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2015 Christmas Letter from ‘Pemba Support’ [CHY 19162]

Ballingaddy West, Ennistymon, Co. Clare. December 2015

Website: www.pembasupport.org; Email: pembacharity@gmail.com; Ph. 065 7071024.

 

Dear friends of ‘Pemba Support’ (PSI),

We would like to wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas. We had a fantastic year, attempting to make an impact on the lives of the poor in Pemba and we look forward to the empowerment of more local communities in 2016.  Thanks for your valuable, ongoing support.

   

Here are just some of our highlights for 2015:

1. The initiation of a second Bothar Cow Project in Vikunguni in partnership with DAP (Department of Animal Production) under the leadership of Hamza.  46 farmers have been trained. 23 sheds have been built. Napier grass has been planted and 20 in-calf heifers arrived in September. When heifer calves are 6 months old they will be passed on to other trained farmers.

2. The Michungwani Fishermen’s project has been extended with the donation of nets, sails, walkie-talkies and life jackets.

3. The production and sale of honey, fruit and vegetables by five communities in Pemba is now supporting over 90 families.

4. This year PSI is involved in building capacity on the island through part funding people to study law, medicine, agriculture, business, training in electrical installation, wildlife conservation and tailoring.

5. Makangale well is operating effectively now. A drip irrigation programme in Makundeni Leper village, funded by St Francis Leprosy Guild, is being prepared. The people have cleared the land and have planted 500 banana trees.

6. Fundo island goat project is progressing as is another milk goat project in Kizimbani.

7. The Kilalloe priests & Apostolic Work, provide much needed Church supplies to the Spiritan priests.            8. Pemba Support has been invited, by Irish Aid, to apply for a major funding to support 45 small farming co-operative enterprises in Pemba over the next 3 years. This could start in March 2016.

9. Asha and Mariam (two deaf and dumb girls) have finished a two year vocational programme in tailoring at Yombo, and have been supplied with sewing machines etc. to set up their own business.

 

Meanwhile the following ongoing projects are being supported:

1. Gifts of food and T-shirts are being supplied to the people with leprosy in Makundeni village.

2. Recycled glasses are been delivered to people with low vision in Pemba.

3. Two groups of volunteers have monitored your funded projects, which are progressing as planned.

4. Pemba Support Tanzania (PSO), the local sister group to PSI is working well.

5. PSI/INTO are upskilling two teachers who are studying for an education degree in Chake Open University and are providing fees and uniforms for 20 primary/secondary students in Makangale.

 

In Ireland: This year we registered with the new Charity Regulatory Body, adopted a Code of Conduct and became a member of Comhlamh to protect our volunteers, and to comply with the new Charities Act. Fundraising is a way of publicizing our work and encouraging new donors. The main fundraisers in 2015 were: the Lahinch Golf Classic, the PSI Easter walk, blood pressure monitoring at Supervalu, Flag Days, Church Gate collections and signing Revenue Tax Back forms. We encourage more generous people to donate through monthly direct debits and we are constantly looking out for new PSI members.  Many thanks to all the volunteers, all donors, friends and helpers in Pemba, donors of prizes for fundraisers, Clare FM, The Clare People, The Clare Champion, Clare Focus, The North Clare Local, parish offices and PSI  committee members.

 

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something and do it very well. (Oscar Romero).

 

We are proud to state that ‘Pemba Support’ is a totally voluntary organisation.                                                We gratefully acknowledge all donations big and small from supporters, friends and family. Thanks to volunteers, fundraisers and sponsors in 2015 and we look forward to your continued support for the poor of Pemba Island, Tanzania in 2016.

Yours sincerely: ‘Pemba Support’ Committee.