New possibilities arising from Nov Volunteers trip to Pemba November 2015
1. Kinyu Goats (150 goats), This application has been to the Irish Embassy in Dar on behalf of the isolated community of Kiuyu Mbuyuni and the Dept. of Animal production. It will be a huge boost to the people in this semi-arid area whose only income at the moment is got from cutting blocks from coral, seaweed farming and subsistence level fishing. We hope for a favourable outcome.
2. Irish Aid application Civil Society Fund: PSI has applied to Irish Aid for major funding to address the shortage of seed capital among farmers on the island. Many groups have been excellently trained by IFAD under the scheme of Field Farm Schools but they cannot proceed without funds. The hope is that 15 small community based agricultural enterprises will be established each year over the coming three years managed by local experts who are employed by the Zanzibar government.
3. Raya’s house project: Raya is a destitute woman living in a hovel in Vikunguni with her seven dependent children. During the visit of the volunteers a meeting was held at her house with the local community leaders and representatives from the departments of education, social welfare, agriculture and livestock. The community committed to work voluntarily on the construction while funding will come from PSI and the Dept. of Education. This is a wonderful example of how miracles can happen when people work together.
4. Bothar supported projects: The volunteers visited both projects, met with the community leaders and the farmers and took photographs of the animals. Makangale project of 16 cows began in 2014 and is starting to find its feet. There have been minor problems but overall the people are very happy, milk is beginning to flow and 2 heifer calves have been passed on to other families. They have got a big boost with the digging of a deep well in the area, sponsored by the Irish Embassy in Dar and PSI. Now there is an adequate supply of water for the animals and local people and the nearby school receive free water as well. Vikunguni project of 20 animals started this year. The people have been trained, the sheds have been built and the animals have arrived. We hope that 2016 will see many healthy calves born and that the herd will thrive under the watchful eye of Hamza.
5. Makundeni Leper village project: The volunteers are always welcome in Makundeni as they arrive laden down with gifts of rice, cooking oil, sweets and T-shirts. The people expressed their delight with the electricity installed by PSI in 2015. The deep well dug there in 2015 has failed due to the proximity of rubber trees and caves in the area (part funded by the Irish Embassy in Dar). 2016 will see a new well being dug to a depth of 100metres to overcome these difficulties. Funding for a drip irrigation scheme has been kindly donated by St. Francis Leprosy Guild, London and this can proceed as soon as the well is operational. The people are already preparing the land and have sown 500 banana plants. This will ensure a sustainable income for these vulnerable people and their families.
6. Vitongoji Vocational Training Centre: Six third year electrical installation students were supported by PSI and the INTO, at the centre in the past year. The volunteers attended their graduation ceremony and gave a gift of a toolbox to each student so that they can now go to work. The plan for 2016 is perhaps to fund some computers and overhead projectors for the centre that will enhance the learning for all students.
7. Support of vulnerable people: PSI takes every opportunity to assist vulnerable people who cannot be assisted by the state. Asha and Mariam, two deaf and dumb girls who have been supported for many years graduated from their tailoring course in November 2015. PSI supplied them with sewing machines and overlocking machines so that they can now set up their own business. People with low vision continue to be supported with recycled glasses and funds to help people attend for eye tests through the dedicated work of Siti and Rashid in Chake and Wete hospitals. The six children in a family in Kinyasini who are unable to walk, got funds from the volunteers to enable them to travel to Chake for physiotherapy. Ibrahim, who has cerebral palsy was supplied with pampers for the next six months. The vols. also visited Michungwani to visit the three disabled children of Maree and to further support their fishing project with walkie-talkies.
8. Vital networking work: The most important work that volunteers do while they are in Pemba is networking with local organizations to understand the local needs and culture, to ensure the success of ongoing projects, to see the possibilities for future projects and to prevent double funding. This visit they had two meetings with PSO, our sister organization to assess and plan projects. They also met government officials in departments of health, agriculture, education and social services. In Dar es Salaam they had important meetings with the Irish Embassy, Heifer International, IFAD, Camara and GLRA. All this communication and networking helps to collect expertise, ensure transparency, keep in line with the national Plan and Millennium Goals and raise valuable credibility and funds to support the poorest of the poor on the isolated island of Pemba.