When the M 7.4 earthquake shook in September last year, Amal village located in the remote area of Donggala district was one of the most severely affected. In addition to many houses severely damaged, damaged access roads and the absence of communication signals have even left the community isolated without help for almost two weeks.
Women in Amal who participate in the training are practicing to design home-garden (Photo: Fadhil Abdullah)
To support the community recovery and build their self-sufficiency, IDEP partnered with YPAL Poso to organize a Family Home-Garden Management training on August 5, 2019. Still, in the same support, two weeks earlier IDEP with YPAL Poso also held a Disaster Risk Reduction training for a number of the village representatives.
During the "class" session, the training was held under the tent (Photo: Fadhil Abdullah)
The home-garden management training was participated by 25 housewives representing their respective families. With this permaculture-based training, they are expected to be able to meet their family needs for healthy food self-sufficiently. Later on, if the harvest is surplus, they can sell it to generate family income.
Participants were equipped with factsheets and infographics to visualize the training materials (Photo: Fadhil Abdullah)
During the training, the housewives were introduced to permaculture as an environmentally friendly agriculture system. By using materials that are available in their neighborhood, they were also invited to directly practice how to test soil fertility, make liquid fertilizers and natural pesticides, seed-saving, and build a permaculture garden in one of the participant's home yards.
Soil fertility test. In this test, participants were invited to see the difference of each soil type using the simple tool (Photo: Fadhil Abdullah)
At the end of the day, each participant also received the package of agricultural equipment which they can use to start the family home-garden with their family.
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