Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota

by Fundacion Projeter Sans Frontieres Proyectar Sin Fronteras
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Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
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Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota
compost preparation
compost preparation

Dear Friend,

We hope that 2021 has received you in the best way and that the difficulties faced in 2020 have served to grow at all levels. For our organization, the last period has also represented new challenges and therefore the need to implement changes to achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves.

Regarding our project "Build Peace Through Agroecology in Bogota", we have had the possibility to reconnect with the beneficiary population. Fortunately, their health is optimal and after passing the most difficult period of quarantine they have seen the need to continue working to strengthen food security through community gardens and local consumption.

Despite the fact that we have not been able to achieve normality in the development of workshops and activities in the field, we managed to carry out a work session to adapt a community garden in the Paseito III neighborhood. We brought native seeds, soil and compost and during the day, we managed to make adjustments after it remained on hiatus during the months of strict confinement. It was a pleasant space in which the community was able to reconnect, work towards a common goal and strengthen the bond deteriorated by isolation.

In other visits made in the field, we were able to contact a group of weaver women interested in strengthening work in the garden of the Puente Colorado neighborhood, and with them we analyzed the possibility of generating an alliance that allows us to link new people, have a greater presence in the field and get better results in production.

For the next few months, we plan to relocate a greenhouse in the Miraflores neighborhood and expand its planting space. In the Paseito III neighborhood we will install a greenhouse for the germination and production of seedlings. In the case of the Puente Colorado neighborhood, the perspective is to work with the group of weaver women in the development of workshops and community work days.

Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in achieving environmental and social peace! Continue to support us to keep strengthening environmental awareness and resilience among youngest and elders.

People working on the garden
People working on the garden
Comunity Potlock
Comunity Potlock
Creation of seedbeds
Creation of seedbeds
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Showing the booklet about urban agriculture
Showing the booklet about urban agriculture

 

Dear Friend,


Good news: the containment due to the COVID-19 crisis is finally lifted in Bogota! This means that soon, the activities of Proyectar Sin Fronteras with the communities of San Cristobal Sur will be reestablished.

During the last four months, however, our activities have been restricted. As we explained in our previous report, the health situation has delayed our usual visits to the communities of Paseito III, Miraflores and Puente Colorado. Therefore, we continued to communicate with them using audio-visual material and were pleased to notice the autonomy with which some people in the community are taking ownership of the space for sharing that has been created over the years.

This time out of the field has allowed us to reorganize our projects and to realize a territorial diagnostic method that we will be able to apply as soon as we will return to work in contact with the communities in order to take stock of the current state of the project and update our data.


In June we had the opportunity to carry out a food distribution in Miraflores to the most vulnerable families. A total of 80 baskets were distributed, as well as clothing.

The space was also used to distribute a booklet created by the group La Misma Gente, our ally in the collection and distribution of solidarity baskets. The manual, which combines home remedies to increase one's natural defenses, tutorials to make masks or reusable sanitary napkins, and urban agriculture tips, was delivered with a kit of food plant seeds to be sown at home.

This day was also an opportunity to introduce a group of about fifteen women to the use of the menstrual cup through a discussion on its economic and ecological benefits. Interested women were then able to place an order and each received a menstrual cup.


Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in achieving environmental and social peace! Continue to support us to keep strengthening environmental awareness and resilience among youngest and elders.

Talking about the menstrual cup with the community
Talking about the menstrual cup with the community
Distribution of alimentary baskets
Distribution of alimentary baskets
Members of the community of Paseito III
Members of the community of Paseito III
Community making a new culture bed in Paseito III
Community making a new culture bed in Paseito III
The community of Miraflores working together
The community of Miraflores working together
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Pests natural control and treatment in Paseito III
Pests natural control and treatment in Paseito III

During the last three months, Proyectar Sin Fronteras continued its work, supporting agricultural processes in vulnerable neighbourhoods of Bogotá as Paseito III, Miraflores and Puente Colorado. Due to the COVID-19 national lock down measures, we had to adapt ourselves and adjust our support. The in person agroecological workshops have been replaced with online sessions and audio-visual content that we shared with the participants.

It has been frustrating for our team and the participants not being able to visit the projects, but this exceptional context also showed its benefits: it encouraged the participants to be more autonomous, which is the main long-term goal of PSF. It is with joy and pride that we saw Miraflores’ and other communities involving themselves more in the projects since the beginning of the pandemic.

Today we would like to introduce to you one of the most motivated participants in Paseito III: Don Pedro. Since the beginning of the project, more than a year ago, he was always present. Thirsty of knowledge, he became one of the leaders of this process and he is nowadays able to share the agricultural knowledge he acquired.

We can see him here preparing Norwegian paint, a natural alternative to chemical ones.

Besides these projects, PSF recently created a food aid project to respond the rising food insecurity in Bogotá. During a distribution in Abril of this year, we were able to visit the neighbourhoods where we support agricultural processes and bring to these communities’ food and hygienics products baskets to respond to their needs. A total of 61 baskets were given out that day; Up to this day, PSF has distributed more than 281 baskets to vulnerable families of Bogotá that include 17 kg of food, hygienic products, clothes, kids toys, pet food and even menstrual cups.


Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in achieving environmental and social peace! Continue to support us to keep strengthening environmental awareness and resilience among youngest and elders.

Don Pedro preparing Norwegian paint
Don Pedro preparing Norwegian paint

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Kids from the neighborhood working on the garden
Kids from the neighborhood working on the garden

Paseito III, is a vulnerable neighbourhood located south Bogotá in the buffer area of Bosque Oriental Protective Forest Reserve. ,For Proyectar Sin Fronteras, this urban project is the one with most potential. It allies two processes that are carried out today: weekly environmental education and agriculture workshops with 20 children and teenagers from the neighbourhood and an urban agriculture process compound by the construction/management of a community garden and capacities building for the community.

Since the beginning of our environmental education intervention in Paseito III in October of 2019, a total of 13 workshops corresponding to 26 hours of formation has been carried out by Proyectar Sin Fronteras. We have seen amazing changes in the participants’ behaviours: they reflect more on the origin of what they consume and on the effects their lifestyle can generate. The community garden has been a wonderful pedagogical tool to provide the practical side that can be missing while teaching environmental education in an urban area. 

We can notice that the environmental awareness has been awaken among most of the participants while they proudly narrate their sustainable actions, promises or knowledge. Nevertheless, much remains to be done to hopefully create future environmental leaders or committed citizens.

With regard to the agriculture process which begun in June of 2019, these are the results so far:

  • Construction of a 52 metres squared community garden with 3 beds of seeding
  • Disposal of 6 cubic meters of black soil and furrows design
  • Construction of a community compost
  • Construction of an alive fence using willow
  • Sowing of potatoes, peas, broad bean, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, cubios, onions, blackberry, naranjilla, aloe and aromatic herbs (cilantro, parsley, chamomile, thyme, oregano, marigold) 
  • Soil mulching with hay

The next step is to install a greenhouse designed by Politécnico Grancolombiano University students as part of an academic and prototyping convention with Project without Borders. This greenhouse will be compounded by recyclable plastic bottles and guadua (a native species of bamboo).

The objective of the agricultural process is to empower the community so they can cultivate healthy and sustainable aliments for their own consumption and hopefully for local commercialization in the future. This process shows remarkable results for now in terms of community participation - about 20 Paseito III inhabitants including children are active participants of the capacities building - and agricultural outcomes.

Thank you for all your support! Your donations directly help vulnerable communities in achieving environmental and social peace! Continue to support us to keep strengthening environmental awareness and resilience among youngest and elders.

 

Intergenerational exchange in the garden
Intergenerational exchange in the garden
Taking care of our plants
Taking care of our plants
Sharing our lunch with products from the garden
Sharing our lunch with products from the garden
Teaching kids how to fertilize plants
Teaching kids how to fertilize plants

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Fundacion Projeter Sans Frontieres Proyectar Sin Fronteras

Location: Bogota, Distrito Capital - Colombia
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