Hi all, greetings from FSL India’s Centre for Experiential Living (CEL), Kundapur!
Manoj, a beneficiary of the 11th and 12th Happy Move Camp, gives a personal account of his experiences and shares the actions he’s taken based on what he learned.
“I am Manoj, studying 5th Standard in Panchayat Union Primary School in Senthamangalam, Kancheepuram District. During August 2013 (11th Happy Move Camp 2013), the Anna (brother) and Akka (sister) from Korea came to our school and took many activities such as renovat[ing] the toilets, hand wash platform etc… We all were so excited. After they left, [in] October 2013, one Anna from FSL-India came to our school and formed [the] Children’s Parliament in our school to monitor and keep the school premises [and] toilets clean and neat. I became [a] member of the Environment Committee of the Children’s Parliament. FSL-India Anna came to our school often and started insisting on green and clean environment.
Again, [in] January 2014 (12th Happy Move Camp 2014), Korean Anna and Akka again came to my school for camp… This time, [a] few of them came to my house and planted a tree with [a] tree guard in the open space. They all identified me and told me to water the plant daily. Being [a] member of [the] Environment Committee, I [was] so inspired and decided to grow the garden at my home. I discussed with my thaththa (grandfather); he also encouraged me and helped me to promote [a] kitchen garden two months ago.
Now there are brinjal, green chilli, water melon, cluster beans etc. grown in my garden. I feel very proud to say that this is the garden created by me and it is my own plants…! Now I am moving to another school for my higher class… I [will] tell my new friends to grow plants [in] their homes…!”
During the months of July and August, 2013, FSL-India had collaborated with Better World Korea, Hyundai Motors India and Hyundai Motor Company Korea for the 11th Happy Move Camp in Pappankuzhi, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu.
A kitchen garden had been promoted then and on the 22nd of April, 2014, a field office of our Chennai team went to visit it. To their great pleasure, the field officer found the small 10 ft x 4 ft kitchen garden extremely well maintained. The banana, curry leaves and drumstick trees were flourishing in the kitchen garden. In addition, the fence was fully covered beautifully with the climber of broad beans to make the kitchen garden very green and shadowy.
On the 27th of November, 2013, our Home Based Project’s Tent School team, along with two volunteers, Katharina and Amanda, went to Senapur, in Kundapura planted a kitchen garden for seven migrant families. With help from the migrant families, the whole team sowed ten varieties of vegetable seeds and created a fence around the 10×8 square feet kitchen garden.
The aim of this activity was to combat severe malnutrition experienced by migrant families by providing them with a sustainable method of growing their own food. The migrant families were given instructions on how to care for the kitchen garden, and how to use their waste as compost for higher yields.
A kitchen garden made through Happy Move camp in Irunkattukottai, a village in Chennai. Here is a case study of the impact of the work camp – Case study – Irunkattukottai