The project activities are going on. In the villages of Boukombe and Manta it has been started the cultivation of hot pepper, soy and corn together with livestock breeding thanks to our microcredit. In the same villages training meetings were organized to help women to better manage their first harvest and the new credit tranche (expected by April 2016). This will be the best time for the cultivations because of the rain season that makes the ground more fertile. The same training meeting was organized in the villages of Toucountouna and Natingoufor 175 women. A few problems were highlighted during the preparation of the activities because of the national and municipal elections, ended in March 2016. During this period some members of the groups were distracted by political issues and this destabilized the normal work of the groups. Since the results of the first year of activity were good, new people asked to join the program, so new groups were created even though they were not calculated at the beginning. This caused some problems in the cash flow. This is the reason why some expected loans have been deferred and also why we would love to extend the project to 2017, if we could get new funds.
As far as the activities in the schools are concerned, we can say that we realized two vegetable gardens in two Italians schools and five in Benin.
In Italy, furthermore, children assisted to the planting of trees in their school gardens. It has helped them to understand the importance of plants in our ecosystem and the importance of taking care of them. Class room meetings about food and environment in Benin are still going. A workshop for Italian and Beninese teachers is planned in Benin by the end of June: this will offer the possibility for them to exchange about their experience and good practice.
Food Education in Benin
Planting in Italy
Realization of gardens in Benin
Women at work in Benin
Mar 8, 2016
Project Report March_2016
By Laura Lombardo - Project assistant
I am very pleased to confirm that the work of the Tiyende Pamodzi’s group to support young children and women affected by disabilities has continued relentlessly. As the project goes ahead, the number of people in need of assistance keeps on increasing. As a result, we are now providing physiotherapy courses to thirty-two volunteers, to improve their knowledge and skills and consequently the quality of the service offered to patients.
There is an average of twenty-five people participating in each session, where we also offer a meal that is prepared by the volunteers with the help of the parents of the children engaged in the sessions. Children who suffer from severe malnutrition do also receive dietary supplement as vitamins, minerals and fiber. Similarly, we do also offer –to the most in need- weekly transport to the Mangochi Hospital.
Throughout 2015, we have been able to buy five CP chairs, four wheel chairs, five standing frame, four Zimmer frame as well as minor medical equipment as prosthesis. Mattresses and pillows were also needed to support patients during treatments. We are working very well with the local communities, who are dedicating time and energy to facilitate the work of the people directly involved in the project implementation.
Despite all the good news, we dearly wish to provide more trainings and medical equipment that could guarantee a normal life to the people suffering from physical disabilities.
The overall sustainability of the project relies on the transfer of as much knowledge and skills as we possibly can and on providing them with the equipments needed to extend the support that they can receive at home and in their everyday lives, outside then sessions.
As always, a warm-hearted thank you for your generous support.
Feb 19, 2016
Other 10 ecological ovens built!
By Francesca Moratti - Project Leader
Traditional oven to be replaced
From November till today we have built other 10 ovens, thanks to your precious help: we’ve got 1500 $!
Every time we build a new one in a house, all the family tries to help our local workers while working. In this way they can also better understand how to do the maintenance afterwards. When the oven in finished it’s always a special day: the family cooks the engera bread for everybody and offers it to the workers and to their neighbors. In this way a solidarity network is growing in the villages.
From the 16th of February till the 7th of March this project is participating to the Renewable Energy Match Funding Campaign on Global Giving, so we hope that many of you will choose us to help these poor Eritrean families to have a new ecological oven at home! Together we can make the difference!