As part of our environmental program, we are building organic gardens in the schools we work with. So far, we have built four gardens with the help of groups of volunteers who come over the summer to lend a hand. Apart from the obvious plus of putting some organic veggies on the table, the idea behind the school gardens is to raise awareness of environmental issues and to empower students and teachers alike by involving them in their maintenance.
Our ultimate goal is for every partner school to have its own ecogarden, fully run by the participants. In rural areas like Battambang, ecogardens are also an efficient tool to teach students farming skills they can always avail of in the future. They also serve a “recycle&reuse” workshops, highlighting the benefits of using organic waste to make compost instead of buying chemical fertilizers.
Our social educators also highlight the danger of pesticides and their misuse. The students work mainly with crops that are fast and easy to grow on the area’s soil, such as “morning glory” (a plant similar to the bluebell), spinach, mustard leaves, aubergine, lemongrass and moringa.