Project target on GlobalGiving increased
From when we first applied to be on Global Giving back in 2011, we have seen the number of girls, needing our protection and shelter, increase from 70 to 104. Due to the tremendous support we have received here on GlobalGiving our initial target amount of $16,000 is nearly achieved and we are able to raise it now to $20,000. Many thanks to all of you for supporting us so far and making this success possible.
Positioning and strategy for the continuation of our work
In the previous months, members of the Tareto Maa team in different countries (Kenya, UK, Austria and Germany) worked together to discuss different options for Tareto Maa’s work in future: how to develop the project, how to extend our activities as a community project and efficiently connect them. How to make Tareto Maa more independent from donations and external support, and how to explain to potential partners what is unique in the way Tareto Maa is fighting against FGM. Plans for the future of Tareo Maa as a community based project include a center for professional training and higher education, increased sustainability through farming and food production and a medical clinic. This would increase the benefits to the wider community. As these ideas develop we will keep our supporters informed.
Raising funds for school fees and farming
On April 14th one Austrian supporter named Philippe participated at the Vienna Marathon and combined his run with a fundraising project for Tareto Maa. The initial aim was to raise 300 Euros, the fees for one child’s schooling. At the end, more 1,600 Euros have been raised, enough to send five children to school! Thanks to Philippe and to all the people who supported his charity run!
Sponsorships for the girls are always welcome, and the sponsorships we have are vital for the success of Tareto Maa. A special sponsorship that we have at Tareto Maa, is a group of students from Keimei Gakuen Junior High School in Japan who jointly sponsor one of the girls in the Tareto Maa Center. In February, these students started a fundraising project at their school and asked their classmates to support Tareto Maa.
Furthermore, early in the New Year, instead of Christmas presents for its clients, a Berlin communication agency donated a new kitchen for the children in the Tareto Maa Center, and a vocal piano sextet from Germany sold CDs for Tareto Maa after a concert.
One new fundraising project has already begun. Further land has been purchased for farming and the funds for fencing and seeds are now being raised (see: http://www.betterplace.org/en/projects/1707). The girls in the Tareto Maa Center have already seen the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables and increased protein thanks to milk cows and egg-laying hens. Preparation of the land is now underway for planting the crops.
New Annual Report released and personal blog post on FGM
In April we have published our Annual Report for 2012, including financial information about the work of Tareto Maa. Here it is: www.tareto-maa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Tareto-Maa_Annual-Report-2012_020413.pdf
Furthermore, Helen from our team UK has published a blog post acknowledging International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM (6th February). It is a personal blog post but linking it to Tareto Maa’s work: onevoice1freedom.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/international-zero-tolerance-day-of-fgm-6th-february-2013/
In December and January, eight of the girls in the Tareto Maa Center passed their National Exams to complete primary school and can now go on to secondary school. We wish them every success as they have worked really hard. Furthermore, the first girl in the Tareto Maa Center completed her secondary school education. Congratulations to all of these students!
In addition, a new class of pupils started at our primary school and the newly built classroom opened. Now the Naitawang Riverside Academy offers education for standard 1-4.
We want to thank everyone for making all these achievements possible. Keep donating please, so we can develop and expand this work. Without you we could not achieve this.
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