Learning the wisdom of living with nature
The Sri Lankan agriculture has problems that crops yields have not been stable due to the unusual climate and heavy use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers are causing health damage. Many areas participating in the Children’s Forest Program (CFP) are located in the rural areas, and we think it important to teach the wisdom and skills of the sustainable livelihood to live with nature.
The local residents have a keen interest in dissemination activities of the environment friendly home gardens such as making compost utilizing raw garbage and insect repellent that utilizes herbs, and they are learning together with the children. We are selling harvested vegetables in bazaar to make up for activity cost, and that leads to PR activities in the community. Based on schools, we would like to further promote activities leading to the changes in the awareness of the surroundings.