Looking back and planning ahead

As we celebrate the new year, I am pleased to thank you all for your support of Mboni ya Vijana in 2019. Your voluntary works and donations have much value to Mboni ya Vijana and the societies we serve, and to moving us far in transforming our poor communities.

In the next year, we are going to nationalize Mboni ya Vijana, as a graduation from a local to a national level. However, we will keep focusing on improving lives of the rural poor.

I would kindly like to thank the Big Give Campaign organized by Tanzania Development Trust for making us able to bring water to four villages in rural Kasulu. We have started on this work, and one borehole is already dug at Kacheli and three more are going in in January. We have bought the equipment to finish those four boreholes and we have made three water rope hand pumps, and the work is going on to finish the fourth pump early this month.

We supported 237 small farmers to improve food production and are finishing construction of a food factory to help famers from food loss after harvest which will start operating formally in March 2020.

The microfinance project continued to benefit women and youth, reaching 738 beneficiaries by 15thDecember 2019. We held an educational youth camp in 2019 which brilliantly produced new young entrepreneurs in Tanzania.

We have managed to bring in clean and safe water in Zeze village, implemented by Water Mission Tanzania with funds from the USA and Grundfos Denmark. We improved Zeze Secondary School with funding from Tanzania Development Trust and Raincatcher Imperial, both of the UK. The projects are improving the lives of youth and the community at large.

We are having a celebration of the new year 2020 with the villagers to share and enjoy the successes we have registered through our five years of working in Kigoma.

All these achievements we are getting with your help. We are looking forward to working with you more in 2020.

Congratulations for 2019 and Happy New Year 2020!

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Construction of new classroom after 55 pupils miss room to study in for form one examination

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Beans at young age with improved farming methods

 

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Happy Finishing the Year 2019

MBONI YA VIJANA GROUP sympathetically acknowledges those who walked together in promoting development of the poor. Since 2014, we have been implementing small projects to sustain the demands of the youth and poor communities at Zeze village and Kasulu in Tanzania. The major issues we have been addressing are food and nutrition security, income security, water and environments. We have been doing well in those areas and we are keeping on with such liberal initiatives to make everyone feel the earth the better place to live. 

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Since effective works started in 2015 to present, we have enabled 692 women to start small businesses by training and giving them starting capital as loan, We have trained 877 and subsidised 285 small farmers to run sustainable farming which has improved yields from 3 sacks to 24 sacks per acre, We have done 27 boreholes providing clean water and facilitated the big Zeze Community Safe Water Project serving above 9000 people, we pursue the community to trees planting and protect the available natural vegetation, we trained and educated youth in welding, carpentry, entrepreneurship and wind turbine and we harvest fishes from three fish ponds and honey from 67 hives which made us harvest 41 buckets of honey in 2019 only. 

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 We need to move beyond the present and that can be as of fast from the cooperation and supports we get from our friends, partners and donors. We all deserve better lives and we are working to improve and make it real life. 

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Solutions Drive Youth Camp 2019 Unified Societies

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The improvements in agricultural production at Zeze in Kasulu Tanzania, is making the strength and effectiveness of the supporting food production in rural societies. From 29th July to 17th August 2019, Mboni ya Vijana Group held a youth camp that brought youth from different regions of Tanzania and Britain. The camp delivered technical and entrepreneurial skill to youth so the diversifications of strategies and ideas used by Mboni ya Vijana to ensure income and food security are spreading quickly and successfully.

Matheo is the chairman of Zeze village and he has been so cooperative through the camp processes. During the inauguration of the camp which was honoured by the Regional Administrative Secretary representative for Kigoma region, the village chairman says “we value the initiatives launched by Mboni ya Vijana because have made exceptional impacts to the society. The foods for this camp are provided by the community as an acknowledgement and reward to Mboni ya Vijana for improving agriculture which lead the community to increase yields per area. If you all (participants) learn carefully and adapt the strategies used by Mboni ya Vijana and replicate it to your societies, for sure Tanzania will benefit from you.”

George is one of the youth Camp Participants from Kagera region. He learned borehole drilling, rocks and ground water behaviour during the camp and he says; “My society lack water and there have not been this kind of water skills which we learned through this camp. I will adapt it and make it the community water solution at Kanyigo ward in Kagera. I am happ that my community will as well improve food and nutrition security further to improve in income and working efficiency to the households.”

Radhia is a lady from Dar Es Salaam who participated youth camp at Zeze for all 21 days learning skills and observing resources. She trained in resources, finance and soap making during the camp. During the camp end she said, “It has been worth attending this camp, I know the potentials at Zeze and I am connected with these people (MVG members). I am going back to Dar Es Salaam but I will open the shop in which I will sell the products from Kigoma especially Zeze. I didn’t know soap making, finance and resources recognition and use skills but this camp has unlocked me from the dark. I appreciate all the effort accomplished and will replicate it to my best level.” Radhia has already started selling soaps, beans and palm oil from Kigoma following her participation to Solution Drive Youth Camp 2019 at Zeze village.

The camp involved making bricks to help Zeze Secondary School build girls hostel as the remarkable symbol of holding this camp at Zeze in 2019. For those 21 days, the youth camp managed to make 10200 bricks which burned to strengthening them. Marry is the Kitibitibi primary school teacher at Zeze village. She said, “Making bricks for girls hostel construction is the most impressive idea which gives me much passion in the future of our community. Girls are the group in the society that is at high temptation after school time. Having hostel at Zeze Secondary School will improve their performance and make girls the future national leaders. This should not be stopped and we are learning having big hearts in building our nation.” Marry said.

Apart from such stories during the camp, youth who participated learned, shared and enjoyed different skills including beekeeping and honey processing, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), laws and environmental issues including adaptation to climate change. At finally, youth were handed with certificates of appreciation as the awards.

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We are happy because they are happily fed

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Fransisko Family

High birth rate and climate change in  rural Tanzania, press families to food insufficient and build sadness and stunted children. However it is the small scheme, we are feeding youth’s families making them happy.

Vestina is a single mother of two little girls. She didn’t know what to do with her children at the age they supposed to go to school. She had problems with feeding them then she is required to take them to school for education. She started chicken project at a small scale and developed slowly to middle scale. She developed it from 60 to 820 chickens and she can feed her children and buy school needs for them from the products of the chickens. Lilian is a standard four one of the two little girls who I talked to during the visit to her mother’s project we supported and she says; “My mom is great and strong. She care us very well. I go to school and I get some money to buy cake and juice during school time from the money she earns from eggs. I respect chicken project because it gives us all things we want”.

Seasonal farming has been the obstacle to overcome families food challenge. Boehole drilling and installation of rope hand pump to it, is the success that we are moving ahead to lead throughout the year food growing. “Water is the driver of food production and development as a whole, havind water access from the borehole at my farm will provide abudant food yields and income generation for my family.” Biyuya said. We have drilled the borehole in March 2019 to provide water for irrigation at Biyuya’s land and will provide room for enough food and income to his family and the others.

“I am happy because my family is happy because the children eat everyday with three meals, I would not be happy if my familly is not happy.” Fransisko stated as was consulted. She adopted improved farming using better farming methods and is making huge harvests to feed her family. She feeds 9 children and supports two with education requirements.

“I am not on formal employment however this is the way I am getting self employed. The funds I recieved in February, i have injected it in pig farming. After 8 months I will earn 200,000 Tshs per each piglets exclussive.” January said. He is a young person raising pigs at Zeze village. He started it with 4 pigs with the capital of 420,000 Tshs. He is keen to develop it for earning money and food from it after the period of 8 months from February 2019.

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Borehole drilling at Biyuya’s farm

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Founder Benedicto Hosea speaks at the UK Parliament

With Mboni Ya Vijana, Benedicto Hosea has set a standard of community-level developmental projects that are hard to follow. In his journey, Tanzania Development Trust has played a pivotal role, providing finance for many projects. For instance, in 2015, TDT gave funds for the construction of a village agricultural storage facility. Tanzania Development Trust has felt so passionately about Benedicto’s work and the positive impact he is having in the Kigoma region that they felt it was time for Benedicto to come to London and spread the word on his organisations success himself.

Benedicto’s trip to London has been one filled with plenty of highlights; he has had the opportunity to present his mission to British Tanzania Society, Geological Society of London and perhaps most notably, the UK Houses of Parliament.

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Benedicto Hosea with UK Trade Envoy to Ethiopia, Mr Jeremy Lefroy MP

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At the Houses of Parliament, Benedicto spoke candidly about his active fight against high rates of poverty and unemployment in the Kigoma region. He started his presentation retailing how upon graduating university, his love for the village he grew up in drove him to return and dedicate his time to fighting poverty in the region. He continued by detailing the success his microfinance scheme, created especially for training women and young people about businesses, has had. To date, they have trained more than 347 people in the community and given starting loans to impact their lives.

Anjera, a local woman living in Zeze previously had nothing to do, but with the help of Mboni Ya Vijana and their 68 pound loan she started to sell industrial goods and then shifted the business to the larger village of Morogomo where she made a larger profit. Benedicto highlighted how people have managed to completely transform their lives with a small injection of funds. His agricultural loan and training scheme has seen farmers increase yields from 3 sacks of maize to 24.

Benedicto described how his scheme not only tackles income generation but also problems of health and educational attainments. In Kigoma, access to clean water is poor and most people rely on contaminated water from ponds. Benedicto, seeing the detrimental effects this was having on the community developed manual drilling technology to drill boreholes up to 30 metres deep. This water is accessed with rope pumps that can be easily repaired by the local villagers.

To round off his presentation, Benedicto engaged with issues increasingly presenting hardships in Tanzania. Climate change was top of the list as it gradually lowers the water table in the ground and makes it harder to reach. While Benedicto has started to train communities in issues of environmental degradation, the talk shone a light on the pressing need for international governments to tackle climate change head-on. Nonetheless, Benedicto’s visit to London was inspiring and signalled the real potential community-level developmental efforts have.

Link to his presentation is here.

 

Donations matched 50% for next 5 days!

Ensuring everyone in Zeze community can feed themselves requires a long term plan to stimulate the development of agriculture and income generation. This report outlines the progress we are making with your generous donations.

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Julias is 12 and in standard 6 of primary school. Since we built a new pump near his house he often collects water for his family after school. In traditional African villages like Zeze, women and girls are usually the ones to collect water and firewood. Julias is breaking down this stereotype. He says; “Now water is nearer our home, I don’t have to wait for my mother or sister to return from the farm to collect water. I know I have to support my mama, so I collect water when I return from school. My Mama is every day at the farm and she knows I support the family so she can work for longer at the farm and produce more food for us” Julias said.

Zeze villagers grow and eat beans, maize and cassava. This limited diet is not nutritious but people cannot afford to buy the better food they like. We have dug a fish pond to enable cheap fresh fish to be sold to the community, greatly improving their nutrition and reducing the current high levels of child stunting.

Boosting farming in Zeze requires irrigation systems and crop storage facilities.  With your donations we have managed to build an Agricultural Community Storage facility and tool loan scheme. We are now establishing irrigation schemes which will enable farming throughout the year and a wider range of crops.

Steven and Evarist are two friends who did not believe that water melons could grow in Zeze village. These guys are two friends who are training and doing carpentry with us. When we started planting water melons in July they were very sceptical. But after eating water melons for the first time. Steven says, “I agree now everything is possible if you get education and tolerance. I knew that the soil is dry, with no rainfall so how can water melons grow here? But now I appreciate them, they are sweet and very good to eat in this heat. I will be the next to grow them on my land” Evarist added “It is a business that requires a big heart, but I am very impressed to eat water melon here in the dry season”. The success of water melons is an important step in improving nutrition and income in Zeze.

Vedasto is a farmer who has adapted organic farming to increase his yields per area. He has planted a wide range of vegetables and has already harvested a bumper crop. He joined our environmental campaign to stop deforestation and slash and burn. “I have made a good profit and enough food from the plot of land which I have improved using compost from leaves and grass. I now understand how they improve the soil so I am the part of this campaign to stop people from felling trees and burning bushes”.

Leah is a mother of 6. Since her training and other support the productivity of her farming has greatly increased. I visited Leah’s farm and witnessed this success. She has grown maize and yams and she is happy with them as they are going to enable her family to eat well. Leah says, “I am a mother. Everyone in the family looks to me for food, school needs, and other domestic matters. Since I got improved farming training, I adapted it quickly. MVG supported me with education and seeds which have made a big impact to my life. I am sure after two months I will have enough food for my family but I will also be able to sell some surplus to others. I will be able to afford my family’s other requirements and to diversify my works” Leah said.

We have now established a Welding and Carpentry Workshop in Zeze to improve farming activities like fabricating hand hoes, water drilling and supplying facilities, crops storage trays and boxes, and enable youth to generate income that will be injected in farming and other family requirements. It will alsol train youth in the community and enable them to be self-employed.

Deus and Patrick are two friends who finished standard seven of primary school in September and are now waiting for their school results to see if they can continue their education. They have received advice and financial support from MVG for sustainable farming that has enabled them to buy better seeds. They are preparing their farm for maize and egg plants. Deus speaks for both and he says, “We don’t want to be lazy, the school has gone and the results are expectations. We can’t wait for then to plant”

Maria is a married woman with 5 children. She lives in Zeze and she too has received farming education and seeds from MVG. Her farms are well maintained and she expects better yields. Maria proudly showed us the plots of tomatoes and maize saying, “I wish all the villages should have kind people like you who are close to the people. I have never experienced crops like these since 1997. The land was completely exhausted and I was not expecting to improve it. I am sure I will get good yields because of the support I have received which will enable me feed my family.

We established Moringa Oleifera farms because this plant is extremely nutritious and rich in minerals. In 2011, we organized and trained people for Moringa farming and supported them with free seeds but people were not convinced then and did not plant them. But now people can see the benefit and every week we receive people asking for Moringa seeds.  We tell them about its many uses as a dietary supplement and fertilizer, as well as a valuable cash crop and support some them with seeds for planting and leaf powder for nutrition. So although this change took longer than we wanted, with your generosity, we are getting there in the end..

And for the next 5 days donations up to £50 will be matched by 50% by GlobalGiving, so if you’d like to donate more please do so quickly!     Asante Sana!

Vedasto with the sign protecting the forest – Evarist and Steven eating water melon

2015 in Review:

2015 was a great year for Mboni Ya Vijana and Zeze village. Here’s what we accomplished:

  • tanzania projectCreated a microfinance group which jump-started the businesses of over 100 women in the village
  • Fixed a water pump, sparing the villagers from taking hours out of their day to collect water from the nearest river
  •  Installed 67 bee hives, with the purpose of boosting agriculture and collecting honey for sale
  • Trained over 150 people on small business and entrepreneurship skills
  • Put roofs on the school labs
  • Set up broadband satellite internet in the school

Stay tuned for our next update!

Helping Water Problems in Zeze, Tanzania with… an Ebay Pump?!

water problems in africaWater dominates life in Zeze.  Everyone conserves the little they have as obtaining it is so difficult – carrying it long distances to your home, queuing at the pump…  There is also the continual fear that another of the pumps will fail, making water even harder to obtain.  These are constantly breaking down.  When I visited in June only 5 were working, on my most recent visit in August, only 3 were working. There have been times when the whole village of 8000 people are down to 1 working pump.
solving lack of water in africaGenerally the problem is seals and bearings.   The local fundis (handymen) appear to be resourceful and show initiative, even to the extent of trying to make local parts where possible.  The water officials in Kasulu town 40 km away are less helpful, and frequently promise to help and visit but don’t.  They don’t stock any spare parts in Kasulu and say they order them from India when necessary.  One pump has been broken for over a year because pipes have broken off and fallen inside the well and there is  no equipment to get them out.

ebay water pumpSo Benedicto and his friends decided to fix this hand pump with a solar one I bought on ebay, courtesy of a generous donor and brought out in my luggage.  As the water is so deep (36m down) we had to run it at 24V on two car batteries.  Getting these was a mission in itself.  You can buy very little in Zeze itself so a
friend bought them in Kasulu and put them on a daladala (communal minibus) to drop them off at the junction 10km away where they were met by another
friend with a motorbike.  Unfortunately when they arrived they were suspiciously light… because they were empty of the necessary acid, meaning we had to repeat the process the following day with bottles of acid..

water pumps in africaWe’d spent a long time negotiating with drivers in Kasulu to bring the 1000l plastic tank on their roof.  The first one in the village, this was a great novelty.  Benedicto tracked down the one man in Zeze with a saw and proceeded to make a wooden structure to put the tank on.

Getting the right seals to fix the pipes was another challenge.  I’d brought out all the seals I thought we would need and we bought the only jubilee clips we could find in Kasulu, but in the end had to tie things together with old car tyre strips..

But finally, by torchlight, the pump, dry for over a year, started pumping water, to great cheers and excitement.  The pump isn’t really powerful enough for this. It takes around 5 hours to fill the tank and it can’t keep up with the demand for water.  The long term plan is to raise enough money to buy a heavy duty pump capable of filling the 1,000,000l tank that has been out of use since the 1970s..

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But, for now, the villagers are saved a long walk to a working pump…

Our Vision

tanzanian children in zezeWe believe everyone has the right to life’s basics. A roof, enough food to eat, clean water to drink and the education needed to build a brighter future. What we take for granted can only be dreamed of by communities in extreme poverty such as Zeze. But his dream isn’t impossible. It doesn’t take years of research or huge multinational organisations. It only takes the hard work of MVG, the villagers of Zeze and your donation. Will you help us to bring life’s basic needs to the people of Zeze?


What is the issue, problem, or challenge?Global warming has led to a reduction in rainfall in Zeze village. The subsistence farmers find it increasingly difficult to grow enough food to feed their families, let alone have a surplus to pay for medicine or school uniforms. 40% of children in Tanzania are stunted due to malnutrition. Working with the schools, we will select families in extreme need from this income generation project and enable them to grow cash crops such as tomatoes and watermelons.

How will this project solve this problem?

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We will provide access to a water source, irrigation materials and a seedling starter kit containing sunflowers, tomatoes, water melons and local nutritional crops to all families. We will provide initial horticultural and dietary training, together with weekly monitoring visits and a support group to ensure their crops grow well. We will also provide a guaranteed market for their crops, and entrepreneurship training on maximizing their income and expanding their business.

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Potential Long Term Impact

We will enable 500 vulnerable families to generate an income, allowing them to ensure their children have sufficient nutritious food and uniforms to attend school. They will also be able to pay for health care when they need it, and to start rising out of the extreme poverty they are currently in.

Find out more here.