Seed balls for reforestation
The video of our dancing students should be this report: Created and choregraphed by our midwife they celebrate their seed balls. Please click on our YouTube channel link to view it, ideally before you read on.
We asked our partners for some cultural context: ‘Song and dance are integral parts of our culture. For any event like to cutting the first hair of a baby, for circumcision, death, exhumation or having public officials visiting a village. As song is part of our culture, a song will boost our kids to understanding of what they are doing. Loosely translated they are singing: hey kids let’s rebuild our earth by planting trees and we will do it in new style with the seed balls. Let’s build improved cookstoves and make charcoal with local stuff. By doing so we’ll make the environment healthy, the air will be fresh and our village green.”
In our last report School winter beak - and seed balls we introduced seed balls as part of reforestation curriculum. Our seed balls are rather large. More the size of a tennis ball then the more common ping-pong ball, or marble size.
The October 28 SMS (‘text’ in US-English) from our choreographing midwife: “50 students participated on the latest seed ball class. In Fiadanana they made 500 more today and in Fiarenana 393.” The result: 2750 seed balls plus the 893 from this week = 3643 and counting.
Now that seed balls are integrated in our curriculum we are ready and prepared to literally ‘field test’ seed balls in the next rainy season. With seed balls at hand now, we may get many more trees planted much faster, while we still continue planting seedlings grown by our diligent gardeners.
With more than a dozen seed balls per student, we hope they will demand to make many more, once they see how much fun it is to throw reforestation all over the landscape.
Ihanta and Markus
PS: The photo are from the days of the site visits by the team monitoring the progress as the students make their seed balls.
And yes, Novemeber 30 is #GivingTuesday. GivingTuesday is also a big day for fundraising at GlobalGiving and we hope you keep Zahana in mind and your wallet.
17-20 August 2021: 508 Seedballs reported
24 to 28 of August 756 seedballs reported
1 to 4 sept 524 Seedballs reported
14 September 2021 226 Seedballs reported
Seed balls dry in the sun for a day or more