The education and training the villagers of Sipalo receive through Mugove Walter Nyika must spread throughout Africa. It has enormous potential and can radically improve people’s living conditions.
The village-people and visitors representing Ministry of Finance, the Church, the nearby school, the local representative of Ministry of Agriculture. In addition the board of Home of Hope Zambia and two representatives from Seed of Hope International in Sweden.
But what we teach them is partly knowledge they had before, but is forgotten in the transmission between the generations.
The idea is that the seeds they already have in the village will be used, but the methods are based on ecological cultivation, permaculture or natural agriculture as it can also be called. Is the strategy something Mugove call Land Use Design.
The village went through a baseline survey and something Forum Syd calls an LFA workshop. (Logical Framework Approach). Then we find out how they are, what the problems or challenges are where they live and what strengths / resources they have. Based on the information they provide, we create a problem tree. Where the causes are the roots and the effects are the branches / foliage / fruits. But they also worked with what kind of vegetables and fruits as well as trees already exist in the area. This will in turn be the starting point for the agriculture they will learn. As you can see in the picture, they have come up with a number of challenges in living in the village.
A woman led the presentation of the result. It may be difficult to read the poster, but they lack water, schools, support, transport, health clinics, etc. They have bad roads, girls get married early, etc., etc. It is the men who decide and the women complain that they had too little freedom. They will be able to choose for themselves and participate in decision-making processes both in the home and in society. The women determined that they were abused at home and girls left school far too soon because the family needed their labor at home or to earn money for the family.
We designed a problem tree and tried to find out which end we could start at, because here there was a lot to tackle. We are very aware that our task is to create a project where we will not take their responsibility, but rather help them to own the project and to do it their way.
Through organic farming and permaculture, this is possible. The children and the adults will be able to eat healthy themselves and they will also have the opportunity to earn and support the family on their farm. This means that they will be able to have more profits and energy to present their cases to the authorities, because it was quite clear that the authorities had NOT followed up on their responsibilities in most areas of the village.
Women’s rights are not taken seriously, not all children had equal opportunities for education, yes, the list is terribly long. The training is so important for both the knowledge of how to take care of the land and nature and also for a change of mindset.