Archive for Environmental Related Courses

XU College of Agriculture

seal_agricultureThe Xavier University – College of Agriculture as a Filipino, Catholic, and Jesuit institution endeavors to pursue the development and integration of small farmer communities with a society where social justice and people empowerment prevail.

Through an integrated and self-reliant program of instruction, research. and extension, we commit ourselves to a wholistic formation of students and rural leaders who will promote sustainable agriculture and a more equitable access to resources.

Darjeeling – Woodcot

darjeeling-woodcotMotto: ‘Helping the poor to help themselves.’ Woodcot currently hosts a group of children, providing a home for them while they attend neighbouring schools. The children cared for at Woodcot work for an hour in the square meter vegetable garden to produce fresh vegetables for the kitchen and whatever is surplus is sold by them in the local market. After school hours, they are taught how to cultivate throughout the year so that they can learn skills that will allow them to be more self-sufficient in the future.

Morningstar Hostel

blocks_imageMorningstar Hostel is Cecilia’s original post-SASAC project. The 17 school-going children (at Morningstar) are the direct beneficiaries of the SOJASI Educational programmes. They are getting food, shelter, regular school education and vocational education and medical assistance. They had two-week training in SMVG system and oyster mushroom production at SOJASI centre during their winter holidays.

Training at SOJASI

stacks_image_0The SOJASI team gave two-week training to 17 young school-going students (Morningstar) on Square Meter Vegetable Gardening and oyster mushroom production.

Society of Jesus Agricultural and Social Institute (SOJASI)

blocks_image_4_1SOJASI stands for Society of Jesus Agricultural and Social Institute. We are located in a purpose-built structure, in the small village of Chimney, high above Kurseong in the Himalayas in West Bengal, India.

SOJASI is a training centre. We want to give practical training to village people or anyone who is interested in learning Square Meter gardening methods (SMVG), oyster mushroom production and organic composting. Later on we want to add computer and oral English, which we think will be more attractive and useful to young people. The length of the training courses will fit the needs of the group being trained.

Improving training facilities for upland youth in Upper Pulangi, northern Mindanao

carp shed and bodega at the backYouth from different villages in Upper Pulangi in Bukidnon and students enrolled in the training course on construction carpentry worked together to complete the carpentry shed, the large classroom, the gabion installation, the rehabilitation of the hydro-generator and the electrical rewiring as part of their learning practicum, with supervision and guidance from local skilled staff and the management team of the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC).