A new roof!
The demo centre in Kaule, which serves as a meeting point and bureau as well as hosting place for volunteers, is already more than 30 years old and shows many weak spots. Therefore the building will get a new roof. The work on the roof has already started and first parts are rebuilt.
New Ideas from ICIMOD
Animated by the new volunteer Niklas Holdne from Sweden members of the organisation and local farmers visited the Demonstration and Training Centre ICIMOD in Godavari again. The site is used to test, select, and demonstrate different technologies and agroforestry practices useful for sustainable development. There the farmers could discuss problems and collect new ideas. Among others they got concrete plans for building a wasp trap and for using deep water resources in the dry season. Farmers and Niklas bought some seedlings to test their compatibility in Kaule.
Successful fish and honey harvest in Kaule!
January 19th, 2013
In the farmers meeting in January the attendants reported about their successes with agroforestry. Especially the bee keeping works very well so that KumariTamang could harvest 5 liters of honey this season! Besides farmers could report about good successes with lemon grass and members now try to figure out a good place for marketing the lemon grass. Furthermore farmers who attended the fish-training can possess good results and DamaiTamang could sell 5,5 kilos of fish this season. Many farmers are now very interested in more trainings about these subjects. They also asked about more training particularly about off season vegetables. They have good successes in the warm seasons, but problems to gain enough money in the winter season and rainy season. Volunteer Alina Jung is collecting donations in Germany at the moment. The training will be payed by part of these donations.Furthermore attendants agreed about two computer trainings in February. There will be one Training about Internet and Research and one about the Word program. The farmers were really interested and the first training is already fully booked.
Training for new members
November 17th, 2012
The first training for new members of Kaule ev-Nepal was very successful. The interested people attended the trainings and are motivated to adapt agroforestry. The first training took place at Jas Ram Tamangs ground on the 17th of November. He explained the basics of agroforestry and showed his ground to the attendees. Besides he talked about the problems and successes he had during the last years of agroforestry. The second training took place in front of the demo centre on the 19th of November. Tirtha Tamang and Kumari Tamang also talked about agroforestry. They explained everything about organic fertilizer, floor conditions, materials circle, erosion, etc. The participants were happy with the information and are willing to make their experiences.
Workshop: Training of Trainers (TOT)
November 3rd, 2012
On Saturday, 3rd of November, Kaule ev – Nepal under consultancy of Eva Wieners arranged a workshop, which was supposed to teach members of Kaule ev-Nepal to convey their knowledge about agroforestry to new members. They figured out which are the most important topics and how to convey them in an effective way. It was decided that a practical trainings day will take place on the 17th of November on Jas Ram Tamangs farm. He and Dev Maja Tamang will explain the basics of agroforestry on the basis of his farm. On the 19th of November a second training will happen to explain some more specialized theory about agroforestry. Tirtha Kumari Tamang and Kumari Tamang will for example talk about the composition of the ground, nutrients and organic fertilizer. This is another very important step for the independence of the Organisation Kaule ev-Nepal. The days of training will just be the first ones of many following trainings, where farmers autonomous but with certain assistance convey their knowledge to other farmers.
Farmersmeeting in October
October 20th, 2012
On Saturday, the 20th of October, many members of Kaule ev - Nepal gathered next to the demo centre in Kaule. The toilet-project was the first subject, as all participating members have to sign a contract for the official application. Besides it was clarified again, that it still is just an application and that the realisation of the project is not guaranteed. Furthermore it will be very important to build the toilets as soon as the material will be provided, as the sponsors of the project will control the work. Subsequently the planed greenhouse was discussed again. The officer of the VDC will come personally to have a look at the demo centre. Because of that as many members as possible should appear, too, to make it clear, that the villagers support the project. Ongoing the previous projects were mentioned. By feedbacks of the members it was analysed which projects (bee project, fish ponds, stevia, tea, kiwi, medical plants and irrigation) were successful and which were not. It was nice to hear that most of the projects are really good working. For example the farmer told about their first honey yield and kiwi fruits. The last point was the training for trainers on the 3rd of November. Old members are supposed to explain the basics of agroforestry to new members. Important themes for the workshop were discussed. Finally it was decided that irrigation, fruit plants and fertilizer are the most important.
Problems with the monkeys
October 15th, 2012
Everyone who arrives will be happy about the sweet monkeys. Everyone who stays for a while will learn to hate them. The Problem with the monkeys is, that we can not keep them away from our property. Even fences or any kind of barriers doesn´t work. Monkeys are small, fast and very strong. When they can not find a hole to get in, they just destroy something, so that they finally can. Why do we have to keep the monkeys away? Actually we can not create anything as long as the monkeys are here. When we try to grow something, the monkeys take out the seeds again. In the past the people of the project tried to bring them to the Shivapuri National Park. When we try to plant trees, they pull them out again. When we feed our animals, the monkeys steel their food. When we built something, the monkeys destroy it again. Our own food is also not safe. Of course we take care and do not leave things unattended, but they brake in our kitchen and our house. They do not have any respect or fear of us and sometimes they take things just in front of us. We tried out almost everything to get rid of the monkey, but they are not afraid of us and they are really clever. Barriers of any kind do not work. Throwing stones, shouting or yelling does not work. Also to catch and to bring them away is useless as they find back again. And it just would relocate the problem. For us here it is really annoying and exhausting, but for the farmers in the surrounding it is even harder. The monkeys destroy their crop and thereby jeopardize their existence. And they become more and more brave as they get used to the humans. An expert for monkey problems even told us that monkeys start to attack humans, especially children. The monkeys are macaque and the problem with them is worldwide known. Just here in Kaule the number of the monkeys is raising. The problem was already there since the last 2 years but know it is really worse. Apart from legal and ethical reasons nobody is allowed to kill them. There is no really effective method to get rid of the monkeys. They are hardly afraid of anything. One possibility would be to get snakes, but that also is difficult and dangerous. Consequently we and may others are really puzzled and try our best to reduce the problems at least. We need to find a solution in the future!
New animals in Kaule
October 10th, 2012
The Democenter becomes alive again. After the old chicken stable was repaired, tree chickens and one rooster moved in again, so that we could add some new ingredients to our breakfast. Besides Nouri, a 6th month old dog from Kathmandu animal sanctuary, joined the centre. She was supposed to keep the monkeys away from the centre, but unfortunately it does not work. The duck stable is also repaired and two female ducks and one male duck moved in. For their well-being we repaired the duck pond and they also lay eggs from time to time. The cat Juli still lives in the house and is very good at his job to eat insects and bugs. But he also tries very hard to get our food, too, which makes him a bit unsympathetic sometimes. The next plan is to build a stable for goats. When the old project managers left all the goats where sold because there was no one to look after them.
“weltwärts”-volunteer in Kaule
September 25th, 2012
My name is Alina Jung and I will work for one year as “weltwärts”-volunteer for Kaule e.V.
I come from the beautiful Allgäu, where I grew up and finished school. After that I tried out different things including traveling, working and studying. Now I am 22 years old and I decided to spend one year as a volunteer in Nepal. With the “weltwärts”-programm I found via the GIZ(Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit) this place. “Weltwärts” is a voluntary service, which enables young people to work with financial support for one year in a developing country. The volunteers were prepared very well by experienced organizations (in my case the GIZ) and were supported during the whole stay. So I was very well prepared for this stay concerning its culture, its people and possible problems. The GIZ supports the German government to achieve their aims concerning international collaboration. I already life for one month in Kaule and I really feel at ease. Besides me there are some more volunteers and our tasks consist of taking care for the demo center, for the animals and the crop and of giving participation farmers a hand. In the future I also will design the Homepage and do some organizational work. I really like being here in Kaule and I am looking forward to all the experiences I will make here.
Farmersmeeting in september
September 22end, 2012
On Saturday, 22end of September, the monthly famersmeeting of Kaule ev-Nepal took place next to the demo centre.
Firstly the new membership-cards were handed out and the volunteers, who live here for the moment were introduced.
The next important point was the toilet project. It is planned to build private toilets for the members of the organisation. The idea for this project came from the members themselves, which is an important step to the autonomy of the organisation, as after three years the whole project will be handed over to the inhabitants of Kaule. Concerning the toilet-project Eva Wieners needed some information about the costs, the material and the effort, which were given by the farmers.
Besides it was decided that professional help for the monkey-problem is needed. The monkeys destroy crop and consequently jeopardize the farmer’s existence.
Furthermore some dates were decided:
An event for all members will occur on Saturday, 13th of October. The purpose of the event is to introduce the new project manager Eva Wieners and to get to know each other better.
A workshop for “training for trainers” will take place on Saturday, 3rd of November. Old members should teach new members what they already learned. The workshop is supposed to prepare volunteers for these trainings. Four farmers are willing to arrange them.
The next farmersmeeting will take place on Saturday, 20th of October.
Beekeeping training in May
May 20th, 2011
Recently we have held a successful training week for beekeeping. For six days the farmers Samjana Tamang, Kumari Thing, Damai Tamang, Jethman Tamang, Raj Kumar and the project employee of Kaule e.V., Pema Sherpa, met at the Kakani International Training Centre to gain basic knowledge about beekeeping. The trainer Arjun Pokhrel of the Nepal Beekeeping Central Cooperative Union communicated enthusiastically to the attentive farmers, who learnt about the life cycle and work division of bees, the various tasks and challenges of being a beekeeper and the entrepreneurship and marketing of bee products. Besides teaching these subject units, famers could also practise their newly-formed knowledge of the subject with hands-on experience of beekeeping - which was met with joy and curiosity. At the end of the training, participants were provided with three bee colonies and the materials to set up (and relocate) their own bee hives and bee colonies. To provide further support to the farmers, a trainer will come again to Kaule to inspect the development of the colonies and give advice to the new beekeepers
The first autonomous meeting of Kaule ev - Nepal
May 4th, 2011
On Friday, 29th of April, a farmers' meeting took place at which Kaule ev - Nepal assembled as an independent organisation for the first time. The chairman of the organisation, Ritish Kharel, moderated on the points of the agenda. During the meeting the recently elected board members were presented and a campaign was launched for the active participation of new members. Most importantly, the next important steps for Kaule ev - Nepal were discussed. In particular, members discussed when, where and how the knowledge acquired, the experience gained, and the practical guidance generated and learnt during the three year project could be passed on to a new circle of farmers. After much intense and determined debating, the farmers developed an action plan to train 15 new families every Saturday about the knowledge gained from the project. It was agreed that theoretical knowledge should be transferred through a course at the 'demo centre' and by practical instructions on the farmers' fields. In this way we will create an effective and successful 'pyramid scheme' of teaching and learning.
Leeway for the goats
April 18th, 2011
Our first enclosure for the goats and chickens in Kaule has now been completed. Previously we had encountered problems with the animals escaping from various loopholes and gorging from our vegetable patches. However, with the new enclosure not only will such newly seeded plants be protected from the curious and hungry goats but will also provide a space for the animals to roam free. From our documentation of the plants that were distributed at the start and survived the three year long project, it emerged that many farmers sustained substantial losses through their own animals or those of their neighbours. Consequently, it was observed that many goats in the village had their legs tied back with rope, unfortunately preventing them from moving freely. Therefore, our enclosure combines the benefits of protecting important harvests and enhancing freedom for the animals. In this way, we have established a multi-beneficial model that we hope will be replicated by farmers within the region.
New executive board of Kaule ev - Nepal
March 29th, 2011
Since the beginning of March, Kaule ev - Nepal has established a new executive board, which is more deeply rooted in the village of Kaule. Amongst those elected were:
See the gallery of the executive board > here.
Visit by the GIZ
March 5th, 2011
Last Thursday a delegation of the department "Renewable Energy" of the GIZ (formerly DED) came to the long-awaited inspection. The visit was considered as a pre examination if the GIZ will support the organization Kaule ev - Nepal that is associated to the project by now. By enjoying tea and cookies Kaule ev - Nepal was introduced as organization, the project goals and present outcomes were presented and the developmental stage of Kaule ev - Nepal was discussed. There was a little guided tour on the ground of the demo centre and afterwards to the farms of Bishnu and Jas Ram to demonstrate the agro forestry system in progress and at its flourishing perfection.
Now the decision is pending that in a positive way would result in the actual examination.
Livestock Training in February
February 28th, 2011
Supported by Dr. Saroj Yadav a training module on the topic of livestock breeding, especially of goats, cows and buffalos, was conducted under the active participation of the farmers. Amongst others, the right reaction on animal diseases was discussed and it was decided to contact a project of the Nepali government, that supports goat breeding.
During the time of waiting for the arrival of the resource persons some of the farmers repaired the damaged stairs, that lead up to the demo centre.
New Watering Systems
February 20th, 2011
After the intensive plans concerning the construction of the watering systems, we can start now at the first farms. Equipped with measuring tape and GPS we have generated plans of all terraces and have decided how the water pipes have to run from the spring over all levels of the farms. By now, the first farmers have collected their scheduled length of pipes to lay it at their grounds.