Recent blogs suggest that the time spent on the Community Phase has been profitably spent helping the CREES foundation with their GROW project. With the CREES initiative, over 20% of the population of Salvación now has a biogarden. Whist the diet of these beneficiaries has now improved considerably, they are also able to gain an income by selling some of their produce. CREES plans many more biogardens in Salvación, and to date, only a few of the gardens have rooves. Roofing is important as it helps protect the garden from too much rain in the wet season and too much sun in the dry season. Constructing roofs is one of many tasks which the YE’s have been able to help with.
The YE’s have also helped CREES with their Agroforestry programme. In this initiative, plots of deforested land are sold to the people of Salvación. Each beneficiary receives labour and the know-how from CREES, as well as plants (a specific ratio of hard and softwoods, as well as bananas) to create a sustainable forest which can be harvested after 18 months (bananas), 15 years (softwoods) and 40 years (hardwoods). In this way, a long-term sustainable income is generated which diverts away from the old destructive deforestation practices.
Kudzo, which the YE’s were planting last week is used in deforested areas to help control erosion after deforestation and to improve soil quality.