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LET'S SEED THE FUTURE

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
LET'S SEED THE FUTURE
Village training session
Village training session

Now, after two years from the beginning, we can proudly describe the success of different activities of this project.

 Thanks to your help we have supported vulnerable women in their female social entrepreneurship in the local agricultural sector, giving micro credit to 250 women. In March our Project Manager Francesca, went to Benin and after a meeting with the referent person of the waste recycling she reported that many students and relatives were taking part to this activity, however, the way toward an environmental sustainability awareness and a its concrete realization is hard.

On the educational field, the meetings in the schools and the villages’ squares have been very important to become aware on healthy nutrition in order to affect the whole community. In fact, Francesca attended these meetings in the villages where a great number of adults and children took part.

Instead, our volunteer Antonella during her trip in May reported that the last groups of women that got the microcredit have been already able to give it back. Most of them have obtained an economic independence and will carry on with the agricultural work alone.

We thank you for your support without which we could not finish the projects and gain these results from women in difficult economic condition and at risk of social marginalization, but now involved into the social network in which they actively contribute.

our visit in the village of Peporiakou
our visit in the village of Peporiakou
At school
At school

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Working in the fields
Working in the fields

In few days, our Project Manager Francesca Moratti will travel to Benin in order to evaluate the progresses of our projects in the country. She will visit the eco-center and will monitor the real impact on the village of Natitingou. In our organization, eye witnessing is fundamental for our action to follow the real effects of our mission.

In January, our fellow photographer Marco Bottani together with some volunteers has visited Benin and has made a photographic reportage that we will use to update our beloved donors about the advance of the project. He has reported that the project is efficiently going on and that it is giving the first results. Thanks to the new clustering points the village is obtaining ecological benefits and new profit. The composting facility, is support the agricultural production and it will impact on gas emissions, reducing the carbon sequestration.

Let’s Seed the Future suggests a series of activities aimed at strengthening the environmental security and promote the environmental sustainability towards the mitigation of climate change.

Women working
Women working
Gari
Gari
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Our staff

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Building the new eco -center
Building the new eco -center

Despite the efforts made so far, the problems with waste continue to persist in Natitingou. The municipality doesn’t know what to do and for the moment has given the task of dealing with the waste to the associations. These associations do what they can to bring the waste to the clustering points where they are often burned. It’s necessary explain that these clustering points are inside the city now, so they are dangerous both for people health and for the environment.

For these reasons an eco center is considered essential. In October our project managers went to Natitingou, where they could see that the construction of the eco center is proceeding well.

The eco-center will not only provide respect for the environment but also a job for the poorest people. This structure is divided in different parts: a waste sorting area, a garbage washing space, a bio digester for the production of the bio gas according to the model of the Songhai Center of Porto Nuovo.

In addition to the construction of the eco-center we are continuing our awareness raising project both with the old schools and with the new ones.

We are also carrying on our door-to-door waste collection. To make the activity easier we bought a small truck, but in view of the opening of the eco center we hope to be able to buy another one.

Finally, before starting the plastic recycling business, we hope to secure the eco-center by purchasing a gate.

Education in schools
Education in schools
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Activities in the schools
Activities in the schools

The school started and with it the training program on nutrition and local food, but, above all, the meetings of sensitization on the importance of the cleaning in the environments in which you live and practical demonstrations on the separate waste collection and disposal of them.

Although the home waste collection, launched as pilot project in collaboration with VEA ONG, has received a good attendance, plastic bags, glass and canes continue to invade the environment and tons of waste are still burnt indiscriminately in makeshift landfills.

In response to this problem, we are thinking of increasing the number of educational meetings in schools and organizing moments of awareness for local community.
The aim is to make the population aware of the damage that incorrect waste disposal brings to the air and to the soil of populated areas, with all the consequent hygienic health complications. The operators will also demonstrate the benefits that the collection has brought in these first months: in addition to the reduction of waste and the general improvement in the hygienic conditions of the housing context, with the damp material produced about 1 ton/month of compost that can be used by groups of women of the same project and other farmers from the villages involved, preserves the soil and improves cultivation. Organic waste collected has also been used to produce biogas for use in the kitchen, instead of traditional and dangerous coal, and as a source of electricity.

Lastly, the boys and adults, who have worked in the waste collection, perceive a monthly cost of about € 500, resulting in partial economic independence.

In October our project leaders Antonio and Antonella will go to Natitingou and, in collaboration with the local referents, will be able to personally verify the functioning of the eco-center managed by VEA, participate in some awareness raising sessions and monitor the progress of the training agricultural and micro-credit activities.

Waste collection
Waste collection
The damp material for the compost
The damp material for the compost
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farm activities
farm activities

Our local partner, Caritas Natitingou, sent us a detailed activity report and provided us with some interesting data about the results achieved.

Initially, the project included the involvement of 10 vulnerable groups of about 25 members each, but, to avoid jealousy and social conflict as well as the difficulty of grouping women from distant villages, the activities were extended to further groups with a small number of participants. In all, 17 groups were involved in a total of 343 beneficiary women.

Regarding production, in Boukombè, in addition to chili peppers, soy and maize, the activities of groups were mainly directed to the cultivation of the fonio: in this regard, it is made a real local federation that with the first revenues has already been able to buy three mechanical decorticators to improve the quality of the product. The groups of Toucountouna opted for horticulture.

Abaout the microcredit activities, since the start of the project, 10.155.00 CFA were distributed in three tranches. As of January 2017, the  activities of credit recovery began: at present, nine groups paid a first refund for a total of 3,260,000 CFAs returned. Local operators have insisted on the importance of reimbursement, in order to make women more responsible! 

The rainy season has begun and women spend whole days on farm activities. 

With the end of the school year, food and environmental training has been suspended and will resume in October: Students and parents will be particularly trained on the importance of good nutrition and of waste recycling. 

We are very happy for these important results and we hope to continue this way in the future!

Processing of products
Processing of products
A group of women
A group of women

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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Project Leader:
Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy

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