Rooftop Garden

What is Rooftop Garden

The Rooftop Garden fantastic initiative at the Women’s Programs Association (WPA) in Burj Al-Barajneh Camp will allow the Soufra social enterprise of Women’s Programs Association to be self-sufficient by planting 75% of the vegetables they need. The Burj al-Barajneh Refugee Camp in Lebanon just got its own organic rooftop garden, thanks to the work of women living on the camp site. The garden will allow these women to produce vegetables and herbs for their growing catering company, Soufra.

 

How Rooftop Garden Started

Norwegian embassy has approved a $21,000 grant for the business to establish a rooftop organic garden. The space will be sustainably managed through “eco planters” from Cedar International, a local environmental engineering firm. These planters are molded from plastic waste, and more than 2,600 plants can be grown inside them. 

In a 100 sq.mt space on a rooftop in Bourj el Barajneh refugee Camp, we recycled what amounted to 128,100 supermarket #plastic bags to make #Ecoboard panels, we composted 954 Kgs of #food#waste to make 525 Kgs of #compost, mixed them with 525 Kgs of Dry #Mulch(Shredded agricultural waste) added 525 Kgs of red soil and created vertical planters enabling the newly cleared space to hold 2600 plants. The building had 12 AC units which were discharging their pure water onto the narrow streets of the camp. We hooked all 12 units to collect the runoff water and pumped it up to the roof to use as crystal clear irrigation water. Next time someone tells you how bad the garbage crisis is tell them you are looking at it from the wrong angle.
Waste = Resource = Food = Jobs = Well Being = PEACE. 

The actual growing methods will also skew towards sustainability. The press release claims more than 120 kilograms of compost has been allotted for the garden, as well as 266 liters of mulch from shredded agricultural waste. The WPA has also chipped in a composting unit, which will transform food waste generated by the company into new fertilizer for the garden. 

Soufra’s garden will reduce water use through an irrigation system that will collect condensed water from 10 air conditioner units in the building, storing it in tanks until the crops need nourishment. This system will, in turn, reduce the runoff from the units, which tends to pool on the building and can lead to waterborne disease. 

Rooftop Garden fantastic initiative at the Women’s Programs Association (WPA) in Burj Al-Barajneh Camp

Serving up hope to refugees

The garden project is designed to divert waste from Lebanon landfills and minimize water, making the Burj al-Barajneh camp a little more eco-friendly. But it will also supply Soufra with most of its produce, bringing down supply costs and allowing the women who run the business to handle (and inspect) the food themselves. 

 


The company’s clients will now be able to enjoy fresh, organic food, while the company’s employees will gain just a little more autonomy — all with minimal impact on the earth.

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