Originally published on http://alecnews.tamu.edu/?p=1705 by Author Meagan Brown.
Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications graduate student, Elizabeth Bird spoke to students and faculty about her experience as an intern with the Christianville Foundation on October 29, 2014. The Christianville Foundation is a faith-based mission centered in Gressier, Haiti. The organization works to provide a Christian witness in Haiti through education, evangelism and humanitarian assistance.
During Bird’s two month internship, she worked with an orphanage to build a sustainable garden for the children. The garden consisted of 4 raised beds, a pumpkin patch and a bean trellis. The children planted okra, tomatoes, beans, and a native Haitian pumpkin variety called jumu. Bird used these hands on activities to teach the students basic life sciences skills and concepts.
“The children did not even know about photosynthesis and germination, things we consider common knowledge in the United States,” Bird said. “I focused on teaching them the functions of plants and seeds, the water cycle and proper pest management.”