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A Gift of a Greenhouse – $500
Climate change has made the growing season in the Dolpo unpredictable, and the vegetables that can be grown in greenhouses – greens, carrots, cucumber, cauliflower, cabbage and squash – dramatically improve nutrition and food security. Field crops here are basic, barley, buckwheat and potatoes. Erratic seasonal precipitation patterns are having a detrimental impact on crop productivity. Heavy rains, formerly unheard of in this high altitude desert, are also washing away their terraces of grain.
This is a new initiative for 2020. When I first traveled to Dolpo in 2015, I saw very few greenhouses, maybe five or six. When I returned in 2017, there were at least 15 – 20 in the same region. The popularity of greenhouses attached to homes is increasing exponentially. There are requests for 85 greenhouses in 2020. A generous sponsor has provided dedicated funds for 10 greenhouses. Our goal is to provide materials for another 10 – 20 greenhouses.
We sponsored the building of this greenhouse for Saldang School.
The beautiful greenhouse at Karang School, was funded by Sumchog Kersbergen, Dorje Dolma’s sister.
The greenhouse at Saldang is a tremendous asset to both the school and the village. It provides better food security by extending the growing season and improving the quality of fresh vegetables for the student lunches and staff meals.
In winter, a monk from the monastery holds classes for students to learn about their Tibetan history and culture. The greenhouse is providing them with a warm and bright classroom on sunny winter days!
above image courtesy of Peter Hinze
gallery images courtesy of Pema Wangyal Lama – Saldang School
card image also courtesy of Peter Hinze. Altitude Project did not build this greenhouse.
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― Margaret Mead