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Sustainable agriculture for tomorrow’s generation

SOS Children's Villages helps farming families in Nepal to earn a living through sustainable farming methods. This enables them to feed their children independently and send them to school. Helping them to help themselves - thanks to your support.
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Background

In Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, almost 70 percent of the population live from agriculture. The soil is actually fertile, but little grows in the dry season, and during the monsoon it rains so hard that crops are washed away. The advancing climate change intensifies these weather phenomena even more. The income of many farming families is thus often barely enough to survive. Instead of attending school, many children have to work. A total of 23 percent of all children drop out of school without graduating. Girls have to marry early because their families cannot afford the education. In addition, thousands of parents leave their villages every year in search of work abroad. Their children stay behind and are often inadequately cared for.
This does not have to be the case, because agricultural yields could be significantly increased with few resources. This is where the work of SOS Children's Villages comes in.
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Idea

In the first year, SOS Children's Villages wants to help 50 farming families to earn a living. A total of 200 families are to be supported in three years. This would enable them to feed their children healthily, take better care of them and send them to school. In this way, we enable around 600 children to break the cycle of lack of education and poverty!
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Implementation

In the first year, 50 families on 12 model farms learn about the new methods by receiving a short, hands-on training. At the same time, parents are sensitised to non-violent parenting and the importance of education for their children. Afterwards, the local project team regularly visits the farms to support the families in implementing what they have learned. In the two following years, another 150 farming families learn about and apply the new cultivation and education methods. In total, about 600 children can be fed and educated in a healthy way.
The following measures and methods have already proven successful in Nepal:
  • Thanks to the construction of greenhouses and irrigation systems, fruits and vegetables grow throughout the year. These include varieties that were previously not widely grown, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and cauliflower. These can be sold at a better price outside the main season.
  • Growing mixed crops and different varieties reduces losses due to pests.
  • Raised beds and plastic sheeting protect seedlings from pests and flooding.
  • Raised sheds protect chickens and goats from moisture and disease.
  • Manure and compost provide good fertiliser, which further increases yields.
  • By storing and marketing their produce together, the farmers own all the income.
  • Family development plans are drawn up with the children and parents, which ensure that the children can go to school and are also lovingly cared for and supported at home.
 
Financing:
Courses for farmers in modern vegetable cultivation and modern livestock farming CHF 1'500
Purchase of seeds, tunnel sheets, building material for composting and irrigation systems, etc. CHF 22'500
Technical support and advice for farming families in converting to modern vegetable cultivation CHF 1'250
Training of 12 farmers as vegetable cultivation coaches and establishment of 12 model farms CHF 2'500
Purchase of building material for new stables and barns as well as suitable goat and chicken breeds CHF 22'500
Technical support and advice for the farming families in the construction of the stables and barns as well as in the feeding and care of the new farm animals CHF 1'250
Training of 12 farmers as livestock coaches and establishment of 12 model farms CHF 2'500
Mutual visits of farmers within the same municipality as well as between municipalities with the aim of exchanging experiences and learning from each other CHF 1'000
Contribution to the salary costs of SOS Children's Village Nepal employees and expenses of volunteers CHF 5‘000
Total costs CHF 60‘000
 
 
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Initiators

SOS-Children’s Villages Schwitzerland
SOS Children's Villages provides a loving home for children in need and strengthens families at risk in over 135 countries. With programmes for education, health and income generation, we empower children and families to shape their own future.
The SOS Children's Villages Switzerland Foundation is a private, politically and denominationally independent children's aid organisation and finances SOS Children's Villages and related programmes to strengthen families in developing countries.
 
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Stiftung there-for-you 2'000 CHF
Adrian Spicher 100 CHF
test tetst 50 CHF
Anonymous 50 CHF
Susi Brunner 500 CHF
Neue Sicht 100 CHF
Mikr Kos 100 CHF
Pascal Lehmann 200 CHF
Anonymous 100 CHF
Eva Keller 20 CHF
Monica Tschaggelar 100 CHF
ALFRED VON AMSELFELD 50 CHF
Anonymous 20 CHF
Anonymous 50 CHF
Elisabeth Boullay 50 CHF
Mateo Rodriguez 4 CHF
Kurt Schnyder 100 CHF
Sara Rohner 100 CHF
Fredy Eckstein 500 CHF
Tönet Töndury 1'000 CHF
Fredy Eckstein 500 CHF
Verena Barrueto 500 CHF
Petar Sabovic 50 CHF
Anonymous 10'000 CHF
Noé Schuler 30 CHF
Jaël Schuler 50 CHF
Marion Schmitz 50 CHF
Roland Schuler 5 CHF
Roland Schuler 5 CHF
Roland Schuler 10 CHF
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