As I brave the South African winter (I really should not complain — its very mild!) I continue to stay in touch with Zimm and Neil and remain an active member of team Propagating Peace. Despite the 6 hour time difference, we have had two productive conference calls and swap emails daily. My role has changed and I credit my teammates for picking up the slack I held and doing and putting in a lot of work and long days (and nights). I am now adding input to the workshops, keeping the blog up-to-date, monitoring record keeping, and drafting reports. It is very exciting to hear about the SSDF funding. I worked on a proposal letter shortly before I left and the the funding not only materialized, but was far greater than we expected. This will only help us ensure the project realizes its maximum potential impact. The employment of seven facilitators will contribute to the sustainability of the project once we’re gone (through skill transfer and the establishmwnt of a “core” group) It also has the important economic value of job creation in the valley. Our project in not simply an environmental initiative: it is an endeavor in holistic implementation of applied human ecology. The project’s impact will be felt long after we’re gone: creating jobs, ensuring food secrurity, improving education — all leading to happier, healthier communities in the valley. It is also great to see, once again, the St Lucian government’s active involvement in a community-oriented environmental project.
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