These nuns launched a project months ago that seeks to help the “Pot of the Poor.” But it also wants to be a workshop that trains community members in this landless crop that consumes little water. And, on the day of the celebration of World Water Day, the Holy See emphasized “valuing water”, “recognizing that food security and water quality are intimately linked to each other”.
The Missionaries present in Oruro, Bolivia, launched this initiative in December, the “José López Solana Hydroponic Center”. With a double objective: “to generate self-sustenance and guarantee food security for the benefit of our brothers in the Pot of the Poor. And to train and reintegrate homeless people, people at risk, into society,” explained Sister Elisabeth Copa. The initial idea was to create a communal garden. But the lack of land, the climate, the height of Oruro and the lack of water led them to “take risks”, explains the sister.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
An innovative project that will promote a healthy diet, own production and everything taking care of the environment and water, and that wants to reach the families of Oruro. Thus, the project is expected to be extended to Oruro families, educational units and other institutions.
“The aim is to grow our own food without using the land, in this way we train people so that they can have a space for crops in their homes. We know that water is scarce, and who knows that in the future it will be lacking. This cultivation system does not waste water, it is circular, it contains nutrients. And the spaces are very small, with different forms of crops, it is a contribution to the care of the common home, with the alternative of hydroponics ”, explains Sister Elisabeth Copa. To achieve this, a two-and-a-half-month workshop will be held in the second half of April. It will be a practical course to acquire the necessary knowledge so that families and communities can have their own hydroponic garden.