As part of the World Environment Day on 5 June 2022, the resident's welfare association of My Home Avatar organised the Maati Utsav. The ‘Maati Utsav’ is a Zero Waste Eco Fest organised in gated residential communities to promote sustainable living.
The key objective of this event is to create awareness around sustainable lifestyle practices, products and services by connecting mindful businesses to urbanites through community engagement, while nurturing the overall consciousness of the community towards environment.
Organo Et School participated in the event by organising experiential workshops for kids such as Botanical Illustrations and Jeevamrutham Making. The OES stall was set up to spread awareness to the residents of My Home Avatar on the various initiatives, events and workshops organised by OES. The stall also had a wide variety of local vegetable seeds which were given to the residents as free give-away, along with a manual to encourage residents to take up kitchen gardening in their balconies. OES team members spoke about the importance of imparting education on sustainability to kids and parents.
The nature-oriented activities for children were organized in the Central Park at My Home Avatar. Children participated in this Botanical Illustrations activity with a lot of interest. Ms. Anurag Dahiya, an Artist & Botanical Illustrator used vegetables, leaves, flowers and even stones to help children create beautiful art illustrations sitting in a beautiful open-air venue. All the kids enjoyed painting with paint and stencils made by cutting vegetables.
Parallelly, kids joined for the first batch of Jeevamrutham workshop. Jeevamrutham is a biofertilizer made from cow dung, cow urine, gram flour, jaggery and water. All the ingredients were given to each kid along with an instruction manual to ferment and use the soil elixir. OES Farm Coach, Mr Venkatesh Nallamilli conducted the workshop by educating the kids about the importance of using natural fertilizer, followed by a live demonstration of the process. The kids were apprehensive about touching the ingredients for the first few minutes, but as Venkatesh guided them gently, they were soon seen making the Jeevamrutham on their own.
At the end of the workshop, the kids were given glass bottles to store the mixture and leave for fermentation. Surprisingly, the kids who finished the first batch, came back to the next batch with their friends. We saw more and more children participating in the workshop.
During the Maati Utsav, the OES stall had a footfall of 200 parents and over 100 kids participated in both the workshops. This is the first time that OES organized the workshops in a community and the response was very encouraging. Some of the parents also enrolled for the ‘Be A Farmer’ program for the Monsoon batch to be held at OES Childrens farm campus, Kesaram.
We recognize that for any positive impact to be sustainable, it has to be long-term and inter-generational. Organo Et School strives to create an apt learning environment that will support and empower families as well as individuals to embrace sustainable living mindsets and habits.
Organo Et School is a learning initiative set up by Organo in 2017 and has been facilitating fields visits and workshops for Schools and Interest Groups. Organo Et School has had over 25+ schools, 6500+ students and 3000+ adults participate over the last 5 years.
We believe in connecting children & adults with nature. Connecting children with the natural world at a young age is the first step in creating responsible stewards of our collective future.
If you or your children are interested in the Be a Farmer program, please connect to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone 9154100775 today!