What Project Are We Working On This Year?
We believe the key to having an impact on extreme poverty is empowering communities that have sustainable, scalable solutions. Nourish Chapters partner with local community-based, grassroots organizations in communities who lack the necessary funds and resources to meet their needs, but who have the entrepreneurial vision to eradicate poverty. Together, students and communities are making a lasting impact on extreme poverty.
In November 2014, the McGill Students’ Chapter of Nourish International engaged in partnership with Project Amazonas, a non-profit organization based out of Iquitos, Peru. Project Amazonas has been serving communities in the Amazon since 1994 in an effort to conserve the rainforest.
If you’re interested in joining our projects team, contact MSCNourish’s Projects Director, Jessica Redmond at email@example.com.
Since 2003, Nourish has completed 113 international projects in 28 countries. Nourish has invested over $460,000 and the time and skills of 622 student interns in development projects abroad. International project outcomes range from clean drinking water for a community in Peru to improved marketing for a women’s cooperative in Turkey. Nourish Chapters have the ability to choose which projects they want to fund and implement. Each project is specially designed to meet the community needs expressed by our local partners.
Impact from Summer 2015
This past summer, the Project Interns accomplished:
- Medicinal Herb Garden: PA is currently finishing the construction of a medical clinic at their Madre Selva Biological Station. With the help of community members, who have a wealth of knowledge about the medicinal value of herbs and plants from the rainforest, we will be establishing a medicinal herb garden. Members of these communities have traditionally practiced herbal medicine. They do not have the resources to continue the practices of their heritage. Providing an option for the use of herbal medicine in the new clinic will provide alternative medicinal options and also educate the community about herbal medicine practices. Along with this, we will be writing and distributing pamphlets with information on the uses of the medicinal herbs.
- Tree Nursery Program: In conjunction with three local primary schools in each of the communities, we will be working to build a sense of appreciation for the value of Amazonian trees. Today, harmful practices such as “slash and burn” deforestation are widespread in order to create agricultural fields. These technologies are not only dangerous and unsustainable, but many of the Amazonian trees are extremely valuable. Through education programs at the schools, we will create a sense of the value of these trees. We will also be establishing tree nurseries with the students.
- Scholarship Program: This final component of the project consisted of setting up a scholarship program where the next two years one family per month will be taking care of the seedlings and transplanting them when they’re ready. The money given to the chosen families is intended to pay for primary and secondary school for their kids.
Check out the video from the trip: