Canada

Rural Community Development

About Us

We recognize

We recognize that poverty in the developing world is multifaceted.  For example, saying water security invariably stimulates one to think about the quality of drinking water.  This is a serious problem world wide, however, this is not our focus.  Spring Rains is targeted at nutritional food  production which includes a facet of water security.

Our focus

Our focal point in the fight against poverty is directed at the fundamental need the poor have for a source of abundant nutrient rich food.  Therefore, we support these two initiatives:

  • The multiplication of nutrient rich vegetable gardens
  • The creation of irrigation water infrastructure

The Problem -- Soil MALNUTRITION

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Starved Soil

Before you can grow nutrient rich vegetables you must have robust soil.  Among many other issues, poor crop rotation (constantly growing the same carbohydrate crops on the same land)  and the overuse of chemical fertilization (if they are able to afford it) has literally resulted in the expansive swaths of exhausted soil in the developing world.

Our Solution

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Revitalizing Soil

Plants are what they eat.  We support initiatives committed to amending and refurbishing the soil by the means of a variety of organic supplements.

The Problem -- Physical MALNUTRITION

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A Carbohydrate Diet

The diet of the rural residents in the developing world is heavily weighted in either  corn or rice.  The consequence is a compromised immunity resulting in habitual bouts of sickness and ultimately premature death.

Our Solution

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Organic Vegetable Gardens

The foundation of a healthy immune system is a diet that is comprised of a heavy intake of vegetables.  Therefore we support endeavours that result in the proliferation of village community vegetable gardens.


the problem - soil dehydration

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Dead Dry Soil

Deforestation, now coupled with an increase in Global Warming Drought, has resulted in compacted concrete  like soil that is unable to absorb rainfall, nor is it amendable to tilling, let alone able to sustain growing vegetables.  The soil is  dead, void of air, insect microbes, earthworms and organic matter.  Rainfall is not a blessing, but rather brings the curse of runoff and erosion.

Our Solution

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Rain Harvesting

In addition to resourcing major composting amendments to the community's fields, we support the creation of extensive rain harvesting infrastructure, including channels to both capture rainfall runoff and deliver the water to the:

  • Community gardens
  • Tree soaking pits, and
  •  Holding cisterns.