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Mar 11, 2015

First visit of the physiatrist in the village

Visit and rehabilitaton in the village
Visit and rehabilitaton in the village

Since the beginning of the project Marina (our project manager in Malawi) has been
going to the hospital in Mangochi with the children who needs support.

The physiatrist of the Mangochi Hospital recently visited the village near Namwera the village where the majority of our children come from. He visited them in a hut built by a volunteer of Tyende Pamodzi group. This malawian volunteer (one of the few non-HIV positive), wanted to build this hut just to make it available to all those people who cannot go to a doctor or hospital.

Marina proposed to the doctor to go to the village once a month for visits; not in the hut, but in the lobby of the headquarters of the group. On the first day he went there he visited 50 children!
There are seven children who have started the rehabilitation, but there would be more.
Not everyone can be subjected to physiotherapy, but many require aids.

Marina is considering the possibility of involving the mothers of children in the post-rehabilitation, to prevent the interruption of therapy after leaving the Feed the Children centre. The collaboration of the mothers is essential to a successful rehabilitation.

In Namwera the physiotherapy service doesn’t exist any more and this fact forces people to go to the Mangochi Hospital, which is now overcrowded.

Visit and rehabilitaton in the village
Visit and rehabilitaton in the village
Visit and rehabilitaton in the village
Visit and rehabilitaton in the village
Visit and rehabilitaton in the village
Visit and rehabilitaton in the village
Feb 27, 2015

The realization of 30 Eritrean mogogo goes on

The project "Ecological ovens" stems from the need to improve the effectiveness of the traditional oven, the Eritrean mogogo, making it sustainable and safe for the health of people and animals. The energy performance of the traditional mogogo is less then 10% (it's estimated that it consumes 50% of the Eritrean wood) and there is no fumes collection system, causing respiratory and eyes diseases. The oven is essential in the Eritrean houses as there is cooked the engera, the daily food in Eritrea.

Actually, we have collected 1.240$. Thanks to your support, from December to today we have built 8 Eritrean mogogo (150$ each), but our goal is to build 30 ecological ovens.
We trust in your support to build the other 22 mogogo and to improve the quality of life of Eritrean villages.

Feb 18, 2015

The construction of the farm

Children having lunch
Children having lunch

Our project manager just came back from Benin and visited our project in Agnangnan. As we have already said, the project aims to start an innovating and sustainable farm activity that can improve the living conditions inside the hospitality center and gradually lead to the management and financial autonomy of the center itself. The direct beneficiaries are 130 children as follows:

  • 40 children of the centre guests in long-term care;
  • 40 children reintegrated in family (as well as brothers and sisters);
  • 20 children in rotation with short hospital admissions;
  • 30 children with day care.

The implementation phases so far realized are:

1) Start of the cultivation of agricultural products (peanuts and soybeans, vegetables).

2) Construction of a well, an aerial holding tank and one of the two hen-house.

3) Hen purchase and start of the breeding.

So the objectives so far achieved are:

1) increasing of food production;

2) little improvement of the nutritional intake of the children both guests of the center and integrated in family and followed by the center;

3) decrease of the costs of the center for the purchase of food outside.

By the end of may we expect that all the constructions will be finished: the wall for the separation of the activities, 6 water points, spaces to house animals (second hen-house, rabbit hutch, shelter goats), compost bin and warehouse for storage of feed and other products. Only after that, we will be able to start both organizing a business for the sale of products and setting up of short training courses for agribusiness and managerial accounting.

We want to say thank you to all our sponsors and supporters, as well as to all people in charge of the realization of the farm in Benin. The way is still long, but we can make it!

Children in front of a cake
Children in front of a cake
New hen-house
New hen-house
New hen-house 1
New hen-house 1
Well and aerial holding tank
Well and aerial holding tank
the new well
the new well

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