4thReport for Myanmar Youth Sustainability Training Centre
Dear Friends and Family,
The cold season has arrived here in Kalaw and even colder out at the new training centre in Sha Bin village 1,500 metres!! We made it through our first rainy season and now trying to keep stay warm as we wait for the hot season over the next few months.
As some of you may know, our main project in Kalaw, Sprouting Seeds Café, Bakery and Eco Shop Training Center has to move to a new location. The building which housed the project and also our family has sold and we have been given 2 months to move out. This is our biggest priority at the moment as it is directly linked to the farm and all of our work with Whispering Earth.
Although we are focusing our energy for the next month and half on the move of the café and home, we are still very excited about the progress we are making out at the farm.
We are working with local villagers and have the 4-5 months of dry season to really work on parts of the project while the weather is nice.
Vehicle for projectsWe have spent the last week with one of our Board of Directors making lots of for all of the projects for the upcoming year. We are so excited for all the plans we have ahead of us. We have identified the importance of having a vehicle that we can use for all of the projects. It is crucial at this stage to have a vehicle in order to safely get ourselves, materials and volunteers from town out to the farm and for uses with the other projects.
Adobe Brick MakingWithin the next week we will organize a team of local villagers and start our workshop on adobe brick making. We have arranged a large truck of rice husk and rice straw for the bricks and to start the first building. This will be a unique opportunity for the first time for villagers in our this area to learn how to make adobe bricks.
Green House and Shading for treesAs you all may know, we have planted many trees over the last few months of rainy season. Now with the cold weather and dry season ahead of us, we are focusing our energy on protecting the trees with natural mulch and shade cloth. We are also starting a small greenhouse space to prepare seedlings and young trees and veggies to get them ready for planting in this coming rainy season.
Road RepairsBecause the road going into the farm is new and we had some erosion in the rainy season, we are starting road repairs over the next week. We will have several workers maintaining parts of the road and some trucks of gravel will be dropped to make it easier for travel in during the heavy rainy season.
Water SystemWe are ready to set up the first large water catchment tank on the farm. Once this is in place we can begin to set up smaller tanks to use gravity to drain down in order to water all the young trees and allow us to be able to make the adobe bricks. We are very excited to have a basic water system set up soon on the farm!
We are excited to share more photos with you as we make progress on the farm over the next few weeks!!!
Thank you for all of your support!!!!
Whispering Earth Team
Dear friends and Family,
We wish you all a happy holiday season and many best wishes as we enter into the New Year!!!
The winter season has arrived and along with the cold weather come more and more tourists which greatly helps support our project.
We have been busy with many projects over the last few months.
Yoga Trauma Healing TrainingIn November we co-hosted a yoga training for girls from all over the country. Our aim was to support them to learn about yoga and trauma healing and to begin training this group of young girls to soon become yoga instructors!! It was a very successful training and were able to bring girls from all over the country to attend.
Four of the girls were from Kachin State and working in the IDP camps, (Internally Displaced People) Camps and will go back to start yoga program for those who are living in the camps. We are looking forward to another training to support these girls in the near future.
The rest of our Kalaw Yoga program is growing each day and supporting more and more people to learn about yoga.
New Products for the New YearWe were able to launch a series of products just in time for the holiday. Our natural handmade soaps were a huge hit as were the natural lip balms and healing salves. We also started a line of organic green tea and will expand this once we have a training this month to build a solar food dryer. We will introduce a line of naturally dried fruits and fruity and flowering teas.
Upcoming TrainingsAs we mentioned we will be building a unique solar food drying this month. We are very excited as we will be able to introduce many new products and teach local villagers another way of preserving foods.
We will also be building a small mushroom house to teach local communities how to grow 2-3 types of mushrooms. This will help us introduce new products on to our menu also from things we are growing ourselves!
We are looking forward to sharing more news from our progress during the beginning of this new year!!!
Wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!
Sprouting Seeds Family
Dear Friends and Family
The rains are starting to slow down now with only about 2 months left of rain before the dry season. We are still in planning mode for the next few months of the dry season.
As some of you may know, we have recently opened a Yoga Studio at our Sprouting Seeds Cafe and Bakery here in Kalaw. As part of this we are planning to integrate yoga training into our teacher training progams. In November we will be working with another group to offer a week long immersion training program in Yoga and Trauma Healing. We will bring participants from all over the country, targeting specifically ethnic girls from rural areas. this will be an ongoing program to help integrate yoga into more projects.
We were unable to get to Chin State due to certain conditions but we are still very excited to be intouch with one of our former alumni from one of the previous training programs who would like us to come up and offer a teacher training program. Once the weather has cleared we should be better able to travel to Chin State to offer the program there. We will keep you posted on our progress!
Once again we thank you all for your support and kind thoughts! Warmly,
All of us at Whispering Seed