispering Earth Team!

Our first load of mulberry trees ready to plant
Our first load of mulberry trees ready to plant
The first surkhi water catchment tank
The first surkhi water catchment tank
Location of farm in Danu village 1,500 meters
Location of farm in Danu village 1,500 meters
First bamboo house planted with beans,corn,lentil
First bamboo house planted with beans,corn,lentil
View into valley from Sha Bin mountain in village
View into valley from Sha Bin mountain in village

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Jun 12, 2018

14th Report on Rural Teacher Training in Myanmar

Handicraft training in crochet, knitting & sewing
Handicraft training in crochet, knitting & sewing
14th Report for Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre Dear friends and Family, We are excited to share the latest report with you. We have been busy over the last few months, but still struggling due to a severe lack in tourism because of the issues in Rakhine State, which is greatly affecting tourism all over the country. 8 Interns from Local Children's Home We have taken in 8 interns from a local children's orphanage home to learn with us over the last few months. It has been a great experience for us and for the girls. Now they have started school again, but we hope to continue to support their skills development. They have started their training in cooking, baking, ice cream making, knitting and crochet and fairie lights. Yoga Classes Ready to Go!!! The yoga studio is ready to go! We have a new teacher and classes are starting now! We are very excited and looking forward to really beginning the new part of the project! Traditional Myanmar Cooking Classes Cooking classes have been ongoing and we have had a wonderful response from guests. These classes too add a wonderful new element to our project. Launch of New Products Throughout the next few months, with low tourist season and the rainy season, we will focus on our crafts. We will work to produce more of our handmade soaps, start a new line of shampoos, lip balms, and we will focus on our sustainable packaging. Kachin Fermentation Workshop We were able to spend a few days in northern Myanmar, Kachin State and had an amazing opportunity to do a short fermentation course with a friends mother. She taught us the art of traditional Kachin fermentation, especially how to make the sticky rice with herbal leaves. This is then used to make a purple sticky rice fermented drink...absolutely amazing and full of nutrients! We are so excited about all the momentum in the cafe and looking forward to sharing more news with you soon! Warmly, All of us at Sprouting SeedsSome of the interns and the new bakery items
Some of the interns and the new bakery items
Some of the new crafts and products for Eco Shop
Some of the new crafts and products for Eco Shop
Always learning together and having fun!
Always learning together and having fun!
Our amazing Kachin fermentation teacher!
Our amazing Kachin fermentation teacher!
Using the herbal starter to ferment the rice
Using the herbal starter to ferment the rice
May 24, 2018

16th Report on Rural Teacher Trainings in Myanmar

Dear Friends and Family

We trust you are doing well. As we enter into the rainy season here in Myanmar we have had a small break from teacher training the last 2 months because we have been focusing our energies on our newest project and the development of the new training centre, which will be used for the teacher trainings. 

Prior to the rains we have been actively working on the new land and preparing for teacher trainings to take place during the rainy season when physical work will stop at the farm. 

We are greatful for your contributions and support of our work and we are so excited about the teacher trainings being able to use the new training centre at the end of the rainy season. 

We will have more to share with you during the next report about our first teacher training which will be held in remote Chin Sate, northern Myanmar during the next 2 months. 

Thank you kindly for all your support and we look forward to updating you further in the next report!

we are also excited to share that we have a new website where you can see more details about the teacher trainings and our other projects!

Warmly, 

Jim and all the team here at Whispering Seed!

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