DONATE & SUPPORT

VWB CS & CSR Projects with Track of the Tiger T.R.D.

Sustainable Agriculture

Our sustainable agriculture projects are run in rural schools to provide education and nutrition where the meal budget is inadequate, and to raise funds for the budget shortfall (temporary teachers etc.) We also establish some of these projects within small communities to provide alternative non-tourism reliant 2nd revenue streams, another source of food for low-income families and training aids.

Our agroforestry projects are generally implemented in outlying rural villages.

SA1 - The Plant & Seed Fund

In collaboration with SEEC, VWB provides a nursery, hands-on labour (potting plants/saplings) funded by donations, which allows us to run a nursery from which plants and seeds can be provided for the replanting of school greenhouses as well as provide for our agroforestry projects.

The plan is to develop this fund into a farming cooperative, which collaborates with our beneficiaries and surrounding rural farmers to provide fresh organic fruit and vegetables to the community at affordable rates, with equitable returns for all stakeholders. 

Who can get involved

  • All Groups - Donations are gratefully accepted from all who would make them. Individuals or groups visiting or undertaking programmes at the SEEC may enquire about combining a donation with some hands-on ‘potting time’ alongside our nursery workers.

Costs: A plant or sapling costs anywhere from Baht 5.- to 50.- to purchase, depending on the species and the size at time of purchase. It is then raised in the SEEC nursery until transferred to the planting site.


Donation Options: Any amount will be welcomed. 

Duration: The project and the demand is growing.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. & VWB - Contact here.

Credibility & Transparency: volunteers-without-borders.org/section.php?page=47

Recognition: See VWB Donor Logs

Follow at on Facebook: facebook.com/VWB.org

SA2 - Vermiculture

Vermiculture - using worms to decompose organic food waste, turning the waste into a nutrient-rich material capable of supplying necessary nutrients to help sustain growth for a variety of plant species.

By raising worms in bins and concrete rings, they can convert food waste into high-grade solid and liquid fertilizer for use on our small-scale sustainable agriculture projects (also in collaboration with the SEEC). These projects add to our plans to set up a farming cooperative in the area, offering a cut-back on the costs we will encounter during our implementation. Initially, they will be located in the schools we intend to install greenhouses in, to minimise if not avoid the cost of purchasing fertilisers/insecticides and to provide additional revenue.

Who Can get involved

  • All Groups - The cost of the materials and the installation is minimal making it feasible for individuals to fund and implement such a project themselves as an activity on an RTA tourist route programme, or for a group of clients to implement it alongside a mushroom house greenhouse or intelligent playground project they are undertaking in the same school with the assistance of staff and students.

Costs: The basic materials cost (assuming the set up is shaded and rain proof) is Baht 2,000.- The transport of personell and materials and their labour for a half day costs an estimated Baht 1,500.- Total Baht 3,500.- per unit ( concrete worm bins.)  

Donation Options:
One unit at Baht 3'500.- 

Duration: Half a day. (4-6 hrs) for a team of 3-4 people (VWB staff and volunteers.)

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. & VWB - Contact here.

Credibility & Transparency: volunteers-without-borders.org/section.php?page=47

Recognition: See VWB Donor Logs

Follow at on Facebook: facebook.com/VWB.org

 

SA3 - Greenhouses

These are 2m x 4m (or longer) units constructed in a knock-down format from cured bamboo and mesh that provides an environment for growing herbs and vegetables - free of chemicals.

These greenhouses are constructed by corporate social responsibility groups from our partners in schools which need to supplement their dietary budget allocations with additional nutrition. They also provide a learning opportunity for students and staff to learn about sustainable agriculture and take home to replicate and benefit from it..

Who Can get involved

All Groups - The cost of the materials and of the installation timeline makes this project better suited to groups as a service-learning or as a platform for a combined corporate team building / CSR programme. It can be implemented with varying degrees of assistance from local labour, teachers and students.

Costs: App.Baht 20,000.- for a fully stocked 4m x 6m unit. (Dictated by site and location.)

Donation Options: Either Baht 20'000.- for a single unit, or a contribution towards one.

Duration: Full Day. (6 hrs) for a team of 6-10 people (VWB staff and volunteers.)

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. & VWB - Contact here.

Credibility & Transparency: volunteers-without-borders.org/section.php?page=47

Recognition: See VWB Donor Logs

Follow at on Facebook: facebook.com/VWB.org

 

SA4 - Mushroom Houses

These are 2m x 4m units constructed in a knock-down format from cured bamboo and thatch, stocked with racks of pre-packed recycled bottles in which mushrooms are produced, and can be re-harvested up to five times per bottle. They provide additional nutrition, saving the meal budget. Excess can be sold to subsidise costs such as  the employment of part-time teachers. They can be used to train students, the community, in sustainable agriculture as a viable 2nd revenue stream generator.

More Information: Dowload a detailed presentation here.

Who can get involved

  • All Groups: The cost of the materials and of the installation timeline makes this project better suited to groups as a service-learning or as a platform for a combined corporate team building / CSR programme.

Costs: Baht 11,005.- per 2m x 4m unit. (Transport cost reduces if more units are installed.)

Donation Options: 
One unit at Baht 11'005.- or a contribution of any amount to a mushroom house fund that has a VWB team and local student volunteers install a unit in a wating school.

Duration: Half a day for a team 10 volunteers.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. & VWB - Contact here.

Credibility & Transparency: volunteers-without-borders.org/section.php?page=47

Recognition: See VWB Donor Logs

Follow at on Facebook: facebook.com/VWB.org

 

SA5 - The Raised Bed Vegetable & Herb Gardens (with Hanging Gardens.)

At a time of massive and protracted unemployment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many rural (and other) families are desperate to put food on the table. The raised be system of growing vegetables and herbs allows anyone with a little space around their homes to grow more vegetables, at lower cost, for less money.

Your one-off or regular small monthly donations to fund this initiative will allow VWB to install ‘raised bed gardens’ in schools, cutting the cost of school meals, and allowing students to develop these skills so that they expand the projects to their homes for the benefit of their families.

VWBs raised bed vegetable & herb garden project – implemented in rural schools - achieves the following:
1. It provides an excellent source of nutrition – chemical free vegetables & herbs - for student lunches, which in most cases is not possible on the modest budget per student provided by the government. Especially important where the school accommodates ‘boarders’ from the ethnic minority community that live in the more remote areas.

2. It enough beds are in the system, and they are well managed, there will be excess product that can be sold to the local community at ‘fair prices’. The revenue is then used to cover the inevitable shortfall of funding for resources, teaches and student activities.

3. Student involvement in managing the project, trains them in small scale sustainable agriculture and those motivated to do so can establish their raised beds at home, providing food for sale and/or barter, and generating a valuable 2nd revenue stream for the family. (Really important in these difficult times.)


Who can get involved

  • All Groups: The cost of the materials and of the installation timeline makes this project better suited to groups as a CS service learning or as a platform for a combined corporate team building / CSR programme.
  • Individuals or smaller groups - May engage the support of local school student volunteers (covering transport & lunch.) to ensure the work is done in the time available. Discuss this with the project management. Contact here.


Costs: 

Materials - Baht 550
Worker's Day Wage - Baht 450
Project Management Costs - Baht 100
Total { Baht 1'100.- per unit.)
(Covers transport to and from planning and progress meetings with stakeholders over the course of the project)

Donation Options: 1 raised bed unit at Baht 1,100.- (4-8 units are normal for a school project)

Duration: It would take a team of 4 VWB staff and Volunteers 1.5 hrs to build 1 unit of a raised bed garden. Additional beds cost a little less as the transport requirement does not change.

Programme Management: Track of the Tiger T.R.D. & VWB - Contact here.

Credibility & Transparency: volunteers-without-borders.org/section.php?page=47

Recognition: See VWB Donor Logs

Follow at on Facebook: facebook.com/VWB.org