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Global Buzz Report: June 2017

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COTE D'IVOIRE:

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Dans la continuité des activités du projet de réinsertion menées à Agboville, nous avons dans ce mois de mai 2017 réalisé divers travaux dans les trois sous projets. Nous avons aussi reçu la visite de Madame Shizuyo notre collègue venue du Japon pour apporter une fois de plus son soutien à travers une formation en Leadership.

Au niveau terrain les activités se déroulent normalement avec la mise en place des cultures de maïs dans le volet agroforesterie, les préparations des parcelles pour la culture du manioc et d’arbres. Tous les villages dont les parcelles sont prêtes ont reçu leurs semences de maïs et ont même fait les semis. Le nettoyage des champs déjà existant se poursuit dans pratiquement tous les villages.

Plant d’oranger
Entretien du champ de maïs

En culture maraîchère, les bénéficiaires sont dans la dynamique de la préparation des parcelles devant servir à l’installation des cultures. Cette année particulièrement les villageois seront amenés faire des cultures qu’ils pourront utiliser les semences sur une longue période. Pour cette dernière année d’activité avec ses villages les bénéficiaires vont recevoir deux formations, une, en utilisation de compost et l’autre en formation aux méthodes et techniques de sélection et de conservation des semences maraîchères en plus de l’accompagnement permanent du technicien.

Conforment à la programmation de l’encadreur volet élevage, la construction des deux fermes de pondeuse dans les villages de n’gorankro et de Niamanzra 1 ont débutées avec aussi la réhabilitation des anciennes fermes de poulet de chair dans les villages de l’année 1. Le deuxième texte pour l’utilisation l’incubateur nous donné un résultat de 51% de taux d’éclosion. Malgré que nous n’ayons pas encore atteint le taux de 80%, nous pouvons dire que notre staff technique commence à mieux connaître le fonctionnement de cet incubateur.

Œuf mise en Incubateur
Poussins d’un jour sorties de l’incubateur

L’action qui a plus marquée ce mois de mai est la visite de madame Shizuyo en Côte d’Ivoire du 20 mai au 01 juin 2017. Au cours de cette chaleureuse visite, elle a visité les onze villages bénéficiaires du projet de réinsertion que nous exécutons. Elle a mis profit cette tournée pour rencontrer les bénéficiaires et les autorités villageoises pour savoir comment se déroulent les activités sur les terrains et aussi apporter des solutions et des explications au différents petits problèmes de communication que rencontre les bénéficiaires de certains villages.

Elle a aussi relevée que la bonne compréhension du fonctionnement du Comité de Développement Communautaire CDC viendrait contribuer valablement à la résolution de ces différents petits problèmes. Les villages qui ont déjà installés leur comité ont été priés de compléter les informations sur les personnes devant conduire leur CDC.

Elle aussi donnée pendant trois jours une formation en leadership à 45 participants pour renforcement en capacité sur différents points.

Le premier point était de faire un petit bilan sur les trois mois passés et une projection sur les trois mois avenir.

Séance de travail à N’gorankro et à Boka-oho

Reflexion sur les trois mois d’activites

  1. qu’avez-vous realisez durant les 3 mois passes
    qu’est-ce qui vous a impressione?
    les personnes inoubliables?
  2. ce qui a ete amusant pour vous et ce qui a ete difficile
  3. a travers ces deux experiences:
    qu’est-ce que vous avez appris?
    quel sera l’impact dans le village?
  4. quel est votre plannification pour les trois prochain mois?
    et son influence sur le village?

Le deuxième point a porté sur la priorisation des activités et actions dans notre vie de tous les jours et les recommandations en conduite d’élevage avicole en climat chaud.

Recommandation pour la conduite d’elevage en climat chaud

Les conditions climatiques qui sévissent dans nos élevages sont de nature à limiter les performances de production des poulets.
Si les méthodes d’élevage ne sont pas corrigées et adaptés. Des mesures spéciales sont à prendre en particulier lorsque la température, l’hygiène de l’élevage (biosécurité) vide sanitaire.

Les germes et les maladies, la contamination par des agents infectieux, les bactéries, les virus et les parasites sont à la base de maladies très grave.
Aucun antibiotique ne peut agir contre un virus.
Pour les virus on peut agir contre les bactéries avec antibiotiques.



Atelier de formation en leadership
Remise de présent à Madame Sato




While continuing with the rehabilitation project being carried out in Agboville this past month, we have been working with the three sub-projects. During that time we received a visit from Mrs. Shizuyo, our colleague from Japan, who came to bring her support once again with regard to leadership training.

At the field level, the preparation of plots for the cultivation of cassava, trees and corn are in process and all the villages whose plots are ready have received their maize seed, and some have even sown. The clearing of existing fields continues in practically all the villages.

Orange plant
Corn field maintenance

In market gardening, the beneficiaries are in the process of preparing their parcels of land to be used for the installation of the crops.
This year in particular the villagers will be led to plant crops where they will be able to use the seeds over a long period. For this last year of activity, the beneficiaries in the villages will receive two training courses. One in composting and the other in training methods and techniques for the selection and conservation of vegetable seeds. This with the help of an advisor.

The two laying farms in the villages of N'gorankro and Niamanzra, started with the rehabilitation of the old broiler farms in the first year. In the second year the use of the incubator gave us a 51% hatching rate. Even though we have not yet reached the 80% rate, we can say that our technical staff is beginning to get to know the operation of this incubator better.

Egg Incubator
Day-old Chicks Out of Incubator

The most important event for us in Côte d'Ivoire during May,
was Mrs. Shizuyo's visit from May 20 to June 01.

Working session between Gorankro and Boka-oho

During her visit, she visited the eleven villages that benefit from the reintegration project which we look after. She took advantage of the tour to meet with both the beneficiaries and the village authorities, and to see how the villagers worked the land. She also provided reasons and solutions for some small communication problems encountered by the beneficiaries of certain villages and noted, that a proper understanding of the functioning of the CDC (Community Development Committee), would be a valid contribution to the resolution of these various small problems. The villages that have already set up their committees have been asked to provide details of the persons who will run their CDC.

In addition Mrs. Shizuyo provided three days of leadership training to 45 participants for capacity building on various issues.
The first point was to make a small record on the past three months and a projection for the next three months.

Reflection on the three months of activities

  1. what have you done in the 3 past months
    - what have you printed?
    - the unforgettable persons?
  2. what has been fun for you and what has been difficult
  3. through two experiments:
    - what did you learn ?
    - what will the impact be in the village?
  4. what is your planning for the next three months?
    and its influence on the village?

The second point concerned the prioritization of activities and actions in our everyday life and recommendations for poultry farming in hot climates.


Recommendation for transporting livestock in a hot climate
The climatic conditions of our farms are likely to limit the production performance of chickens.
Special measures should be taken, especially when the temperature affects hygiene and animal husbandry (biosafety) i.e. slows down.
Germs and diseases, contamination by infectious agents, bacteria, viruses and parasites are the basis of very serious diseases.
No antibiotic can act against a virus.
For viruses antibiotics can act against bacteria.


Training Workshop in leadership
Presenting a gift to Mrs. Shizuyo

Kouame Konan         konaneug@gmail.com


INDIA:

The Global Classroom
2016-2017

Since its inception in 2010, the Global Classroom has played an important role in strengthening the 11th and 12th standard Science Curriculum of the Adivasi Ashram Shala in Chikhale Village, Maharashtra, India (near Mumbai).  In May 2017, the school reported that 96.5% of the Science faculty students passed their 12th standard (HSC) year-end exams; 88% of the Arts faculty passed their HSC exams.  During the 2016-’17 school year, in addition to providing for the basic educational needs of more than 600 students in grades 1 through 12, the Chikhale School, through its Global Classroom:

  1. Conducted six international Skype calls to three high schools in North Carolina,
  2. Hosted six students and one faculty member from Guilford College for a week during Chikhale’s annual intramural sports program,
  3. Upgraded the school’s computer and science lab space and
  4. Conducted a survey of recent graduates of the school through face-to-face visits.

Since the first Skype call between the students in Chikhale and Forsyth Country Day School in November 2011, more than 200 students have written, exchanged and discussed over 300 one-page essays dealing with their care for the ecology of their communities and schools.  These essays and other background information about the Global Classroom is available on-line at www.EmergingEcology.org/global-classroom.html.  During the 2016-17 school year, six one-hour conversations were held that included the students from Chikhale and students from Ayden-Grifton High School in eastern North Carolina and Grimsley High School and Northeast Guilford High School near Greensboro, North Carolina.  In addition to discussing their essays (photo left shows Chikhale students talking via Skype to students at Grimsley) the students shared various aspects of their personal skills like singing and dancing (photo above shows three of the Grimsley High School girls dancing in front of their Skype camera during the March dialogue).

Now that the technological capacity for international video conferencing is available both in Chikhale and in North Carolina schools, new ways to expand and deepen the conversations are being explored for the coming years.  When the Global Classroom began in 2011, the internet access at the Chikhale School was sporadic at best, none of the students had any computer experience and the faculty had only textbook knowledge of electronic communications and word processing.  During this school year, a consistent internet connection has been available to the school and several faculty members have become confident of their skills necessary to maintain the service.  Many of the students, and a large percentage of the graduates and faculty, have smart phones which can access the internet either wirelessly or through WiFi connections like are provided at the school.  The students, graduates and faculty are eager to find ways to enhance this aspect of the Global Classroom in the coming school year.

Since the school first opened in 1989, numerous international guests have visited the school; the students are experienced in hosting foreign visitors and business and government leaders from India.  These international exchanges provide encouragement to the students at the school and expand their vocational horizons.  For the past two years, Guilford College has sent six students and a faculty member to spend a week with the Chikhale School (photo right).  This face-to-face interchange focuses on sports and physical activities as a common experience for crossing the cultural chasm between these two groups with diverse backgrounds.

At the end of the school year, the Chikhale School completed the renovation, relocation and upgrade of the computer center (photo left) and science lab to a larger space on the upper level of the school.  This provides better facilities for these important assets to the upper grades and made additional classroom space available for elementary students on the ground floor of the school.  Part of the renovation costs were provided by donations made through Emerging Ecology, an international partner of ICA India which manages the school.

The fourth major accomplishment of the Global Classroom Project during the 2016-’17 school year centered on reconnecting with over 200 of the recent graduates of the school.  Will Sands, who visited the school with Guilford College in 2016, returned to India in January 2017 with the intention of beginning to reconnect with the graduates.  Working with two of the graduates of the first batch of students to complete the 12th standard curriculum and who have now completed their degrees from Engineering College, Will visited the home villages of previous students.  The insights from his work will help build a foundation for continued support of the graduates of the school.  Will’s detailed report of his trip follows this overview report.

The Global Classroom is a project of Adivasi Ashram Shalla in Chikhale, a program of the Institute of Cultural Affairs India.  Participation of groups in the United States, and some financial support for the school, is organized by Emerging Ecology, a non-profit organization committed to promoting a worldview for the next generations’ solutions.

For additional information, contact Nelson Stover (NStover@EmergingEcology.org) or
Vijay Lokhande (Vijay.Lokhande01@gmail.com).
Prepared by:  F. Nelson Stover, June 1, 2017




Support for Chikhale School Graduates
January 2017

Traveling to India in 2016 sparked a notion within me to continue working on what the Institute of Cultural Affairs started in Chikhale during the 70s and 80s.  Who knew that a village development project would later provide a school with a high school-level science curriculum in English for children in surrounding villages to learn and interact with other students.  Ultimately, fostering great leaders that have, and can, continue developing their careers and surrounding villages.  The ICA India’s Adivasi Ashram Shalla school at Chikhale has sent almost 600 graduates out into the workforce to start their careers and continue their education since it began offering 11th and 12st standard classes in 2010.  However, after speaking with some recent graduates, many could use guidance and support on the how to’s of developing their careers and villages. 

In 2017, Emerging Ecology spent most of a month-long trip visiting students and graduates from the Adivasi Ashram School in Chikhale in their home wadis and villages surrounding the Panvel area. Thanks to the help of graduates Janardan Wagh and Bharat Hawali (photo left with Will Sands), a database was created with over 200 graduate names, home villages, and contact information (often including cell phone and Facebook page) that can be used as starting point for reaching out to graduates to understand their needs and how the school curriculum can be revised to attend to such.

In the United States, parents and teachers are often educated in choosing careers and excelling in the workforce, especially if they have been on the journey themselves.  However, people like Janardan are exposed to new careers and obligations to society. Therefore, going to his father who is a lifelong farmer living near the forests on the slope of the Ghats (see photo at right) may not be the best option due to the perspectives and advice that may be lacking.

Thankfully, the Chikhale students, graduates, and faculty are surrounded by passionate and helpful people like the Lokhande family and their friends and supporters through the ICA India, Emerging Ecology, and a partnership with Guilford College.  These networks continue to initiate projects and curriculum that can help each student reach their full potential and succeed in any chosen career.  (Photo at the right shows Will Sands with Chikhale graduates in a nearby hostel as they continue their education and begin their jobs.)

Several things were learned during January 2017 in India.  At the school, computer labs are planning to be updated. This will enhance the efficiency of the Skype calls and computer research skills which are vehicles for the students to learn English as well as increase their breadth of knowledge and interests. Pertaining to the graduates, Janardan specifically spoke of “guidance for career and developing villages.”  What better way to improve quality of wadis/villages than to create leaders that have experienced life in those areas.

The Skype calls from students at Chikhale to high schools in North Carolina provide a great way to engage those from different cultures to improve English and awareness of energy use, food production, and various other topics within both societies.  For the graduates, a similar system could be beneficial by providing online video calls monthly to monitor current involvements and progress in life and village development.  In addition, this would provide a forum for answering any questions or discussing concerns the graduates may be facing in hopes of offering meaningful and effective solutions.

I look forward to continuing to work with the ICA and Emerging Ecology to provide long-term support for the Chikhale graduates.

For additional information, contact Nelson Stover (NStover@EmergingEcology.org) or
Vijay Lokhande (Vijay.Lokhande01@gmail.com)
Or visit www.EmergingEcology.org/global-classroom.html.

Prepared by:  Will Sands (willsands71494@gmail.com)


JAPAN:

Interns Keep Coming!
Our interns continue to provide a great service, making brochures, doing our website, recruiting ToP courses, researching Japanese declining rural communities in need of revitalization, and more. Two have applied for four months, starting September 1, and three Japanese are considering coming during the summer break. Please look at our expanded English site at: https://www.icajapan.org/english-home/.

Front page of:
      Meetings That Work
Brochure and Community Revitalization Brochure

Partner Cooperation Accelerate Cote d'Divoire Activities
Shizuyo is in Cote d’Ivoire for two weeks doing the fifth advanced ToP® Leadership training with the primary village leaders, inspecting 11 villages, and inquired about the installation of Community Development Committees (CDC’s). The villagers have never been blessed with decision making authority, and so the CDC’s are waiting for another chance to learn more about CDC’s and sustainability. Shizuyo’s remaining task was to check the purchase of a delivery truck, and agree with the placement and role of a new Kiosk and Restaurant.

Kiosk Design
Restaurant Design

Japanese Experts Going to Cote d'Ivoire in June
We will send Japan’s leading Chicken raising expert and Japan’s leading Agriculture Expert to Cote d’Ivoire in June, to continue to advance the technologies. This is the third and last year of our partnership with Cote d’Ivoire, and sustainability and transition to village ownership is the underlying imperative this year.

Eight ToP® Courses In Japan
Bill Staples dropped by Japan and taught Meetings That Work and Facilitating Client Collaboration to an English speaking audience. We have six more open courses scheduled for the rest of the year, plus are busy teaching in house courses. We successfully completed a ToP® GFM in house course, and are marketing many more.

Nepal is Making a Bright Future for Girls
Our Nepal Project also completed the rehabilitation of the earthquake damaged Women’s Center and finished financial Audit. The project also established play centers, did youth psychological healing, and began the production and training of making low cost sanitary napkins. The task of selling these napkins is starting well, in spite of the strong barriers that prevent using sanitary napkins. In Nepal, most girls must stay out of school for a week every month. Now for the first time, these young women can be productive for the whole month and not have to be put in a isolated place for a week every month.

Our Climate Change Responses
Our staff are busy writing proposals for reversing Climate change in western India (now they have only two days of rain in a year), and for restoring the disaster caused by floods in Peru. ICA Japan and Mitsui Chemical will hold two eye care camps serving around 1700 rural people in northwestern India. In Kenya, we have again proposed planting thousands of trees near schools.

Wayne Ellsworth           wayne.ellsworth@icajapan.org


NEPAL:

May has been a wonderful month for ICA Nepal, allowing us to bring our vision of working on Menstrual Hygiene among local women into action. Marking the International Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017, ICA Nepal conducted two programs for Menstrual Hygiene among women’s groups, one in the Koteshwor area and one in Changunaayan, on the 25th and 30th of May respectively.

The program on the 25th of May was given to the local women of the Koteshwor area, who were mostly social mobilizers, development workers and representatives of local organizations. The program was facilitated by Mr. Upendra Raj Dhakal, who has been involved in the WASH sector for a long time. The program delivered an in-depth explanation of Menstruation covering its biological process, stages, about PMS and Menopause, and it focused deeply on the hygienic perspectives. The program was intended mainly to provide information to local women on different hygiene practices, sanitary materials and ways to properly use and dispose of them.

Considering the stigma surrounding menstruation in Nepal, the program also highlighted the different challenges women face during menstruation. The taboos that consider women impure and untouchable, has led to many health risks among women, as they never openly talk about it, consider it shameful and hide themselves, making them prone to several health problems.

On the 30th May, a similar program was organized at Changunarayan on Menstrual Hygiene Management, where local women and members of a women’s group in Changunarayan participated. The program, facilitated by Ms. Pritha Khanal, also focused on maintaining good hygiene and promoting MH Day in the rural community. Since the situation regarding Menstrual hygiene is even worse and the taboos even more strict in this community, it was essential to make them aware.

Both programs focused on the role women should play to remove the stigma and promote menstrual health. As all the participants attending were independent, empowered and responsible citizens, it is essential that they promote MHM on a personal and community level. They can play a big role in bringing a behavioural change if they promote clean hygienic menstrual practice within their families and surroundings. On a broader level, they can convince the institutions they are working for to have more menstruation friendly facilities, like proper toilets, WASH materials and to educate children in the matter. In that regard, ICA Nepal has started a blog dedicated to periods and removing period stigmas. www.letstalkperiodsblog.wordpress.com is our site where you can find recent updates on Menstruation issues, the involvement of ICA Nepal, and stories related to menstrual experience. Do please check the blog and help us reach a larger audience. Also, help us expand our MHM programs: https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/support-nepali-girls/

Prepared by
Pritha Khanal          pritha_khanal@yahoo.com



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