"We cant stop working we will have all the eternity to rest"

Since this year Active Africa has decided to carry out the works with bricks called "ecological". These bricks do not need cooking and therefore do not dry with fire so it produces a saving of firewood and preserves the environment.

ACTIVE AFRICA has been developing educational projects in the Kanyenje area for fifteen years. Kanyenje elementary school was one of the first to receive the help of donors from Active Africa. Since then, this school has been able to make small improvements, but the infrastructure, despite being in a good state of maintenance, has been insufficient for the growing number of students. Kanyenje Primary is located near the road and every year a very large number of new students are incorporated. It currently has 1,097 students distributed in 9 classrooms. In the first courses the number of students is more than 200 per class

 

 

During the last few years, ACTIVE AFRICA has considered priority works in other schools in the area that were in worse condition. However, in this last trip we have been able to verify the need to build a new building of THREE classrooms in this school and lighten the supersaturation of existing classrooms.

After several conversations with the people involved, we have decided to opt for the construction with ecological bricks and thus contribute to the care of the environment. It is difficult to think that the entire population can change their traditional way of building, but it is true that, to our small extent, we can limit the number of old-fashioned bricks and reduce the use of firewood. Our builder, Moses Kasamba, has a machine that manufactures the bricks with high pressure and with a similar finish to the traditional one. Of course, the communities involved will continue to provide water, sand and labor and the design of the building will be the same as the one used so far.

 

COVID-19 MALAWI and KENYA PROJECTS

Very few weeks have passed since we began to become aware of the importance of COVID-19

 

Suddenly, we find ourselves in a totally new world. In a short time, our life habits, our way of working and relating have radically changed. It is very difficult to make projections because the data varies every day and we do not know very well what is the best parh to follow.

The virus is affecting countries differently.. In recent weeks we are witnessing a considerable increase in cases in Africa. The figures are still below levels in other parts of the world, but continued progress is worrying.

At our NGO, we know it will be a different year and we are refocusing our actions.

At the moment and following the most urgent requests we have launched 3 projects,

 

 

 

Purchase medical supplies. Likuni Hospital, Malawi

 

This Hospital located on the outskirts of Lilongwe has already treated several cases. The medical staff are in a situation of total lack of protection from masks, gloves, etc.

Across the country there are protests as nurses and doctors refuse to work in these conditions.

A donation has been made so  they can buy supplies and care for the sick ones.

 

Feeding  population in Samburu area, Kenya

 

Since declaring the closure of schools, the children of the towns have run out of the food they receive in these schools. Our partners asked us for help in order to feed those most in need in this situation.

We have joined other Foundations and organizations and have allocated part of our funds to cover the project.

  

 

Distribution and construction project of a hand sanitizing gel production plant in Benga Parish , Malawi

 

We support the “ Ready for Africa” initiative, led by Haan, the Saint Paul Missionaries and Botanicae, which consists of the production and distribution of a hand gel production plant. This action aims not only at the distribution of this gel but also at employing a group of women in the area in a situation of special vulnerability.

The production will be divided into two parts. The first part will be donated to nearby towns and the second part will be sold to hospitals and companies so that the sustainability of the project can be achieved.

The implementation of this project has been possible thanks to the contributions of Haan, Botanicae, Soltec, Beter, Active Africa and the solidarity contribution of many people through donations in a solidarity challenge in Migranodearena and Bizum

Masks to finance the #ReadyforAfrica project

A group of volunteers have made Masks with African fabrics to finance the construction and distribution project of Sanitary Gel from the Benga Mission. These are acquired thanks to a donation. The contribution goes entirely to finance the Ready for Africa

 

Apart from these projects, we are waiting to see the evolution of the pandemic to make decisions about future actions.

We also believe that we must prioritize support for projects that are already underway and that need ongoing help. We will continue to pay for the many scholarships we are already sponsoring, sponsorships and other similar actions.

It will be a different year, but we will continue to be with our people helping with what is most necessary and urgent.

 

Construtions with Eco bricks

Since this year Active Africa has decided to carry out the works with bricks called "ecological". These bricks do not need cooking and therefore do not dry with fire so it produces a saving of firewood and preserves the environment.

ACTIVE AFRICA has been developing educational projects in the Kanyenje area for fifteen years. Kanyenje elementary school was one of the first to receive the help of donors from Active Africa. Since then, this school has been able to make small improvements, but the infrastructure, despite being in a good state of maintenance, has been insufficient for the growing number of students. Kanyenje Primary is located near the road and every year a very large number of new students are incorporated. It currently has 1,097 students distributed in 9 classrooms. In the first courses the number of students is more than 200 per class

 

 

During the last few years, ACTIVE AFRICA has considered priority works in other schools in the area that were in worse condition. However, in this last trip we have been able to verify the need to build a new building of THREE classrooms in this school and lighten the supersaturation of existing classrooms.

After several conversations with the people involved, we have decided to opt for the construction with ecological bricks and thus contribute to the care of the environment. It is difficult to think that the entire population can change their traditional way of building, but it is true that, to our small extent, we can limit the number of old-fashioned bricks and reduce the use of firewood. Our builder, Moses Kasamba, has a machine that manufactures the bricks with high pressure and with a similar finish to the traditional one. Of course, the communities involved will continue to provide water, sand and labor and the design of the building will be the same as the one used so far.

Inauguration of new Buildings

Chingondo is another school that has experienced a great improvement since Active Africa began renovating the school.
He has gone from teaching only the first 5 courses of first grade to full Primary.
He is currently getting excellent academic results.

Thanks Mango for your support

Chingondo

Kasumba

Chumwang'ombe

 

Last  year, following our priority to improve education and during our annual project supervision trip, we had the opportunity to check out and inaugurate new classrooms in three schools in the Dowa area, central Malawi.

Chingondo and Kasumba elementary schools sponsored by Mango and Chimwang’ombe, a high school that was born from an agreement between parents, the school committee and Active Africa which we are particularly proud of.

Thanks to these new buildings, the number of academic spaces will double, allowing all the surrounding elementary schools to send their selected students to this center.

In this way, not only the number of students increase but also the safety of the students is boosted because being closer to the school, young women are not exposed to the usual dangers of long trips and the need to rent houses away from their families.

Thank you, Barceló Foundation, for your support

Purchase of an Electric Generator for the Likuni Hospital

 

The Likuni hospital was founded in 1940. Currently, the hospital serves either 80,000 patients per year in its own facilities or through the eleven mobile clinics.

Sister Lungu wants to ensure that the most needy have access to appropriate health care.  Likewise, she wishes to improve both the quality of the attention provided and the statistics of said attention.  During 2016, the reconstruction and equipment of the maternity wing has been her priority, in order to increase control in the stage of pregnancy and delivery, thus ensuring a greater survival of newborns.

 

 

However, the hospital continues to have significant shortcomings. 

From one hand, Malawi suffers from a chronic power shortage.  The power cuts are constant and lasting, which affects especially certain areas of the hospital.  As it is a very large center, it is very difficult and expensive to install solar panels and there are areas of it whose equipment is not sustainable with this alternative energy. 

On our last trip, Sister Lungu confirmed that the purchase of an Electric generator that kept the supply in the most vulnerable areas of the hospital (operating room and laboratory) was her main priority. 

Thanks to Mango, now this generator is a reality.

On the other hand, for years they have been asking for help to buy an Ambulance.

This was a very urgent need since the one they had was very old. The repairs were constant, causing serious problems in the transportation of the sick and also due to the continuous bills for their repair.

It should be borne in mind that the Hospital has a Mobile Clinics program to provide healthcare to the population not only in the Hospital but also in all the surrounding towns. In Malawi, people often do not go to health centers because they are far from their homes and because they lack the necessary money for transportation.

By ambulance, these towns are reached and the most seriously ill are taken to Lilongwe Central Hospital when the occasion requires.

 

Finally, in mid-2019 it was possible to buy and deliver to the Likuni Hospital.

Thanks to Mango, the generator and the ambulance are already fully operational, helping the people of Malawi.

 

Scholarship Program : Malawi: 

From our beginnings, we decided to implement a project whereby two scholarships per school are annually. This scholarships are awarded to the most outstanding boy and girl from all primary schools that have taken part of our program. These students continue with our support during Secondary and higher studies or University. The program was extended to other areas and territories and today, more than 1,000 young people have benefited from it. Numerous scholarships have also been given to girls and boys recommended by people who we trust and who are in a situation of extreme need. Finally, of course, we have supported all the orphans of the Dzanja and Chezi orphanages.

 

Many young people from Malawi deserve this opportunity and it is a pride for our association to be able to help some of them fulfill their dreams.

When we travel to Malawi, we visit them in their different study centers.

There is nothing that make us feel happier than to see how these children, who we met at a very Young age, are finishing their studies and entering the labor market. Thanks to all the donors who make this project possible, especially the Gandara Foundation, Martiderm and in Kenya Maite Iglesias Foundation

Water for the village of Lodung 'okue

 

 

Lodung'okue is a village located in the Samburu Desert, in northern Kenya.  The people who inhabit these lands belong to the Samburu Tribe.

Normally, in the dry season they have to walk several kilometers until they reach a river where they dig wells to get the water out.  Then they return to the village loaded with more than 20 liters of water.  Sometimes they take advantage of the watering holes of the animals with the consequent risk of contamination.

This is why the Javerian Fathers proposed this project that will considerably improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of the area and mainly the women, who are in charge of the water.

The Project consists of the installation of tanks and solar panels to collect the rainwater and distribute it among the locals.

Night School for children sheperds, Lchekuti: 

Tuum and Barsaloi are two small villages in the Samburu desert.  They are located about 500 kilometers from Nairobi.  These arid and inaccessible places are the habitat of the Samburu and Turkana tribes.

Both the lack of rains and the fact that grazing is the main activity of these tribes, make the care of the flock the main objective of these families, a task that falls on the children who are considered the smartest.

They are children who can not go to the official school, since their work as shepherds forces them to spend the whole day taking care of the cattle and looking for new pastures.  The feeding of these children is based on tea and some milk.  Without academic training, they have difficulty integrating into the official educational system and even, the development of an adult social life.  The goal of the lchekuti is precisely to overcome these impediments.  They go to class at dusk, usually from 7pm to 9pm, when they have returned from the pastures.  For their learning they use a basic program integrated into the educational system in which they are taught to read, write, Swahili, English, religion, science and basic mathematics.  These are simple notions so that they can unfold into society in their near future.  In addition, they offer a very nutritious food called UJI that reduces malnutrition and controls their health.  Without these centers, all these children would be doomed to illiteracy.

 Active Africa currently supports five Lckekutis in the villages of Tuum, Parkati, Larelok, Waserongai and Naimaralal.

 Thank you.  Ache Ole.

Community of Benga:

A young mission but with great force.

It was born 5 years ago and from the beginning we have supported them in various projects

 

In a short time they have set up a daycare center for children under 6 years old, an elementary school, women's training programs that include eating and hygiene habits, support programs for the elderly and a program helping the albino population, a group of people especially vulnerable in Africa.

The mission has built more than 50 wells that contribute to improving the quality of life and hygiene of their entire population

The organization of various advisory programs to local farmers has been prioritized to improve crop yield and diversification.

 

Thus, new plants have been introduced, improving the breed of animals in the area. Rafts have been built by way of fish farms, the distribution and planting of mango trees has been increased. All this devoted to produce sustainable development in the area, involving the population

 

Finally, many schools located in the limits of the Parish are supported.

 

This year, thanks to the help of ‘your solidarity salary”, “Zikomo” Active Africa has been able to build several buildings of the Mkhula school.

Mkhula School

 

In this rural public school hundreds of children receive lessons in the shade of trees. It seems like an idyllic place to study, but in the rainy season the classes are simply suspended. There is no space to accommodate more than 1,526 students.

 

It is located in Nangawira, near the town of Benga. It was founded in 1964 as mixed-gender school. It currently has 10 teachers. Only two of them are women.

 

In Mkhula, the eight primary years are taught. The earlier years are overcrowded. However, there are no students in 8th grade. The dropout rate is very high due to early marriages, excess students per class, lack of teachers, lack of infrastructure, lack of awareness of family members and lack of interest from the students.

The school has eight classrooms, two in good condition and six in poor condition. It is a clearly insufficient infrastructure to accommodate all students.

Promotion of Women:

ECOWOMEN Project - KAPIRI

 

This project is aimed at the promotion of women.

The implementation area is located in the central west region of Malawi, specifically in the Kapiri Mission, under the supervision of Malawian nun, Sister Patricia.

 

It is a very poor area with a very high percentage of illiteracy.

 

Women are the most unprotected and vulnerable part of Malawian society.

 

 

For these reasons, Sister Patricia asked us to start this project in which women receive sewing classes, notions of economics and agriculture but above all they have the opportunity to meet, share experiences and train to lead a more dignified life and to be able to give a better future to their family and themselves. We want to thank Comercia Global Pay for supporting this project.

Hostel for girls at Nanthomba Secondary School

Nanthomba is a Public School of Secondary Education in the rural area of ​​Dowa, in Malawi.  It accommodates 600 students and has a radius of influence that includes 36 villages and 7 elementary schools with an average of 1,300 students per school.  It does not have a boarding school and students who live far away must rent their own rooms in homes near the school, which do not meet the minimum standards of safety and hygiene.  All this increases the cost of schooling until it is unaffordable.

Girls are the most vulnerable group in terms of dropping out of school.  AIDS makes them have to deal with sick parents and grandparents.  However, 80% of school dropouts are due to lack of financial means, followed by 11% of early pregnancies and 9% of marriages.  Families that can not afford the cost of renting a home near the school risk  their daughters´ lives whom travel several kilometers every day on unsafe roads, in which they frequently receive assaults. All this does not help to continue with the studies and  closes its doors to a future where to integrate into the world of work.  The best solution is to build a boarding school for girls in the school itself.  The fee that students must pay is much lower than the cost of renting a home nearby and the school itself organizes surveillance and dining services, allowing the girls to have more time to study and live safer.  When knowing this situation, Active Africa looked for a donor to be able to make reality to our first boarding house  which in  March  2017 we have been able to inaugurate. Thanks to Mango, Nanthomba already has a safe place for 90 Secondary Girls.  Zikomo

Support program for the AIDS patients of Kaggwa Parish:

Since 2006, our association collaborates in the maintenance of the special attention program for AIDS patients (Kaggwa Community Home Based Care) that takes place in the parish of Kaggwa, Lilongwe.  The objectives of this program have been to improve the quality of life of AIDS patients group and their closest family , to stop to increase the number of AIDS patients through training and prevention and also, to achieve the patients social reintegration.  The activities that are developed annually in order to support the AIDS patients groups are designed to take care of their health and nutrition and offer them the tools necessary to lead a dignified life.

 

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