By Rose Stevens
Lakewood Rotary in partnership with Rotary International and Rotary Club Chillos Milenio of Quito, Ecuador, have funded a series of Farmer Field Schools for the indigenous peoples living in the Chiche River Basin. The project is aptly named: IMPROVING LIVES IN THE CHICHE BASIN. Lakewood Rotarians will assist with the implementation of the program and attend the graduation ceremony.
Many people in the Chiche River Basin are seriously impacted by the lack of water for both human consumption and crop irrigation. During the course of the project we will:
- Construct several high quality water sources for domestic consumption and facilities to manage and reuse waster water.
- Construct composting toilets to manage solid waste
- Construct nurseries to utilize the compost and provide saplings for reforestation
- Establish a Farmers Market to facilitate the fostering of new small business and the improvement of existing small businesses.
The Farmer Field schools provide hands-on learning that promotes a true understanding of the problems and solutions. A graduation ceremony will be held upon the completion of the project in which the farmers have displays showing what they have learned to their neighbors. Thus increasing the scope and impact of the project.
Part of the Rotary objective is the “advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace “. Recognizing we are all one people and that as we empower others we are also more connected as peoples. It is these connections that will bring understanding and peace to our world