In May 2018 we started a new vegetable garden project in collaboration with ARMDS in India. The project is called 'Plenty Vegetables for India'. Animators for Rural Multi-purpose Development Society (ARMDS) is a non-governmental organization in Villupuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. ARMDS has been active since 1988 to promote the rights of disadvantaged children. ARMDS reaches out to all parts of society without distinguishing between the different castes and religions.
Since 2009, ARMDS has been helping children with cerebral palsy and mental disabilities. At the school of ARMDS children are provided with professional help such as development of daily skills, physical therapy and occupational therapy. In 2017 this support was offered to 52 disabled children.
Since 2013, the school has been taking care of between 75 and 100 children every year who have left school early. With special coaching, they are again prepared to re-enter regular schools.
Plenty Food supports the development of a common large vegetable garden at the school. Most parents of the children at the school are landless farm workers. ARMDS owns almost two hectares of fertile land next to the office. The Plenty Vegetables for India Project will provide work for around 100 landless parents of handicapped children or school leavers by having them set up and maintain their vegetable gardens. This is supported by training and providing the necessary materials. ARMDS will use part of the products of the country for healthy meals for the children, the other products are sold on the local market. The proceeds will be used for investments needed for the next growing season and as compensation for the parents who have invested with their labor.
Plenty Fruit For Haiti aims to improve plant food security and disaster resilience for marginalized communities in Southeast Haiti through sustainable ecosystem transformation of affected areas. In 2018 we started planting 2000 fruit trees in Anse-a-Pitre, Southeast Haiti. Our partner Sadhana Forest implements this project and has been working in Southeast Haiti since April 2010. Sadhana Forest Haiti is an international, plant-based volunteer community that is committed, among other things, to the reintroduction of a food forest in Haiti with the help of indigenous, drought-resistant trees, using Permaculture.
The Plenty Fruit for Haiti project will be aimed at families whose homes are located in villages around the Sadhana Forest Haiti training center. This allows Sadhana to clearly define and monitor the progress of this specific group of households and the trees donated for this project. They will also provide training on planting and caring for trees.
Plenty Food has decided to continue the project in 2019 with another 2000 fruit trees.
Plenty Food started in 2017 the Plenty Fruit Forest Project with Sadhana Forest in Kenya. Plenty Food, thanks to its donors, makes this project possible through financial support and advice. In this project, Sadhana Forest supports families near the Sadhana Forest with training and fruit trees. The goal is to support the local families by making them more self-sufficient and to create more green areas to these degraded lands.
The families receive training in groups or by personal guidance and several checkups.
The fruit trees are first grown on the tree nursery of Sadhana Forest by both volunteers and local residents. Then, the fruit trees that are selected by the families are planted via the proven and trained method, see: Sadhana Forest videos. Branches, nets etc. Are placed around the trees to protect it from animals.
Sadhana Forest is an initiative that has been running in Kenya since 2012 and has been successfully set up in India and Haiti. The mission of Sadhana Forest is to develop a food-producing and self-sustaining community in a forest built with permaculture and agroforestery methods in a previously degraded landscape.
In Kenya, the project has been set up in the Samburu district, which is collaborating with the local Samburu people. The Samburu are traditionally nomadic tribes who live from keeping cattle. Cattle for these people, apart from their source of income and form of savings, is also a status symbol. The subsequent large numbers of cattle, goats and sheep have caused this region to be grazed and browsed almost bare, for several years it has also suffered from drought by the absence of rain.
As you will understand, it is therefore a challenge to show people in this region that there are other ways of living where cattle and meat do not have to be the basis of existence, and overgrazing by too many animals exacerbate climate change. We keep track of Sadhana Forest and the Plenty Fruit project and we will keep you posted.