My name is Murhula Zigabe. I live in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am a student in philosophy in the 4th year in Bukavu Public University.
It has been eight months now since I started a project of collecting plastic bottles and other plastic containers and use them to created gardens to be installed on the walls of houses and schools. I also go in schools to organize workshops during which I teach kids to create their own gardens.
I started this project for four reasons:
- Reducing the plastic pollution by giving a second life to plastic bottles;
- Fighting malnutrition in the slums by allowing every family to have a small garden. Indeed; here every food we eat is imported from our neighboring countries. Even pepper, we import it. It is the consequence of insecurity in our rural areas and the overpopulation in our slums. As basic food is imported, it is very expensive that poor families concentrated in the slums cannot get enough for themselves. Hence my vertical gardens to allow poor families to grow vegetables on the walls of their houses.
- Here, no one wants to farm. Being successful means not to be a farm. So I had to come up with a new way of farming that attracts interest of young people. My vertical garden attracts young people a lot. I have made the farming activity one of the games kids prefer.
- Bringing the permaculture or the organic agriculture mentality back in my community.
Now I am invited to Paris to attend the Paris Peace Forum to share my method with others. The Paris Peace Forum will take place from 11 to 13th November 2019 and will gather heads of States, heads of governments, civilian society’s leaders, business leaders and other people.
This trip will provide to me a unique occasion to get out what I am doing here, to find other people who are doing the same work as us so that we can share experiences. It will also allow me to find new role models for my inspiration. This trip will also help me attend current debates led by experts about the future of agriculture and food. This trip will allow me to find people who can help me take my project to the next stage.
For this trip to be possible, I need your help.
Here are the expenses related to this trip:
- Visa fee: 100 USD;
- Sickness insurance: 100 USD,
- Travelling from Bukavu to Kinshasa to request the visa: 900 USD;
- Recommendation letter from the France Consul in Bukavu to get the visa in Kinshasa: 20 USD,
- Air plane ticket: 530 USD;
- Food and accommodation in Paris: 550 USD;
- Communication and ground transportation: 100 USD.
- Total amount needed : 2300 USD.