Jan 30, 2020

20th Report for Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre

Meeting with our first group of teacher interns!
Meeting with our first group of teacher interns!

20th Report for Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre

 

Dear Friends and Family, 

 

We are very excited to share our latest news with you from our Training Centre here in Kalaw!!!  

 

We are coming to the end of another high season here in Kalaw and we are happy with the progress we are making here at the Centre.

 

Extension of Teacher Training Project

Here at Sprouting Seeds we have taken on a new focus over the last few months. Our café, bakery and eco shop is now serving as an extension of our Teacher Training Program. Together with our partners SEMS, we are now offering teachers from our teacher training network 3-6 month internship positions here at Sprouting Seeds. 

 

We established the project 2 months ago and have had our first batch of 7 teachers coming from all over the country. We are first focusing on teachers from our networks schools which we have a long term relationship with, in order to have the most impact. 

 

Our internship position aims at full emersion in a hands on learning environment. The teachers are learning by doing! Our goal is to support them in practical skills development and also will have follow up support once they return back to their schools. 

 

As part of the program, the girls all live here at the café now, so we have been busy with renovations of space for them to live. 

 

We are very happy with the program so far and are excited to share more news as the project continues over the next few months. 

 

 

Exposure Visits

As part of our new focus and training of teachers here at the café, we have been able to enjoy many exposure trips for the teachers into the surrounding areas. We have taken the teachers to local temples, caves, mountain sights, and have had several trips out to our farm project in the village. 

 

Visit from Board Members Thom and Melita

For most of the month of December, our dear friends and board members Thom and Melita from Holland were able to join us here in Kalaw. It was a wonderful time, full of meetings, hard work and good laughs! 

We look forward to their visits each year, as we have time to review the following year and also time to plan ahead for the upcoming year. 

 

We are happy to share our latest news with all of you and look forward to sharing more in the near future. We are grateful for all the support we receive!!!

 

Warmly, 

 

Sprouting Seeds Family  

Our first exposure trip to Kakku temple
Our first exposure trip to Kakku temple
Always fun heading to farm in the new truck
Always fun heading to farm in the new truck
Visiting the local temple and caves around Kalaw
Visiting the local temple and caves around Kalaw
A trip to visit the girls temple school
A trip to visit the girls temple school
Another fund day out at the farm!!
Another fund day out at the farm!!
Nov 18, 2019

7th Report for Myanmar Youth Training Centre

Bringing our group of new teacher interns to farm
Bringing our group of new teacher interns to farm

Dear friends and family,

We are happy to say that we have made it through another soggy monsoon season here in Shan State!!!! The sun is out now as we make our way into cold season which means more tourist will be coming to Kalaw!   

This means time once again to focus on developing the land and new buildings!!! So excited to share our news with you!

We found the 4x4 truck
We are so thankful for the amazing support from all of you and were able to purchase this amazing 4x4 truck!! We now have made several journeys out to the farm in the new vehicle. This will make a world of difference at we had into the busy building season. We are so thankful!

Road Work Completed
We just finished another round of road work at the farm. With a tractor and then several trucks loads of light gravel, the road is now improved 100 percent and ready for regular use into the farm! It has taken a while 

New Full Time Staff
This month we were able to hire our first full time staff at the farm! We are so excited. This is the uncle we were fortunate enough to have purchased the farm from, so he knows the land so well and supports us with a great connection to the village. We will work with Uncle over the next few months of dry season to really help make more progress at the farm. Welcome to our team!!!! 

New Water Source
Thanks to Uncle,  we have also been able to locate another water source from which we will be pumping our water for use at the project through this dry season. Water is a huge issue in this area….and will continue to be an ongoing issue here at the farm. However, with this water source and building more holding tanks this coming dry season to store up on rain water, things should get a little bit easier. 

Prep for APA High School Group
Finally, we are happy to say that we will have a group of 90 high school students from Yangon coming to work with us at the farm and at Sprouting Seeds in town in December. We are working hard this month to prepare everything so that the kids will be able to camp out at the farm for 3 days while they are here. It will be our frist group at the farm…so much to do, but we are so excited. 

Once again we want to thank everyone for all the incredible support you show us. With many plans for development of the farm over the next few months, we are looking forward to having more and more visitors in the near future.

We look forward to sharing more news with you of our progress over the next few months. 

We thank you for all of your support!!!

Whispering Earth Team

The tractor again making repairs after rainy seaso
The tractor again making repairs after rainy seaso
First load of gravel to help protect the road
First load of gravel to help protect the road
Our first full time staff member at the farm!!
Our first full time staff member at the farm!!
The new water source for the farm
The new water source for the farm
A birds eye view of the farm & surrounding area
A birds eye view of the farm & surrounding area
Nov 1, 2019

19th Report for Sprouting Seeds Learning Centre

Sewing training for local youth
Sewing training for local youth

Dear Friends and Family!

We are happy to say that we have made it through another soggy monsoon season here in Shan State!!!! The sun is out now as we make our way into cold season which means more tourist will be coming to Kalaw!   

New Internships
As we prepare for the upcoming high season have opened several new positions for young girls to come in for internships with us. We are fixing up one of spaces here at the new café for the girls to have a place to sleep. It is a time of big changes, as all the girls we have previously trained are now moving on to other jobs and work. We are excited with the new group and they are ready to learn all they can!!!

Sewing Training with village
We offered a sewing training to a small group of girls from one of the villages outside Kalaw. They learned several new techniques for sewing and all have left know how to sew small bags which we will sell here at the café. 

Sustainable Urban Kitchen Garden (Permaculture Workshop)
With support from our dear friend Cheryl, we offered our first Permaculture workshop last month. The workshop, Sustainable Urban Kitchen Gardens was a huge success. We brought in local organic farmers from the area, local farmers and many participants were from local hotels and restaurants in Kalaw looking to start composting and small scale organic gardens. 

The workshop was a huge success, so we have decided next rainy season to offer a series of workshops on Permaculture, Sustainability and Organic Gardening. We are starting the planning for these workshops now. 

Organic Gardens Continue
Our organic gardens here at the café continue to grow. We are focusing on different varieties of lettuces, edible flowers, specialty herbs and kale. These will be able to be supplemented and accentuate some of our dishes at the café and can be used in our organic tea and soap making. 

Cooking Classes, Trekking and Mountain Biking
With the weather clearing and more guests coming to Kalaw, we continue our cooking classes, as well as offering trekking services and our mountain bikes. There is much room for these areas to grow in the café and we are looking forward to some of the new interns to step into leadership roles in some of these areas. 

We are busy here for the next months and looking forward to sharing more news with you over the next months!

Warmly, 

Sprouting Seeds Family

Sustainable Urban Kitchen Garden Workshop
Sustainable Urban Kitchen Garden Workshop
Traditional Myanmar Cooking Classes at Cafe
Traditional Myanmar Cooking Classes at Cafe
Advanced sewing training for trainers
Advanced sewing training for trainers
Our amazing organic red russianpurple kale
Our amazing organic red russianpurple kale
Training of trainers from Rakhine and Shan State
Training of trainers from Rakhine and Shan State
 
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