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.
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.
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:
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.
Well done George and everyone else who helped us save so many lives!
Rain water harvesting project (Completed 2012)
Many members of Cholsey local community have contributed towards funding for a special needs centre. Choko funding has been provided to:
We were able to
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lafata Women’s Enterprise Group
Having received initial seed funding from Choko, this group is now self-sufficient.
The group produce and sell:
Kodumela Area Development Programme compound
A number of the ADP activities take place in their compound.
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.