Productive patios in Colombia

VOLUNTEERING WITH FAMILIES IN CARTAGENA

Basically, the income of the families we work with in Cartagena Colombia is $100.00 per month on average, which comes mainly from informal work. Through different social projects and with the support of local foundations, this trend has been changing. But one of the challenges encountered along the way is the level of preparation of the population, which in general is very low. This makes it difficult to find work in the city of Cartagena Colombia, which is currently demanding a skilled labor force.

In order to solve this problem, we have sought to provide the community with training in specific trades, technical and technological careers, with the support of local institutions and organizations, in addition to the support we receive from all the volunteers during the course of the year.

OBJECTIVES

  • To commercialize organic products through the use of patios located in selected homes of low-income families in the most vulnerable neighborhoods of Cartagena Colombia.

WHAT WILL I DO AS A VOLUNTEER?

The volunteer project in productive yards in Colombia consists mainly of transforming the yards of the houses of families that were garbage collectors into green orchards. All volunteers usually participate in the following activities:

  • Support in the family selection process.
  • Adapt the courtyards for the construction of the orchard.
  • Carry out talks and workshops on agricultural topics and the agronomic management of what is expected to be planted.
  • Support in the construction of productive yards.
  • Help in the delivery of inputs.
  • Participate in the sowing, harvesting and collection of products.
  • Follow-up of the families.
  • Help in workshops on cooking, nutrition and good eating habits.
  • Recycling and waste use workshops.

FOR WHOM IS THE PROGRAMME AIMED?

The project is aimed at low-income families and vulnerable neighborhoods in Cartagena Colombia. It also focuses on 3 areas:

  • Food security
  • Generate revenue
  • Recovery of the environment
  • The project seeks to alleviate some of the basic needs of these families, such as food. It is also expected that through the work of their patios, they will generate an income and be able to save.

WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED

  • Build 900 productive yards to date. These spaces were 12,029 square meters of garbage dumps converted into productive orchards.
  • Approximately 3,600 people benefited from the project.
  • Increase in the income of approximately 60 vegetable farming families.
  • Training of 1,000 people in Urban Agriculture.
  • Commercialization of 3 tons of food per year, as well as the cultivation of products for the food security of the beneficiaries.

PRODUCTS THAT THEY CULTIVATE

  • Basil Genovese, Red
  • Lemongrass
  • Cilantro
  • Spinach
  • Hierbabu
  • Red Mizuna
  • Oregano
  • Mustard
  • Moringa
  • Arugula

WHAT DAYS AND DATES CAN I VOLUNTEER?

ARRIVALS

  • The project is open all year round (except national holidays and holidays from December to mid-January).
  • The arrival days are Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, so that your incorporation to the project is better.

TIMETABLE AND PICK-UP POINT

  • You must arrive at Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG), where you will be picked up by the taxi driver or coordinator of the organization.
  • Pick up: There is a charge for airport pick-up.

HOW IS THE ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS IN CARTAGENA?

All volunteers stay in a hostel selected by the organization. They are regularly located in safe areas and close to the walled city.

The accommodation includes you:

  • Bed, in a shared room
  • Breakfast during your volunteering
  • Use of common areas
  • WIFI (internet)