The Fundamental 1st Cycle School wishes to improve the health of its students. An 8-student representative bureau, under the guidance of the school director and the 6th grade teacher, has decided they would like to plant mangos in a school garden. They hope to learn about tree care, and later harvest the fruit for the students as a supplemental vitamin source. Extra fruit will be sold in market to raise money for the school’s medical supplies.
In addition to the ultimate use of the trees, the people of the community have heard about the waterless planting method and they asked to learn it. We are taking the opportunity of a tree planting to invite an expert to teach interested community members and 4-5th graders. When the trees are established, the nursery owner who is providing them will return and teach grafting as part of his sale cost, so students will be exposed to two tree-improvement methods.
To help the school, children’s parents have agreed to build the fence protecting the trees. They will also collect the compost and other supplies necessary for planting. The 4th and 5th grade classes will share watering duties. The school asks for assistance in purchasing fence materials and trees, as well as the teaching fees for the PLASA expert.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.