Creating a Millenium Village
06.07.2009 - 07.08.2009
Another of Joseph's projects is the Eden Center. Currently under construction, the goal of the Eden Center is to create a place where people can gather, take classes on various trades (i.e. agriculture, energy, clothes making, etc.), and have a place to stay in case they have travelled far distances to attend classes. The ideology is to empower individuals, particularly women, to take action in their communities and to do so in a way that betters their lives and the lives of those around them. Joseph wants people to understand that education is a life long process and wants to provide people with opportunities to actively seek out furthering their education and to better their financial situations. As we talked about fruit drying earlier, many of the farmers in the area were experiencing problems with their crops rotting. His method enables individuals to take a bad situation, flip it, and make it better.
There is a solar panel that partially powers the compound, as well as a generator which will soon be powered by the oil of the seeds of trees he planted sometime ago. What we became involved with was installing a towering wind turbine which can be seen from very far away because it is so tall, and stands over all other edifices in the area. We also painted the interior of a few of the classrooms. One of Joseph's main theories and mottos is taking advantage of what is already available. Located at a high altitude, there is plenty of wind to be used, and wind is free, energy is not. The installation of the wind turbine is completely in line with what FADECO is aiming for, and embodies all of the inherent potentials of an otherwise economically downtrotten place. Joseph hopes to expand his ideas outside of his community, so other places in similar situations can see the successes and work towards their own. He wishes all of his work will have a profound impact on the immediate community by providing electricity, a place to learn, and technologies previously unavailable. FADECO has expanded by word of mouth, and hopefully with this blog The Eden Center will see similar growth.