Posted November 28, 2018
The children were given a lesson on an environment study as a preparation for their forthcoming examination in school.
The teacher explained that the environment consists of water, land, lakes, rivers, humans, animals, plants, and air. The environment must be kept clean to get fresh air and reduce pollution in order to overcome the occurrence of diseases.
The children were taught many aspects of keeping a clean environment. They were taught to not litter the roads or throw garbage into lakes or rivers, but to put them into trash cans. Garbage is to be separated as follows: paper, glass, tins, and polythene. Do not burn garbage, as it is an environmental hazard. Make sure you organize and clean up at your school.
They were also encouraged to organize clean-up days with their friends in the places they live and to not forget to help clean up their neighbor’s house. They addressed all concerns about separating garbage. To conserve energy, it’s helpful to switch off lights, unplug electrical equipment, and not cook with wood. It’s also good to carry a reusable bottle for water and reusable box for lunch. This will help keep the environment clean.
Transformational Community Development (TCD) Update
Water—Most of the homes have clean drinking water, while other homes collect their drinking water from neighbors. We have been told that this has been going on for many years. The villagers do not have a problem with water.
Food—As this is an agricultural village, many work in paddy fields. The villagers grow various kinds of vegetables and fruit-producing trees at their own homes, and they get food from their own gardens. However, meat products are rarely found in their meals.
Income Generation—Income generation is a problem as villagers face floods and may lose their crops. What they are looking for is to start other businesses that floods cannot destroy, such as small home industries. They tell us that they need some assistance to start these home industries. We asked them for more information on what they intend to do.
Education—We have started the Tamil language class with 28 students. At present, we have two teachers. The reason for this is because there are little ones in the lower classes who need to be taught separately.
Wellness—Many illnesses are home-treatable. We will soon be having TCD classes to educate the villages.
GHNI National Field Leader