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Sustainable agriculture for tomorrow’s generation

Many thanks for your support, which meant we were able to complete the project successfully.
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.

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 25 farming families to earn a living. A total of 75 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 225 children to break the cycle of lack of education and poverty!
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Implementation

In the first year, 25 families on six 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 50 farming families learn about and apply the new cultivation and education methods. In total, about 225 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 550

  • Purchase of seeds, tunnel sheets, building material for composting and irrigation systems, etc. CHF 8'240

  • Technical support and advice for farming families in converting to modern vegetable cultivation CHF 460

  • Training of six farmers as vegetable cultivation coaches and establishment of six model farms CHF 1'250

  • Purchase of building material for new stables and barns as well as suitable goat and chicken breeds CHF 7'630

  • 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 460

  • Training of six farmers as livestock coaches and establishment of six model farms CHF 1'250

  • 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 360

  • Contribution to the salary costs of SOS Children's Village Nepal employees and expenses of volunteers CHF 1'800


Total costs CHF 22'000
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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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Covid emergency aid and sustainable agriculture

The coronavirus hit Nepal very hard. That is why we provided emergency medical aid and supported the families with essential goods in 2021. After the lockdown, the agricultural project can now take off.

The delta variant of the coronavirus has left deep scars in Nepal. Especially in rural areas, there was a lack of medical supplies, which led to an accumulation of deaths. In addition, many families did not know how to protect themselves from infection.

For this reason, SOS Children's Villages first provided emergency aid before the project "A Sustainable Agriculture for Tomorrow's Generation" could start. A Covid station as well as local health centers were supplied with oxygen bottles, medicines, masks, etc.. Flyers were also distributed to the population, through which they learned more about hygiene measures.

When home visits were possible again, the first task was to clarify what the beneficiary families needed most urgently. Only after the basic needs, such as clothing and food, were covered, could we begin the long-term project work.

In the meantime, the first agricultural courses have started successfully. SOS Children's Village is working flat out to make up for lost time. We thank you very much for your donation, which will be fully used for the agricultural project. We were able to finance the emergency aid from other funds.

Prabin's story

Prabin is an 18 year old youth from Vyas. He lives with his mother and younger brother in a small house. His father left the family many years ago.

The fact that Prabin is back in school today, attending the tenth grade, is not a matter of course. Because his mother earned too little as a day laborer, Prabin broke off his education two years ago to look for work in India. But the working conditions were very bad. Prabin was even mistreated, and he barely earned enough to survive. Because of the Corona pandemic, he eventually lost his job and returned home. With nothing to do, he loitered all day. His mother was very worried about his future.

Finally, SOS Children's Village contacted Prabin's family. The social worker was able to motivate the teenager to go back to school. SOS Children's Village also supported the mother and the two boys with an emergency aid package and school supplies. Soon, the mother will attend a course in sustainable vegetable cultivation. Perhaps later she will even be able to open a small vegetable store and thus secure the family's income in the long term.

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