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Actions with Planting Trees (2022)

FUNDAEC project aims to promote comprehensive community development through three main components, each including specific objectives and activities that will help achieve the project's main purpose. Components are:

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Financial support.

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Training, and audiovisual dissemination of products.

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Community initiatives in communes 18 and 20.

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The project plan meetings and arranges weekly monitoring to guarantee the fulfillment of the objectives and proposed activities.

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  • Actions are:
  • 01

    Training 100 tutors and coordinators of the Preparation for Social Action program. The trained tutors will train 1,000 students in 3 workshops about the importance of preserving biodiversity, the elaboration of tree nurseries, the propagation and planting of trees, and the production of organic fertilizers.

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    Planting and maintaining 10,000 trees for food production.

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    Developing three tree nurseries of native species on the Caribbean Coast, especially of the endangered species.

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    Elaborating a database and a website to maintain the statistics of the number and species of the trees planted, their localization, and the involved participants.Trees planted in 2022 are 68 mostly native species of trees that the communities wish to grow. These plants are from 22 different botanical families, primarily native and some from India, Asia, Africa, and Brazil. The tree planting list continues to grow based on project participants' proposals.

Actions Carried Out (2022)

Early on 2022

Seeds of native trees were collected in different communities of Cordoba and Sucre for propagation purposes.
The project prepared a proposal considering the current and future landscape and architectural plans for the distribution and location of native tree plantings in the local forest for 2022. This proposal was prepared in consultation with the administrative team of the Bahá’í House of Worship in Norte del Cauca. In this case, approximately 800 trees will be planted as part of this project.

July 2022

In July 2022, 300 trees were planted in the native forest with the support of 140 people from nearby communities in a beautiful spirit of service.
The project included three workshops. The content for the first Workshop was prepared.

June 2022

The program constructed and equipped three nurseries in the communities of Tambor, Los Monos (Córdoba), and Achiote (Sucre) in June 2022. These nurseries can produce 1,000 trees each and are part of the strategy to have native species that the local nurseries in these departments do not grow. Each nursery will have a responsible head gardener and will be supported by tutors and PSA groups in the surrounding area.
At the end of June, Workshop 1 was implemented in 3 communities in Cordoba and Sucre. This Workshop was two days long and was designed to be partly theoretical and practical. Part A of the Workshop focused on underlining the importance of planting trees and their vital impacts. Part B focused on teaching planting skills and dealt with all the steps, from seed collection to producing a sapling ready to be taken to its final place. Part C was dedicated to healthy living soil, microorganisms, and organic fertilizers.

Practical experiences included:

  • Recognizing and extracting seeds

  • Preparing the right mix for the seedbeds

  • Planting of the seeds

  • Transplanting the saplings

  • Assembling the nursery, finding and introducing many practical tips on all the different tasks related to the maintenance of a nursery

  • Producing four different types of organic fertilizers was carried out. Workshop 1 allowed the nurseries to leave in operation

  • Focusing on soil preparation for planting, planting, species association, protection, and care for the trees.

So far, all those involved are participating with great interest, joy, and commitment. This spirit makes the project foresee the progress and fulfillment of the goals and new levels of well-being in the communities.

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Actions Carried Out During 2021

1

Community Initiative: Strengthening Vegetable Garden’s in Cali’s Commune 20 in COVID-19

A project began in January 2021 in commune 20 of the city of Cali to strengthen small vegetable garden initiatives for 100 families. The project aimed to overcome the negative impact of the economic recession during the COVID-19 pandemic and was linked to programs offered by the Créalo Foundation, a local organization that works in partnership with FUNDAEC.

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Cooperators Train Promoters of Well-Being for COVID-19 Relief in Cali’s Neighborhoods

These cooperators trained the promoters of community well-being despite the difficulties. Trained persons help distribute groceries to people who cannot work and support their families in the neighborhood. The Mayor's Office and the Archdiocese of Cali supported the foundations to continue providing food for families, so they distributed buckets with seedlings to families that intended to produce food in their homes.

3

TwoWings Supports Crealo’s Food Distribution Programs in Siloe Neighborhood, Cali

We (TwoWings) followed the programs to strengthen the infrastructure of Créalo in the Siloé neighborhood to provide 1,500 packages of essential food products to lactating and pregnant mothers and 30,000 lunch rations to 150 families.

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Empowering Locals: Vegetable Gardening in Cali for Improved Livelihood

Local people were encouraged to plant beans, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, carrots, paprika, corn, broccoli, and herbs such as basil, coriander, oregano, lippia alba, lemon balm, mint, and parsley to improve their lives.

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Strengthening Local Food Systems in Rural Colombia

The strengthening Local Food Systems in Cauca project is located in the rural area of the municipality of Puerto Tejada, Cauca, Colombia, on the University Center for Rural Wellbeing premises. The project focused on converting 2 hectares of land into productive plots with various crops and producing organic fertilizers in response to the adverse social and economic conditions caused by the pandemic. The project contributed to families' healthy and nutritious diets, and a food marketing network was established for 70 families.

Some Achievements of Activities were:

Harvesting Nature’s Best: Cultivating, Connecting, and Sharing Organic Bounty

  • Identifying and diversifying two hectares of land with plantain mounds banana mounds, lemon trees, orange trees, tangerine trees, casava, and pumpkin plants.

  • Building two compost bins and producing 92 bags of bokashi as organic fertilizer to improve the soil of the two hectares of land.

  • Establishing Diversified High-Efficiency plots, maintaining and fertilizing them optimally.

  • Constructing structures for fertilizer production.

  • Identifying a selection of species to plant in plots.

  • Identifying 70 families interested in organic products.

  • Creating a marketing network for natural products and fruits that can benefit 70 regular monthly users.

Driving Sustainable Growth: Impact on Agriculture and Community

  • Well management and supervision of the project. Planting and harvesting products that were very popular among consumers and marketed well throughout the year.

  • Identifying the products with regular consumption in homes.

  • Evaluating the marketing methods.

  • Systematizing and dissemination of knowledge, learnings, and actions.

  • Holding four workshops and preparing five bulletins for the general public to raise awareness. The workshops and bulletins positively influenced food security and the dignity of farmers. Moreover, workshops' learnings strengthened the local economy through productive initiatives by families.

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