Completed Projects

Our Successes…

Schools intervention project

While visiting Cholsey, Rosina, Head Teacher of Mamokaile watched the Cholsey Primary School intervention helping children improve maths, literacy and reading.  She took this concept back home and trained three parents to run similar interventions in Mamokaile School. The children she supported have shown a great improvement. The programme is now being organised in 17 local schools, with plans for rolling out in other districts. We will be supporting this with another training programme in the UK visit the Kodumela Schools Project page for more details.

Piggery project

We have met our target of £19,657 to support a piggery project. World Vision has two key aims for the next phase of the work in Kodumela:

1) Increase the income and assets for the people in the Kodumela Area

2) Increase the numbers of farmers trained in good farming techniques and applying those acquired skills on their farms.

Our funding will support:

· Training workers on pig maintenance.
· Networking with the government for prevention of disease and local farmers to share good practice.
· Providing male and female pigs to start the pig population (the rest is left to the pigs….).
· Providing feed for the pigs until money is generated from the sale of meat and live piglets.
· Cultivation of crops on land made arable by manure.
· Providing shelter for the pigs.

One piggery project is already running and has won an award for being so successful.

To give you an idea of how far your money can go:
· £16 is enough to provide one day’s food for the pigs
· £36 is needed to enable one person to improve their income via the piggery project
· £207 sponsors one pig for one year.

Child Immunisation Project

CHOKO’s last project was to fund Child Health Improvement Programme,  an awareness-raising programme run by World Vision. Many of the clinics in Kodumela are not easily accessible, so parents do not take their children for immunisation.

Project Aims

  • To help educate mothers on the benefits of having their children immunised against preventable but fatal diseases.
  • To reach 1,000 children

Project Achievements

  • Training for 60 ‘caregivers’
  • Immunisation for 1,256 children.
  • After training and education campaigns there has been a “drastic change in the behaviour of the community in that there has been an increase in the number of children who are taken to health facilities for immunisation”.
  • Inspiration- George Thomasson ,  6, a pupil at Cholsey School wanted to support this project and raised £360 selling cakes .
  •  Community- Support and Encouragement – George sold his cakes at Cholsey School and on the local Forty Green. His  fundraising was match-funded by St Mary’s Church.  Total raised £720.

Well done George and everyone else who helped us save so many lives!

Rain water harvesting project  (Completed 2012)

  • Initially focusing on the households of the 4,000 sponsored children in the area, thus reaching around 20,000 people.
  • Opportunities given  to cascade to other households.
  • Following very good rains during the 2008/9 season. Tanks which had already been installed are full -so the water can be used for trench gardening.

Morabudi Centre

Many members of  Cholsey local community have contributed towards funding for a special needs centre. Choko funding has been provided to:

  • Build and equip the  purpose-built building on a large plot of land allocated to them by the local Chief
  •  Include a gymnasium, for physiotherapy
  • Provide indoor plumbing connected to a septic tank (the first building we have seen in the area with this)

We were able to

  • See the foundations and first stages of this building.
  • Take a plaque to display once the centre  was completed.

The fund raising for this is has truly been a Cholsey community project and  we would like to pass on the gratitude of the Kodumela community to all concerned.

“Thank you so much for being there for us. The centre is so beautiful. Thank you for looking after us. You make us want to live, we never in despair because we know that somewhere some people care and appreciate us as we are. Thank you.”       Quote from the people attending the  Disabled Centre

Old disabled centre

Old disabled centre

The disabled centre continues to flourish. World Vision is working with the government to improve  facilities – including the provision of clean drinking water.(In an area where most people have no access to drinking water is wonderful news.) Government departments have recognised the achievement of World Vision in establishing the centre as it is the only one of its type in the area. They pay regular visits to check the progress of the children and also to provide those who are unable to walk with wheelchairs.

The Morabudi disabled centre, completed in 2012

The Morabudi disabled centre, completed in 2012

Soccer team

Children have many household chores and responsibilities, with little time for recreation. Soccer is a major form of entertainment encouraged by the ADP.

We were able to take uniforms for the players from Cholsey Bluebirds. The children really appreciated the interest shown in them.

Kodumela soccer team in their new kit

Kodumela soccer team in their new kit

Sponsored children

Those members of the team who have sponsored children in the area were able to visit  their homes and families and take gifts and food to them. These visits were very moving -allowing sponsors to see the context in which the children live and enabling them to make future gifts and letters meaningful.

Anyone wishing to sponsor a child can do so through World Vision but should specify that they want a child in the Kodumela ADP. Sponsorship money ensures that the child does not lack any essentials but is shared between the child’s household and the overall project.

Kitchen in home of sponsored child

Kitchen in home of sponsored child

Lafata Women’s Enterprise Group

Having received initial seed funding from Choko, this group is now self-sufficient.

The group  produce and sell:

  • Beadwork
  • Tie-and-dye cloth
  • Scones
  • Eggs
  • Run a  feeding scheme for orphans and vulnerable children.

    Lafata Women's Enterprise staff

    Lafata Women’s Enterprise staff


  • The food quality at the feeding scheme has improved dramatically since our visit in 2007

    The food quality at the feeding scheme has improved dramatically since our visit in 2007

Kodumela Area Development Programme compound

A number of the ADP activities take place in their compound.

  • The original funding for a grinding mill was funded by CHOKO. (Another has now been purchased and they are kept busy running both mills).
  • A dairy- currently with 3 cows (one in calf) and 3 calves. Milk is sold and the funds are put back into expanding the project and training more people to keep and milk cattle.
  • A group of boys are being trained in keeping goats and their herd are housed at the ADP.
  • The ADP vegetable garden continues, fertilized by manure from the cattle and goats. Among other things, they produce lemon grass which is believed to boost the immune system of HIV/AIDS patients.
  • A market area, where villagers can sell their produce. This also serves as a depot for produce being sent to the more lucrative Johannesburg markets. The structure is used as a centre for community training on days when there is no market.
  • Children visit the ADP regularly to use the computer centre and library.
Staff at the Kodumela ADP

Staff at the Kodumela ADP

Child headed households

The ADP continue to work with other local agenciies to support child headed households (where parents have either died or are away working). A noted case was Mhardee, who is caring for her own baby and 4 siblings.

ADP provided funding for building materials for a 2 roomed house for them, but Mhardee carried all the sand and water needed for the building from the nearest river. The 2 photos  were taken from the same place to try to show the distance and terrain she has to cover. Now the house is built, she, at 21, has returned to school. We will tell more of her story in future newsletters.