Gardens of India (GOI) is a non-profit organization designed to benefit less-industrialized countries (LICs) with the developmental support and guidance of more industrialized countries (MICs) such as the United States. The organization is based on the idea that by helping these poverty-stricken areas plant a garden and educate them about the skills required to maintain a healthy garden, it will provide the less industrialized country with a developmental response to the chronic issue of malnourishment and poverty. For this grant proposal, GOI is requesting financial support in order to help the ongoing issue of poverty in Maharashtra, India.
I.B. Program Justifications
India is the top country for malnourishment, at an appalling 214 million malnourished people. Although acute action is needed to act fast and provide relief efforts to the people of India, there is more so a chronic relief effort that needs to be implemented to provide a developmental program that creates sustainability within the country. These people need our support and education in order to help begin the process. They have pleaded for our help in the beginning steps of creating a community garden. This garden can provide nourishment to the people of this country as we implement many of them in different villages. They do not have the technology of tools or the different types of seeds that can provide fruits and vegetables. By helping them start the gardens, this can then provide the resources needed for future seasons in crop rotations.
II. Goals and Objectives
II.A. Project Goals
To develop a system of gardening within the villages of Maharashtra. To create a developmental solution that is sustainable within India and allows the villages to become more independent of organizations and countries that provide acute efforts.
II.B. Project Objectives
1. To get local involvement by training and educating the people of the villages about horticulture 2. Receiving input from the village and then decide which crops or plants are to be planted in the gardens 3. Deciding the best site for the gardens based on where the best soil is as well as the location that is convenient to the most amount of people 4. To find water sources when rainfall is sparse
5. To develop and install an irrigation system for the garden in times of drought. This will help to provide sustainability. 6. Build a fence that creates a barrier to animals that may try to eat the plants in the garden 7. Hire people to become part of the management staff and assign certain jobs so that duties are not neglected. 8. Prepare the selected location for the crops
9. Seek fertilizers and pesticides that are natural resources of the area
10. Seek sponsorship for the initial steps of the gardens.
III. Implementation Strategy
1. To evaluate the natural resources Maharashtra offers so as to promote independency from outside resources. This includes fertilizers, pesticides, crops, rainfall, and tools for gardening 2. Once the evaluation of the natural resources has occurred, choose a location that includes the most amount of natural resources for the garden to increase the convenience of maintaining the garden. 3. Provide training sessions to the people of the villages that educate them about the horticulture of their area.
4. Within the community, offer opportunities for jobs in the gardens so that duties are not forgotten or not completed 5. Assign days for the group to work together to prepare the sight of the community garden 6. Before the planting process beings, the evaluation of steps to develop an irrigation system must occur. 7. After the garden has been prepared and has enough good soil, fertilizer, and an irrigation system, the organization and planting of the crops can begin 8. Implement community gardening days where the entire village gets involved with the gardening on certain days of the month or week. This will greatly increase the success of sustainability.
IV. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
1. There will be evaluations of the community gardens throughout Maharashtra at the beginning and ends of each crop season. 2. Field experts will measure the gain or loss in crops by measuring the expected yield to the actual yield. 3. If the actual yield is within the standard deviation of the expected yield, sustainability is being achieved, and no major changes need to be made. 4. If the actual yield is less than the expected standard deviation, the Gardens of India Organization will guide the villagers to fixing the developmental issues with the garden.
V. Resources & Requirements
1. Land availability for the garden
2. People of Maharashtra willing to be trained in horticulture and fill the job roles necessary to sustaining the garden 3. PVC pipe to develop an irrigation system
4. A nearby well or system that utilizes rainfall for the irrigation of the community garden
5. Tools and equipment to start and maintain the garden
6. Personnel from the GOI to monitor and report the yields 7. People from Maharashtra willing to go through training and education classes to benefit the community garden
The total expected project cost is the amount of money expected to start and maintain a community garden within five villages of Maharashtra for one year.
VI. Potential Funding Sources
A possible potential funding source is the World Food Programme of the United Nations. This international organization is one that is fighting to defeat hunger. By gaining their support, we can use the money provided to create a community garden that will in turn defeat hunger by providing nourishment to India by organic fruits and vegetables.