In a world where education and environmental sustainability are increasingly important, the EXO Foundation, in collaboration with NGO Partner Girl Determined and Social Enterprise Partner Kokkoya Organics, embarked on an inspiring journey on the 15th and 16th of September 2023. The focus of these trips was to empower 61 adolescent girls aged 12-18 from Girl Determined with knowledge and inspiration. The girls were treated to an enriching day at Kokkoya Organics, an urban farm in Yangon, Myanmar, where they explored the farm, learned about sustainable practices, and gained valuable insights into waste management. Here is a glimpse into their transformative experience.
Morning – A Hands-on Organic Farm Experience: The day began with the girls stepping onto Kokkoya Organics, an urban farm that specializes in training young farmers in sustainable and organic agricultural practices. This hands-on experience was a unique opportunity for the girls to connect with nature and explore the world of agriculture. They got their hands dirty, engaging in various farm activities, from planting seeds to tending to crops. This immersive experience allowed them to understand the importance of sustainable agriculture and the role it plays in conserving the environment.
Lunch and Waste Management Presentation: After an eventful morning on the farm, the girls gathered for a well-deserved lunch. But it wasn’t just a meal; it was a moment to reflect on the importance of waste management. The day’s activities culminated in a presentation and sharing session on the three R’s: Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle. The girls learned how these principles can significantly reduce plastic waste and contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment. Kokkoya Organics’ commitment to waste management served as a powerful example, leaving the girls inspired to make a difference.
Afternoon – Empowering Conversations: Following their delicious meal, the girls had the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with the dedicated staff of Kokkoya Organics. They learned about the farm’s processes and its tireless efforts to reduce plastic usage, making a positive impact on the environment. The girls asked thoughtful questions and gained insights into sustainable practices that can be applied not only in agriculture but also in their daily lives. Kokkoya’s staff, including women leading the business, served as inspiring role models, showing the girls that they too can make a difference in their communities.
Testimonials from the Children: The impact of this trip was profound, as reflected in the heartfelt testimonials from the girls:
- “We learned the importance of the three R’s (Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle) for reducing plastics and managing waste. It was admirable to see Kokkoya Organics’ women leading a business. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and inspiring us.”
- “Visiting and learning at Kokkoya Organics was very enjoyable. Our favorite part was listening to their experiences. We will always remember Kokkoya Organics as a unique place to learn many things.”
- “We enjoyed exploring the farm. The food was delicious, we really loved it.”
- “We learned about Kokkoya Organics’ processes and their efforts to reduce plastic usage for the environment. We gained valuable learnings from the Kokkoya team…These sharing sessions were very inspiring, and we aspire to be like them in the future.”
Transformative experiences for 61 adolescent girls in Yangon. They left with a newfound appreciation for sustainable agriculture, waste management, and the powerful impact they can have on their environment.