It has been a wanderful turning point to this project. Though the support has been very slim, we have moved a great step ahead. In the last few months, we had some volunteers Hanna, Pipa and Ceri all from Original volunteers in Uk who came and were assigned to work with these women groups from the level in wichi they were. It was a great cfhallenge for these three young girls to penetrate the rural villages and got to know much about the importance of this project, and they way forward. The little that has been raised was far in adequate to even help up to five groups. The first pilot groups were choosen through their commitment, and trained as trainers for other groups. A workshop was held at the NGO's Head office.
A model Business plan for the whole project was established and we are working on it at the moment todevelope more strategies of fund raising both internally and externally. Firstly these groupds have been trained to start team work where individuals will contribute a little token to the their group fund so that we can encourage local fundraising within themselves while looking for external funds.
Hannah and Pipa were very excited and also came up with and HIVAIDS attached to the project. This is to ensure that every women group invvolved in the project received continues HIVF Aids education and also become a peer educator in their various homes and communities.
The ladies were also supported by Mr. Luke and amar Karia who also enjoyed field trips with them to actually see the women in their various locallities.
Hanna is from the University of susex and her report has enable her to be given an opportunity by the university to have an official internship in the project from January 2013 to June.
Who ever is supporting or has supported this project should have a higher hope with the iinterest Hannah has shown and with a good modela business plan for the project.
Thanks to those who have supported this project and now that HIV Aids have been attached to it, I call on those who woud like to sop the HIVAIDS stigma should support thise project whole heartedly.
I would also like to end this report by reporting that among these groups some groups are groups of women living with HIV AIDS and they are very happy with the attachment of this to the Palm oil project as they can do very well in open testimonies when Hannah comes back in January.
May God bless you all.
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