Archive: Africa Grants 2005-2014

KENYA

BIOGI: Partner since 2013
CIFORD:  partner since 2012
Dandelion Africa: partner since 2014
Common Ground Project:  2005 – 2013
East Africa Centre:  2006
Groups of Women in Water & Agriculture/GWAKO:  2007,2010
Ikonzo Musandra Self-Help:  2005
Movement of Men Against AIDS in Kenya:  2007
Omeko Women’s Group:  2007 – 2014
Precious Tears Initiative:  2008/9
Rabour Village Project: 2005, 2006, 2007
St. Margarita Development Centre:  2005, 2006, 2007
St. Raels:  2010, 2011
TEARS:  2009 – 2013
WAKO Ministries:  2007, 2009

TANZANIA

ARK Foundation of Africa:  2006, 2007
AJISO: Partner in 2014
Bagamayo Educational & Development Foundation:  2008/9, 2010
Longido Community Integrated Program (LOOCIP):  2008/9, 2010
TADEC:  partner since 2012
Teens Against AIDS:  2005, 2006, 2007
United in Diversity Foundation: 2008, 2009
Women’s Education and Economic Center (WEECE): 2008/9, 2010, 2011, 2012

Africa Grants by Year

2014

BIOGI, KenyaIn this second grant cycle, Pangea continued to support the training of farmers in sustainable and renewable energies, organic farming, food forest and tree nurseries. Farmers were trained in basket cooking, the use of food warmers and briquette making. They produced energy saving stoves for installation to 3 new groups of 45 farmers, each household installing three stoves. New groups were trained on the installation of tree and fruit nurseries with two new tree nurseries. Three tubular bio-gas units were constructed to increase awareness and training in bio-gas use. A small shelter was created for use by a caretaker and visiting volunteers.

CIFORD, Kenya:  In this 3rd grant cycle, Pangea continued to support CIFORD’s work in re-forestation, training in sustainable agriculture and purchase of fuel-efficient stoves. Pangea also continued to support CIFORD in its mission to end Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, with the funding for two alternative rite workshops to the traditional FGM rituals. These week-long events for a total of 120 girls, first funded by Pangea in 2013,  provide comprehensive information about reproductive health, the dangers of FGM, the importance of education as well as a full day of instruction in tribal traditions by elders, women who previously conducted the FGM rituals.

DANDELION, Kenya: As a first year grantee, Dandelion addressed the cultural impediments to girls’ education with a multi-faceted project that mentored 24 girls and worked closely with their parents and community leaders. In their Girls for Leaders club at the Dandelion Center, the girls formed study groups, received tutoring and access to the internet and reading materials. They were taught all aspects of reproductive health including the dangers of FGM. They participated in an exchange program to extend the project to 10 girls in a school in Nakuru. The girls’ parents were actively engaged, committing to sharing the tenets of the program with other parents in the community. The program culminated in a day-long Awareness Campaign event with girls and women performing skits and plays about the issues impeding girls’ success in school.

OMEKO WOMEN’S COOPERATIVEKenya: Omeko is a community based organization formed in Kenya in 1996 to empower rural communities, especially women, to foster development toward self-reliance and poverty reduction and to encourage community involvement to solve local problems. A Pangea partner since 2007, Omeko’s work focuses on establishing adequate food for all community members, on education and well-­being for all its members. Their 2014  grant supported their daycare program with much needed food and learning supplies.

AJISO Mt. Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania: This one-year year grant supported a 6-mo. program for the dissemination by trained para-legals of information to enhance girls’ access to education and protection in two wards of Mengew division in Rombo District, Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania. AJISO conducted training workshops with local government, police, teachers and social welfare officers on the rights of girls’ to education and protection under International and Tanzanian law. This included addressing the challenges specific to girls within their communities that heighten dropout rates.

TADEC (Tanzania Deaf Child) Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: In this 3rd grant cycle, Pangea continues to support the social needs of deaf families and children, ensuring that all school age children within the selected families are prepared to begin school while improving the well being of the family. In addition, Pangea funded  three HIV/AIDS workshops, holding separate workshops for men, women and youth. The participants were charged with reaching more people through peer education.

2013

BIOGI, Kenya: BIOGI is a community-based organization in Vihiga county of Western Kenya. It focuses on strengthening the work and success of small farmers while conserving biodiversity.  BIOGI trained farmer in biological cycles, renewable energies, traditional crops and sustainable organic gardening. In this first grant year with BIOGI, Pangea funded a project that addresses the environmental degradation in the Epanga Valley in North Bunyore: planting indigenous trees, establish food forest, and training 75 farmers in clean and renewable energy to reduce further de-forestation. Further, farmers learned how to plan meals from organic home gardens.

CIFORD, Kenya CIFORD was founded in 2002 to build resources needed for the comprehensive empowerment of the poor of rural areas in Northeastern Kenya, CIFORD addresses environmental degradation of forests through plantings and use of energy efficient stoves; teaches sustainable agriculture methods to women with notable increases in crop variety and yields; promotes education among girls while addressing all aspects of sexual health, including discouragement of FGM through offering alternative rites of passage to womanhood. In it’s first grant cycle of 2012 Pangea supported CIFORD’s work in re-forestation, training in sustainable agriculture and purchase of fuel-efficient stoves. In 2013, Pangea continued the work of 2012 but added funding for two week-long, rite of passage workshops as an alternative to the rite of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). 120 girls participated in the two workshops.

COMMON GROUND, KenyaCommon Ground for Africa (CGA) is a non-profit community-based organization serving rural villages in and around Kiminini, Kenya.  Under the direction of Joshua Machinga, Common Ground seeks to alleviate poverty in the region by providing high quality education for school students, training in organic farming, and entrepreneurial assistance for women’s groups.  Pangea has supported Common Ground with annual grants since 2006.  In the past 6 years, we have witnessed the success of Pathfinder Academy, CGA’s primary school for orphans and vulnerable children, as it has grown from less than 300 children to close to 500, and achieved the number 1 rating from the school district. Pangea grants have allowed the installation of a deep water well, fuel-efficient stoves, and purchase of education materials for Pathfinder Academy.  We have also supported the development of WASONI Women’s Agriculture Cooperative since 2010, which has made an enormous difference in the health, and economic sustainability of close to 300 families. In 2013 Pangea continued its support of WASONI with the construction of a storage facility that serviced a wide  area and more families.

OMEKO WOMEN’S COOPERATIVE,  Kenya:  Omeko is a community based organization formed in Kenya in 1996 to empower rural communities, especially women, to foster development toward self-reliance and poverty reduction and to encourage community involvement to solve local problems. A Pangea partner since 2007, Omeko’s work focuses on establishing adequate food for all community members, on education and well-­being for all its members. Their 2013  grant supported continued agricultural programs, a workshop to empower female leaders, some classroom renovations and a new water tank for their day care to provide safe drinking water for the children.

TEARS, Kenya:  TEARS Group Kenya  is an NGO based in Nakuru, Kenya. The working premise of TEARS is a belief in empowerment through the arts. TEARS does participatory community outreach and training on life skills and livelihoods skills in the arts.  An original corps of young volunteers contributed greatly to the organizational growth and impact in the community.  In 2013, Pangea supported the hiring of an experienced financial manager to assist in development of enterprise programs, including a Business Resource center, events management, and clothing line. Funds also provided operating support/working capital for the Business Resource Center as a hub for youth entrepreneurship training and business skills.

TADEC, (Tanzania Deaf Child) Tanzania:: works to ensure the success of deaf children born to deaf parents in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It was founded in 2009 by a deaf couple who have several hearing children. TADEC works with families to teach sign language and help navigate the school system. It opened a drop-in center for deaf youth, started a vocational training program in crafts for older youth, and has been calling attention to the needs of this community with public and education officials. In its first grant year, Pangea supported TADEC’s social work with 15 families, underwrote the vocational training program, and provided leadership coaching for the executive director. In 2013, Pangea addressed the comprehensive educational, social, and employability needs of a further 10 deaf families and a total of 15 children. In addition to the activities described above, there were at least four exhibitions of trainee products and a sign-language interpreter for the drop-in center.

2012

CIFORD Kenya: CIFORD, founded in 2002, is based in Meru province and serves northeast Kenya in projects that address issues created by environmental degradation, drought, gender inequality and inadequate agriculatural practices. In this first grant year, Pangea supported the creation of five nurseries for re-forestation projects, purchased 300 fuel efficient stoves to reduce forest degradation, and trained 25 women in a week-long workshop in bio-intensive agriculture.  The re-forestation program is conducted under government direction,  the stoves added to ongoing purchases and the 25 women were expected to train others as part of their participation in the workshop.

Common Ground  KenyaCommon Ground for Africa (CGA) is a non-profit community-based organization serving rural villages in and around Kimini, Kenya.  Under the direction of Joshua Machinga, Common Ground seeks to alleviate poverty in the region by providing high quality education for school students, training in organic farming, and entrepreneurial assistance for women’s groups.  Pangea has supported Common Ground with annual grants since 2006.  In the past 6 years, we have witnessed the success of Pathfinder Academy, CGA’s primary school for orphans and vulnerable children, as it has grown from less than 300 children to close to 500, and achieved the number 1 rating from the school district. Pangea grants have allowed the installation of a deep water well, fuel-efficient stoves, and purchase of education materials for Pathfinder Academy.  We have also supported the development of WASONI Women’s Agriculture Cooperative since 2010, which has made an enormous difference in the health, and economic sustainability of close to 300 families.

Omeko Women’s Cooperative KenyaTheir  $10,000 grant supported construction of a 3rd Posho Mill (for grinding food) with profits to be used to support their community pre-school center and orphan caregivers (serving over 300 children), renovations of their day care facility and offices/ resource center, and a capacity-building workshop on financial and project management.

TEARS  Kenya: TEARS Group Kenya  is an NGO based in Nakura, Kenya. The working premise of TEARS is a belief in empowerment through the arts. TEARS does participatory community outreach and training on life skills and livelihoods skills in the arts.  An original corps of young volunteers contributed greatly to the organizational growth and impact in the community.  The TEARS board  recognized the need for greater technical skills in management and program development. In 2012, Pangea supported a professional training and development position to develop greater organizational capacity building.

WEECE TanzaniaWEECE, responding to requests of Masai leaders and elders who recognize the necessity for change. Working in villages and with a cross-section of the village’s population, WEECE has conducted  human rights training workshops that address female genital mutilation (FGM),  greater equity in marital relations and prioritization of education for both boys and girls.  In response to villagers having identified the need for assistance with economic development of agricultural projects – including the sale of extra produce – Pangea worked with WEECE in 2011 to start Village Cooperative Banks – VICOBA’s – in two villages, Josho and Remit. In this final grant year, 2012 Pangea funded follow-up for prior human rights training  and the establishment of three new VICOBA’s in Josho, Remit and Mikocheni.

TADEC (Tanzania Deaf Child) Tanzania: TADEC works to ensure the success of deaf children and children born to deaf parents in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  It was founded in 2009 by a deaf couple who have several hearing children. TADEC works with families  to teach sign language and help them navigate the school system. It opened a drop-in center for deaf youth,  started a vocational training program in crafts for older youth; and has been calling attention to the needs of this community with public and education officials. In this first grant year, Pangea supported TADEC’s social work with 15 families, underwrote the vocational training program, and provided leadership coaching for the executive director.

2011

Common Ground Program Kenya: continued support of the Wasoni Women’s Cooperative Center started in 2010 through training in business planning, basic accounting and marketing, and advanced organic farming techniques.

Omeko Women’s Cooperative Kenyafunding to build a second grain mill, plant a community garden to grow food for the orphan feeding program, and provide more agricultural training.

St. Rael Women’s Group Kenya: finance expansion of the group’s soapmaking business to include bar soap (in addition to liquid soap), which will generate income for HIV+ women and orphans.

TEARS Kenyato support growth and expansion of two existing businesses – event support and garment making – which will build the organization’s self-sufficiency.

Women’s Education and Economic Center (WEECE)Tanzania: support women living in two Maasai villages by starting village co-operative banks and training in women’s rights.

2010

Common Ground Program  Kenyaorganization of a women’s economic cooperative for 150 women (mostly widows and single mothers) based around organic agriculture. The grant  provided training in bio-intensive farming, food production, and leadership and marketing skills.

Groups of Women in Water and Agriculture Kenyadrilled a borehole to provide clean water for a rural community and to provide training and materials for permaculture methods and use of drip irrigation. Health and food production of 500 families in the community were to be improved by this project.

Omeko Women’s Group Kenya   launched a corn-grinding mill and expanded their poultry business to include broiling chickens.

Tears Kenya: provided staff/ volunteer training on urban farming and nutrition, set up an urban farming demonstration project, promoted healthy nutrition through community theater outreach to 5,500 people, and provided 25 sex workers with entrepreneurial training for an alternative source of livelihood.

Bagamoyo Education and Development Foundation Tanzania:  expanded their milk production business started last year to another group of 10 widows. Our grant bought a cow and 5 goats and provided veterinary care and training. The program created a sustainable livelihood for widows, helping lift them out of extreme poverty and increased access to quality food for them and their children.

Longido Community Integrated Program (LOOCIP) Tanzania: funded the second year of Montessori teacher training for two Maasai (one woman, one warrior) and launched a reproductive health and sex education program aimed at improving school retention rates of 500 secondary school age girls.

Unity in Diversity Tanzania: provided building materials for two vocational training classrooms being built in the Mbeya community. UDF had already secured donation of tools and equipment, arranged for teachers, and lined up work-study opportunities for the first students. Earnings from these work-study arrangements funded much of the operating expense.

2008 / 2009

Common Ground Program Kenyafunded completion of the water system started in 2007. The 100-meter-deep well was to supply water to 360+ students of Pathfinder Academy and 2100 households in the surrounding community. The grant also paid school fees for one orphan who was completing her final year in boarding school.

Omeko Women’s Group Kenya: expanded the egg production business started last year. The women had improved profitability by purchasing used equipment and purchasing feed in bulk.

Precious Tears Initiative Kenya: funded mobile HIV testing units and peer education training.

Bagamoyo Education and Development Foundation Tanzaniaset up a milk production business (cows and goats) for three groups of women in the Bagamoyo district north of Dar es Salaam. The women will be trained in animal husbandry and bookkeeping/marketing, and the milk will be sold in the village and to a milk distribution company.

Longido Community Integrated Program (LOOCIP ) Tanzania:  sent two Maasai – one woman, one warrior – for the first year of a two-year Montessori teacher training course. LOOCIP runs a successful Montessori preschool program, but needs local teachers who will stay in the community.

Unity in Diversity Tanzania funding to improve and expand a preschool in the outskirts of Mbeya town. The school was operating in abandoned chicken coops, with inadequate ventilation and light. The grant built two simple classrooms and pays a small salary to the teacher and her assistant.

Women’s Education and Economic Center (WEECE) Tanzania:  funding to implement an agricultural initiative in an isolated hillside village suffering from food shortages due to erosion and drought. Training has already begun, and the first crop of produce grown with improved farming methods is nearly ready for harvest. The grant also used to repair and update an existing irrigation system.

2007

Common Ground Program  Kenya: began construction of a water system to supply water to the Pathfinder Academy and to its community. Political unrest caused a delay and price increase, so only the water storage system was completed. Our grant also paid boarding school fees for a promising secondary school girl who wants to become a doctor.

 

GWAKO Ministries Kenya drilled a bore hole and provided training on improved agricultural practices for Kambare Village Women’s Group.

Movement of Men Against AIDS Kenya: expanded services in 2 rural districts to provide support groups for HIV+ men, home-based care training, and training intended to influence attitude and behavioral change.

Omeko Women’s Group Kenya: started a poultry breeding program, stocked their pharmacy, and established a small revolving loan fund to provide capital for micro enterprises by the women of the village.

Precious Tears Initiative Kenyaexpanded their day care feeding program, equipped girls’ study centers to help girls stay in school, and enhanced food security with agricultural training.

Rabuor Village Project Kenya: expanded production of sunflower crop funded in 2006.

St. Margarita Development Centre  Kenyagave scholarships for 17 children to attend secondary school until graduation.

Ark Foundation of Africa  Tanzaniaequipped the science laboratory for their newly registered secondary school.

Teens Against AIDS  Tanzania: expanded their HIV/AIDS outreach among the Masai to include an environmental education program and trash management scheme.

2006

Common Ground Program Kenya: offered scholarships to 14 orphans who attend Pathfinder Academy, installed new cook stoves in the school kitchen, equipped a new girls dormitory, and provided training in economic development activities and bio-intensive farming.

East African Center Kenyabuilt a health and education center to provide learning opportunities for adolescents who have dropped out of school. The center is also being used to provide tutoring for students still in school, and HIV/AIDS education programs for the community.

Rabour Village Project Kenya: expanded the sunflower oil production and dairy goat herd established with a 2005 Pangea grant. This project has improved nutrition for the orphans served by the village nursery school, generated income for the 40 women who participated, and provided employment for village youth.

St. Margarita Development Project Kenyapurchased a tractor and two plows to expand the horticulture program started with a 2005 Pangea grant.

Ark Foundation of Africa Tanzania: planned to construct a water delivery system to bring water from the nearest municipal district distribution point to the One Stop Center for Vulnerable Youth (roughly 4 miles away). After months of negotiating with the government, they changed the plan and drilled a well and built a water storage tank instead. The 200 children who attend classes at the school and the 50 or so who live there are benefiting from reliable access to clean water.

Teens Against AIDS Tanzania: continued and expanded the HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program among the Masai in northern Tanzania. As part of this work, they conducted a new workshop on the importance of girls’ education, and helped finish construction of a nursery school and community center on remote Masai land.

2005

Common Ground Program Kenyasupported 14 orphans at an agricultural academy, as part of a program to provide training in organic farming techniques for women and adolescents affected by HIV/AIDS.

Ikonzo Musanda Self-Help Group Kenyaconstructed and equipped a two-room school and a small community library.

Rabour Village Project Kenyabegan cultivating a cash crop of sunflowers and raising hybrid dairy goats, with the sunflower oil and goat milk/meat used to augment food supplies for Rabuor’s orphans, caregivers, and other vulnerable children.

St. Margarita Development Centre Kenya purchased motorized tilling equipment, pumps, seeds, and provided technical training to revive community farming in fields idled by illness and the loss of plow animals to a tsetse fly infestation.

Teens Against AIDS Tanzaniaconducted an AIDS awareness/ prevention project among the Masai youth, training peer educators with skills in counseling, care for people living with HIV/AIDS, communication, advocacy and conflict resolution skills.