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Jan 31, 2012

Project Update Jan 2012

Gender and Family Training at Kamisenga project
Gender and Family Training at Kamisenga project

All four of the project sites established project committees, including marketing and finance, natural resources, social, animal health and works. Farmers worked in teams during the construction of livestock structures, which was facilitated by the project’s works committee. Project members who did not have the physical capacity to build their own animal structures were helped by the working teams, with guidance on specifications from the works committee.

Four environmental health technicians drawn from the four project communities were oriented in the water and sanitation approaches to be employed in the project by Village Water Zambia. The project also established livestock insurance funds in each of the four communities.

Project Story: Hygiene Intervention Wins Praise 

Nchiinga, a man from the Kutaizya Women’s Club in Kalulushi District, said: 

"Surely, I could not believe my eyes what I saw today at our toilet. I worked in the police force in the Northern Rhodesia Government for more than 40 years, and toilets in the camp were regularly inspected by the senior police officers at our homes. Failure to observe or maintain hygiene would attract severe punishment. Here, where we stay in the villages now, nobody cares where they dump dirt. For the first time, my wife put a bucket of water and soap for washing hands after using the toilet; I am impressed. Thank you for the trainings on hygiene. Though I am unable to attend lessons, this hygiene training is a breakthrough in good health. Talk about it more."

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Jan 31, 2012

Project Update Jan 2012

Mandira Bote of Sarlahi, Nepal
Mandira Bote of Sarlahi, Nepal

Families have earned substantial income through livestock farming, approximately Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 100,000 ($350 to $1,200). The participants have begun vegetable farming for additional earnings as well as for their own family’s consumption of fresh groceries. They have become concerned about animal well-being, which has led to the use of appropriate shelters and animal supplies that have improved the productivity of their animals.

The SHGs have initiated a monthly cleaning campaign. Eighty-five more families have built toilets in their home. Awareness of health issues has helped to control the outbreak of communicable diseases and healthy sanitary practices have been adopted by project families. Increase in fodder/forage plantation has protected the environment and added lushness to the community.

Families have realized the value of education, leading to a higher number of student enrollment at schools. There is a positive change in attitude of participants regarding educating their daughters. Most of the participants can now write their name and read simple words essential in their everyday life through VBLP program. Women have developed leadership skills that have enabled them to obtain memberships in various committees.

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Nov 15, 2011

Zambia Project Update - Nov 2011

Jane Mwaba is very happy receiving her goats
Jane Mwaba is very happy receiving her goats

The Project was officially launched on 23rd March, 2011 and was graced by the Copperbelt Permanent Secretary.  The baseline survey was conducted to establish the benchmarks for the range of indicators that will measure progress towards the attainment of the project objectives.  42 (40 heifers and 2 bulls) draft cattle were placed with 20 families of Kaunga Women Draft Cattle Project, and 140 meat goats were placed with Go Women Go.  A variety of vegetable seeds (cabbage, rape, Chinese, onion and choumollier) were distributed to 60 families drawn across the 4 communities.  3 communities received HPI values based training, project management and water and sanitation structures.  43 monitoring visits were made in the 4 communities.  60 livestock structures have been constructed in 3 communities, 2 of these have received livestock and 1 will receive livestock during the next reporting period. 

 

Project Story: Victory for Go Women Go

Families from the Kaunga Draft community were exposed to Go Women Go during anexchange visit aimed at promoting group cohesion and the spirit of working together.  Families of Kamisenga Dairy went on a study tour to Twashuka Dairy to see how to manage a small-to-medium-scale dairy enterprise.  Mrs. Rhoda Mwape of Go Women Go said: “We were the least recognized community in Mpongwe area, and people were discouraging us from continuing with project activities, basing everything on a past of unfulfilled promises from various donor organizations.  Now that we have received goats from Heifer, all their negative comments are no more.  The same people were asking us if they can join the club.  We have told them to come so we can work together.”

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