Voices of Africa has been very busy this February! We were able to get the one acre farm plot as we had hoped and have been busy learning about and tending to the ducks, fish, tomatoes, and other crops. The two natural springs honestly just spring out of the Earth and provide water through the entire farm. We have 4 boys who have joined us in our work and they have been occupied digging the drainage canals and getting the beds ready to be planted.
Right now the hardest task is the infrastructure development. The pond and the ecosystem are already mature. The previous farmer was not concerned with the “how-tos” of planting and somehow seeds were sown as if by the wind. The soil when turned is a deep black. They call it black cotton soil and it is amazing at holding moisture. If we plan it properly with irrigation trenches we should be able to get three harvests year. That is a whole lot of food to provide nutrition to these children and many more.
Our RocketHub campaign generated $700. We used the funds to buy farming tools for the boys, textbooks, fare for Jumaa to come to visit from Mombasa to bring two laptops. One laptop was for Forever Angels, the orphanage next door, and another was for the boys. We want to thank Sima Marine for their kind donation and hope they will be pleased with the difference their contribution has made. The boys are now learning to do online research about agriculture in Kiswahili. These funds also bought food and paid our local staff for a month.
We are now getting to the learning application phase. A compost pile is going and we are hoping to build a vermaculture project in the near future. We are looking for volunteers with hands-on permaculture experience to join us for a little while and help us to set up the proper systems and to teach these kids permaculture principles. If anyone is interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our educational programs, March 3rd we launched an IndieGogo campaign to enable us to create TabLabs in local Mwanza schools. We are asking for your support to bring tablet devices powered on solar to classrooms without basic educational materials as an interactive learning tool and textbook substitute. Every child should have the opportunity to learn the basic information required for functioning in society. Computer programming is its own language and can be taught with no words in almost any tongue. Other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics apps are freely available and we believe will post the actual achievement of the individual students who use the software.
Our healthcare project with African Woman Alliance is going well as we finalize the Facility Audit application and are beta testing it in facilities. We will have some interesting facts to share later in March about how maternal health projects we are supporting Lake Zone communities are progressing.
March is shaping up to be another great month thus far but we would have to spill the beans all at once. Watch for the next update the first week of April.
Thank you as always for your support.
Voices of Africa
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During the course of my work with African Woman Alliance I have learned tons about the maternal health system in Tanzania. As a techie, I am in a different position than the doctor and midwife I work with. They are fantastic clinicians and I cannot believe what amazing things they can do. It is a shame there is not a way to clone them to send to each and every medical facility in the country.
A shout out to all the Mamas out there! I want to say that I am proud to be one of you. I want to ask you a question. Have you ever had the urge to help a child even though they were not your own simply because they needed it? Do you ever think about how you would be different if you were born somewhere else? Say Africa? If you are reading this online in English, you are a fortunate soul.
Voices of Africa is creating a digital revolution in Tanzania using technology to help street kids, pregnant women, healthcare providers and school children!
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Our RocketHub campaign will be finished tomorrow Feb 28 at midnight. We want to thank everyone who gave in advance!
Voices of Africa was indeed able to get the farm, but through means other than the fund raising campaign. It came through the form of a partnership with the African Woman Alliance with whom we will work to help in the field of maternal health using tablets and Android app in the Lake Zone for two years. We are able to hire one person onto the project to help coordinate the activities in the schools and clinics for 6 months through this campaign. Additionally, Voices of Africa will be able to feed 4 children for a month and help them to learn basic computer skills!
Our computer project is stalled at the moment because of unforeseen expenses and the fact that we do not have the 5 naming sponsors required to finish the project. This setback may be a set up for something better as we await word from some exciting potential partners.
There is still some time left if you would like to give to this campaign. All funds received from NOW until the end of the campaign will be used to feed and buy basic needs for street children. You will know where your money has gone as we will post pictures right here on this blog. We don’t just say it, we want to show it.
This is Marow. Marow is 13 years old and he lives between the rocks in Mwanza as he has nowhere to call home. When we met Marow he was washing clothes in a broken basin with a very small amount of water and no soap.
When we asked what he needed he said he needs more food, soap, and work.
We can help provide these basics to Marow and children like him. Voices of Africa only has 5 days remaining on its RocketHub crowd funding campaign and we ask you to help. A week of food for a child is $6.25. Soap is $0.70. As for the work, we have plenty of that to share.
Can you spare $7 to provide the basics for one child for a week?
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I am in love with beautiful horrible places. Mwanza is one such place. The lake it picturesque and the views divine. Yet disease runs rampant, poverty destroys lives and breaks families. Children are frequently abandoned due to lack of food. The environmental elements are spectacular, but the human suffering is equally astonishing. Recently, I heard stories of babies dying from mothers in Magu because “there was no one there to catch them when they were being born”.
Kids in Lake Victoria