Call To Nature Permaculture Tree Planting Project IV – Ghana
This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.
Boamasa Northern Ghana
The community of Boamasa is predominantly farming village with a population of about two thousand five hundred people. The village is situated about a one-hour drive away from the main town, Walewale in the northern region Ghana. Due to the poor nature of road access along the stretch of the village, it’s very difficult to travel along by car. The easiest way to travel to nearby town for needs is either by motor bike, bicycle or a donkey ride.
Apart from farming, the second largest occupation of the people in this area is charcoal making business. Farmers grow crops like yams, maize, cassava, millet, sorghum, beans and pea nuts. Mostly, families grow enough to feed on, and sells when there is surplus to nearby market. Income generated are mostly used to purchase personal items and school supplies needed by the family.
The people of the village live a very simple life with limited facilities. Most shelters in the village are built out of clay and straws.
Some of the food served by these people are fufu, ampesi, touzafi, banks, rice and omo tuo.
As regards to education in the village, the community have access to only primary and junior high school facility.
The main religion of the people in the village is Islam. And about 10% of the people are follows of Christianity.
The people of the village are very strong in community participation, loving and welcoming which always brings peace and togetherness among them.
Boamasa and many parts of the northern region of Ghana is known for its heavy dryness, and as such many water bodies which is the main source of water for household and Agriculture activities dries up completely for many months every year, making a living and farming activities very difficult for this community. Due to lack of trees as a result, water table in the ground is very low and wild animals are also disappearing.
This project is to set up a thirty thousand (30.000) tree nursery capacity that will serve five (5) Peace Corp serving communities in the northern part of Ghana. A fast growing local tree species will be selected for this project (CEDRELLA). Call To Nature will be the one to implement this project and to provide technical training. Peace Corp Volunteers, Maria, Nathan and Adam shall be responsible for maintenance, evaluation and reporting.
The project activities will include:
-Raising a nursery shed
-Filling up poly bags with compost
-Seeding the poly bags
-Installation of water storage tank and watering hose
The main aim of this exercise is to raise the tree seedlings to be planted along water ways in order to keep it from drying and also, to save aquatic lives. Some of the trees shall be planted in areas such as school compound, homes and on degraded farm lands. Other numerous benefits of the project are:
· To recharge ground water, deep tree root makes loose pores in the soil making it very easy for rain water travel through stores in the ground for future use.
· Wind breaks, trees serve as a wind break by blocking heavy winds reducing its speed then releases it slowly into the environment.
· Serving as a habitat for wild life
· Leaves of tree traps toxic chemicals that has been released into the atmosphere
· Trees aids in rainfall
· Providing food and medicine
· Fertilizing the soil through fallen leaves that breaks down
· This project has been designed to also serve as an educational program for schools children to learn the practices.
· Erosion and flood control and many more.
The trees shall be planted in other areas such as school compounds, streets and individual homes.
This project will benefit about 12,000 people.
Monitoring and Maintenance
Call To Nature Permaculture Ghana, selected team from Boamasa and three PCV’s involve in this project shall be responsible for decision making, monitoring, maintenance and reporting. A specialization training will be offered to PCV’s and the community to ensure that the project site is well managed to serve its purpose. Once the nursery site is established, CTNP shall provide follow up service for six months to ensure a high productiveness of the project. After six months the project shall fully be handed over to the community to take over control.
Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.
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