Forbes March 2009

Name: Aaron Forbes
Post: Agbangnizoun
Pick-up Location: Cotonou

Brief Project Description:

The PCV works as an environment volunteer at CEFODEC (Centre dEducation, de Formation et de Developpement Communautaire), a home for at-risk children in the Commune of AGBANGNIZOUN. The volunteer has applied for a GAD small project to pay for gardening supplies. The PCV will lead the homes 35 children in gardening and agricultural trainings, in which they will learn skills that may be used upon their reinsertion into society. Gardening activities will help improve the childrens nutrition and will also help generate income, for the center. The tools bought are necessary to carry out all gardening and agricultural activities, this next rainy season.

Dates of Project: 4/2009 – 12/2009
Number of People Involved: 1 PCV, 35 children at CEFODEC, 5 work partners at CEFODEC

Item Number Unit Price Cost
Scythe Repairs on 10 350 CFA 3.500 CFA
Scythe Purchase of 5 1.150 CFA 5.750 CFA
Large garden hoe Repairs on 9 350 CFA 3.150 CFA
Large garden hoe Purchase of 5 1.700 CFA 8.500 CFA
Small garden hoe Repair of 3 300 CFA 900 CFA
Small garden hoe Purchase of 23 900 CFA 20.700 CFA
Garden rake Repair of 2 2.300 CFA 4.600 CFA
Watering can Repair of 1 1.500 CFA 1.500 CFA
Total Cost 48.600 CFA

Amount Requested: 48.600 CFA


GAD Coordinator: I would like more specific information about the gender breakdown of project participants before funding. Also the project description doesnt give much info. If Aaron can fill in the blanks, recommend funding. If not, perhaps he should reapply next month.
GAD Finance: I agree. There is not enough information about gender breakdown. If he can complete the information, Recommend Funding.

Closing Report

GAD financing bought garden and agricultural supplies for the childrens home, CEFODEC (Centre d’Education, Formation et Developpement Communautaire). The project is scheduled for April 2009 through December 2009. The funds were used to purchase new supplies and repair old tools.

Due to the lack of a reliable water source, the gardening season at CEFODEC (Centre d’Education, Formation et Developpement Communautaire) began the end of April. In collaboration with the volunteer’s work partners and the 35 children who live at the home, a gardening and agriculture program was created for this season.

Presently, the following activities are being conducted:
-Papaya tree nursery;
-Garden nursery with approximately 10 different types of vegetables;
-Nursery and transplanting of over 1,000 moringa trees on approximately 1 hectare;
-Planting of corn, soy and mucuna (for soil fertilisation);

All of the children of the center follow workshops and receive instructions on how to plant, transplant and how to manage these different activities. Improved techniques such as water retention, diagonal planting, associated cropping and alley cropping are taught.

The children will eat from the harvest but even more importantly, they will be able to use these skills once their stay at the Center is finished and they are reinserted back into their villages. These activities will also help the Center earn money. This will help it come one step closer to being financially independent and also serve as a source for community trainings in the future.

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