International Updates 2018
It has been a year of ‘getting on with the work of transformation for women at the local level. Improving livelihoods, food security, and economic potential by marketing and introducing the concept of kitchen gardens as a way for women to have produce to sell, trade and feed their families.
With many men attempting the immigration route via Mexico to the USA, in the region where TTP works, the living situation is made up of compounds of women: grandmothers, aunties, sisters and children. Some men manage to immigrate with visas and can then return possibly once a year, others who manage the illegal route, cannot return and send remittances to support the families at home in Honduras. Of course as it is not easy to earn large sums of money in the US at least not on arrival, these men often get another wife, another family and the remittances dry up. The family group is able to survive by many women pooling resources together. It is not ideal, but it is survival.
Introducing the concept of Analog Forestry and kitchen gardens with the support of G2, has been very much welcomed. Currently there are 8 women who have raised table beds and have their first season of growing food forests. The women have successfully been growing tomatoes, beets, radishes, carrots, cilantro and greens of various types. These they can use in their cooking, sell or barter with other people in the community. Each is starting a small food forest nursery as we gather seeds for planting out in 2018-19. As women cluster around the planting days, ideas are exchanged, problems shared and solutions offered. It is like a meeting at the river to wash clothes, an informal women’s gathering space, a place for talking community politics, for resolving family disputes and generally being supportive one to another. Policy dialogue and change for women starts here over the seeds and sharing.
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Sanjit “Bunker” Roy (who co-founded the Barefoot College) described the school to His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama at the Mind & Life Conference in Zurich.
Watch this amazing dialog and learn about the Barefoot approach, Grandmother power and more...
Every spring for over the last twenty years, we don our work boots with our wonderful staff and volunteers, including Geoff Ritchie, one of the founding directors and an arborist in Fredericton; Sally McIntosh, Ketchum Ridge; David Cozac, Keswick Ridge, Jean Arnold, Knowlesville; Tegan Wong-Daugherty, Knowlesville and many others.
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This summer we planted a red oak sapling to honour our friend Art, who passed away February 2018. May his legacy of helping others be inspiration to others.
by Dr. Ranil Senanayake
"The most critical and valuable material in maintaining the life support system of the planet is its photosynthetic biomass. Yet this material has been conspicuously under appreciated and unvalued to date. The growth of the current carbon market in addressing climate change provides real benchmarks and suggests astounding market opportunities. The Analog Forestry system of farm based environmental restoration, emerges as a promising technology to help capitalize photosynthetic biomass." Read Full Paper Here