Greening of the educational and leisure center Delta Cultura

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Delta Cultura Education Centre for up to 300 children
Greening of the site
Fruit, vegetables and medicinal products through planting of useful trees

On Capeverdean island Santiago in the northern part of the city Tarrafal there is the educational and leisure center Delta Cultura that was founded by Florian Wegenstein and his wife Marisa in 2002. Once starting with six footballs, today up to 300 children are looked after daily. The offer includes homework done under supervision, football as social evolution, IT, art, foreign languages and music. Furthermore since the year 2016 there is a kindergarten for children from 4 years that daily supervises 26 children. Consequently children and juveniles of one of the poorest countries on earth get access to education and knowledge and they positively get accompanied in their personal development.

The Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung in cooperation with Delta Cultura and some local organisations now plans to plant some vegetables and trees. With the project comes a permaculture kitchen garden that creates permanent working and close-to-nature cycles in which humans, animals and plants live together. By being integrated into continuing cultivation and maintenance of the gardening project on top the youngsters learn economically and socially sustainable management with given resources. The crop regularly is to be used in cooking classes in the kitchen of the center.

To protect the kitchen garden from numerous sheeps, goats, cows and pigs that are running around free in the area, a green fence with drip irrigation shall be built around the terrain. Furthermore the green fence will be bristled with several trees like the common jujube, acacias, figs and flame trees. The irrigation of the fence proportionally is to be ensured at the hands of Delta Culturas three-chamber graywater plant and the local waterworks.

Moreover on the verge of sidewards of the area located football pitch there is a 10 metres by 100 metres sized area that will subserve for forestation of moringa trees. Intention is the planting of 100 trees. With the bowery of moringa the plan is to sell products like tea, powder, seed and oil what could co-fund the operating costs of the center. Besides the children become acquainted with usage and healing power of moringa.

The project is a typical win-win situation and through implementation even several goals can be realized. Planting measures, kitchen garden as well as their required maintenance, cultivation and irrigation encourage the childrens ecological awareness and train them in organic farming. The vegetable garden enables the supply with homegrown and in addition healthy foods. The disposal of moringa products will yield a profit in the medium-run and counteract the camps increasing operational costs that are caused by continuous growth. Thereby Delta Cultura is strengthened in its work and on top we are able to plant miscellaneous trees. To improve the living conditions of people plus oppose climate change by planting trees is the main focus of the foundation.

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