It’s #OrganicSeptember and The Sreepur Village is proud to share with you how organic it is when it comes to training its mothers in a variety of agricultural methods.
The Sreepur Village focuses on educating their mothers on organic farming and food practices which includes learning about the production of all organic vegetables.
Ms Lota is the mother of one of our beneficiaries and is now involved with our agriculture training. She says, “Bangladesh is agriculturally one of the best countries. So, it’s very important to understand about all plants and their production. Most of the time we eat vegetables in our community, vegetables fill the nutrition needs of our body. In The Sreepur Village, we learn how to grow vegetables from root to production, all of which is very helpful for our future life.”
Ms Rina another mother of one of our beneficiaries says, “Living in The Sreepur Village means I get to learn lots of things. Now I know about nutritious vegetables. Vegetables are essential for the human body. I love plants and nature.”
Since October 2018, The Sreepur Village has been training mothers in Agriculture and Literacy, together this makes the perfect combination for an organic future.
The main topic of this training is Sack Gardening which teaches the mothers the letters, signs and words related to agriculture. The mothers are divided into seven groups and as well as learning the correct vocabulary they are also taught how vegetables can be grown in sacks. After three years when the mothers will return home to their communities, they will be able to produce their own organic green vegetables through sack gardening which will ultimately fulfill the needs of all their family. When our mothers move on, they are always keen to start new ventures and Sack Gardening is one of the ways in which we empower more families to living a healthy and happy future.
We also provide home-stead gardening and vegetable cultivation training to those mothers who plan to reintegrate back into their community with a focus on agriculture. Sixty percent of the vegetables that we use in our daily menu are grown from our homestead gardens.
The ABTAP section of The Sreepur Village uses fresh water and fresh feed for the cultivation of fish in the village’s six ponds. We provide our mothers and their children with this fish which forms part of their daily nutritious meals.
We recently introduced duck rearing training to those mothers who plan to reintegrate into the riverside communities, this can be a very profitable business which means more families can be given hope for a brighter future.
Various types of fruit such as mango, lychee, plum, coconut, papaya, olive and guava are planted in The Sreepur Village grounds and most are given as tiffin (snacks) to our mothers and their children.
The Sreepur Village also has a small herbal garden which enables us to make herbal products on our premises. Some of the herbs in the garden are Arjun, Lojjaboti, Tulsi, and Akand.
Five composts are made inside The Sreepur Village which not only ensures the proper use of waste management, but it also means we can use the compost for the organic fertilization of all our cultivation needs. Compost making is another training scheme we offer our mothers.
So, as you can see The Sreepur Village provides a wealth of training so that more families can be given hope for a healthy and happy future, empowering and educating them beyond their past life of poverty and fear.
In 2018, with the aid of CIPRB and one of their trustees, Becky Horsbrugh, the Sreepur Village started to run swimming lessons in their pond in the village grounds. The lessons, since this date, take place every year during the months of June and July, and are now taught by a number of Sreepur staff who have since been trained to facilitate the programme each year.
Approximately sixty children, aged 6-12, take part each year. They will learn how to swim 25 metres freestyle, tread water or float for 30 seconds as well as perform a rescue from dry
land. As half the number of deaths from drowning occur in 1-5 year olds, having an older child trained in dry-land rescue is pivotal in striving to keep this devastating number down.
It's British Science Week, 11th 20th March, and one of the activities that the Sreepur Village runs is the creation and nurturing of sack gardens.
This is an aspect of the Mothers Talking Everyday Science project and is a particularly important activity because when the mothers return to mainstream society they will be experienced in how to prepare a container in which to grow food plants and how to care for them.