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Gamba Primary School Organic Garden (MALAWI, AFRICA)
GAMBA PRIMARY SCHOOL ORGANIC GARDEN (MALAWI, AFRICA)
The school is located on
the outskirts of Lura Hills under Lura Zone, in the suburb North of Rumpi
District, 32kms away from the main road.
The school was started in 1991 and comprises 3 buildings with only 5
rooms for 163 students from grade 1 to 8.
Five qualified teachers live and work there.
The school garden since
2013 has been supported in part by the slow food One thousand Gardens
Project. Currently, there was a need for
material to erect fencing around the vegetable garden to protect from wild
animals and robbers. The current
primitive fence was totally unsatisfactory.
Additionally, there was a need for proper gardening tools an equipment
to make life of the workers easier.
Currently, the organic
vegetable garden is run by a committee with 2 teachers coordinating and 20
students working on it at time. In the
rainy season, the garden is cultivated close to the school campus, while in
summer the school us the valley next to the school to grow their crop. The vegetables vary depending of the season
but currently grows local spinach, maize, amarathus, peas and beans. The grant money was used to purchase material
to erect a strong and proper perimeter and provide proper tools such as hoes
and spades, gloves, buckets, carrying containers, etc. to facilitate the on
going maintenance of the garden.
The other organizations
involved with this project are The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity
through which they have been receiving some financial support, but also
educational guidance on how to manage the vegetable garden and the Daniel de
Simoni Association which has branches in Italy and Australia.
The involvement of the
Rotary eClub member is through Vittoria Pasquini, the founder of the
Association. We maintain a similar
community garden here in Sydney and donate the food produced to local
charities. We have therefore support our
related project with this much need. We
have been able to obtain progress reports and photos.
GAMBA SCHOOL GARDEN
October 2015 Gamba LEA School received funds from Rotary Club eClub One through
the Association Valerio Daniel de Simon equivalent to US $2000 to expand its
existing school garden. This report outlines activities in which the funds were
financial report covers three cores areas in which the funds were actually
spent for viz; Materials and equipment,
transport, communication and
1. GARDEN MATERIALS AND
Varied garden materials and equipment were
acquired and distributed to school as per budget such as; wheel barrows, hoes, rakes, hand forks, trowels, watering cans, chicken
The importance of these equipment to
gardening work is that it has assisted in enhancing work such as;
transportation of manure, poles, grass etc. Initially garden members used to
take these tools from their homes to school which was cumbersome as the school
is located far from student residential areas.
Gamba school garden measures 0.2 hectares; it
has been constructed using treated acacia poles. Fenced with a 0 .5-inch mesh
wire. The garden has been planted with local crops such as;
· Local maize [Bingo]
· Lettuce [Kamuganje]
Construction work was done by students
themselves with support from the community. The construction is still in
progress as schools opened classes on 7 January after Christmas and new
GPS localization for the school is;
The school received US $2000 equivalent to
MK1, 150,000. The expenditure totaled to US $1,641.37equivalent
to MK 943,788.25. There is a balance of US $ 358.63 remaining that will be channeled
towards the construction of borehole.
A school committee comprising of school
garden patrons, the principal supervised by the national coordinator was
responsible for management of the project.
Gamba is the only school out 88 school
gardens in Malawi with a wire fenced garden. This will reduce theft of school
garden produce from passersby, because now the garden can be locked and
protected. The school is pleased with this support from Rotary Club.
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