During the 11J expedition, Louise and I, along with a handful of Venturers went out to 3 bio-gas and 4 eco-sanitation projects that Raleigh had done in the past to look at the long term impact of our projects on the communities at hand. It was a hugely rewarding experience for the Venturers who were able to engage on a deeper level with the work that they were doing, whilst enhancing their learning experience about sustainable development in the process. I would like to express a huge thank-you to Alex Rolfe, Claire Doeveren, Dan Rose, Esmee Augustijn, Jamie Manson, Lukas Klautke, Maya Obstfeld, Shafeeque Rahman, Steph Beaumont, Suthakar Munusamy and Zoe Coles for contributing to these efforts. By conducting household questionnaires, surveys and leading community focus group meetings, we found out more about how Raleigh was helping the different communities across India. Below are our findings from these visits…
The venturers saw for themselves how the composting toilets had changed the lives of its users, both socially and economically. Out of the 115 toilets inspected, most had produced organic fertiliser, which not only reduced the amount spent by beneficiaries on expensive chemical fertiliser, but also improved crop quality and yield. Venturers learnt about how the toilets increased personal safety, particularly for the women, and found that the level of health and hygiene had risen as a result.
Venturers found the visits to be really encouraging as they discovered that 9 bio-gas units were still functioning and being used years later. It was motivating for venturers to see that wood consumption had reduced due to this new renewable source of energy and the cows provided by Raleigh were producing milk which was then being sold to make an income.
Once again, a huge thank-you for your hard work and involvement in moving monitoring and evaluation forward in India.
Marian Sue, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer