We don’t usually think about overcrowded slums and packed out apartments when we’re discussing going green. However, ISOS is proud to announce it’s first “green” project to assist the urban poor.
Project Managers: Dwight Turner, Hy Martin
Target: The urban poor (Bangkok’s poorest residents including Thais, refugees, and Burmese migrants).
Goal: Make a garden accessible in poor communities to educate residents, supplement their diets, and instill proper care for the environment.
Benefits: More discretionary income. Gardening is highly therapeutic, educational and the activity will encourage the interaction of foreigners and Thais without requiring much translation.
Potential Sites: Khlong Toey Slum, Bangkok Refugee Center, and if the budget allows we hope to add additional locations.
Activity: “Play In The Dirt Day”
- We will arrange a day for volunteers and the local community to join hands and “play in the dirt” by building a garden in an area accessible to the urban poor.
- Upon completion everyone will have lunch together and community residents will return home with seedlings to nurture.
Need: Appropriate space for a garden. Materials, gardening tools, and a group of carefully selected species to plant. Also long term community support to insure gardens reach full potential and are properly cared for.
Cost: ISOS events and donations from volunteers will fund this project. Sponsorship is desired. Please contact us to sponsor a garden.