Changing lives in the village of Fiarenana

by Zahana
Aug 11, 2010

The students are learning to grow food

Bary the gardener at work in the school garden
Bary the gardener at work in the school garden

Zahana has recently hired Bary, a second gardener to work in the village of Fiadanana, the first project site where our participatory collaboration started in 2005. Bary is currently being trained by our original gardener in the second village (Fiarenana) and shows an equally amazing green thumb. Combined with great enthusiasm, Bary is planting and growing what he learned right away. We have the feeling we have some healthy growing competition going here and both gardeners are very active trying out new seeds and raising tree seedlings for their villages.

Bary decided to put his knowledge to good use revitalizing the school garden that fell dormant after the initial enthusiasm by the woman’s group in 2006. He now actively involves the school children in the planting and tending of their garden. Learning to grow vegetables as part of their hands-on curriculum means the children are raising their future school food at the same time. The seventh communal faucet in Fiadanana was put all the way out in the schoolyard so children had access to clean, safe drinking water. A running faucet makes is possible to water the vegetable beds regularly in an environment that is quite dry and dusty, where water makes the difference between green or shriveled. They take great pride in watering their crops. The pictures speak for themselves. Please visit our website for additional pictures.

The new beds planted with vegetables
The new beds planted with vegetables
The students in the school garden
The students in the school garden



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Location: Antananarivo, Capital - Madagascar
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Markus Faigle
Honolulu, HI United States

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