CWS has partnered with Victor da Costa for a year in his Timor-Leste village to help families improve their diets and lower young children’s malnutrition. A first step in this has been sharing modern farming practices, including better water use.
Recently, when CWS hosted a three-day horticulture training workshop in Maumeta, Victor opened it with encouraging words. “I’m happy that Timor Zero Hunger is expanding [to help us improve our] health and well-being” in a new community, Nartutu. Noting that most people at the gathering have missed learning opportunities because they live far from the village center, Victor encouraged everyone to take the opportunity to learn so they could improve their lives.
Over three days, Nartutu’a families learned to improve their gardening by making and using organic fertilizers and pesticides, plus planting their home gardens using compost. They also talked about the benefits of planting in straight rows which, if done properly, can produce varied, healthier vegetables. The last day of the workshop was practical practice of what had been learned. Laura was especially happy to understand, hands-on, how the new inputs and new planting approaches helped her understand how it all works. She and others have now taken what they learned and started to put it to work. After families make compost and prepare their soil, they will be able to begin planting. Going forward CWS staff will check in and help families when needed.
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