THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF STICHTING CARE FOR NATURAL IS TO SUPPORT THE IDEAS, THE WORK AND ACTIVITIES OF THE GAMBIA-BASED TRAINING CENTER CARE FOR NATURAL WITH FINANCIAL RESOURCES. IN THIS FUNDAMENT CREATION OF JOBS IS KEY.
For 10 years Stichting Care for Natural has supported some acres of dedicated eco forest where we try to expand the diversity of the vegetation and protect habitat for apes and other small animals. In addition, a training center where local natural products such as fruits, herbs and nuts are processed into finished products. Based on these natural resources products like jams, juices, peanut pastes and oils are being produced. In the training center women learn how to preserve natural products by drying and cooking. This teaches them among others how to produce oils. The oils together with beeswax, form the fundament for medicinal ointments. Stichting Care for Natural also supports a test aloe vera plantation. From the aloe vera plant drinks and products for the skin are being manufactured. Based on the end product babies and children with severe burns and eye injuries can be treated very successfully.
Knowledge into practice
These initiatives and the daily local supervision create jobs for women in The Gambia, most of who have never been to school. Care for Natural teaches these women on the job all they need to know how to make nutritious food in a hygienic manner. This is being done under the watchful eye and continued guidance from our Dutch founder Claudette Sarr-Krook, who has lived in The Gambia for 20 years now.
Care for Natural even goes one step further than creating jobs. We teach the women how their babies and children can grow up healthy and how they can benefit from the care of their natural environment. We help in finding workable alternatives to firewood, we plant native trees and together we discuss which trees are important and why. In short, we help people to become aware of their behavior towards nature.
For Westerners it is often difficult to understand how superstition and taboos make the lives of the women in The Gambia unnecessarily difficult and full of fears. Therefore, we try to diminish harmful superstitions. Also, some very oppressive taboos are openly discussed.