Today we attended our first cluster meeting with the farmers. They meet each month to discuss their progress or problems and receive training on sustainable farming practices. We sat down with approx 10 farmers and ask them questions developed by the Yale Students we are working with. This survey will be used as a tool to improve the TIST program and enhance the life of the farmers.
Taking a survey may sound straight forward but it came with its challenges. Only half the group spoke English and it was sometimes difficult to translate. All the farmers willingly shared their personal information with us so TIST can better serve them.
After the meeting we toured two farms, one being a school. This school taught up until 8th grade. The children were excited and nervous to see a van full of Americans arrive. They stood at the doors of their classrooms…
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