Happy Solstice, Father's Day, Juneteenth, to all those who are celebrating.
There is a lot going on all around the world.
And it has been a very busy time for us as well. As you will see from the stories below.
We are planning a small celebration for our own anniversary this year - 20 Years - which will be happening in November, in Tanzania. Stay tuned for details. You are invited. If you are already planning on making the journey to Arusha and need to know specific dates now, please do email me.
Enjoy the photos and stories below.
As always, we are truly grateful for you for your ongoing support.
Stay safe and well.
International Day of the African Child Focal Areas: Education, Health, Environment, Human Rights
On 10 June 2021, Terrawatu Co-Hosted an event to kick off celebrations of the International Day of the African Child (16 June). Together with our partner Emayani Foundation, we held educational talks on children's rights and responsibilities, health and the environment. Books and syllabi were donated to Mkonoo Primary School in Arusha Region. It was a great day of celebration.
Mkonoo Women's Network Visits JSFoundation Focal Areas: Health, Environment, Small Business Development
At the end of May, Terrawatu Field Officer Boniface Msuya accompanied a group of women from our original tree planting network in Mkonoo on an exchange visit with our partner JSFoundation. The group spent several days sharing ideas and activities and overnighting in the town of Karatu, Tanzania.
Learn all about the JSF moringa project and practice cultivation and processing techniques;
Share experiences between women's group from Karatu and Mkonoo;
Discuss market issues with moringa.
All in all, the exchange visit was a great success as the women from Mkonoo were happy to witness a moringa project in its later stages and returned to their village eager to spread the knowledge with other women in their community who have just begun planting moringa.
Moving forward, Terrawatu will facilitate additional moringa cultivation and processing on our new permaculture demonstration farm and on the land at Kibowa Orphans Centre.
Thank you to everyone who made this exchange visit possible!
Chakula na Dawa Usalama
Meaning 'Food and Medicine/Health Security', Terrawatu's signature project for our 20th Anniversary year is the Chakula na Dawa Usalama project.
This project includes our new permaculture farm in Mkonoo that we took stewardship of in January 2021. The Mkonoo Women's Network, which has been in existence since the beginning of Terrawatu's activities in the region, are tending to the farm. In addition to vegetables and fruits, moringa and other traditional medicinal plants are being cultivated. A pump to pull water from the nearby river has been installed. This enables tanks to be filled and permanent water is now available. This plot serves as a demonstration farm so that members from surrounding communities can come and learn permaculture techniques they can utilize on their own plots.
Happening simultaneously with growing new crops and medicines, is an effort to upgrade the cooking facilities at our orphanages and schools. Kitchen remodeling work is already underway. Upcoming plans include: purchasing locally-made fuel efficient stoves, designing cooking classes for students, 'pop-up' restaurants for income generation and business development, and creation of new recipes that honor cultural traditions while being easier to prepare and equally, if not more, nutritious.
We are currently actively fundraising for this project. Please visit our Giving Page to contribute to these efforts.
In July, two amazing young women volunteers, one from Dubai and the other from California, will be in-country to work with the women's groups, orphans and students. Stay tuned for their stories in the next newsletter and on our social media channels.
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