Hello, I am writing to you as regards your inquiry in connection with the initiatives that we are in charge of and that are related to protection of the environment.
My name is Desislava Beleva and I am a Chairman of the parental “TRUSTEESHIP OF THE “FRIENSHIP – FIRST OF JUNE” ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN , town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This is a non-profit association of parents whose children attend two kindergartens in our town. I personally am an author of a short article published in several Bulgarian websites – Toner Direct, National Ecological Network and others, and in the July edition of EcoPolis magazine.
I am aware that the construction of a compost bowl is not an easy job and I am looking for sponsors and consultants who would help us realize our idea. Composting at home is difficult and the quantity of the waste that can be composted is not so large.
As a whole I want to popularize several things that are important for me and at the same time teach children and their parents also that nothing in this world is a waste. It is simply that we are turning it into a waste.
Thus a lot of thoughts are crossing my mind, but in general my idea is to fence off a small place in the yard of the kindergarten and every day parents would take there the remains of the evening salad and everything else that can be composted. I intend to order and distribute to all children linen bags, specially made for that purpose. Several short advices would be printed on the bags, addressing the parents, on how to make their lives cleaner and at the same time to make them think over what legacy they would leave to their children. The attendants in the kindergarten shall tell the children what they should put into these bags and where to dispose of it explaining to them what will become of it and how it will help our nature. Children believe in miracles, and for them the turning of the peeled skin of a cucumber and the dry leaf into an useful soil for the beautiful flowers in the garden is a miracle. Thus children will motivate also their parents to make a small alteration in their daily habits. We know that children are also our best teachers.
We have a lot of space in the yard and we take our children there every day, and this will allow us, without any special efforts, to take the remains of our food in the household and to “throw” them into the compost bowl. Besides that, in the kindergarten food is prepared every day and remains are thrown out that are suitable to be composted. There are many trees in the yard, dry leaves and twigs are falling down all the time. The available staff could take care of the compost bowl. Volunteers can also be found.
I also think to organize some prize-awarding for everybody at the end of the experiment.
My purpose is to popularize composting as a way of diminishing household waste and for ecologically directed thinking and education, both of parents and of children. I think that it will be interesting for everybody to see the result of that activity.
Apart form that, composting at home is difficult and takes more knowledge and experience, and no one of us has them.
Initially we intend to use the ready compost for fertilizing the green areas and the flower pots in the kindergarten, and if our “production” would increase, we could offer it to other organizations which might show an interest in our activity.
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