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Open Workshops

We aim to hold fiveworkshops for volunteers and supporterseach year, usually inFebruary, April, June, September & November. The workshops are free and open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about grassroots international development.

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title: Grassroots Livelihoods Programmes: practical support for rural women in Sierra Leone
date: Monday 1st December 2014
place: City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes MK13 9AP
time: 18.00 - 20.00 [nibbles provided]
access: open to any who are interested in international development (no charge)

Ismaia Seed Bank

We launched our Livelihoods Programme earlier this year to improve food security for the 15 learning circles that we support in Bombali & Koinadugu, and this has enabled ~400 women to grow groundnuts and rice, some for the first time. A few have also planted maize, peppers and egg plants.

Designing and managing grassroots projects like this, with local partners and involving agricultural professionals, is never straightforward because of logistical, economic and cultural constraints and the potential for misunderstanding. At this open seminar we will provide an insight into the practicalities of such grassroots work and the challenges that we have faced not least the outbreak of Ebola.

We have a hands-on approach to international development and seek to empower communities in low-income countries with the information, understanding and means to tackle poverty and discrimination and promote good health and sustainable livelihoods. We currently have four grassroots initiatives in Sierra Leone and volunteers working on two of them. So what are the challenges and pitfalls, and how do we get around them? Come along and find out. [Photo: an early seed bank created in Ismaia Village by women from the local learning circle.]