Sustainable Project Development Africa SPDA - Ghana: Project Aquaponics
Currently, food supply within the community is not constant. People are hungry and living in poverty. The inconsistency in food supply is mostly because of the unstable climatic conditions and the poor soil quality resulting from environmental degradation from banned pesticides being used by farmers in the community. The community requires systems, skill and tools to enable to adapt to the changing climate to allow for a sustainable livelihood. Aquaponics has been identified as a technology that will go a long way to assist them in adapting to the unstable climate and meet and exceed their daily needs. Aquaponics combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. This will supplement the traditional agricultural methods being used in the community and provide more stability in food supply with zero environmental impact.
A FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEM IN EDINAMAN VILLAGE, GHANA
Getting to know the Community
Edinaman village is one of the six villages surrounding Elmina town. Other villages are Iture, Abbina, Nkontrodu, Nnyiaye and Abakam. The approximate population of the six villages is about 16,000 people.
Currently, the main sources of income for these villages are small scale farming and fishing. This is being done on such a small scale that they have just enough for their daily upkeep. There is no commercial activity. Most of the children hang out on the seashore to help the fishermen pull their nets to earn some of the catch to sustain them.
THE VILLAGE FACILITIES
The villages lack basic healthcare and sanitary facilities. Villagers use outhouses, and are required to walk around 4-5 kilometres to reach the closest hospitals and clinics. They use boreholes for water, and because 90% of them cannot afford electricity, they end up using kerosene lamps that further make them sick. Most of the houses are mud huts and the children are malnourished. There are a couple of elementary schools, however they are under equipped. The schools are about 4-5 kilometers away, and the children are required to walk each day. Furthermore, most of the youth are unemployed because they lack the required training to pursue job opportunities. This is due to the fact that at the end of their elementary education, most parents are unable to afford their children’s tuition to pursue any further education.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL CONCERNS
There is garbage everywhere as they do not know how to deal with the waste that they produce. There is no government assistance to help them. There are no libraries or playgrounds for the children, and the villagers do not have any type of central emergency meeting ground.
What we Need
We are looking at about 500 sq feet Aquaponic system. The system will be enclosed in a greenhouse. The 500 sqft is the total amount of growing area contained within the growing bed.
We would like an equal mix of floating raft and grow beds but will count on your students’ expertise. We would like to be able to harvest a certain number of plants per week, local vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, root crops etc.
A village cooperative, Iture and Allied Communities Association has already been formed that will be responsible for the project and ensure that the community’s needs are met and that all information and assistance are made available as required.
What you Get
In exchange for your contribution you will receive original pieces of art and items from the community and thank you cards.
|$25 USD – Thumbs up You will receive a digital thank you from the community.||$50 USD – You are Awesome You receive a hand written thank you card from the community|
|$100 USD – You Rock You will receive a hand written thank you card from the community and a mention on EnvironFocus Newsletter||$200 USD – Gratefully Yours You will receive a bracelet from the community. A mention on EnvironFocus News letter and on social media|
|$500 USD – My hero You will receive a necklace from the community. A mention on EnvironFocus newsletter and social media.||$1,000 USD – Forever grateful You will receive an 8 1/2 by 11 inches African Painting from the community and a mention on our EnvironFocus newsletter and social media.|
|$2,500 USD – My Angel You will receive a 24 by 24 inches African Painting from the community and a mention on EnvironFocus Newsletter and social media||$5,000USD – Everlasting Memories You will receive a 36 by 36 inches African painting from the community and a mention on EnvironFocus Newsletter and social media.|
A Glimpse of Some of the Goodies
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