Here are the lastest news from Ta Phin about the gardening process:
“12 families chipped soybean seeds in to grow in the conservation garden. Although it may seem unreasonable for growing them off-season, the plants are just for enriching the soil nutrition. For this reason, the plants will be knocked down by December, as soon as they flower to become manure. From Ms.Chan’s experience and Huong’s observation, we need to grow legumes at least twice to have better soil condition. So, it will be mung bean for December (the villagers can expect the yield because it’s the season). We’ll see the land after 2 rounds of bean plantation.”
SMALL PROJECTS, BIG IMPACTS, by Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle
It’s not the size that matters. Small projects can make a big impact. Community-supported construction of sustainable and appropriate facilities is an effective social development concept, proving that architecture in underserved areas is more than development aid or environmentally-friendly construction, but a means for building a community. These projects combine traditional building materials and technologies with clever design solutions that protect the natural environment and also place great emphasis on actively engaging the local population in the construction process. Buildings constructed by the local community result not only in a series of sustainable structures, but also a newfound sense of identity, self-reliance and enhanced social cohesion, generating positive impacts upon the social environment by creating opportunities for education, job creation and training. The construction process effectively forms an important part of the transfer of knowledge, whereby locals acquire new building skills that may be reused and taught to others. It’s a matter of empowering local craftsmen to learn for themselves that freely-available materials like clay, stone and wood encompass all the properties necessary to build in their respective geographic and climatic context, and that a village that works together also grows together.
A secondary school project in Gando, Burkina Faso; a community house in Ta Phin, Vietnam; and a dental polyclinic and library in Batu, Indonesia—though these construction projects intelligently leverage the site’s characteristics and locally-available materials, they demonstrate that Green building is not just about the architecture, but also about being socially-engaged. They integrate social and environmental performance for improved quality of life, demonstrating a successful approach combining the adaptive use of building materials, climatic mitigation, aesthetics and community development. Suitable for wide-scale application and the multiplication of the projects’ features, their far-reaching potential help their respective communities to develop a healthy pride and hope and, at the same time, to create a solid base for their development.
Chris Carnovale is going to join the project and help us with the training in Ta Phin. Chris has being involved in a variety of community based tourism (CBT) project, so we beleive that his expertize can help us to achieve our main goal that is sustainability. We are working on in an idea of a local vegetable market in the Community House. We need to help them and teach them how to do it and explain how is beneficial for them. It is going to be a hard and long way but we beleive it is possible.
Thank you Chris for your support since the beginning.
For more information about CBT Vietnam please see the website: http://www.cbtvietnam.com/