Our first working day was on Friday, providing sessions to benefit the town of Kazo. We dug a demonstration permagarden behind the Catholic Primary School, taught financial literacy to local farmers, and taught RUMPs to a vocational sewing school. It all went well.
They removed too much top soil in prepping the land so we had to bring some of it back. Notice the adjacent roof which will help drain rain into the garden
David brought his illustrated grain sacks to explain this type of garden
A color-full plate grown in a garden next to your house provides year-round good nutrition even in hard times.
Add ash for minerals, manure for nitrogen, charcoal for water retention, and egg shells for calcium
Scott pours a full Jerry can into one of the corner holes to show how much the garden can retain. The water seeps deep under the garden.
The MaMas dig as well as the men!
We planted our color-full plate of cabbage, carrots, eggplant, cucumbers, and simi greens (collards)
Since the garden is dug so deep, you can plant the seeds closer together. The roots will go straight down and seek out the water that is stored. The surface growth, being closer, adds shade and so there is less surface drying.
Spectators from the classroom
Finish with a cover of straw. Water a bit if it doesn’t rain, allow the seeds to germinate, remove the covering.
After digging the garden, we moved inside a class room to teach a session of record keeping
They are paying attention too!
Scott invited the farmers up to record the cash book entries
Meanwhile at the town’s vocational school run by the Blue House on it’s grounds, Kelly and Mackenzie teach how to sew Reusable Menstrual Pads (RUMPs) with the school’s teacher Musiime as their able assistant and translator. These students come from the town and nearby villages. Some board in a nearby building during the week. One student is a Blue House girl.
I love this photo but I can’t rotate it!
In the background on the chalkboard, Kelly has has done the math to show the cost of commercial pads for three women in the family is 216,000 UGx, compared to 15,000 UGx for RUMPs. They help keep girls in school the full month. They also can be made and sold to other girls as an Income Generating Activity
Finished RUMPs. A girl snaps it into her panty and can remove the absorbent cloth from under the ribbons to wash and re-use. I’ll show this better in the Blue House camp post
Karen set out piles of clothes for the girls made at, and donated by, students in a clothing design class at the University of Minnesota
Back at the Guest House we relax and plan for the Blue House Orphanage Girl’s Camp the next day