TAILORED VIDEO TRAININGS
While COVID precautions affected all of our teams around the world, it was most felt by our Southeast Asia team. Restrictions on groups of any size continued into 2022. Adapting to these constraints, the passionate team completed research and demonstration projects at the Small Farm Resource Center and then published more than 50 hours of tailored training resources in multiple languages for network partners to share in their communities.
IN-PERSON OPPORTUNITIES MULTIPLY
As the opportunities to resume inperson trainings renewed, ECHO Asia conducted workshops on the System of Rice Intensification, On-Farm Feeds, Biosand Water Filtration, Seed Saving Fundamentals, Black Soldier Fly cultivation, and an Introduction to Agricultural Development.
KNOWLEDGE ACROSS BORDERS
Since the recent renewal of these inperson trainings at ECHO Asia, one trainee, Miss Thabley, attended her first training, and was so enthused that she came back for several workshops. She has implemented the techniques she learned in a jungle school and several villages inside Myanmar. She shared ECHO seeds with the jungle school students, and they planted the seed to produce nutritious vegetables and fruit at the school.
MEETING URGENT NEEDS
Since a military coup in February 2021, the number of Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) has skyrocketed in Myanmar and along the Thai border. With thousands of IDPs lacking access to clean water, ECHO Asia created hours of educational training related to low-technology water treatment appropriate for these settings.
In a biosand water filtration system, water moves by gravity and is treated using three unique barrels of gravel, sand, and charcoal. This process filters out physical, biological, and chemical contaminants and stores clean water in a fourth barrel. Trainees have now installed these systems in villages and schools meeting immediate clean water needs of many communities, and showing the power of information to cross borders and bless many people!