HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD seeks to help vulnerable children around the world, encouraging enthusiastic and well-prepared volunteers to offer practical help, skill-sharing, support and friendship.
Dec 13, 2016

December 2016 Update

Some Cattle and a Banana Plant
Some Cattle and a Banana Plant

The bees have been busy – producing about 15 litres of honey in recent weeks. This is the start of a new income stream at the centre. Together with the piggery, the self sustainability of the project is looking positive.

 

The young people attending the centre have a wide variety of opportunities to get involved in the agricultural activities of the project. These include livestock – cattle, chickens and other wildfowl, pigs and bees; and crops – beans, tomatos, rape, okra, onions, carrots etc. Fruit trees are also being cultivated – bananas, mangoes and citrus fruit. Instruction in these areas help the students develop useful life skills to add to the more formal training they receive.

 

The last year has been particularly difficult because of poor rains with the resulting bad harvest – anything that can be grown on site is a significant bonus.

 

Your support is always appreciated,

 

Thank You.

Some Beehives among the grass
Some Beehives among the grass
Dec 13, 2016

December 2016 Update

As we approach the end of 2016 the Hands Around the World (HATW) project in Mnukwa district in the Eastern Province in Zambia has seen a consolidation at the 'skills centre'. Centre manager Wilson has a regular group of teenagers attending both the carpentry and the sewing classes. They have made furniture for the local market and have also successfully completed an order for another charity group working in the area. The sewing area is now producing school uniforms as well as allowing villagers to make clothing for themselves.

The project has been supported by 'ZOE' (a UK charity also working in the area) and their staff and this help has made a very big and positive difference to the development and future of the skills centre. 2017 will see more work being done to upgrade the centre and it's still planned to add 2 more houses next door which will act as accommodation for the young people who live in other villages.

HATW has also worked with 'Tools for Self Reliance' (a UK charity which refurbishes and recycles tools of various sorts) to get knitting machines, more sewing machines and repair kits to the centre. There will be classes to teach the villagers how to use the new equipment. 

Wilson in the Workshop
Wilson in the Workshop
Dec 2, 2016

November 2016 Update

I have just returned from the New Life Centre School in West Bengal, where I spent the last month. I went with 4 other women to give them the experience of a school in a developing country which is making a difference to the lives of children. We catalogued books for the Library, which is an essential part of having a Secondary school there, and took English lessons with the young children of 3 – 5 years old.

The school now has over 500 children on its roll, and their beautiful smiling faces each morning reminded me of how lucky I am to be a part of this wonderful establishment. This was my fifth visit in eight years. I go as much as anything to give moral support to the director of the school, Alindra Naskar, who despite providing a good education for this underprivileged area meets constant obstacles to his altruistic desire.

I wrote in September about the school mid-morning break which is known as the tiffin break. Imagine my horror when I returned to see that a shop has opened opposite the school gates, selling all kinds of packet rubbish, full of E numbers. (The small building on the right) The children used to bring home-made tiffin, or buy some provided by several mothers in the school, but now as one might expect they have been lured by the new shop to buy unhealthy snacks!

One evening as we sat chatting with Alindra, a father of one of the boys in the school came to the door. Apparently his son had been allowed to buy his tiffin on credit from this shop and he owed about 160 rupees (£2) - not a lot to us maybe, but the cost of a packet of crisps from here would be about 5 rupees! The shop keeper had allowed the boy to extend his credit and then asked for the whole amount. In a panic the boy had tried to steal the money from his father’s pockets which is when this all came to light.

Unfortunately the shopkeeper’s behaviour is very revealing. Within Alindra’s school, education covers not only academic subjects but respect for others and good living.

The proximity of the shop shows how difficult it is for these children outside!

Enemy at the gates
Enemy at the gates
 
   

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