In efforts to catch up with increasing demands at the Agricultural training Centre, GCA recently acquired more materials for its trainings. The materials included seven Shelves for many bags of substrate material and mushroom planting boxes. With these, there is a huge potential to facilitate the training of many more farmers for months to come. Additionally these materials are helping to provoke further research into various types of substrate material for the common good in the area. These efforts are not without difficulties as the material are proving to be so attractive to buds, and rats that help to destroy the very essence of the research. Another cause for concern is the presence of green mould which often ramifies the substrate material faster than the require mushroom. One of GCA staff Justin happily declared “Am becoming a happy researcher in Mushroom Cultivation issues” Thanks to Global Giving funds GCA is are able to venture into more research and seek alternatives to fight the rats and attempt ways to handle the green mould.
In line with Green Care’s efforts to promote sustainable agricultural practices, Green Care Association (GCA) recently started to train all its staff members in Oyster mushroom cultivation. We are planning to improve in seed production and also the farming of the Agaricus species of mushroom in the near future. By teaching community members mushroom cultivation, this endeavor is going to give subsistence farmers and impoverished households an additional source of income, which can cover costs such as school fees and medical bills. Additionally, consumption of mushrooms will increase the protein intake of community members alongside the many medicinal benefits that go with the consumption of mushroom.
Since GCA has started this project, many community dwellers are already buying mushrooms cultivated by GCA, and some have asked to be trained in mushroom farming. The material and equipment for the first training was sponsored with funds from Global Giving. GCA now has the challenge to construct a big farm mushroom farm to meet demand for mushrooms, mushroom seeds, and mushroom cultivation workshops. Following the success of the first workshops sponsored in part by GlobalGiving donations, we have a new found determination to expand the mushroom production project, if we can continue to find support in the GlobalGiving community. Justin, one of the staff of GCA, wanted to convey his appreciation by saying, “Thanks to the support GlobalGiving has given us the opportunity to make Mushroom Cultivation happen!”
Substrate material ready for sterilization
Our first mushroom ready to harvest!
Justin with our first mushrooms
Gilbert, Justin, Peace Corps Katherine, and Danger
Green Care Association gets “Climate Justice Ambassadors”
Green Care Association(GCA) in partnership with Plant –for –Planet organisation recently organized an event with three Primary schools in Shisong. The schools include Catholic Primary School Shisong, Government primary School Shisong and Government Primary School Bamgam. Assistance was given to the event by Teachers of the these schools, GCA staff and some other community volunteers. A total of 70 pupils attended. Apart from planting 200 trees at the Ndzenshwai water catchment donated by GCA, lessons were presented on world distribution of wealth, Population and industrialization by the German volunteer Pauline attached to GCA who doubled as co-moderator of the Plant-for-Planet academy. Group work also featured during presentations in which each group was developed its plan of action.
At the end of the event participants received a book each on Climate Change and Certificate as” Climate Justice Ambassadors”
The event was graced with the presence of the Deputy Mayor for Kumbo Council, parents of Pupils and many German Volunteers in and around Kumbo. The pupils and their Teachers left the event very satisfied. The Deputy Mayor happily declared “Kumbo is privileged to host the event, and I remain very proud being part of the story”
The Plant-for-Planet is an international Children’s initiative to support the Billion –Tree- Campaign of the United Nations Environment Program with a goal of planting 1,000billion new trees by 2020, GCA is very proud of putting to use Global Giving funds to compensate for the trees planted and other expenditures even though there is still need to plant more.
After working for some while in the domain of Bee farming Green Care Association (GCA)has taken the option of outreach trainings to benefit the very remote community dwellers. This time around it was the opportunity of Viyon family and village located some 20 kilometres away from GCA base in Shisong. Apart from applying for assistance in the training this village caught the admiration of GCA through the fact that they have been practicing conservation of their 12 hectare forest for decades without attaching any modern reason like carbon Sink or Climate Justice Ambassador.
It’s in consideration of some of these values that GCA decided to empower this big conservation family with training as a means to encourage and improve their sources of income. The Training which was attended by women, Students and Men of Viyon turn out to be the very first formal training to ever reached the village as an alternative source of income apart from traditional subsistent agricultural practices. When we interviewed Mathew one of the student who participated in the training session he declared ‘ Am sure bee farming is going to assist my family income to enable me complete my secondary school education’
At the end of the training the family head, remarkably said ‘ Forest is for all but bee farming training is for our private benefit, thank you GCA’ It should be made known clearly that it was thanks to GlobalGiving funds that GCA was able to organize this important and most appreciated training to this remote family
Green Care Assist Remote community construct Bridge
Green Care Staff together with American Peace Corps Volunteer Katherine McNeil Offered three working days alongside some farmers to construct a bridge over River Ngweih some 30km away from Shisong village. It’s thanks to equipment (Synthetic Robes) donated by another American return Peace Corps Volunteer McRyan. The villagers had prepared the work by making available hundreds of dry Bamboo which we used for the construction. Construction work was possible thanks to the lowest level of the stream, considering that it was still transition from Dry to Wet season.
The bridge is going to save many Bee farmers, some palm wine Tappers and Sherpherds. It was with extreme joy that those who were around saw Green Care realize the bridge for them. Mr Martin Ngalim who was actively present during the construction exclaimed with joy “ I can’t believe my eyes seeing another improved bridge over this stream. I did not believe Green Care was serious when they told me about the possibility of assisting in the realization of the bridge.”
Many more farmers had surrendered the possibility of repairing the bridge due to lack of equipment and effective coordination. Upon completion Mr Devine, a young farmer from Kumbo spontaneously assisted all day long when he saw Green Care team at the construction site. He was very happy upon completion of the bridge as he said, these are projects that I like very much for my community. Thanks to Global Giving Funds part of which was used to sponsor the Donkey that helped to carry our belongings and the cost of feeding during the stay at the farm.
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