We wish you a very Happy Christmas and joy in the New Year. We are extremely grateful for the wonderful support we have got from you during our six years of work for the poor in Pemba. Our Charity is doing well in spite of the recession and we are still making an impact on the lives of the poorest people in the world. As Christmas approaches, we can look back with delight on some of this work and look forward to the empowerment and capacity building of local communities, in 2014.
Bothar Project in Makangale:Bothar gave €20,000 to PSI to bring cows to Makangale. With much fear and trepidation, the PSI Oct volunteers in Pemba set about this big task. We got Heifer International on board and after 3 days of intensive participatory meetings, an Action Plan, Criteria for the beneficiaries, a Budget, a Time Frame and a Managers Committee were decided on. A week’s training for the 16 recipients of Jersey cows and a bull and the 16 others, who are in line for the passed on ‘gift’ of a calf, has just been completed. Construction of sheds will now begin and in February, the cows will arrive from Arusha on the mainland. The beneficiaries and the project guiding team of Hamza, Ali Salum, Rashid and Fr Festo will be helped by the local MADA Committee. After one year, the project will be taken over by the Government. We wish them well.
Digging wells for fresh water in Pemba:A chance meeting with Engineer, Mr Maganga, made us aware of the presence of an Indian drilling company on the island of Pemba. We learned that once they had provided urban water, they would leave the island with all their machinery. The Bothar cows in Makangale would need extra water, the locals in the isolated village of Makaani have been constantly crying out for water and the Bishop cannot develop his historical piece of land in Dungoni without water. We brought our plea to Irish Aid in the Irish Embassy in Dar es Salaam. An application form was submitted for micro project aid to the Embassy and we await developments.
Bringing electricity to Makundeni, the village with leprosy:
PSI has been working with these unfortunate but happy people since 2007. In 2013 all houses got concrete floors and community water taps. At a village meeting, the people identified electricity as their next basic need. With the help of Electric Aid we hope to sponsor this project. Residents with leprosy received hygiene packs in Feb. and Oct. During our Oct. visit we were all shocked at the sudden death of Sahelle who epitomised for us the struggles that must be endured by people who contract leprosy.
Outboard Engine to Maree’s distressed Community: PSI had established a relationship with Maree, who lives in a remote village, as 3 of his eleven children are severely disabled. Now a co-operative of 10 fishermen has been established and with the outboard motor, funded by Pemba Support, the villagers will work together to provide better food for their families and by selling fish they will be able to afford to send their children to school
Women’s craft working groups in Mwambe: Working through Maua, the Head of Social Services in Pemba, PSI is sponsoring two groups of unemployed women who are struggling to make a little cash by making local baskets and mats. With the money donated they will buy four sewing machines and materials and they will receive six days of training to up-skill themselves.
Tailoring school at Wete Anglican Centre: Following the success of last year’s chicken project among this community we are now supporting a tailoring school by installing electricity in their new building and sponsoring the salary of a teacher for one year.
‘Pemba Support’: We are proud to state that ‘Pemba Support’ is a totally voluntary organisation.