Earth, Water, Woman Film Screening

Earth, Water, Woman Film ScreeningWednesday, April 19, 2017 | 7:15 PM  | Packard 101Free and open to public | Refreshments served This film tells the inspiring story of a sustainable agro-forestry community in Trinidad & Tobago West Indies, called Fondes Amandes, led by a charismatic Rastafarian woman, Akilah Jaramogi. Three decades ago Akilah settled on a barren, deforested hillside, blighted with floods in the rainy season and fires in the dry season. Together with her late husband, Tacuma, they started a family and reforested over 125 acres, restoring health to the hills and the watershed just outside the capital city of Port-of-Spain. When her husband died, Akilah continued this great work, initiating the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP), training community members as stewards of the forests and waters. Today Fondes Amandes is a thriving village atop a flourishing forest where residents have planted over 60,000 seedlings during the past thirty years. The community is regularly visited by international dignitaries and Akilah is heralded as the Wangari Maathai of Trinidad & Tobago.  Sponsored by: Environmental Initiative, College of Education, Office of International Affairs, Lehigh Environmental Advisory Group (LEAG), and Sustainable Development   


Packard Lab, Room 101
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:15am