Reforestation and Gardening Center
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Info about the Reforestation and Gardening Center
Like many communities in the region, a cluster of twelve small villages located in the northeast prefecture of Togo are experiencing increasing desertification, which has exacerbated poverty levels. When members were asked to prioritize their community needs, reforestation and gardening projects topped the list. Over the past six months, weekly meetings have been held to discuss the ins and outs of implementing such a project. There are, however, three paramount problems to overcome.
Firstly, water poses a tremendous problem for the better part of the year. As the rainy seasons continues to curtail, rivers and wells providing year-round water are increasingly harder to find. Secondly, domesticated animals are free to roam. The lack of foliage during dry season, extending from November to May, makes planting near impossible as animals are apt to trample or eat the seedlings. Lastly, expendable income within the community is tight and a large scale project without monetary assistance is difficult to complete.
With funding through the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), this project will tackle these problems by building a tree nursery and gardening center. A fence with a cement foundation will be built to fend off animals. A well, providing year-round water, will be dug. Profits from selling tree seedlings and vegetables will be funneled into future projects as well as maintenance and upkeep of the center. Lastly, through the planning and implementation of this project, local citizens will increase their capacity to mobilize themselves towards a collective goal.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.