HELP US ADOPT A VILLAGE IN AFRICA!
Why are we adopting villages: In September 2011, we took a group of 25 TUTTERS to AFRICA for the first time. To say we fell in LOVE (with the people, the land, and the culture) is an understatement. It changed our lives forever and we resolved to go back – with a purpose! In November 2012, we started working with The Unstoppable Foundation to raise money and sponsor villages within the Mwangaza Community. For every $25,000 we raise, a new village is adopted. $25,000 not only adopts a school, it provides the entire community with access to clean water and sanitation, food and nutrition, healthcare, and alternative income training for parents. Our first classroom is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013!
How you can help: By donating any amount you can. Every donation brings us one step closer to helping an entire village and making a lasting difference in the lives of 350 children and their families for generations to come.
“Gifts from the Universe” will match your donation! To thank you for your support, Gifts from the Universe will match every donation (up to $30,000)! That’s how much we care. That’s how much we value your support.
GFTU, Inc. will match your donation!
COME WITH US TO AFRICA!
We’re planning a trip to AFRICA to visit our villages in 2015!!! During our visit, we will pay a visit to the villages we’ve “adopted” and meet the people who we’ve helped face to face. Plus we’ll take a safari through Kenya and witness the greatest animal migration on the planet! If ever there was a "trip of a lifetime," this is it. We hope you’ll come with us! Join us in Africa
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Please join me in a free 1 hour talk with my friend, Cynthia Kersey!
Cynthia’s an expert on how you can literally transform your life and your business through the power of service and contribution. As you’ll soon hear, she’s already funded 100 homes in Nepal and 37 primary schools in Africa!
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- A TUT Adventurers proposal to team up with Cynthia and maybe even visit Africa!
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Through Cynthia’s work and connections, as you’re about to hear, TUTTERS now have the opportunity to sponsor a village, collectively, in Africa! At the end of our call she’ll share how we might proceed and what you can do personally to not only be a part of this awesome opportunity, but to engage the Universe with your own demonstrations in giving, earn free gifts, and get plugged into future updates that will keep us informed, twice a year of our village’s progress. My personal dream is to actually pay our village(s) a visit after our school is built and our support has been invested into infrastructure... maybe you’ll join me!
At a minimum, please tune into this call for a “spiritual tune-up,” and then prepare to be astounded!
Yours in the adventure,
TUT SPONSOR A VILLAGE IMPACT REPORT
MWANGAZA, KENYA, EAST AFRICA
Help us eradicate poverty one village at a time!
Mwangaza is a rural Kipsigis community of 2,656 men, women, and children, located in Narok South District of Kenya. The Unstoppable Foundation in partnership with Free The Children and the Mwangaza community, has been implementing the Sponsor a Village development model for nearly two years. During this time, the community has accomplished many successes and developments.
Mwangaza Before and After Sponsor a Village
History of Clean Water and Sanitation in Mwangaza
- No households had access to safe water
- Few sanitary facilities
- Need to walk for miles to find water at times
When the Unstoppable Foundation started supporting the SAV model with implementing partner Free The Children, all community members lacked access to clean water sources. Moreover, clean water sources were also unavailable at the primary school. It takes girls and women approximately 5 hours each day to fetch water, preventing girls from attending school regularly and disrupting the ability of women to engage in alternative income generating opportunities. In addition to these challenges, the community has been confronted with drought that affects agricultural practices, livestock and food security.
Clean Water and Sanitation UPDATE
A rainwater catchment system has been implemented as an initial solution to provide clean water to the community. This solution is effective but challenging during the dry season. Our partner continues to work with the community to ensure that the water is as safe and clean as possible. In addition, new solutions are being considered by the community to determine the most effective and sustainable water solutions for the long term.
History of Health in Mwangaza
- Severe famine in 2008 & 2009
- High inflation of food prices
- Two successive years of crop failure
- Malaria and typhoid common
- Extreme malnutrition, especially among children
- No healthcare facilities or health education
Before SAV was introduced, the community had limited to no access to health education, information or services. Traditionally, the community has suffered most commonly from typhoid, malaria, pneumonia, malnutrition and meningitis.
- 248 students were dewormed to prevent parasitic infection
- Mwangaza Primary School has established a student health club to educate peers and family
- Student health education awareness training focuses on personal hygiene, puberty, first aid, and infection prevention
- Community members and women’s groups received training on STIs and prevention measures, first aid, the importance of immunization, post-natal care, nutrition, and malnutrition
During the last few months, health education awareness training has been given to students, the community, and women’s groups. Health education is one of the most affective mechanisms for preventing illness and keeping children in school. Student health education focused primarily on personal hygiene, puberty, first aid and infection prevention. General community members and women’s groups were given training on STIs and prevention measures, first aid, the importance of immunization, post-natal care, nutrition and malnutrition. During the last quarter, 298 students were dewormed to prevent parasitic infection. Mwangaza Primary School has also established a student health club. Students take great pride in disseminating health information to their peers and families, acting as health ambassadors for the entire community!
History of Income and Livelihood in Mwangaza
- Families live on less than $2 a day
- Small-scale farming and selling charcoal income
- Women did not have means to earn an income
Before SAV was introduced, many community members were living off of less than a dollar a day. Traditionally, men would make their living on subsistence farming and performing general labor. Women would typically sell extra firewood, perform casual labour and partake in chicken husbandry. To compound some of these challenges, over 80% of the community held debts for purposes of purchasing food, paying for school, and covering health related costs.
Income and Livelihood UPDATE
- Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLAs) have been established and members are receiving training in leadership skills, fund management, record keeping and meeting management in preparation for beginning to save.
- The community has established a women’s group who have received training on record keeping and leadership skills. The group now meets on a regular basis, implementing a merry-go-round savings plan.
- 800 seedlings have been planted by the community youth group to grow trees once they have matured.
History of Education in Mwangaza
- Severely overcrowded
- High dropout rate
- Illiteracy common
- Early marriages kept girls out of school
- Child labor kept children out of school
Mwangaza Primary School was started through the community members’ initiatives back in 1998. Unfortunately, the school was forced to close due to the community’s inability to continue to pay teacher salaries. Fortunately, in 2006, the school was able to re-open. When our implementing partners, Free The Children, first introduced the Sponsor a Village model in Mwangaza, the community was facing challenges regarding low school enrolment rates and poor attendance. The community also continues to lack adequate school infrastructure for all the children.
We are very excited to announce that the TUT Sponsor a Village program is already underway. Volunteers have completed TUT’s schoolhouse stone walling up to the 7th course (there are up to 10 courses; ring beam concreting follows and then roofing.)
History of Agriculture and Food Security in Mwangaza
Prior to the implementation of SAV, up to a third of the community’s livestock would die during the dry season. The community has traditionally sourced its food from their farms and market. During the East African Drought, the Narok District Adopt a Village communities faced two consecutive crop failures. To add to these challenges, the district also experienced high inflation on the price of food, particularly maize and beans, which had quadrupled in cost.
Agriculture and Food Security UPDATE
- The school nutrition program provides a nutritious meal to all students daily.
- A demonstration garden has been planted on a small plot of land to teach farming techniques to all community members.
A school nutrition program was implemented and continues to provide a reliable and nutritious meal to every student each day of school. The school nutrition program not only provides a nutritious meal to students each day, but it also mitigates drop-out rates and strengthens student attentiveness and concentration in class. The community has seen much success with their demonstration garden. The garden is a small plot of land that acts as an outdoor classroom for all community members to learn farming techniques and give the community a central location for agriculture training. The garden is currently growing cassavas, sweet potatoes, onions, passion fruit, avocados, blackberries and papayas. The garden continues to provide sustainable food security solutions for the community and will only continue to strengthen the community’s agricultural endeavours.
Total Raised Since May 2008
|Athletics of Haiti||$7,000||Donate|
|Pets of the Homeless||$3,241||Donate|
|Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund||$10,072||Donate|
|World Food Program USA||$4,836||Donate|
|Hope Worldwide Kenya||$4,969||Donate|
|Whole Planet Foundation||$3,732||Donate|
|Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Fund||$53,353||Donate|
|Learning Forum International||$4,375||Donate|
|International Medical Corps||$5,314||Donate|
|Smile Network International||$3,137||Donate|
|Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee||$8,595||Donate|
|American Refugee Committee||$4,687||Donate|
|Friends Of Animals||$3,930||Donate|
|The Nature Conservancy||$5,345||Donate|
|Casting For Recovery||$2,600||Donate|
|African Wildlife Foundation||$3,680||Donate|
|House Of The Children||$4,383||Donate|
|The Red Cross||$6,759||Donate|
|Puppies Behind Bars||$9,579||Donate|
|World Wildlife Fund||$6,286||Donate|
|International Peace Institute||$4,678||Donate|
|Earth Day Network||$4,716||Donate|
|Freedom From Hunger||$8,511||Donate|
|Cancer Research Institute||$5,768||Donate|
|Habitat For Humanity International||$6,904||Donate|
|The National Arbor Day Foundation||$5,019||Donate|
|The USA Humane Society||$11,435||Donate|
|Humane Farming Association||$10,972||Donate|
|Doctors Without Borders||$23,114||Donate|
|Missing And Exploited Children||$6,457||Donate|
|Gifts from the Universe||$20,832||View|
|Habitat For Humanity Orlando||$6,091||View|
|Women's Learning Partnership||$9,327||View|