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Workshops are essentially the vehicle by which much of GAIA's work and effort are transferred to the people with whom we work. Workshops are the intricate mechanics of the wider picture of sustainable development to which we strive.  For example, in our main project of "La Planta Nuestra de Cada Dia", the larger topics such as "Agrifam" and "Organics" and"Commercial" are, themselves, each divided into a series of workshops. To help you see this, look below and you can see how each of our topics and goals are broken down into smaller workshops... 

 

La Planta Nuestra de Cada Día

Each topic is split into a series of workshops, the number varying, depending on time and resource availability. For a closer look at what goes on within each workshop, have a look in our photo archive...

·Agrifam: This is usually split into a series of 7-10 workshops comprised of...

     - What is Agrifam & Agricultural Biology

       and what are its advantages

     - How to obtain seeds from various plants

       such as, Tomatos, Peppers etc

     - The seed itself, advantages, how to make 

       them

     - How to sow seeds, caring for them

     - What is compost, how to obtain/make it,

       how to know if it is ready

     - Natural controls of pests and diseases

     - Biologicl control, recomendations

·Organic: This is a very broad heading for a very diverse topic and hence may vary take anything from 5 to 20 workshops depending in what depth we wish to go. In its broadest form it includes such things as...

     - Concepts of conservation of food,

       objectives and hygiene of food

     - Methods of conservation including drying,

       smoking, salting, curing, cooking/boiling,

       pickling, fermenting, pasteurization,

       sterilization, freezing etc.

     - Methods of personal skin hygiene and

       natural cosmetics

     - Teaching about the propreties of various

       plants to allieve medical problems such as

       diarrhoea 

     - Preparing various food dishes that can be

       made from organic ingredients, such as

       sauces to actual meals

·Commercial: This topic is actually relatively large as it encorporates the sub-topic of recycling. This can be seen as a way to cut costs and hence works in conjunction with the workshops on "micro- empresas" (micro-companies). It includes...

     - Concepts of Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle

     - Recycling organic material, recycling

       paper, glass, metal, tins

     - Benefits and Problems

     - Commercial outlets via micro-companies.

       We teach: motivation, strategy, products,

       processes, marketing, cost/revenue

       analysis, basic finance and accounting. 

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GAIA is a non-government funded organisation which relies largely on the external support and funding from public and private institutions, as well as donations and help from members of the general public. 

We need to continue our project "Our Daily Plant" onto the next phases of the diagram above - as these are vital phases in ensuring that the work we have done so far is sustained and will lead to gradual development of these communities. 

Workshops in the last three phases will teach these communities to be able to expand and adapt what they have learned. The aim of this is to allow them to surpass the goal of self sufficiency and instead to offer the market products that it doesnt already have and that will sell for more: "Why sell strawberries when strawberry jam will sell for more?..."

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Vargas Floods 1999-00

 The hoffific floods in the state of Vargas in December 1999 meant that thousands of people lost their homes and have been temporarily housed in shelters in the area.

 GAIA adapted its main work program, "Our Daily Plant", and its associate workshops to try and help the people in the shelters get back on their feet. The new program encorparates many of the workshops above, but places much more emphasis on the entrepreneurial side that might bring in money. 

The outline of the program we run is described below and, as mentioned, encorporates many of the same workshops however it also has a whole host of new ones...

     - Agrifam

     - Environmental & recyclying

       education

     - Hygiene & conservation of food

     - Skin Hygeine and Natural

       Cosmetics

     - Decorating Jelly

     - How to decorate cakes

     - How to make display stands 

     - How to make hair accesories

     - Painting on material

     - Decoration of soap

     - How to make candles

     - How to make articles out of leather

     - Introduction to the "micro-

       company"

 

To see these workshops in more detail, have a look at our photo archives which has a pictoral step by step description of what is done in the workshops as well as other areas of our work. 

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