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.
The women behind the grass seed bank
The grass is always greener… when collaborating with a women’s group! The Maasai women are working hard maintaining and continuously improving the grass seed banks. This needs to be shared on this International Women’s Day!
Curious about the developments within the grass seed banks? Keep reading! ->
Green bunds in Tanzania!
Last October and November Tanzanian farmers dug and sowed more than 5,000 bunds. They prevent soil erosion and improve water availability for plants. And by buying the grass seeds from local farmers, the local economy is stimulated. By combining these two you get: fertile soil.
Check here the process of digging the bund in the dry season to regreening during the rainy season ->
A parade organized by farmers
In Tanzania a number of our trained champion farmers organized a parade from the village Nghumbi to Mlali. Why? They marched to communicate about the importance of taking care of the environment.
Lots of villagers supported the marching, most of them stood curiously at the side of the road to see what the marching was all about. It makes us proud, because they organized it on their own initative. These farmers are transforming into activists!
Cool kids support Justdiggit
On October 4, 2018, the creative school Nimeto have started the excellence program with an ambitious project for Justdiggit. The students are very enthusiastic and so are we!
The students are working 1.5 year on the project. Their task is to create a product or service and launch it on the market, by which the profits will go to our projects. They work (among others) with the organization Jong Ondernemen and receive guest lectures from experts to achieve this.
Every year Nimeto organize a Christmas market and this time they create awareness for Justdiggit. Last week 4 students were gathered at our office to hand a check to us. They have collected, believe it or not, €6,000, – euros!
Impact on biodiversity!
Yes! This Wildebeest, large African antelope, has been spotted in one of our project areas in Kenya. The rangers that protect the bund area observe more and more wildlife since the vegetation began to recover.
Monitoring the bunds with satellites and sensors
(Nearly) graduate student Martijn Mulder did his graduation project in Kuku, Kenya, on behalf of satellite company Vandersat. He researched the impact of our projects by using satellites and sensors.
And guess what…! He saw great effects from the soil moisture sensors and the NDVI satellite images. Like: soil moisture contents inside the bunds at 40cm depth were twice as high compared to outside the bunds, even three months after the rain season! A great result, and currently, the sensors are still in the field to continue measurements.
Read more about this research in Martijn’s blog ->
African media gathering!
Beginning of December we had our first official African media gathering in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This is important for us, because we use the power of communication to scale up the Justdiggit re-greening programs.
Together with our amazing partners Havas Africa, JCDecaux Africa, LEAD Foundation, and Havas Lemz, we invited a select group of media partners, potential ambassadors and online influencers, all of whom were very excited to learn about our programs and eager to join our green revolution. Work in progress and a great first step!
Blog: Monitoring & Evaluation Marathon
You might have read about the Kisiki Hai Tour with which we show our documentary in Tanzanian villages… Last month we have launched something alike: a Monitoring and Evaluation Marathon!
With a minibus we visit 27 villages in the 7 districts where we are active now. Our goal: gather data for a baseline research with which we can monitor and evaluate the re-greening over the years.
Justdiggit Lieke gives you an insight in one of her research days.->
Kisiki Hai Tour
Our travelling cinema about re-greening one of the most affected landscapes has already been travelling around Dodoma (Tanzania) for almost two months.
During our Kisiki Hai Tour, we visit more than 300 villages together with LEAD Foundation to explain the re-greening method Kisiki Hai through music, dance and video.
See more of this movement! –>
Down to eARTh with the eARThphone
Artist Judith Dubois has designed and donated a special eARThphone for Justdiggit, made of African earth, river sand and slate.
Judith makes artworks with sand, stones and other natural products. Justdiggit eARThphone is based on the semi-circular bunds that are visible in our projects (in Kuku already invisible due to the returned vegetation!).
The eARThphone gives you the opportunity to break free from the screens in this digital society (Cooling down the people)! Thanks Judith!