East Africa Grant Partners
SaCoDe – Bujumbura, Burundi
In 2015, Pangea became a partner with SaCoDe, funding a new project that would This is Pangea’s 4th year of partnership with SaCoDe. In 2015, Pangea funded a new project for SaCoDe that would give women employment and impact the issue of girls dropping out of school with the onset of their menstrual cycle. Pangea funded the purchase of sewing machines and the hiring of local women to sew reusable sanitary pads for women and girls. The pads were distributed to girls while they were taught about reproductive health and how to manage menstrual hygiene. In the 2017 grant, , with the addition of more machines and employment of more women, 2000 school girls received kits with five washable/reusable menstrual pads, two pairs of panties and soap along with extensive health education. While SaCoDe is located in the capital, Bujumbura, the staff is reaching young girls throughout rural Burundi. Over the last 3 years of this project, an extensive communication network has been created among young people using social media to disseminate information crucial to reproductive health.
This 4th year of partnership addresses another major and interconnected problem in Burundi: the degradation of agricultural soil, poor farming techniques, food insecurity and poor nutrition. This pilot project will provide for the training of four (4) women farmers and one (1) SaCoDe staff member in appropriate farming and environmental techniques using permaculture methods. An exciting part of this project will be the mentoring from the staff at BIOGI. BIOGI, entering it’s 6th year of Pangea partnership, has instituted highly successful permaculture practices among a growing population of farmers in Western Kenya. (See the following to appreciate the broad impact of BIOGI’s work.) 2018 Grant Award: $10,000
BIOGI – Western Kenya
BIOGI, Bio-intensive Innovations, is a community-based organization in Vihiga county of Western Kenya, close to Lake Victoria. In the last 5 years of Pangea’s partnership with BIOGI, the group has expanded its community of farmers to seven farms dedicated to all aspects of permaculture in the restoration of depleted land: recycling of all animal/plant products, companion planting, mixed forests for wood and fruit, beehives for pollination and honey, reforestation and creation of fish ponds. One community is making and selling of fuel-efficient stoves; one person is making and selling hoods for kitchens to draw out the smoke that creates a health hazard.
New farmers come to the office’s demonstration farm to learn and then join the existing communities that meet regularly to share information and skills. To aid expansion, selected farmers are trained to teach others. As another out-growth, the women do table-banking in support of their own needs and those of their farming peers.
The photo above shows evidence of success: the husband now works with his wife on their farm, no longer having to work in town to supplement the meager income from poor agricultural returns. Their newly fertile land has made them self-sustaining: feeding the family, nurturing healthy and productive animals, and providing additional income through the sale of wood and vegetables. Note: In the background on the left you can see BIOGI’s first installation of a composting toilet. The composted material is in their tree forest.
In this 6th partnership year, Pangea continues its support of the ongoing expansion of the BIOGI program with a General Operating grant. Grant Award: $8,000 See BIOGI website
DANDELION AFRICA – Central Kenya (near Nakuru)
Pangea began its partnership with this dynamic organization in 2014, providing support to help expand Dandelion’s community work with a multi-faceted program to address the cultural and logistical impediments to girls education. In this central region near Nakuru, girls typically undergo FGM in the 7th grade and drop out of school to be married.
The program, called”Girls for Leaders,” began with a class of 7th graders of 25 girls that were formed into a cohesive “club” for peer support. Their parents attended a day’s workshop to identify the factors that interfere with continuing education. They committed to speaking to other parents about the issues. Women dedicated to ending FGM – former “cutters” – became mentors; the girls were taught about reproductive health and the life-long dangers of FGM; they came to the Dandelion center for tutoring in study groups and access to the internet and reading materials; they were taught about public-speaking and leadership skills. These were girls who previously never spoke up in a classroom. Twenty-four of the 25 Girls for Leaders successfully completed the year.
In the second year of Pangea’s support, Dandelion brought another group of 7th grade girls into the program. The original group increased their leadership training and learned more about public speaking and art performance in order to work with girls from 3 other school affected by FGM. Each 8th grade girl had a mentor from a girls high school. They not only successfully completed the 8th grade, but passed the national exams and are now performing successfully in regional high school. 15 young men leaders, following a 1-day workshop, became advocates for girls’ education. Their t-shirts read “Boys for Change, Girls have Rights.” This is significant because boys can talk to their male relatives about the realities of women and reproductive health. The 2015 Pangea site visitors witnessed these boys performing skits about the dangers of FGM in front of a crowd of over 400 people. This was during a celebration to mark the village’s declaration of itself as an “FGM-Free Zone.”
In the 3rd year, Dandelion formed Girls for Leaders clubs in the curricula of 5 schools (7th and 8th grade). There were workshops and monthly meetings for club members teaching about FGM, sexuality, and setting educational objectives and expectations; training was planned for teachers and parents. Girls For Leaders graduates now provide mentoring for younger girls during the long school breaks. Community awareness campaigns were held . Finally, there were plans for the creation of sustainable economic solutions to reduce girls being forced into early marriage because of poverty.
In it’s 4th year, Dandelion continued its exponential expansion and deepening of its programs. In this 5th year of partnership, Pangea continues to support Dandelion’s remarkable and crucial work with a General Operating grant. 2018 Grant Award: $8,000 See Dandelion website
Ufamesi Women’s Group, UWG – , Kisiwa Community, Kenya
Pangea is pleased to introduce a new grantee for 2018. UWG serves extremely poor, vulnerable rural women and young people in Kisiwa Community. UWG’s mission: to fight sexual violence, speak out against injustices and promote economic stability and better living conditions through practical, innovative and need-centered community projects.
This first project funded by Pangea will support 18 women in the production and distribution of reusable, washable sanitary pads to the neediest rural women and girls; they will also provide education in reproductive health and menstrual hygiene management in schools and local villages. These women will earn a modest income while providing a crucial service to women and girls. 2018 Grant award: $5,000
TADEC (Tanzania Deaf Child) – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
TADEC, Tanzania Deaf Child) was established in 2007 by a group of mothers with deaf family members. The deaf in Tanzania experience great discrimination at all levels, often not even allowed on public transportation. (In 2016, TADEC finally acquired a vehicle for the safe transport of deaf children to the two schools in the city that have deaf programs)
With this 7th year of Pangea’s funding, TADEC will continue its public advocacy for deaf and hard-of-hearing women and youth to ensure education and employment; comprehensive health instruction (the photo to the left shows a group of deaf women at a workshop on reproductive health), psycho-social support for parents and children, vocational training and small, revolving loans to start businesses with a goal of reducing prostitution. 2018 Grant Award: $5,500
Child Empowerment Program, CEP – Southeastern Uganda
This is a new grantee and Pangea’s first in Uganda. CEP was founded in 2005 to create a community in which all vulnerable children are provided education. To that end, a school has been built that accommodates 150 children. It’s next great need is to expand the school to include vocational training for youth. Pangea’s funding will provide equipment for a new, dedicated classroom, starting salaries and capacity-building for the vocational trainers, and recruitment of the first 10 vocational students. 2018 grant: $4,600