Rainwater harvesting and irrigation underway for AAPDEP’s 5th Ward Community Garden!

HOUSTON—On Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 10:00 am thru 4:00 pm Houston AAPDEP members, along with environmentalist volunteers of Nell Wheeler Metal Tanks.com will conduct a hands-on rainwater harvesting training project.
The goal of this project is to provide an irrigation system for the All African People's Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) 5th Ward Community Garden, located at 3707 Brill Street in Houston, Texas.
For nearly four years now the Houston Chapter of AAPDEP's 5th Ward Community Garden has struggled to build itself an irrigation system.
These efforts have finally come to fruition. On Sunday workers will began to construct a plumbing system for a 2000 gallon water tank that will be capable, once filled with water, to irrigate the garden on a regular basis in the likelihood of a drought, which has been the case for the past two years.
It will also save AAPDEP Houston approximately $125.00 per month in water bills. A win-win situation all the way around.
The system, which will consist of more than 45 feet of gutters, and 50-60 feet of three inch PVC pipe and its fittings, including cut-off valves and an irrigation pump, will all be constructed at Sunday’s work session.
The irrigation system will also allow for the expansion of the garden itself by as many as thirty rows.
The event is also intended as a fundraiser to help repay the debt incurred in acquiring the parts and equipment necessary for building this spectacular rainwater harvesting system.
In addition, we will also prepare a nutritious lunch for an affordable fee.
AAPDEP has already built a Rainwater Harvesting system in Sierra Leone West Africa for the purpose of providing clean drinking water.
So hopefully the experience learned here can also contribute to a better understanding of this process, and can further the efforts being made in Africa and other places AAPDEP is doing self-reliance programs.
All who are interested in learning these skills are invited to attend this hands-on training. We are asking for donations, but don’t let the lack of financial resources keep you away.
We are also asking the general public to contribute financially to this effort. In addition, donations of any garden materials or plants you might have are also welcome.
Donations should be sent to www.developmentforafrica.org. To contact the Houston Chapter, come by the Garden at 3707 Brill Street, Houston, or phone 214-707-7309, or email houston@developmentforafrica.org.
Your donations would be greatly appreciated.
Looking forward to seeing you at the hands-on Rainwater Harvesting training. See you there!
Self-Reliance for African People!

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