Projects

We build the capacity, or in other words, the skill set of NGO staff so that they can reach more remote communities and have a greater, longer-lasting impact. OMPT visits NGOs in-country to deliver a four-day, hands-on, training workshop as well as the necessary equipment for making, editing, and disseminating video. The workshop is customized to fit the needs of the NGO and prepares the staff to gain the skills necessary for producing and disseminating culturally sensitive and locally relevant material.

OMPT has done extensive research and development to come up with the most comprehensive workshop material as well as equipment that is portable, self-powered, and affordable.

Browse through the projects below to see some of our work:

Catholic Relief Services – Senegal & Guinea-Bissau

The West African Ebola outbreak of 2014 was devastating for the affected nations. Moreover, there was fear that the outbreak would continue to spread to neighboring countries and cause further casualties. There was particular concern that Senegal and Guinea-Bissau could face a potential outbreak due to their geographical proximity to Guinea. OMPT partnered with Catholic Relief Services in October 2015 to prevent the spread of Ebola into Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. Executive Director Matt York, Program Manager Claire Pelley and two local video trainers administered the trainings in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau for 29 organizational members. OMPT delivered 9 camera kits, 142 projector kits and 151 recharging kits to the training participants. Catholic Relief Services trainers will use the videos to increase hygienic practices and sanitation procedures of community members in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau to prevent the transmission of Ebola. 

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Save the Children – Mozambique

Multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa have literacy rates below 70 percent and in some countries literacy rates are below 50 percent. Despite higher attendance rates of children in African schools, there are still many who are not learning basic reading skills. It is vital that literacy is emphasized both inside and outside the classroom. OMPT partnered with Save the Children October 2013, on a Literacy Boost project in Mozambique. Executive Director Matt York, Program Manager Claire Pelley, a volunteer member of Videomakers Without Borders, and one Local Video Trainer administered the training for 20 Save the Children staff members from Mozambique, Kenya, and Malawi. OMPT delivered seven camera kits and 30 projector kits to the training participants. Using the battery-powered projectors, Save the Children staff will be able to give professional development training to teachers in rural locations, which will improve learning outcomes for thousands of children.  

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Global Communities – Rwanda

Poverty is widespread throughout Rwanda with nearly 40 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Moreover, a quarter of Rwandan families and households are considered food insecure. Food insecurity can be the result of lacking economic means and/or inadequate nutritional knowledge which can result in chronic malnutrition, and childhood stunting. OMPT partnered with Global Communities in August 2013, to promote economic development and food security. Executive Director Matt York, and two local video trainers, administered the trainings in Rwanda for 11 Global Communities staff members. OMPT delivered: five camera kits, five projector kits, and five recharging kits to the training participants. Global Communities will use the locally created videos and cordless projectors to hold community meetings emphasizing financial literacy and promoting adequate nutritional guidelines. This workshop was part of a larger program called Ejo Heza (“brighter future”), with the ultimate goal of improving rural livelihoods for Rwandans.

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Mercy Corps & WINGS – Guatemala

Malnutrition is a common affliction in Guatemala; roughly half of children under the age of 5 are chronically undernourished. In the indigenous areas, the number is much higher – at 69 percent of children under the age of 5 chronically undernourished. As indicated by the statistics, indigenous women and children are the most vulnerable to malnutrition and subsequent poor health. Limited healthcare also impacts indigenous women’s access to family planning. Lack of family planning resources coupled with malnutrition can lead to higher infant mortality rates in the region. In partnership with Mercy Corps and WINGS, OMPT conducted a maternal child health and nutrition project for indigenous Mayan communities. With the help of Videomakers Without Borders member Mike Wilhelm and two Local Video Trainers, Matt York and Claire Pelley facilitated a Video Education Workshop from 20 staff members. Staff attended from both Mercy Corps and WINGS. OMPT also delivered 4 camera kits, 6 projectors kits and 6 recharging kits. Mercy Corps will incorporate nutrition and sanitation videos into their PROCIMDA programming, while WINGS staff will create videos promoting family planning methods. Videos will be created in the indigenous language or Mayan communities and shown on cordless video projectors in rural areas.  

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International Rescue Committee – Ethiopia

In Ethiopia there are more than 630,000 refugees from South Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia. Conflict and instability drive these people from their homes into camps across the border. There are many obstacles to normal life in these settlements, including sanitation — one of the most important due to its cascading effect on health. In November of 2014, the International Rescue Committee invited OMPT to train its hygiene and sanitation staff to make and show videos using simple cameras and cordless video projectors. The trainees all worked in the Northern part of the country supporting Eritrean refugees in four camps. Program Coordinator, Claire Pelley and and two Local Video Trainers taught 10 staff members to create simple sanitation and hygiene videos. They also delivered cameras, projectors, and recharging solutions. Their videos, all in the Tigrinya language, cover topics like handwashing promotion and safe water management in the home.

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Save the Children & World Vision – Ethiopia

In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of children attending school is on the rise, however many children are lacking basic reading and writing skills. Among low income countries, Ethiopia has one of the highest illiteracy rates of youth. In 2011, roughly half of the youth population in Ethiopia was illiterate, the adult literacy rate is even lower – around 40%. Not only is it important that school children are provided with the appropriate tools, but also that children are engaged to learn. In October 2013, OMPT partnered with Save the Children Ethiopia on their project – Literacy Boost. The video production training took place north of the capitol in Ambo. Matt York, Claire Pelley, and two Local Video Trainers facilitated the workshop for 20 staff members. In addition to staff from Save the Children, three participants joined from World Vision who also implements Literacy Boost activities. OMPT delivered four projector kits, three camera kits and four alternative recharging kits. Using the battery-powered projectors, Save the Children staff will be able to give professional development training to teachers in rural locations which will improve learning outcomes for thousands of children.

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Plan International – Guatemala

Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world and the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chronic malnutrition fuels higher infant mortality rates and developmental issues. Fifty percent of Guatemalan children under the age of five experience stunting or the inability to adequately grow and develop. Malnutrition is a community issue which can be linked to health care systems and food insecurity, therefore multiple sectors need to be addressed to cause significant impact in this area. In partnership with Plan International, OMPT conducted a nutrition and food security project in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. Mike Wilhelm, a member of Videomakers Without Borders, and two local video trainers facilitated a video education workshop in which 20 Plan staff members were trained to create video. The videos created reflect the importance of fulfilling nutrition guidelines for children and families as well as emphasizing food security practices. OMPT delivered 13 projector kits, two camera kits and four recharging kits. Plan staff will continue to create video and disseminate them into the local communities throughout the next year.

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World Health Organization – Liberia

The Ebola outbreak of 2014 created a demand for improved health communication practices in Liberia. A 2015 study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Liberia noted that only 26 percent of healthcare facilities met the minimum standards for safe water storage and use. The report then identified healthcare water management as a significant challenge in Liberia, specifically relating to the segregation of waste, handling, treatment, and final disposal. The proper disposal and care of medical waste is crucial to preventing the outbreak and spread of highly infectious diseases. Additionally, community knowledge about sanitation and hygiene is lacking. There is a need to create community demand for critical health care services such as having a baby in a health center instead of at home. In October 2016, OMPT traveled to Monrovia, Liberia to conduct a project to improve health communications in partnership with WHO. Claire Pelley facilitated a workshop supported by three local video trainers. Together, they trained 20 WHO staff members to create videos relating to topics such as safe disposal of medical waste, immunization promotion, and child maternal health. Typically, the trainees at these workshops, are broken up into two-to-three groups to collaborate on producing a video. For this workshop, each participant created their own unique video resulting in 20 completed videos by the end of the four-days. OMPT delivered 30 camera kits, 30 projector kits, and 30 recharging kits. Each of the participants brought a set of the equipment back to their posts to allow them to continue creating video projects on a variety of topics. They will train and include their colleagues in video production. WHO Liberia will be tracking their progress over the next year.

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International Medical Corps – Ethiopia

Ethiopia met its Millennium Development Goal target of getting 57 percent of the country access to safe drinking water in 2015, but access to improved sanitation remains discouragingly low at 28 percent. Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is still a critical area of development for this country and continues to impact the health and nutrition of Ethiopians. Diarrheal disease, a consequence of poor sanitation and hygiene practices, is one of the leading causes of under-five mortality. In August of 2016, OMPT conducted a health and sanitation project with International Medical Corps (IMC) in the Woyaita Zone of Ethiopia. OMPT trained 15 staff members from IMC and local community organizations to create and disseminate video using cordless video projectors. Program Manager Claire Pelley and Research Assistant Kristin Henderson facilitated the workshop with the help of two Local Video Trainers — Beka and Michael. The Local Video Trainers were able to conduct the workshop in the national language, Amharic. The videos created highlighted the importance of using latrines and safe hand washing techniques. OMPT also delivered 8 camera kits, 10 projector kits and 10 recharging kits. The participants were excited to use the equipment and have a sustainable plan in place for their continued video production. OMPT will be working with IMC over the next year to track their progress and success.

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Catholic Relief Services – Guatemala

Many children living in poverty suffer from malnutrition and high mortality rates, and Guatemala is no exception. Guatemala’s high infant and maternal mortality rates are a result of inequities in access to healthcare. Moreover, Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in Central America, with half of all preschool children malnourished. Chronic malnutrition and poor healthcare increase infant mortality rates as well as impact school performance and overall development. In January of 2016, OMPT partnered with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on a maternal child health project. The workshop took place in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and trained 21 CRS staff members. OMPT also delivered 2 camera kits, 10 projector kits and 10 recharging kits. Catholic Relief Services staff members will utilize OMPT’s training and equipment to talk with communities about proper breastfeeding techniques, sanitation, diversifying diet and emphasizing the importance of prenatal and infant health care.Read more

Concern Universal – Guinea

The Ebola outbreak of 2014 continued well into 2015, when OMPT, in partnership with the CDC and State Department, brought it’s training and technology to combat the disease. The West African nation of Guinea, was declared Ebola free and has remained so largely due to prevention efforts and increased emphasis on sanitation and hygiene. By the end of that year they had confirmed over 2500 Ebola casualties. In January of 2016, OMPT returned to Guinea to partner with Concern Universal to facilitate a workshop in Forécariah, Guinea. Program Manager Claire Pelley administered the training with the help of Local Video Trainers. There were 27 participants who received training and equipment, including camera and projector kits. Concern Universal’s staff learned basic video-making techniques culminating in the production of their own videos. The video content stressed the necessity of remaining vigilant against Ebola, modeled handwashing and sanitation techniques, and addressed the stigmatization of Ebola victims.

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U.S. Embassy – Liberia

By November 2015, Liberia had over 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola. Due to the unprecedented number of victims, aid organizations and volunteers were overwhelmed and unable to provide the necessary care and education to all communities. OMPT helped to ensure that the communities were able to sustain the fight against Ebola by providing the technology and training to organizations with the goal of mobilizing local community members and fostering the development of new hygienic behaviors in at risk populations. OMPT and the U.S. Embassy partnered in December of 2015 to address the needs of Ebola victims in Liberia. Executive Director Matt York and Program Manager, Claire Pelley, worked with four Local Video Trainers to administer a workshop for 37 individuals from 31 organizations. OMPT also delivered camera and projector equipment. The participants were trained in video production so that they will be able to further spread the message to sensitize and engage communities in the fight against Ebola. Stop Stigma - Liberia Ebola Vaccination in Liberia, Myths and RealitiesRead more

Room to Read – Cambodia

In March 2015, OMPT partnered with Room to Read to facilitate a workshop aimed at training literacy development skills to local teachers. The workshop took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia and included  staff from 9 different countries. Executive Director Matt York and Videomakers Without Borders member Matt Winne, and one Local Video Trainer administered the training. OMPT provided 20 camera kits, 10 projector kits, 10 recharging kits and 10 additional projector batteries to the training participants. Using their newfound skills, Room to Read staff will disseminate the videos in their home countries to empower teachers and strengthen literacy development.Read more

CDC & U.S. Embassy – Guinea

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was one of the most important events in recent memory. Ebola Fighters were even named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. The virus quickly swept through Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone devastating families and killing thousands, including many of the medical staff in these countries. Through medical care, prevention, and education it has slowly been brought under control. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) heard about OMPT’s training and technology and wanted to offer it to their partners in West Africa for use in community outreach and education. Sponsored by the CDC Foundation and hosted by the U.S. Embassy, OMPT facilitated a workshop in Conakry, Guinea in January of 2015. The training was led by Executive Director Matt York, accompanied by a bilingual member of Videomakers Without Borders, Gerard Ungerman. There were 37 participants from 20 organizations including UNICEF, Save the Children, and the U.S. Peace Corps. OMPT brought 300lbs of equipment with them, including 100 projector kits and 100 recharge kits. The participants created videos to educate people about the virus and destigmatize those affected. OMPT Fights Ebola in Guinea Ebola Prevention Guinea Ebola Prevention Guinea Ebola Prevention Guinea Ebola Prevention GuineaRead more

Mercy Corps & WINGS – Guatemala

OMPT delivered training and equipment to two organizations working in Alta Verapaz Guatemala. Ten staff members from each organization attended. Staff from Mercy Corps working on the USAID funded PROCOMIDA project came as well as staff from WINGS who work with indigenous Mayan communities to promote family planning. They received training on video production, as well as dissemination using cordless video projectors, over four days. Objective: Train Mercy Corps Guatemala and WINGS staff to shoot, edit and disseminate video on cordless video projectors over four days. Analysis of Outcomes: Based on the quality of the video content created by the participants as well as the before and after surveys, initial analysis of the workshop shows that it exceeded expectations. Many participants arrived at the workshop with little experience or confidence in their ability to produce video content. All left expressing significant improvement and confidence in their ability to executive video projects, as well as enthusiasm for applying the intervention to their work. Each organization produced a planning calendar to execute more videos over the next 3-6 months. Mercy Corps’ PROCOMIDA project has only eight more months before closing so they will pilot the use of video and cordless projectors at this time for potential expansion into new programs. WINGS plans to use the videos extensively in their outreach with families and communities. They will pilot the intervention with a goal to demonstrate efficacy and scale up. Sustainability will be bolstered by OMPT and its Local Video Trainers’ follow-up support. Both Local Video Trainers will be available to serve as volunteers or consultants when needed by the organizations. OMPT will also follow up monthly to track any needs of the organizations as they integrate video into their interventions. OMPT also took an interview of Mercy Corps Deputy Country Director Jay Jackson discussing the conditions they face in Guatemala and how OMPT’s technology will be of benefit.Read more
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Save the Children – Ethiopia

Overview Of The Project In Ethiopia, OMPT trained staff from both Save the Children and World Vision working on Literacy Boost, a program helping to increase reading opportunities for children by involving parents and communities in student learning. During the workshop, staff learned the basics of video production and dissemination using cordless projectors. They learned to produce content and give professional development training to teachers in rural areas. We hired three local video enthusiasts to help facilitate small group breakout sessions and translate information. Video Made by Literacy Boost Participants Children Laughing with Matt in Ambo Thank You To Our Local Video Trainers "I enjoyed watching the Save the Children and World Vision passionately take control of their own learning. As soon as they learned the basics they were unstoppable, all testing out their own, new techniques. It was wonderful to hear them talk about the ways it would support and benefit their work training teachers in early grade reading."  - Claire Pelley, Program Coordinator OMPT Photos from the trip Project Partners Click to learn about how to partner with us, contact Claire. Help support our mission to bring video education to the developing world: click to Donate.Read more

Global Communities – Rwanda

Rwanda is a country of few natural resources, and the economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture by local farmers using simple tools. In 2013, OMPT collaborated with Global Communities in Rwanda, Africa. NGO staff received valuable portable video training and equipment to enable local communities to document their cultural activities. Click to learn about how to partner with us, contact Claire. Help support our mission to bring video education to the developing world: click to Donate.Read more

Save the Children – Mozambique

After successfully working together in Nepal, Save the Children invited OMPT to collaborate again in Mozambique, Africa in their Literacy Boost Project, an initiative that helps create more reading opportunities for children by involving parents and communities in student learning. Our three-day workshop covered basic video production and editing as well as training on content dissemination using cordless projectors. As part of the experiential learning component, participants visited a rural school in Gaza province, supported by Save the Children, to practice creating their own videos. That content was used during the experiential editing process as the participants learned how to integrate video into their work on the Literacy Boost Project. The results for these first-time filmmakers were impressive and their videos were screened at the end of the training in a mini festival. This project was a great example of OMPT's belief that anyone can create video. Literacy Boost Project Ryan's experience as a Videomaker without Borders in Mozambique: I was reminded first hand how precious and rewarding it is to watch others discover technology for the first time.   As you place a physical device in a hand, or a new idea in a mind, you can see an internal spark ignite their passion and creativity. It can take off like wild fire. Our job is to encourage, protect and coax this spark into a flame which will burn much longer than our presence and visit with them.   I look forward to future opportunities to watch this spark, and it's result, take hold and create a lasting impact on our participants, their country and the world." Dilson's experience as a Local Video Trainer in Mozambique: During the workshop, there were many moments of excitement and joy as well as moments of tension from the participants for having to learn about video and filming in a short span of time.   I loved seeing the final product, which is the immense satisfaction on the participants’ faces for taking such important baby steps towards learning how to make a difference through video.   I could go on and on about the excellent work I witnessed with OMPT. I [...]Read more

CEASPA – Panama

Raising Awareness for Ngobe Rights CEASPA’s goal was to inform the villagers of their rights to preserve their way of life and to have a negotiating voice with the corporate representatives. OMPT supplied CEASPA with a dozen projector kits and video production kits that have successfully improved the efficiency of spreading awareness of the issues they address. CEASPA reached out to OMPT and asked us to come to Tole, Panama in early January of 2012 to conduct a three-day workshop on the fundamentals of a pico projector and video production. CEASPA’s objective for using videos was to teach civic engagement to a group of people living in a mountainous rural area of northern Panama. These indigenous Panamanians were being faced with several large corporate interests bringing mining operations and tourism to the region. Videos made with locals after an OMPT workshop Click to learn about how to partner with us, contact Claire. Help support our mission to bring video education to the developing world: Donate.Read more

Save the Children – Nepal

OMPT collaborated with Sunrise Education Foundation (SEF) in the fall of 2012 for a training and overview of our program. SEF embraced OMPT’s intervention by being a representative or “outlet” for OMPT in Nepal. OMPT was able to make presentations to several NGOs here, promoting the use of cordless projectors as a way to provide information to hard-to-reach populations. OMPT visits a local primary school Matt York speaking with a local Women's group PICO projector demonstrations Click to learn about how to partner with us, contact Claire. Help support our mission to bring video education to the developing world: click to Donate.Read more

Digital Green – India

Improving Lives of Farmer Communities in India OMPT collaborated with Digital Green in Hyderabad, India to provide a basic video production workshop for their new staff. The purpose of this project was to empower the organization’s staff to be able to distribute their video knowledge to remote areas effectively. OMPT was delighted for the chance to work with Digital Green because not only are their goals aligned with OMPT’s overall purpose, but the experience served as a valuable learning resource for OMPT’s Train the Trainer program development. Click to learn about how to partner with us, contact Claire. Help support our mission to bring video education to the developing world: click to Donate.Read more

Open University – Bangladesh

Bringing Video Education To Dhaka OMPT traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh to help Bangladesh Open University (BOU) with their audio techniques. At that time, BOU was using iPods but were concerned about cost of these expensive items. Executive Director Matt York did an assessment with the local Bengali's, and worked to find a cheaper alternative to using iPods. He was able to source items locally that would not only lower cost and increase performance, volume and clarity with the speakers being used, but also helped BOU to utilize their community’s resources more efficiently by buying locally. Click to learn about how to partner with us, contact Claire. Help support our mission to bring video education to the developing world: click to Donate.Read more

Digital Study Hall – India

In Lucknow, India OMPT partnered with Digital Study Hall to help develop their video production skills. At that time, Digital Study Hall was using DVD players and TVs to help teachers in rural areas conduct their lessons. This solution required access to electricity, since their electronics had to be plugged in for use. OMPT was able to introduce a better solution by providing training and instruction on how to use video cameras and pico projectors in place of DVD players and TVs. OMPT also introduced the use of solar panels to re-charge these items, enabling these educational tools to be utilized in places with no access to electricity. This training marked the first time that pico projectors were used ever in international development. This innovation allowed organizations involved in international development to advance one step further in using technology to improve lives in rural areas. Video Solutions for Primary School Children To learn about how to partner with us, contact Claire. Help support our mission to bring video education to the developing world: click to Donate.Read more
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AIR – Haiti

Audio Solutions in Haiti OMPT met with representatives from AIR in Haiti to provide audio support and training. Working with AIR was beneficial to OMPT’s research and development and provided insight into what a successful collaboration involves, and also provided valuable experience in developing our Train the Trainer Program. Working with AIR on Audio Solutions in Haiti Click to learn about how to partner with us, contact Claire. Help support our mission to bring video education to the developing world: click to Donate.Read more

EDC – South Sudan

Audio Training in South Sudan This project marked the beginning of OMPT's journey to bring technological solutions to under-served communities in the poorest parts of the world. Here in Juba, OMPT worked with Education Development Center (EDC) as a resource for their audio training. At this time, South Sudan was using interactive radio instruction to provide lessons and instruction in the classroom. There were several problems with this approach, which OMPT Executive Director Matt York elaborates on: Using radio in the classroom, the teacher has no control over starting or stopping the audio lesson; the teacher could never pause the audio lessons. Also, while Sudan had a robust radio program, it couldn't reach people in the Nuba Mountains. With some populations, we found that their traditions and daily routines prevented them from listening to radio at certain times, and so they would miss valuable information.   Our solution was to introduce portable media players as an alternative to using radio. The content for lessons could be distributed on flash media USB sticks or SD cards; this was a new concept at the time. Portable media players were only able to be used for audio because LED light engines and pico-projectors had not yet been developed. Portable media players had two big advantages: they allowed the teachers to choose the time of day to present the lessons, and the teacher was able to control the schedule of the audio lessons. Portable media players also allowed for the use of audio lessons in remote places where radio signals could not reach, in the mountainous areas of Sudan for example." This was the first deployment of a portable media player ever in conjunction with interactive radio instruction, and was a huge step forward in making valuable information more accessible to hard-to-reach populations. Click to learn about how to partner with us, contact Claire. Help support our mission to bring video education to the developing world: click to Donate.Read more

Digital Green – India

OMPT traveled to Delhi, India to put on a two-day workshop for Digital Green during which Digital Green’s staff improved their video production skills and were able to produce more effective videos. Empowering Rural Farmers With the assistance of partnerships, the non-profit, non-government organization Digital Green utilizes video to distribute agricultural information to farmers in developing countries.Their goal is to alleviate social, economic and environmental sustainability issues. Digital Green has been doing basic video production for several years, but they partnered with OMPT to learn about more advanced video skills. Instead of the usual kits, OMPT provided reflectors and samples to improve Digital Green’s video production techniques. Digital Green also purchased about 1,500 projectors, which has allowed them to collaborate with NGOs in a variety of rural areas to spread the teachings of effective farming practices through video.Read more
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