NGERIV

Environment & Community Development

Brand New School in Lukwambe.

 Lukwambe has a new school to provide education

to around 200 kids. Going to school before meant

to walk 17 Km to the nearest school.

 

Well, not anymore, with the happy help of Happy

Bricks Foundation! The building is up and we are

now working towards improving water access, and

kitchen facilities.

 

Opportunities are available to join our teacher

                                                    staff, and help each kid to have a more hopeful future.

Check their website: http://happybricks.co.uk/ and all the photos in our Photo Gallery!!!

Sustainable Charcoal Production

Firewood and charcoal are the main sources of

household energy in Tanzania.

The Sustainable Charcoal project aims to promote

a sustainable charcoal production system so as to

reduce pressure from natural forests; and become

a source for constant and legitimate income.

   

    We established three tree nurseries and the new improved technology of the

Half Orange Brick Kiln (HOBK) in about 500 hectares of land. 

  The traditional Earth Kilns have a rate of recovery of
 
10-12%. The HOBK is more efficient with recovery  of
 
25 – 35 %. The wood is supplied by tree nurseries of
 
about 70,000 seedlings, mainly ACACIA species.

 

   The charcoal group has 20 people committed to the

work, working three days per week, and produce an

average of 4000 kg of charcoal per month.

  The current problems we are facing are the distant water borehole needed  for the

carbonisation process, and fires and cattle grazing affect the tree nurseries maintenance. 

 

   This project became possible due to the partnership with several organisations, such as

RLDC-  Rural Livelihood Development Company ; ESDA - Energy for Sustainable

Development in Africa ; Morogoro Environmental Conservation Group ; Wildlife

Management Area of Wami Mbiki

Education

   Schools in Tanzania face enormous challenges regarding resources, accessibility, and

empowerment. There is a widespread lack of books and qualified teachers, moreover

most students come from poor rural families that live miles away from the school.

 

 TEACHING

Volunteers are needed to share the workload in

Gwata and Ubena Secondary Schools. Although we

accept short-term volunteers (minimum 2 weeks),

we need people willing to spend at least one term

teaching in the school in order for this

partnership to be efficient. 

 

 

BOOKS

In a normal public classroom the great majority do not own

any school books! NGERIV is calling for anyone in English-speaking

countries willing to collect school books from the attic, from

friends and surrounding schools and bring or send it to us.

In case the books are being shipped from UK, we can

arrange for low-cost shipping with one of our partners,

Read International.

 

BICYCLES 4 EDUCATION

 This new project offers bicycle facilities to

students who live far away from school in

Bwawani village.

Bicycle loans are being issued to families at

specific terms and conditions. The repayable

loans will in turn be used to acquire more

bicycles and reach more children. 

WIDOWS - Visakazi Widows  Association

   This group emerged from the difficulties facing widows in their task of being the solo

head household. Illness, poor housing, low capacity to provide for their children and lack

of capital to improve small business enterprises are currently identified problems.

   The group involves 25 women, which meet

twice a month. From these discussions several

projects emerged:

 

✸ Training in different sectors such as health,

business, environment, art craft and so on.

 

✸ Acquisition of permits which allows widows

to enter into the forest reserve to collect

weaving materials.

 

✸ Occasional fundraising in the community to supply school material for their children

 

✸ A loan scheme was created that revolves among the widows themselves. This loans

allows its members to set up their own street food stall and increase their household

income.

  

Solar Energy

   

   Energy from the sun is a vast and free

resource in Tanzania, and is only right to take

full advantage of these conditions.

 

   With the cooperation of individuals and

companies, such as Glenenergy, an ethically

oriented Canadian company on alternative

energies, solar technology is being introduced

in the Bwawani area.

 

     We are calling for volunteers keen on the development of renewable energies.

New ideas, know-how and material donations are needed to achieve transforming

NGERIV's Eco Camp into a fully sustainable unit, and make the technology more accessible

to everyone.

  

Beekeeping

  

    Beekeeping is a great strategy to create

alternative means of income, while respecting

and working with nature. 

 

   We established 40 beehives at the Eco Camp,

and started to assess its progress so it can be

improved. Our knowledge is limited and we

already face some challenges.

  • Irregular bee population;occasionally bees abandon the hives
  • Season of harvesting is not clear;
  •  Honey production falls under what expected from mature colon.We harvest 5 lts of

          honey from one beehive which is expected to produce 10 to 20 lts of honey.

 

    Volunteers with expertise are urgently needed to make this project efficient. We need

more information on how to attract bees, improve beehives, moving bees from one

beehive to another and introduction of bee friendly plants.

 

Fish Pond

With the help of our volunteers we now have a fish pond.

The purpose of this project is to create a model to teach

and be adopted by rural people at the household level

which would increase income, improve nutrition while

considering environment impact. The pond dimensions are

about 100 m2 and is surrounded with trees for shade and

creeping grass to feed the fish.

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