Initiatives

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Education Sponsorship
Tanzania Project – Rotary Club of Windsor (1918)
Agriculture
Chicken Coop
Small, Income-Generating Projects
Donation of Sports Equipment and Math and Science Teaching Materials
Kiroka Ward Sports and Academic Competition (SASCO Cup)
Clean Water and Sanitation Education Seminars
Kipera Water Project
Community Resource and Learning Centre

Education Sponsorship

Long-term education sponsors for 26  children have been found, but there are still many children in Tanzania who would benefit from education sponsorship. We are in the process of expanding this program. In educating children, especially girls, we are educating future leaders who themselves can initiative positive changes in their country.

A current gallery of those children being sponsored and those seeking sponsorship, can be found here.

Tanzania Project – Rotary Club of Windsor (1918)

Agriculture

SASCO’s agricultural initiatives work towards improving access to food and the nutrition status of our sponsored children. The results have been very positive. We are working towards providing a consistent, nutritious food source for our sponsored children and their families/caregivers, if their individual economic situation warrants this support. The remainder of the harvested crops are divided into two parts, some are donated to orphanages in need (Kao La Amani and Light in Africa) and some is sold at market and re-invested into future agriculture projects in order to progress towards sustainability. To support our agriculture projects please make a donation. -

2013 Agriculture Project – Maize and Beans
• Based on the success of the pilot project, in 2013 the farming project was expanded and 10 acres of maize were cultivated.
• Our commitment to the project was $2500 with SASCO contributing $1000.
• A local farmer was hired to oversee the project and was responsible for watering, security., etc.
• A private donation of 675,000 TSH facilitated the purchase of pipes to bring water from the source to the land. The ones being rented were expensive, inefficient due to holes/leaky joints, and wasted fuel.
• The crop was harvested in late September and yielded 92 sacks of corn (7,000-8,000 tonnes).  Forty-two (42) sacks were distributed to the caretakers/families of sponsored children and to local orphanages.  Fifty sacks (50) were sold at market, the proceeds of which will be reinvested in next year’s agriculture project.  Some of the monies were also used to put one of the children seeking sponsorship for the remainder of 2013.  SASCO plans to have the entire agriculture project (10 acres) completely sustainable by 2015.
• A crop of beans was planted in 2013 but SASCO was able to fund this project without our support; a testament to the sustainability of agriculture initiatives. They harvested 25 kg of beans.

2012 Agriculture Pilot Project – Maize and Beans
• $1200 was provided to SASCO in support of a farming project.
• Four acres of land near a water in Same District was rented for the cultivation of maize.
• The crop yielded 41 sacks of maize.
• 12 sacks were given to feed the 9 sponsored children in the foster care Joyce Massawe; 5 sacks to the families of other sponsored children or applicants; and 2 sacks each to Kao La Amani and Light in Africa orphanages in Boma Ng’ombe.
• The remainder was sold and earned $1000 for SASCO to put towards expanded project (10 acres) in 2013.
• In 2012, funds were sent to SASCO for the cultivation of 1 acre of beans (a great source of protein) in Boma Ng’ombe. The crop yielded a several month supply of beans for the girls in the foster care of Joyce Massawe.

Chicken Coop

An existing coop was expanded in order to accommodate an additional 20 chickens which will provide meat and eggs for the 9 orphaned girls receiving sponsorship and living under the care of SASCO Treasurer Joyce Massawe. These sources of protein are especially important for children who are HIV+. The cost of one chicken is approx. $5 CDN. Ten chickens require 2kg of food to produce eggs. The cost of 100 kg of a high quality layers mash is approx. $40 CDN.

Small, Income-Generating Projects

 

Bajaj

A bajaj was purchased and decorated with the CWEF TZ and SASCO logos and the CDN and TZ flags. A responsible driver, who rents the vehicle for 25,000 TSH per day was hired and the vehicle has been on the road. The bajaj contributes at least 300 000 TSH per month and is used for the care and support of the nine sponsored children, purchasing, among other things, essential items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, mosquito nets, soap, clothes and shoes, nutritious food and feminine hygiene products.

Donation of Sports Equipment and Math and Science Teaching Materials

CWEF Tanzania is supporting SASCO initiative to donate sports equipment as well as math and science teaching/facilitation materials to public schools in need. Currently, public education in Tanzania is underfunded. For example, physical education is in the Tanzanian curriculum but many public schools do not have any sports equipment for the children to use during gym classes. The government provides only very basic supplies and few or no teaching aids or facilitation materials. Improving public education is important because many children who cannot afford fees to attend private schools are struggling with National Exams. Performance on National Exams dictates the level to which a child will be educated which ultimately determines employment and socioeconomic status. Furthermore, nice equipment/materials will foster a sense of school pride among pupils and act as a motivator for children to continue attending school. To support this project please make a donation.

Kiroka Ward Sports and Academic Competition (SASCO Cup)

Check-out our Facebook photo album for the competition!

Eva Kamwela, Ward Education Officer for Kiroka and wife of SASCO Board member Ngilisho (Wilfred) Meka, organized a SASCO-sponsored day of sports and academic competitions involving the participation of 9 schools in the ward. The ward was divided into two zones A and B by location of the schools and the best athletes and students from each school were placed on the final team representing each zone.  The event took place on July 12, 2013 with over 400 people in attendance including SASCO Board members, CWEF TZ executive members and Rotarians Julie Caron and Rick Caron.  The day included the following events: football (soccer), netball, tug-of-war, 100m and 200m dash races, and English and Math contests.  The SASCO Cup was presented to the winner of the football match with certificates and prizes awarded to the winners in other events.  The athleticism and sportsmanship exhibited by all participants was impressive.  It is hoped that this will become an annual event.

Clean Water and Sanitation Education Seminars

In collaboration with SASCO, From July 20th to August 3th, 2012, CWEF TZ executive members and Rotarians Julie Caron and Aaron Miller conducted twelve “Water and Sanitation Education” seminars across Tanzania in the following locations- Idilo, Mazae, Kisokwe, Iyoma, Songambele, Mkoka, Isagha Primary School, Victory and Faith College, Kipera, Isisale, Majengo KIA, and Kibaoni Primary School.  Each seminar, which was about an hour-and-a-half in duration, outlined the risks associated with consuming untreated water; the causes of waterborne illnesses; how to purify water by filtering with a khanga, boiling and solar disinfection (SODIS); proper water storage; waste management; and proper hand washing techniques.  Generally, about 50 – 80 people, including village leaderships, attended each seminar.

Kipera Water Project

Watch a video of the installation of one of the water tanks here!

The Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline (RCTS) in partnership with Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) and SASCO funded the implementation of two 10 000 L SIM tanks (one at each end of the village) in Kipera, Tanzania. Kipera is a rural village of approximately 400 people.  Prior to the installation of the tanks, Kipera was accessible only by piki piki (motor bikes) and villagers in Kipera either used the contaminated local water supply or walked 15km to purchase water in small quantities at retail rates.

The project was designed by the villagers of Kipera under the leadership of their village chairperson, with input from SASCO Project Officer Ngilisho Mecca, SASCO Secretary Kennedy Maykao and SASCO Director Timothy Massawe.  The construction process was overseen by SAJOK Construction Company, owned and operated by SASCO Secretary Kennedy Makyao.  While the villagers provided the labour to prepare the roads to make them accessible for the water delivery truck, 8 villagers were hired for general and skilled labour duties for the construction of the tank stands  This helped bring income to the village and provided the workers skills training through Kennedy’s mentorship.  The villagers designed and implemented a program whereby a small fee is charged for each bucket of water drawn from the tanks so that when a tank is empty there are enough funds to have the water truck come and re-fill the tank.  The village has also established a Water Management Board to monitor usage and ensure sustainability.  SASCO Board member Ngilisho Meka will monitor the project; he resides in proximity to Kipera and has a long-term association with the village leadership.

Community Resource and Learning Centre

SASCO’s intention to build a Community Resource and Learning Centre for the students and community of Boma Ng’ombe is supported philosophically and financially by the CWEF TZ executive.  Specifically, the resource centre will include a computer centre, library and study space. It will also be able to function as a comfortable and accessible location for community programming such as health promotion seminars on HIV/AIDS prevention, pre-natal, nutrition, water and sanitation etc. The proposed building will also contain the SASCO office. On July 20th, 2013, approximately fifty respected leaders in business, local government officers and community members came together for an evening of speeches, fundraising and a buffet dinner. The 1st annual SASCO Fundraiser raised over $10 000 CDN for the resource centre.  Construction will begin shortly, but more funds are required to see this project through to completion.

Information current as of October 29, 2014