Feb 25, 2021

Planning further project activities

At the end of the old year, the new seedlings were planted by the families in December, after they had to acclimatise beforehand. Training for these families has continued over the last three months. The small sewing business set up in the summer also continues to operate.

In the last three months, some planning has also taken place at the organisational level regarding the way forward for the project. For example, a procedure was developed for monitoring both the growth and condition of the plants and the successes in terms of equality. The former will be done by the local experts on site and by means of the app developed by Aktion Sodis. The latter will be collected through direct interviews with a representative number of families by the technicians.

In addition, a process has been designed to provide financial support to families to purchase tools and materials. It is envisaged that each family will be provided with an amount in a virtual account from which they can procure materials or tools. They have to pay back this amount later and from the amount paid back, another family is enabled to have a virtual account. For the beginning, 20 so-called model families are to be selected, which are also part of the other projects of Aktion Sodis and are thus to actas role models for the other families.

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Jan 13, 2021

Food security in times of crisis

Material handover in Micani
Material handover in Micani

During times of drought, extreme weather conditions, rural exodus and crop failures, the time has come to advocate for resilient food systems and sustainable agriculture. Especially in times of the COVID-19 pandemic, which challenges existing structures even more.

Therefore, we are grateful for your support, which will enable us to address these issues in Micani, Bolivia. With your help, a food security and diversification program for the altitudes of Bolivia will be implemented in 6 village schools.

Project progress

The school nutrition project is implemented through 5 milestones:

  1. Strengthening of the project team
  2. Analysis and detailed elaboration of the school garden model and micro-irrigation systems
  3. Construction and implementation of micro-irrigation systems and school gardens
  4. Training and workshops for children, teachers, parents, and school cooks
  5. Project monitoring, controlling and evaluation.

Following the engagement of a trained agricultural engineer from the local area, the analysis and detailed elaboration of the school garden models and irrigation systems were successfully conducted. Existing water sources, land availability, measurement of soil quality and determination of microclimatic influences were evaluated. Within this framework, the demand for solar tents was identified, as the different altitudes in some villages make cultivation difficult due to the extreme cold. Discussions are still ongoing regarding the technical aspects of the solar tents, given the importance of considering the individual requirements in each village school.

Finally, in October, materials with all components for the irrigation systems were delivered. During November, these were assembled in the villages and - if possible - taken into operation, followed by sowing and planting the gardens. The Corona situation complicates the management of the gardens, as there is no normal school attendance. However, this was solved by locating external responsible persons who will take care of the gardens until school resumes in March 2021. For reasons of fairness, the construction of the solar tents will not be started until the financing is complete.

Laying out the drip tube
Laying out the drip tube
Finalizing the installed irrigation system
Finalizing the installed irrigation system

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Nov 13, 2020

Further successes in the fight against COVID19

Hereby we are pleased to inform you about the new developments of our project in Bolivia.

As again in Europe, the coronavirus continues to dominate in South America and has great impact on the continent and its population. The number of infections is permanently increasing and the health care system in Bolivia is still under high strain. The recent presidential elections also brought new problems. Many barricades, protests and riots made it difficult to provide basic services in the city as well as in the countryside.

Now many are hoping for an improvement of the situation with the help of an intact government and the support of the people.

During this time many masks are still needed, which are now also produced in Micani. Some women have been trained for this and have already produced over 700 masks independently! We help to provide the material and the sewing machines. As in other parts of the world, the masks increase the population's awareness for prevention.

Because of COVID19 there are many returnees from other countries, so there is no longer any need for support from our side, as enough workers have been found to keep the mask production going.

Due to the pandemic and quarantine measures many inhabitants of the region lost their wages. We hope that this measure will not only help to stop the spread of the virus, but also give some families a chance to improve their income.

The passion and ambition that we experience from the region in implementing the projects motivates us immensely to carry out further such projects.

We hope that the global pandemic will end soon, wish everyone good health and stamina, and hope to continue to report successes and positive events from Bolivia. Special thanks to you for your support!

 
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