Transforming From Reliance to Self Sufficiency
Community And School Gardening
It is often said that more value is placed on something when it is achieved by one’s own work and effort. Over the decades, Liberia has benefitted from donations from different international organisations and foreign governments. These donations have been made in various sectors of the Liberian society such as: health, education, security, infrastructure, agriculture and etc.. But why is it there are little or no tangible impacts that we can find around us in our rural and urban surroundings?
Why is it that project infrastructure that are to benefit communities and cities are no longer functioning after closure.
The answer is simple, most Liberian are accustomed to or indoctrinated with the ideology of receiving from others rather than helping themselves.
This syndrome has its deep roots in the missionary invasion of Africa and free donations of almost everything during and after the decades of the bloody civil war.
However there is still hope for us, because there are some or many other Liberians who do not subscribe to the idea of being liability on foreign counterparts for the rest of our lives, hence with the natural soil and suitable environment for breeding new innovations, the cycle of poverty,unemployment, crimes, low self esteem and many other problems facing young Liberians can be broken.
Now one of the medium by which we can transform from Reliance to self Sufficiency is through agricultural training skills programs, the mind of Liberians young people will be transformed and their livelihood can transcend from poverty to a better future.
Furthermore, when youth are given skills on how to grow their own food and to see gardening as an entrepreneur activity, the possibility of self employment can be achieved.
Finally do not always give a man a fish, but teach him how to fish. Be the change for developmental action.
Additional community gardening helps to preserve our forests, wildlife and reduces the damages or ham plastics substances causes to the environment in urban and rural areas.
In communities where crop rotation are practised over decades the damage to the forest flora and fauna are less as compared to places or regions where Bush following farming are practiced.
On the other hand in urban areas or cities where bulk of the materials used daily are manufactured from rubber, therefore students can be trained on how to make use of old plastics bags, buckets, cement, bags, etc. to grow vegetable in the backyards; hence promoting and reducing hunger among youths.
7/27/2022 by Martin D. Tarpeh
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