Projects

RURAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION


Location: North Bank Division, Gambia

The organization was established in August 2012 and currently benefitting 1000 women and still expanding. The organization presently operates in 3 villages in the North Bank Region of the Gambia. All the villages are supported with women gardens, pipe borne water in the communities – powered by solar. All in all the gardens of the 3 villages make an area of 9 ha, 1 ha in Dutabullu, 2 ha in Chamen, 6 ha in Jumansar. In Dutabullu, which is a Fulani community (livestock owners-mainly cows); the women have been trained on cheese making. In Chamen the women have been trained on Chutney production, bee-keeping and animal husbandry.

GACIARI FARMERS ASSOCIATION

LOCATION: Tharaka County, Kenya
BACKGROUND:
These are smallholder farmers registered as community- based organization in the marginalized area of Tharaka County.
OBJECTIVES:
To create jobs, and wealth to eradicate poverty. Community welfare and food security.
BENEFICIARIES:
The founder members are 10 men and 27 women. Over the years, the membership has increased in leaps and bounds. This initiative has benefitted over 2500 marginalized farmers within the communities and still expanding.
ACTIVITIES:
The farmers grow bananas on their plots for subsistence. They operate an open market for the willing buyer. At times they consign loads to a distant market as a cooperative.
SOCIAL OBLIGATION:
Open farmers market is now accessible to the neighborhood.
FUTURE PROJECT:
Tissue culture bananas have been recommended by the government ministry for these farmers. They are more valuable and last long on transit for export. They are expensive to establish and the seedling are expensive. They take long to produce and require expertise. This is the project at hand and members are looking for support from any donor or partner.

NGOIRE FARMERS ASSOCIATION

LOCATION: Embu County, Kenya
BACKGROUND:
The organization is based within the marginal areas of the Embu County. The smallholder farmers grow vegetables for the market and food security. They are registered as a community-based organization.
OBJECTIVES:
To create jobs and wealth while they feed families and eradicate poverty.
BENEFICIARIES:
The founder members were 10 men and 15 women. Today, over 60 families have joined the initiative with more than 500 beneficiaries along the market chain.
ACTIVITIES:
Farmers work on their individual plots only to join at the point of harvest and marketing. They cooperate on savings and credit when they mobilize finances for a common course in their farming activities.
ACHIEVEMENTS:
They have opened a communal store to stock farm inputs and seeds. They have identified market for the farm produce. SOCIAL OBLIGATION:
Nonmembers are allowed to buy goods from the communal store. They are also allowed to sell their vegetables at the established market.
FUTURE PROJECTS:
The demand for the vegetables is very high but the supply is so low. They propose to expand the production unit by allowing nonmembers to join in the production at which point, the store will be better stocked with seeds, fertilizers and equipment commensurate with the demand. They wish to build offices and buy computers for efficient banking.

BARANGA COMMUNITY PROJECT

LOCATION: Meru County, Kenya
BACKGROUND:
This is a farmers group registered as a community based organization for the welfare of the community. They are based in the marginal areas of Tigania in Meru County.
OBJECTIVES:
To create jobs, wealth and eradicate poverty in the community. To have food security and proper nutrition and maternal health. HIV and AIDS health care and early childhood.
BENEFICIARIES:
The founder members were 62 women but today they are wide spread and in several groups to take service to the people. Over 4000 people are benefitting from this initiative especially the health care.
ACTIVITIES:
Work on individual farms and communal store. Home care health visits. Skills training in business. Savings and credit activities.
ACHIEMENTS:
Maternal health program. HIV and AIDS program. Family planning program. Help age program. Children day care center.
SOCIAL OBLIGATION:
Health services are available to all. SACCOS available to all. Communal store available to all. Child care is available to all.
FUTURE PROJECTS:
Trained health worker are in short supply. Early childhood trainers are needed. Funds are required to supplement the SACCOS credit facility. Drugs and nutrition are the basis of home based health care which require substantial funding.

OLEMUTONYI COMMUNITY PROJECT

LOCATION: Nairobi County, Nairobi
BACKGROUND:
These are smallholder farmers who are registered to eradicate poverty within the community. They are based in the marginalized area of Nairobi County.
OBJECTIVES:
To create jobs and wealth in order to eradicate poverty. To have food security and proper nutrition for the children and the aged.
BENEFICIARIES:
The founder members are 52 women and 22 men. Over time, the group has grown to more than 300 members with beneficiaries in excess of 2000 people.
ACTIVITIES:
Some members grow vegetables and keep livestock. Others make handcrafts for the tourists and become tour guides with cultural entertainments. Several of them have small businesses to make ends meet. Home based health care has become a necessity because of the HIV and AIDS menace.
ACHIEVEMENTS:
Home based health care services. Food security and job creation. Access to the tourist market. Handcraft market linkage.
SOCIAL OBLIGATION:
Ability to mobilize and involve the community in health care. Involvement in the tourist industry and having something for every member.
FUTURE PROJECT:
Establish curio for the handcrafts. Establish a cultural center for the artists and tourists. Improve on the home care health services for the sick and the aged.

MTAKUJA COOPERATIVE SOCIETY

LOCATION: Zanzibar, Tanzania
BACKGROUND:
The cooperative is registered as a group of smallholder vegetable farmers in the western District of Unguja in Zanzibar.
OBJECTIVES:
To create jobs, wealth and eradicate poverty. Community welfare and food security.
BENEFICIARIES:
The founder members were 13 men and 7 women which number has increased threefold. The beneficiaries are in excess of 400 people.
ACTIVITIES:
Members grow crops on their plots. Other casuals dig bore holes and irrigate farms. There is cooperative marketing of the produce. Savings and credit is a major activity.
ACHIEVEMENTS:
They have an open market and community store for food stuff. They have a successful SACCOS for the community.
SOCIAL OBLIGATION:
Open market is for the neighborhood. The SACCOS is open to all. The communal Store is accessible to non-members as well.
FUTURE PROJECTS:
The demand for vegetables is higher than the supply therefore there is need for extensive farming. There are idle people and idle land. There is need for funding to dig more bore holes and buy water pumps for irrigation. They need transport to ferry the perishable vegetables to the market. The children require classroom and teacher since the nearest school is 4 kilometers away.

CHUINI SACCOS GROUP

LOCATION: Zanzibar, Tanzania
BACKGROUND:
This is a registered savings and credit cooperative society (SACCOS) based in urban district of unguja in Zanzibar. It incorporates smallholder farmers together with small business people.
OBJECTIVES:
Members came together to mobilize savings and give credit to fund their businesses. They create jobs by keeping livestock and grow vegetables for wealth, food security and eradication of poverty.
BENEFICIARIES:
The founder members were 43 women and 22 men who by now are more than100 with beneficiaries in excess of 800. More people are taking up membership and learning Business Development Skills.
ACTIVITIES:
Savings and credit applies to all members. Groups of farmers keep chicken, ducks, goats and cattle. Others grow vegetables for the tourist hotels and local consumers. Many members have small businesses as a sign of diversification including fish mongering.
ACHIEVEMENTS:
They partner with upcoming SACCOS for training. They have diversified activities and improved the living standards of the poor.
SOCIAL OBLIGATION:
N: The organization has a banking hall and communal store for the public to buy farm inputs and animal feeds. The Hall is used for public skills training and other gatherings.
FUTURE PROJECTS:
More funds are required to lend to new members. The community store has to be expanded to cater for the extended membership. The farmers store should be expanded to stock seeds, feeds, farm inputs, implements and building materials.

CHECHELE SECURELIVELIHOODS COMMUNITY PROJECT

LOCATION: Zanzibar, Tanzania
BACKGROUND:
The community is composed of smallholder farmers in four villages namely Boani, Mkorofi, Mbiji and Kata all of who do subsistence farming of cassava and vegetables. They belong to North B District of Unguja in Zanzibar. They lack infrastructure, water supply, schools and other social amenities.
OBJECTIVES:
They have come together to have a common voice on public amenities. They need roads, schools, market place, community center and safe drinking water supply. They also want to create jobs, eradicate poverty and have food security.
BENEFICIATIES:
Over 110 members have come together in form of farmer’s organization to address the food security aspect and poor living standards. Any public initiative here would benefit more than 2500 inhabitants of this community.
ACTIVITIES:
Members grow crops on their plots. They have mobilized their financial resources to form a savings and credit facility for the welfare of the members.
ACHIEVEMENTS:
They have encouraged one another to grow enough to feed the family. They have organized the production of vegetables for the market. They are also encouraged to keep livestock for a living.
SOCIAL OBLIGATION:
Members have put up a meeting shed for their gatherings and collection of the farm produce for the market. They propose to start a nursery school within the premises.
FUTURE PROJECTS:
They are ready to start a nursery school to cater for the children. The school is 5 kilometers away and only advisable for primary school children. They will require classroom and class teacher to realize the dream for the community. They require a demonstration farm to learn new farming technology and business development skills.

MUNDULI COMMUNITY PROJECT

LOCATION: Zanzibar, Tanzania
BACKGROUND:
The community comprises of smallholder farmers, handcraft and entrepreneurs all of whom have been registered as a cooperative society within the central District of Unguja, Zanzibar.
OBJECTIVES:
To reduce poverty and create wealth. To create jobs by accessing the tourist market. To achieve food security within the community.
BENEFICIARIES:
The founder members are 74 women and 12 men. Membership has increased to110 catering and benefitting a community of 1000 residents.
ACTIVITIES:
Members work and produce from their plots. Craftsmen work on their handcrafts. Businessmen work in their premises. The communal store provides food stuff and household wares for the community. For the general public, the market is the meeting place.
ACHIEVEMENTS:
They have communal store and market place. They have a savings and credit cooperative.
SOCIAL OBLIGATION:
The communal shop is open to the neighborhood. The open market is for anybody selling or buying goods. The SACCOS is open to all members of the community.
FUTURE PROJECTS:
Members want to build their SACCOS offices and buy computers. They will expand and stock the community store to include farm inputs. Handcrafts require market outlets and skills for quality workmanship and premium prices.

SINKINBA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

LOCATION: Kombo North, Gambia
PROVISION OF PORTABLE DRINKING WATER:
Sinkiriba Development Association (SDA) is a registered community located in Kunkujang Keitaya Daru Salam, Kombo North, under the administrative area of Brikama Area Council (BAC), West Coast Region. According to 2003 population and housing census, there are 6,000 thousand inhabitants in the community. The majority of the people are engaged in farming as their major livelihood activity. Access to save drinking water has being a major problem in the community of Kunkujang Keitaya Daru Salam, which is due to the lack of portable water source. The village since establishment due to the low income earning capacity of the dwellers and the lack of support from government, NGOs, philanthropies and other donor agencies has never benefited from portable drinking water (pipe-borne) project.
JUSTIFICATION:
Water is an indispensable component of life. There are one hand pumps which is serving a resent population of more than ……. inhabitants. Women are forms the majority of the able body population and they are the vulnerable when it comes to water collection as they spend most of their time collecting water for domestic and household uses. This as a result limits their level of participation in development activities. In view of the limitation hand pump, it could be seen that there is the availability of water but not portable. The lack of portable drinking water in the community has leads to acute intestine implications to the mercies more especially women and children. The availability of portable water supply (pipe-borne water) will enhance women’s effective participation in development activities; solve the problem of health (stomach implications) for women, children and the community at large. This will pay huge dividend to the attainment of government development blue-prints (PAGE) and the world at large (MDGs).
GOAL:
To improve the living standard of the people in the community of Kunkujang Keitaya Daru Salam and solve the problems caused by lack of portable water supply through the construction of pipe borne water supply (borehole) in the community.
OBJECTIVES:
1. To provide safe drinking water in order to reduce the rate of diseases caused by importable water.
2. To reduce the labor and the work load on women in the collection of water for household uses.
3. To construct and install ten (10) stand-taps in the community.
ACTIVITIES:
1. Conduct a general meeting to discuss on the implementation modalities of the project.
2. Procurement of project materials.
3. Identification of project site (i.e. site identification).
4. Invitation of contraction.
5. Evaluate each stage during implementation.
6. Establish a water committee to manage and sustain the water supply.
7. Organize monthly water committee meetings to monitor the operations of the borehole.
8. Install 10 stand taps in the community.

NUNGWI COMMUNITY TOURISM AWARENESS PROGRAM

LOCATION: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Nungwi Community Tourism Awareness Program will consist of Environmental awareness clean-up campaign, community tourism training awareness, handcraft consultancy for two groups of 100 women and business development skills training.
Objectives:
• Create market linkage between the community and hotels. The women’s group will be able to sell their handcrafts, mats, baskets,    local lamps etc. to boutique hotels at a higher profit margin.
• Create employment for the villagers, at hotels or tourism related establishments.
• Train the community to engage in tourism related income generated activities.
Project Benefits:
• The community will self-reliant and able to feed their families, send the kids to school and pay for health care
• There will be more investment opportunities and increased buying power.
• Healthy and sustainable community.

ZANZIBAR STONE TOWN HERITAGE SOCIETY

LOCATION: Zanzibar, Tanzania
The Zanzibar Stone Town Heritage Society (ZSTHS) is a small but active local NGO working for the preservation of Stone Town. The organization was formed by a group of concerned and well intentioned residents in June 2002. Since, the NGO has grown from having a handful of members to close to two hundred by the end of 2007. The mission of the organization is to promote the conservation of Stone Town’s heritage and the environmental and cultural welfare of its inhabitants through education, advocacy and capacity building. The ZSTHS is currently working on a project with our partners to train tour guides in Zanzibar. Tour guides are currently required to go through training and purchase a license, but the current situation is easy to avoid and many guides simply pay for the license. This leads to the current unsatisfactory situation whereas some local tour guides lack valid and reliable information about the land marks of Zanzibar, including the House of Wonders and the Old Slave Market site at the Anglican Church, two deeply valuable assets to Stone Town’s proud and fascinating heritage. The lack of quality information about these sites shows a missed opportunity in celebrating Stone Town’s heritage and in providing quality tourism services to visitors.

Our organization believes that when we shall be enabled to provide training, this will improve information available to tourists and strengthen the knowledge, skills and pride of tour guides and tourism workers. With increased knowledge and education, the ZSTHS also believes that public will build to encourage all residents to take better care of Stone Town and to demand building owners both local and foreign to properly maintain and protect Stone Town’s heritage. In this program, topics covered in the lectures would include: Brief history, brief architectural history, most important buildings and their architectural features, UNESCO status and what that means, threats to heritage, sites in danger, what should be done. Later on, more specific lectures could be offered such as specific periods in history and in-depth architectural features such as masonry or woodcarving, and study tour as well. Potential lecturers include local experts on history, heritage and architecture as it relates to the interests of tourists.

SOS FAMILY STRENGTHENING PROGRAM (SAVE THE CHILDREN)

LOCATION: Zanzibar, Tanzania
The SOS Children's Village Zanzibar is located within 7 kilometers of the harbor town of Zanzibar. Besides the 11 family houses, there is the village director's house, an aunt's house (SOS aunts care for SOS children in the absence of SOS mothers) and an administration and service area. The SOS Kindergarten went into operation in 1995, and comprises four group rooms, a playground and several additional rooms. The SOS Kindergarten applies the "Jolly Phonics" method in its teaching. It has capacity for approximately 150 children from the SOS Children's Village and its neighboring community. Due to the great demand for kindergarten places and the high quality of the child care being offered there, the kindergarten works in two shifts. The children being cared for are between the ages of 4 ½ and 6 ½. When youths are about 15 years of age, they move out of the SOS Children's Village and into one of the two SOS Youth Facilities. The older boys in the SOS Children's Village live in temporarily rented houses until a suitable plot of land is made available for the construction of the new youth facility. Moving into the SOS Youth Facility involves having a great deal of responsibility for themselves, as they are being looked after by only one care giver, and this is an important step towards their independence. The SOS mothers, the village director and a psychologist prepare them carefully for this step. It is presumed that youths will live at the youth house for about four years, though those attending university can stay longer.
Ensuring the survival and development of the children:
School money, seeds or a warm meal a day - often, very little is needed to take a first step towards easing misery and immediately ensuring that children survive and have a healthy development. Receiving the essentials, medical care or access to education are deciding factors for children when it comes to their prospects for the future. This is why SOS Children's Villages is helping disadvantaged families to provide for the basic needs of their children and establish equal rights in the field of education. Families receive, for example, regular visits and are given advice. Food parcels are provided, and school and medical fees are sometimes paid.
Supporting parents and giving them guidance:
Poverty and difficult living conditions mean that many parents cannot care for their children in an appropriate manner. They do not manage to earn enough to live on, or do not have the strength or the means to protect their children's health. This vicious circle can however be broken in many cases if the appropriate support is given. SOS Children's Villages is available for these parents; it gives them strength and supports them in claiming their rights from official authorities. Many parents have the opportunity as part of SOS Children's Villages' family strengthening programs to make a new start through training or micro-credits. They can receive advice and exchange their newly-found strength with others, becoming stronger both for their children and for themselves. Creating social networks for children SOS Children's Villages supports families and communities so that they are able to provide for their children themselves in the future. This is why SOS Children's Villages' family strengthening programs very much rely on work with the communities and volunteer work. In this way, local decision-makers are involved and objective needs analyses are carried out when the decision is made as to which families need what help. Only in this way can social networks develop, which local people can carry on and support on a long-term basis without assistance from SOS Children's Villages.
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