Justdiggit believes it is time to share positive and hopeful insights when it comes to climate change. People must be aware that we can restore ecosystems and that solutions exist.
After Kenya also bunds in Tanzania!
September this year the well-known ‘earth smiles’, crescent shaped water bunds, will be dug in Tanzanian ground. So far we have used FMNR techniques in the Dodoma region. We can soon add a new re-greening technology to our Tanzanian program!
Our program manager Niels Dierckx and MetaMeta partner Francesco Sambalino were back in the field two weeks ago looking for locations suited for rainwater harvesting. Read here how this went!
Kids College Rotterdam Zoo
Last month a Justdiggit lecture was given again at the Rotterdam Zoo, this time by teacher Boy.
He shows you how rainwater flows without digging and when bunds have been dug in advance. Teacher Boy aroused a lot of interest among the children (and ofcourse among the adults), through the fun green experiments he performed.
Recycled phones introduced in Tanzanian program
As part of our re-greening project in Tanzania, we handed out smartphones to our 240 Kisiki Hai facilitators in the Kongwa district.
It will help them to track the progress their fellow farmers are making and to see how much land already has been restored. And the great thing is: all the facilitators give the phone a second life, because they originally come from the Dutch Railway Company NS. This is made possible by the organization Closing the Loop. A smart way to use used smartphones right?!
Click here to read the whole story!
Newly designed shovels
In the past month we have been able to complement our eARTh collection with very meaningful designed shovels. This time Belgian artists started working with our icon ‘the shovel’.
With this project we want to create awareness, because by simply digging with a shovel we make the earth greener. Click here for the collection->
Tap water project
Since this week our partner Lokaal Edel from, among others, chef and Justdiggit ambassador Jonathan Karpathios, pours tap water in Justdiggit glassware. A voluntary contribution is requested for the water, which benefits our projects. This way, Dutch tap water slowly turns into rainwater.
Regreening results in Kongwa
Our colleague Lieke, who lives and works in the project area Dodoma (Tanzania), just sent us pictures from a successful adoption of the FMNR technique by the St Phillips College. And of course we need to share this regreening result! The college has started with conserving and regrowing trees since 2000. Read the whole story here ->
In full bloom
Thanks to a training in sowing and harvesting techniques, the newly planted grass seed banks in the Kenyan villages of Inkisanjani and Enkii are already in full bloom! The living environment of these local Maasai women’s groups not only re-green, the women also have an extra income because they can sell the seeds and grasses.
Green oasis in Amsterdam
We are extremely grateful to these partners and our passionate ambassadors for creating awareness for our programs and organization.
Flooding in Kenya
Last week our colleague Sander was on his way to the project areas in Kenya and experienced major flooding as you can see in the video.
It is a common misconception to think there is no rainfall in dry areas. Drought and flooding are more connected than you might think. It does not rain often, but when it does, the rain is so intense that it flushes away the fertile soil and causes downstream flooding. This is one of the reasons why we need to continue with our interventions: retaining rainwater for preventing erosion, flooding and land degradation.
Blog: Start of Young Expert Programme
Godlove and Lieke, two young experts, just started working in our project area in Tanzania. How it all started? It began with YEP: A programme for young talents in the Agrofood & Water sector. Dutch and international experts are trained, supported and funded for 1-2 years in a developing country of the organisation. Read about their training in the Netherlands ->