The Village Net would like to thank its supporters who have helped meet emergency food and water needs of the most impacted in Mwaani and Suswa through the drought of 2012 and are now helping prepare for what appears after four in a row to be inevitable or highly likely drought season. When the most needy--the most impacted were/are identified--it usually means that a total of four or five benefit--a woman and her family.
While our emergency food and water distribution program is geared to helping those most impacted by the inevitable drought, the intent is to be engaged in proactive strategies that will if possible capitalize positively on the drought with businesses, partnerships, education, that will enable villagers to secure adequate food and water for their own health and well being in addition to keeping the microloan program functioning as it should. If people have the means and health to keep economic activity going during drought TVN borrowers will be able to pay loans back and put food and water on their own families' tables as well.
The water realities are ominous even if drought didn't occur each year. The women and girls spend hours a day going for water which is often not clean or have to buy it which makes it compete with putting food on the table, health and education needs, and paying back loans. Water tanks, systems for catching water, filtering or purifying water to cut down on diseases which increase health of families and effectiveness at their businesses, boreholes/wells if the water is accessible--in Suswa for example, the rock base prevents drilling...all are possible answers. Water is needed for growing the food. What can be done --what must be done is on our plate to explore. The microloan program will suffer without an adequate response. The village needs to thrive economically to keep healthy economic activity going which will enable food and water to be able to be secured by all during drought times.
A partnership enabled us recently to provide two water tanks to Suswa area as part of water catchment and containment system that will serve needs of school-orphange while helping meet village needs for water. The hope is that that can develop into a system that will enable water catching when it does rain, growing small garden plots around school to be able to provide for local children and orphans to help make it through drought with some nourishing food and clean water.
In 2013 TVN will move forward with securing partners to help with water solutions as well as steadily building the loan fund to be able to increase the size and number of loans in its villages.
Your partnership in this is critical. We are committed to empowering women to sustain their family's ability to survive and thrive and thank you for your support and dedication. It does take a global village and YOU to make this happen.
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