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When we make an agreement, we owe it to ourselves to act on that

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As part of joining Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) every student agrees to what we call 'The Frames'. This is the policy in which we agree to have no drugs and no alcohol as part of what we do here at the school. There are several reason for this from simple things such as reducing work ethic to having negative impact on the community.  For me one...
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La Escuela Pública "Belair" visita RVA

Hoy, ¡los estudiantes de sexto grado de la escuela pública Belair llegaron a Richmond para visitar nuestro campus! ¡Siempre es una pequeña aventura y una gran experiencia de aprendizaje para todos, tanto para la escuela como para nosotros aquí en RVA! Heather hizo una presentación sobre la vida en RVA, nuestros programas, los proyectos de huertos familiares y, por supuesto, sobre el cambio climático. [gallery link="none" ids="12887,12886,12888" orderby="rand"] Después de un almuerzo rápido con una vista del volcán y Santa Lucía, nos dividimos en grupos más pequeños y todos los estudiantes del equipo de marzo de " Voluntariado Ambiental " y con el de " Combatiendo la Pobreza ", se convirtieron en guías turísticos para el día. Como somos  otro tipo de escuela , queremos vivir una vida sostenible, así que tratamos de ser pioneros y construir proyectos de ejemplo. Mostrar nuestros proyectos de sostenibilidad a niños de 10-12 años nos enseñó a los estudiantes de RVA cómo mantener las cosas simples y emocionantes. Les mostramos nuestros paneles solares, la estación de biogás, el nuevo jardín de cocina permacultural, nuestro Chicken Hotel, el sistema de recolección de agua, nuestro Organic Gaden, el sistema de compost, Fruit Forest, los cerdos, e incluso una pequeña visita a los caballos. [gallery columns="2" link="none" ids="12890,12889,12892,12893,12894,12896" orderby="rand"] Ver cuán entusiastas y entusiasmados estaban los estudiantes con la visita nos hizo muy...
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Combate Hombro a Hombro con la Pobreza en Belice

En Belice, una tercera parte de la población (126.000 personas) vive debajo de la línea de la pobreza. Desde 2012, Richmond Vale Academy ha cooperado con Humana People to People en Belice y con varios Instructores de Desarrollo entrenaron y ayudaron con los proyectos allá. Los proyectos de Humana People to People tiene como finalidad: Movilizar niños, jovenes y adultos a ser parte activa de las esferas económicas, sociales y ambientales de sus comunidades. Mejorar la salud de la familia, la educación y la economía. Reducir la vulnerabilidad de pequeños granjeros y comunidades a los impactos adversos del cambio climático. Hasta la fecha, HPP Belice, ha trabajado directamente con 5500 familias - aproximadamente 25.000 personas. Disfruta un nuevo video desde Belice! https://youtu.be/98UE_VD0UCE Aún tenemos algunos lugares en el Equipo de " Combatiendo la Pobreza " de Octubre, puedes ayudarnos al compartir esta información con tus amigos y en tus redes sociales! Muchas gracias!
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Fight Shoulder to Shoulder with The Poor in Belize

In Belize, one third of the population (126.000 people) lives below the poverty line. Since 2012, Richmond Vale Academy has co-operated with Humana People to People in Belize and several Development Instructors trained and supported the projects there.  The Humana People to People  projects in Belize aim to: - Mobilize children, youth and adults to be active in the economic, social and environmental spheres of their communities. - Improve family health, education and economy. - Reduce the vulnerability of small farmers and communities to adverse impacts of climate change. To date, HPP Belize has worked directly with 5,500 families – approximately 25,000 people. Enjoy a new video from Belize!
We still have a few spots left in the upcoming Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with The Poor starting in October, you can help by sharing this blog with your friends and on your social media pages! Thanks!  
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Belair Government School Visiting RVA

Today, 6th-grade students from Belair Government school came all the way to Richmond to visit our Campus! It is always a little adventure and a great learning experience for everyone, for the school as much as for us here at RVA! Heather gave a presentation about living at RVA, our programs, the home-garden projects and of course about climate change. After a quick lunch with a view of the volcano and St Lucia, we divided into smaller groups and all the students from the Climate compliance March team and Fighting with the poor team became tour guides for the day! In another Kind of School we want to live a sustainable life, so we try to be pioneers and to build example projects. Showing our sustainability projects to 10-12 year olds taught us RVA students how to keep things simple and exciting!  We showed them our solar panels, the biogas station, the new Permaculture Kitchen Garden, our Chicken Hotel, the Water collection system, Our Organic Gaden, the Compost system, the Fruit Forest, the Pigs, and even a little visit to the Horses! Seeing how enthusiastic and excited the students were about the visit made us very happy :) We love showing our other kind of school to many interested kids and to inspire them to change the World! Such a positive feedback made us smile: "This is a little...
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Cuidar la tierra y la distribución equitativa.

Tuve el privilegio de participar en el curso de permacultura de 10 días celebrado en RVA. Esperaba que aprendiéramos sobre la agricultura y el diseño de jardines y cómo se pueden hacer de una manera más sostenible y ecológica, pero resultó que la permacultura es mucho más que eso. El concepto de permacultura proviene de las palabras permanente y agricultura, pero significa algo más que el rediseño agrícola. La permacultura es una filosofía, una forma de pensar y hacer, un conjunto de principios y una forma de vida. La permacultura es un enfoque multidisciplinario, que desafía los límites estrictos y cubre muchos aspectos de la vida. No se trata solo de diseñar nuestra producción de alimentos de acuerdo con los principios ecológicos, sino de diseñar sociedades para que las personas en ella estén en sintonía con la naturaleza circundante. Los principios de permacultura se pueden aplicar en cualquier parte del mundo porque toman en cuenta la naturaleza local y sus desafíos o más bien las posibilidades. La permacultura es lo opuesto al monocultivo y la agricultura química y debería regenerar el suelo en lugar de agotarlo. En nuestras lecciones comenzamos desde lo básico: cómo se formó la tierra, de qué está hecho el suelo, qué plantas y otras formas de vida necesitan para tener éxito y cómo funciona el ciclo de la vida en nuestros bosques...
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Hombro a hombro

Hombro a hombro
. Los instructores de desarrollo en el programa Lucha con la Pobreza  de la Academia Richmond Vale tienen la oportunidad de trabajar en el Proyecto de Ayuda Infantil de HPP en Belice.   La idea del proyecto Ayuda Infantil es luchar contra la pobreza de la mano con la gente del distrito de Toledo y asegurar que cada niño pueda crecer al máximo de su potencial. El proyecto generará capacidad en las personas del proyecto. Las familias trabajarán con actividades dentro de 10 líneas. Se alcanzará a 1,000 familias directamente a través de su inscripción en el proyecto y se alcanzarán muchas más a través de actividades comunes a través de las escuelas, días de puertas abiertas y actividades en las comunidades. Ayuda Infantil Toledo se lanzó en diciembre de 2007. Junto con un personal dedicado y voluntarios locales e internacionales, se han llevado a cabo muchas actividades desde entonces. Las actividades principales han sido el establecimiento de clubes juveniles, construcción de letrinas, implementación de actividades generadoras de ingresos, plantación de árboles de Moringa, crianza de pollos, huertas orgánicas, implementación de cultivo orgánico de cacao y café, grupos de mujeres con actividades para producir mermelada de piña, alfombras y artesanías, campañas de concientización sobre el VIH / SIDA, construcción de estufas ahorradoras de leña, cursos de advertencia global y mucho más. La población de Belice se...
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New Video by the March Team!

In the beginning ofMarch a new Climate Compliance Team started and here is one of their first movies, put together by Simon. Enjoy!
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Shoulder to Shoulder

Development Instructors in The Fighting with The Poor Program at Richmond Vale Academy have the opportunity to work in the the HPP Child Aid Project in Belize.  The idea with the Child Aid project is to fight poverty hand in hand with the people of Toledo District and secure that every child can grow up to his or her fullest potential. The project will build capacity in the people in the project. The families will work with activities within 10 lines. 1,000 families will be reached directly through their enrollment in the project and many more will be reached through common activities via the schools, open days and activities in the communities. Child Aid Toledo was launched in December 2007. Together with a dedicated staff and local and international volunteers many activities have taken place since then. The main activities have been establishment of youth clubs, construction of latrines, implementation of income generating activities, planting Moringa trees, raising chickens, organic vegetable gardens, implementation of cacao and coffee organic farming, women groups with activities to produce pineapple jam, rugs and craft, HIV/Aids awareness campaigns, construction of firewood saving stoves, Global warning courses and much more. The Project’s situation Belize’s population is estimated as being approximately 324,000. Belize’s small private enterprise economy is highly dependent on commodity exports, tourism, and increasingly on petroleum since an oilfield discovery in...
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Discovering the best of myself!

Discovering the best of myself!
Richmond Vale Academy is "Another Kind of School" where adults gather to become enlightened and inspired, gain knowledge and become ready for action. Our school operate as a base for personal enlightenment, for general and specific knowledge such as organic farming, global warming, climate change and as inspiration to take action and march into the Open Future. Participants join for 1, 6 or 18 months and all are involved with The St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference 2012 - 2021. The Idea of The 10 year standing action conference is that teachers, students and the people of St. Vincent make our island more Climate Compliant. Climate Compliant means to be ready for climate change and become food, water and energy secure. Now this certainly is a challenge! With the first team in 2012, we started studying about global warming and climate change and realized the size of one of the big issues the world has ever faced. Programs in Another Kind of School combine studies, research and actions in different periods and Three hundred students from fifty different countries already joined the program. By now thousands of trees have been planted, tons of trash removed from beaches and streets, biogas introduced in family homes and right now we're in the middle of setting up 200 sustainable home gardens. By the end of 2018 the first 30 home...
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Care for the earth and an equal share

I had the privilege to participate in the 10 day permaculture course held in RVA. I expected us to learn about farming and garden design and how they can be done in a more sustainable and ecological way, but it turned out that there’s a lot more to permaculture than that. The concept permaculture comes from the words permanent and agriculture, but it means more than just agricultural redesign. Permaculture is a philosophy, a way of thinking and doing, a set of principles and a way of life. Permaculture is a multidisciplinary approach, that defies strict boundaries and it covers many aspects of life. It’s not just about designing our food production according to ecological principles, but about designing societies so that the people in it are in sync with the surrounding nature. Permaculture principles can be applied anywhere in the world because they take into consideration the local nature and its challenges or rather possibilities. Permaculture is the opposite of monoculture and chemical agriculture and should regenerate the soil rather than deplete it. In our lessons we started from the basics: how the earth was formed, what the soil is made of, what plants and other lifeforms need to succeed and how the cycle of life works in our forests and sees. Then we looked at what human actions have done to the planet in...
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Permaculture Ethics and Principles (A life Example) - by Heather

Permaculture Ethics and Principles (A life Example) - by Heather
When I first heard about permaculture, I didn't really have a concept of what it was. I knew that it was something to do with the garden and producing your own food, I knew it was organic and based around sustainability, it was a little alternative and out there on the edge (Principle 11: Use Edges and Value the Marginal). In the last 10 days, I have been able to take part in a Permaculture Design course and what a journey it was! I now know that there is so much more to permaculture, it is not just gardening or agriculture, it is actually a way of life and a willingness to be aware of the life we are creating. The word Permaculture came from the concept of 'permanent' and 'agriculture' and focused around making our farming practices not only sustainable but regenerative. The code of ethics that is followed is care for the earth, care for the people and fair share. Care for the earth looks at everything from what we put into and take out of the land including all the plant and animal species and the most important thing, soil! When we talk about care for people we are thinking about the idea of everyone being treated with respect and care and love that they deserve. Fair share is in all things, if...
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Maria, Latvia: RVA is a place you can make a real impact

Maria, Latvia: RVA is a place you can make a real impact
My name is Maria. I am from Latvia. Richmond Vale Academy is not about theoretical exercises. It is a place where you can make a real impact. The six months teams are focusing on building home gardens for local families. It is really possible to make a change in peoples lives. Gardens are an important step towards self-sustainability, self-sufficiency and adapting to global climate change. Long time ago people called St. Vincent: “The Land of Blessed”. It is true. This place is magical: rainbows almost every day, fireflies, hummingbirds, diverse marine life, breath-taking views. My 18 months FWP team was so blessed to participate in the Permaculture Design course . I am very grateful for this chance. We have an amazing teacher Leon-C. Malan who is not only professional in permaculture, but also a very good teacher. He gave us a very good theoretical base, awaking enthusiasm in things which at first might sound boring. If before coming here somebody had told me that I would be interested in watching videos about soil and compost in my free time, I wouldn’t believe it. Permaculture reminded me about connecting with the Earth, and this place made me really curious and passionate about the environment and gardening. As our final product we will design a home garden project based on permaculture principles. The most overwhelming part is that...
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Heather: What does it mean to be 'Poor'?

Heather: What does it mean to be 'Poor'?
I have been lucky enough in my life to have travelled and lived in many different countries and worked with many different organisations. I have seen poverty in every place that I have been, whether it was in my own country, Scotland or where I am living now in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. When I look at it, being poor has a different meaning dependent on where you are, but the feeling is the same no matter where you go. According to the United Nations, poverty is fundamentally 'a violation of human dignity'. It is, I feel the best way of explaining both how and why people are poor and how our perceptions of people can create poverty. [caption id="attachment_12129" align="alignleft" width="300"] Heather: Let's share all we have! When I was young, before my concept of rich and poor was formed, I went to school in an area that was considered to be 'poor' by Scottish standards. I saw children at school that had clothes with holes in them and who came to school in non-matching shoes. I didn't know what this meant until I was a lot older because as a child you don't appreciate the difference between you and your peers. When we create the difference, the us and them, that is when we take away a level of dignity. In Edinburgh, I...
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John: One month with the Climate Compliance Conference

John: One month with the Climate Compliance Conference
RVA Climate Compliance: 1 month programme evaluation Expectations: From attending the 1 month Climate Compliance programme at RVA I hoped to learn about Permaculture in relation to sustainable farming. I wanted to see how it works in practice, getting to grips with the day to day management of the farm and gardens, whilst picking up new ideas and developing skills. I also hoped to live a healthier lifestyle and perhaps even get myself fit. Courses & Studies Morning classes I found some of the one hour morning classes to be very useful sources of information and learning. Highlights were those on Agroforestery, Soil Structure and Solar Panels. Documentaries – documentary evenings provided opportunity to watch material selected from the wider RVA community within a focused environment. It was good to discuss the subjects afterwards, and take on board diverse insights and opinions. Effects of Climate Change Tour – perhaps the most poignant element of the course was this tour of places and people suffering recent extremities of weather. People were forthcoming with their views once they got going highlighting education and sustainable living as improvements to be made. Climate Compliance practical actions  Solar Dryer We constructed a solar dryer which we presented this to the RVA community and to the wider community on the RVA open day for which we made flyers alongside a variety of...
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Magdy from Mexico: Do what you can

Magdy from Mexico: Do what you can
In this past year I have been studying and learning about the causes of poverty and what can I do to make this world a better place. I think is possible to change the world, we can change our world! There are many places, people we all can help in our own countries; there many organizations that are trying to make a difference but they need people who want to work and see a change like "If you want something well done you have to do it your self". There are many ways and ideas of how you can help but everything comes down to do what is NEEDED. You can start little with your neighborhood your city or you can go and travel and participate with different organization. I have been a volunteer almost all my life, my parents were missionaries and since I was a child I was there to help my brother or sister when needed. I remember thinking as a child and wondering why more people don’t participate in helping. Why? We all want a better world for us and our children so why don't more people participate in changing the world to the one we want! You only need to take the decision that you want to help, it can be big or can be small it doesn’t matter. Just be...
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A view from Above!

A view from Above!
We are excited to share with the first drone videos where you can see The Richmond Vale Academy and our Garden Farm from above. Thanks to Ken from Bridges from Prosperity's great images! Enjoy! Richmond Vale Academy
Our Garden Farm
  
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An Open Letter for an Open Future

An Open Letter for an Open Future
Dear all, We wish you a very Happy New Year and like to share an article from a subject that the  18 months Fighting with The Poor Team study at Richmond Vale Academy . The concept of Open Future zooms in on the Future. Not the past, not the present, but the future. With lessons learnt from the past, we can influence the Future through the Present. The concept of Open Future consciously looks at the future as something that we can have an influence on, as something with possibilities, as something that we can take decisions about, something that we can plan for, as something that we can conquer. We want the Future and we want it without an end in sight. This is Open Future! The other future, the opposite one, we call the Closed Future, which is a future with an end. As a human society at large (as well as each one of us by him or herself), we do many things that support a Closed Future for Humanity – even though we don’t want to act like that. In those acts we don’t consciously consider the future as something with many different possibilities that we can pursue, but instead we consider it as something that is already decided. That is closed future. The concept of a closed future is omnipresent. It...
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Caribbean Leaders to Create World's First Climate Smart Zone

Caribbean Leaders to Create World's First Climate Smart Zone
With the right domestic and international reforms, the world can take climate change by the reins. The Caribbean will be home to the world’s first “climate start zone”, an initiative dedicated to the discovering new ways to break through the systemic obstacles that stall the flow of finances to climate-conscious investments. The announcement at the One Planet Summit in Paris Tuesday when the international assembly was called to discuss progress made since the signing of the Paris Agreement two years ago. The ambitious strategy centres around the belief that with the right domestic and international reforms, the world and the Caribbean can be weaned off its dependency on fossil fuels to adopt renewable sources. The plan will set the foundation for a US$8 billion investment plan to strengthen the Caribbean infrastructure for long-term resilience and transform 100 percent of the 3.2 million homes across the region to energy efficient households. “This is a great first step. Now we need to turn this possibility into a set of realities that benefit all our people,” said Grenada Prime Minister and CARICOM chair Keith Mitchell. “We all need to work together to change the rules of the game to accelerate climate-smart financial flows for the Caribbean and other small island developing states. Together we can build thriving economies fuelled by clean energy, nature-based resilient design and innovation. The time for...
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New Irrigation System at RVA

New Irrigation System at RVA
Our current period in the program is called “ Making RVA climate compliant ”. We split our team, my group was responsible for setting up a new irrigation system for our garden and especially the tree nursery. This is part of a project to plant 6,000 soursop trees in St. Vincent. Currently, rainwater for the garden is collected in a pond. From there, it is pumped up using electricity from the grid. We wanted to change this by using a solar pump. Now, when the sun is shining, the water gets pumped into an elevated tank. From there, it can be used whenever it is needed just by the gravity and without any additional energy. This makes the garden more self sufficient and independent from fossil fuels.   The first step was the planning. We made a general concept where we want to install each component and measured the distances for the pipes. Then we prepared a shopping list for all the materials required. After this, we started to dig trenches to lay down the pipes. Another task was to fix the pond. Every time it had rained a lot, the pond overflowed and the soil around was flushed away. We installed a new overflow, put the soil back and planted vetiver grass to stabilise the soil. A problem was finding a good tank with enough...
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