Teach a Man to Fish…

While I was in India recently on personal business, I was also able to meet with some members of the Lumkyntung village council to discuss the completion of our final year of working with them (in 2014 we will be starting our next project at another village about 30 miles away). 

Thanks to the generosity of our kind donors, Visions for Villages will be able to complete the following in 2013:

  1. Help with salary for a new teacher who was hired for the 2013 school year as student body grew with the addition of new classrooms. 

  2. Self-sustainability program for the village. This program involves two organic fish ponds which will help this village community pay for ongoing teacher salaries as the school and student body grows.

  3. Construction of one girls toilet and one boys toilet at the school.

  4. Fencing around the Lumkyntung school premises.

  5. Playground for school which includes some swings and slides as the children currently have no playground. 

Here are some pictures of the fish ponds, during construction and  after they are filled with water and ready for the fish to be released. Visions for Villages is working directly with the Agricultural department of the Government of Meghalaya and the village community, to ensure that the proper process and training is being done to ensure the success of these fish ponds. 

On June 13th, over 320 pounds of various fish were released into the completed ponds. The village council on this project will be setting aside a percentage of the profits to purchase additional fish to supplement what has been marketed, and a percentage will go towards the salaries for teachers for the school.

It did not start out this way with a plan for community fish ponds, but as it turns out, after consulting with the local agricultural department, the farmers and other members of this community, this is one of the best sustainability plans for these communities, as demand for fish exceeds supply in this region according to the Times of India.

And we are literally practicing the old Chinese proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”. 

It is so rewarding to work with these villages, to see that what we are doing is truly making a positive difference to their lives. So thank you again for your continous support and encouragement. May you be blessed for being such a blessing to others. 

3 Responses to “Teach a Man to Fish…”

  1. Kira says:

    The work that you’re doing is Brilliant!

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