SEEDBOMB MAKING: THE CHILDREN OF HYDERABAD INDIA
I had a wonderful two month adventure in India in 2012 where I was able to work with the children of two schools and an orphanage for children with H.I.V, we taught maths, science, singing, dancing, art and generally being silly! We were able to incorporate building vegetable gardens(one roof top and one very small yard) and making Seedbombs into the curriculum, the children thoroughly enjoyed it, it was an incredible achievement. I wrote a BLOG when I was out there so do please read it to find out more about my Indian adventure and there are some photos of the scenery, city, country and of course the amazing people we met and worked with.
MS Foundation school, Yalamabanda
We worked with the children at msf school for 2 months, our lessons with them were based on the earth the solar system, molecules, plants, seeds, wildlife and all living things. It was amazing to end our time with them making seedbombs and a small garden in their tiny courtyard.
They are an incredible bunch of children and i will never forget our work together, they are fortunate to be going to this school which is funded by hyderapals each one of these children deserve a bright future and every success. I love them all xxxx if you want to meet these incredible children and work with them or donate please visit the website www.hyderapals.org
Finding materials and seeds for our workshop was a bit of a challenge in India!
I trawled the shops looking for seeds that weren't hybrid or soaked in chemicals.
I also had my eye out for wildflowers to harvest the seeds from and spotted a wild fennel growing by a hotel, every day i walked past and checked on the flowers to see if the seeds had formed, i thought it would take about 3 weeks, when the day came to go harvest the seeds, to my horror the fennel plant had been weeded out!! Gutted!!
I wanted seeds that would make it in the wild when seedbombed.
We used sunflower seeds and a mixture of soil and compost and cocoa pete
the kids really enjoyed the workshop and loved releasing their seedbombs into the wild!
St Clares school, The Banjara hills
We built a rooftop Vegetable garden which we twinned with our VEG community garden here in Brighton. The idea was to help the children reconnect with vegetables and fruit as there is a lot of stigma attached to fresh produce, especially due to the way they are sold )on the side of a dirty road) in our classses we focused on favourite fruit and vegetables as well as designing and building a roof top garden with the children. The end result was brillinat and the children enjoyed eating tomatoes and spinach from the garden.
Sivananda rehabilitation Centre and orphanage