As part of the Children’s Day celebrations on 13th November 2022, Organo@Communities organized an event at Villa Scapes. Organo Et School, Organo Farm Store, and God’s Own Office Café jointly set up stalls and conducted workshops as part of this children’s day program on Sunday afternoon.
This community event was Organo’s effort to bring awareness about Sapthapadha -The 7 strands of sustainability, by showcasing Organo et School programs being run in Hyderabad. These are intended towards developing interest amongst young children and adults in sustainable living and natural farming methods.
Organo Et School participated in this event by organizing experiential workshops for children and parents. Three interesting workshops were conducted on Sunday at Villa Scapes Hyderabad.
1. Snakes awareness program – By Friends of Snakes Society (FOSS)
2. Art workshop By Anurag Dahiya- “Botanical Illustrations in Art”
3. A DIY workshop - “Jeevamrutham-A Biofertilizer”
These nature-oriented activities for children were conducted at the Central Lawns in Villa Scapes. The session by FOSS’s (Friends of Snake Society) team explained how to understand snakes, appreciate their contribution to biodiversity, confront & overcome our fear of snakes, and learn how to react empathically to our slithering friends if we had a chance to meet them. FOSS’s team covered important topics such as the identification of common snakes, distinguishing between venomous and nonvenomous snakes, the importance of snakes in nature, myths, snake bites, first-aid, etc.
The OES stall was set up to spread awareness amongst the residents of Villa Scapes about the various initiatives, events, and workshops organized by OES. The stall had a wide variety of local vegetable seeds which were given to the residents free to help them start their gardening journey, along with a manual to encourage residents to take up kitchen gardening in their backyards. OES team members spoke about the importance of imparting education on sustainability to kids and parents.
This workshop was followed by botanical illustrations in art. Ms. Anurag Dahiya, an artist & botanical illustrator. She used vegetables, leaves, flowers, and even stones to help children create beautiful art illustrations while sitting in a beautiful green lawn. All the kids enjoyed painting with paint and stencils.
Parallelly, kids joined the Jeevamrutham making a DIY workshop. Jeevamrutham is a biofertilizer made from cow dung, cow urine, gram flour, jaggery, and water. All the ingredients were given to each child 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. 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, all the participants were given glass bottles to store the mixture and leave for fermentation, once back home.
During the event, 40 parents visited the OES stalls and over 30 kids participated in the art workshop as well as the Jeevamrutham workshop. This is the fourth time that OES organized workshops in a community and the response was very encouraging.
About Organo Et School (OES)
We recognize that for any positive impact to be sustainable, it must 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 field 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.
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