Aims:

> Foster Rural Future in Eastern Himalayas

> Provide training to local artisans and entrepreneurs

> Raise awareness on sustainable livelihood through coconut shell-based products in the region.

Organizer:

Balipara Foundation has organized a five days coconut shell craft workshop to provide training to local artisans and entrepreneurs and serve its purpose in raising awareness on sustainable livelihood through craft based activities and products in the region.

Organizing team:

The training was organized by Balipara Foundation in the premises of Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark, which focuses on creating socio-economic and environment interdependence through the concept of Naturenomics™. The Botanic Ark located in the Sonitpur district of Assam, India plays host to a rich sampling of Eastern Himalayan biodiversity.

Introduction to training workshop:

Training workshop on Bamboo utilization was successfully held in the haven of Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark from 12th to 16th July’18. 30 trainees from different backgrounds like daily wager, farmer, cook, student and a few unemployed around Balipara region attended the craft workshop. These participants were carefully selected noticing their keenness to learn the craft of coconut products and engage in community development work.

Coconut shell takes more than a decade to decompose. In addition to plastic, it not only contributes in clogging of drains during monsoon but is also breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Coconut shell, which is usually considered a waste can be used as a by-product for creating handicrafts for both utility and decorative purposes. By equipping the communities with coconut crafting skills, this workshop promoted environment friendly livelihood activities, which will serve as the communities’ alternate livelihood.