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Hombro a hombro

Vegetables La idea del proyecto Ayuda Infantil es luchar contra la pobreza de la mano con la gente del distrito de Toledo.
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 s...
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Shoulder to Shoulder in Belize

sholder-to-sholder The idea with the Child Aid project is to fight poverty hand in hand with the people of Toledo District in Belize.
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 pro...
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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...
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Care for the earth and an equal share

Perma-web The basic ethical principles in permaculture thinking are care for the earth, care for the people and 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 ...
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Permaculture Ethics and Principles (A life Example)

Permaculture Ethics and Principles (A life Example)
When I first heard about permaculture, I didn't really have a concept of what it was. I knew that it has 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 ha...
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RVA is a place you can make a real impact

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-sufficie...
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What does it mean to be 'Poor'?

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 ...
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One month with the Climate Compliance Conference

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 d...
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Do what you can to make a difference!

Do what you can to make a difference!
In this past year I have been studying and learning about the causes of poverty and what I can 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 can help in our own countries; there are many organizations that are trying to make a difference but they need people who...
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Overview of Richmond Vale Academy

Overview of Richmond Vale Academy
We are excited to share the first drone videos with you - 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!
Our Garden Farm
   
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An Open Letter for an Open Future

vincy-kids-planting-trees Never let your mind drift of fear thinking about what would happen if… but always keep your eyes focused on the way out.
We would 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 consciou...
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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...
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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, ...
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Environmental Preservation - Synonymity with Social Justice

Environmental Preservation - Synonymity with Social Justice
Much of the focus of sustainability and environmentalism in recent years has shifted to raising awareness on Climate Change. Understandably so, since the rising temperatures we are currently facing are leading us to an equally exponential rise in disasters and a domino effect of damage that when at some point reached, might prove to be irreversible...
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St Vincent, God save the Queen!?

St Vincent, God save the Queen!?
It’s been only a few days since my arrival in St Vincent and the Grenadines. A few beautiful days were my eyes have been open to the beauty of nature and where already I have fully fallen for this charming island and its amazingly lovely inhabitants. A few qualms have already risen however, one in particular which holds coincidental synergies with ...
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A warm welcome

A warm welcome
So....I don´t know where to start, so much has happened, so I will probably best start by introducing myself: I am Tessa, 19 years old, from Germany and -yes, hard to believe when looking out of the window and seeing the blue ocean –  am currently at the Richmond Vale Academy on St. Vincent!   Richmond beach Another great thing I noticed ...
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Global warming as a Crime against Humanity

Global warming as a Crime against Humanity
Plain Talk, Nov. 1 2017 With increasing frequency, the Caribbean has been experiencing heavy rainfall, devastating floods, monster hurricanes, very hot days and nights as well as prolonged periods of droughts. So far this year, the region has witnessed two category 5 hurricanes that wreaked havoc in Dominica, Tortola, St Croix, BVI, Turks and Caico...
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My experience working with Biogas

My experience working with Biogas
My experience in the biogas project was very interesting because it was the first time I heard about it. I learned a lot about biogas, how to build one and I can see biogas can change people's lives because people can save money by reducing cooking expenses by as much as 80%. Cooking is easier and quicker than cooking with charcoal or firewood, it ...
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Flashbacks to our first weeks – watch the video!

This video is a compilation of the different experiences we had during the first seven weeks in the six-month climate compliance program. The collection includes among other things: Visit to animal production site Charcoal lecture Breadfruit festival face painting activities Visit to soil lab Hike to volcano Open day festivities Working on a home g...
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Do you know these numbers?

Do you know these numbers?
2°C 565 Gigatons 2795 Gigatons Do you know these numbers? For us and our future generations it is very important to know about it. Our climate changes very fast, faster than we want to be true. To explain the numbers I have to start with a calculation: In all medias we can read about CO2 and that we have to do to reduce the CO2 emission. But first ...
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