The Year ahead - our programme priorities for 2015
During 2015, The Mango Tree plan to expand our Education, Community Livelihoods and Health and WASH programmes to reach more of our community members. Also, in the year ahead we will continue investing in better governance structures. We will seek out opportunities for further organisational growth and new partnerships. We plan to increase the diversity of income streams and encourage greater independence of our African partners.
The Kyela Polytechnic College is in the process of launching a new Secondary and Tertiary Education Bursary Programme. This programme is part of our strategy to restructure and streamline project delivery in Tanzania, to build long-term sustainable education provision in the District. From 2014/15, KPC has taken on the provision of means tested educational support for TMT registered orphans and vulnerable young people. Two new grants from the Samworth Foundation and Oglesby Charitable Trust in late 2014, will also enable us to provide improved facilities for our boarding students, as well as establishing a new driving school course to raise enrolment of students and enable the College to become financially independent.
In Kenya, in 2015 we plan to expand our extra curricula work by providing a more structured holiday learning support, such as drama, dance and sports activities, which add value to existing government education provision. We will establish vibrant boys’ clubs in 5 primary schools and complete our new resource centre at Rakwaro Chief's camp.
Early this year we conducted another household survey in Rachuonyo District in order to assess levels of need amongst the guardian families we support. This has enabled us to be more targeted with our livelihoods project funds, ensuring that resources and inputs support those most at risk from extreme poverty. We have identified 200 high risk, ‘category red’ families who will be supported with agricultural training and inputs during 2015. Our agricultural work in Kenya will focus on community aquaculture, tissue cultured bananas, grafted mangoes, early maturing cassava, sorghum production and bee keeping.
In Tanzania, our livelihoods work will focus on the ‘Shamba Darasa’ system of demonstration farms and agricultural training in partnership with the local government agricultural department. This will gradually be managed by Kyela Polytechnic College as part of the establishment of a new Agricultural Department which we plan to develop in 2015.
New Project: Model Farm social enterprise project: The TMT Kenya model farm now provides training to local smallholders, trials new ideas and technologies, offers practical work experience opportunities to young people and produces it’s own income from the sale of cash crops, poultry and tilapia fish. The farm’s four model fishponds provide aquaculture training to support our ‘Kobala Aquaculture Project’, which is providing new livelihoods opportunities for unemployed fishermen. Our mango tree-grafting scheme is upgrading local drought resistant varieties and improved varieties of cassava are benefiting local farmers.
This year we also started producing the food supplement, Spirulina, a blue-green algae widely produced and commercialized as a dietary supplement for modulating immune function. The farm now provides Spirulina to under-nourished children and people living with HIV. With a tested local market, strong community linkages and a range of beneficiary-led projects to invest in, TMT Kenya is now ready to launch their model farm as a larger scale social enterprise project, for which we start developing a business plan and fundraising in 2015.
Health & WASH
New project: Health Awareness & Rights in Rachuonyo North Distrct: We have started fundraising to expand our health awareness work, in rural communities and secondary schools in Kenya. This year we hope to deliver a new health awareness and gender rights project to build the capacity of rural people to safeguard their health against common diseases such as Malaria, Cholera, Typhoid and HIV, and also tackle Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and gender-based violence (GBV). The work will specifically target those most disadvantaged and vulnerable to exclusion: girls and young women; female guardians of OVC, and those who are HIV+, teenagers or elderly people and people who suffer long term health needs or disabilities.
We will use innovative awareness theatre, follow-on health education workshops, and seminars which promote disease prevention, safe water management and provide SRHR and GBV awareness. The project will also address maternal health with breastfeeding support, antenatal and post-natal care and advice. To compliment health education activities we will continue to support the construction of toilets in primary schools and provide HIV testing and counselling services, basic primary health care, diagnostic and referral services and distribution of bed nets/ condoms and sanitary towels to those most at risk.
Organisational growth and partnerships
Over the past two years The Mango Tree has been investing in building better governance structures by recruiting new governance Board members and assuring a wider base of skills and expertise. The selection of new Board members will also be part of our wider plan for increasing the diversity of income streams and encouraging greater independence of African partners, KPC, TMT Kenya and TMT Tanzania.
This work will continue in 2015 with the development of new policies and procedures including IT, data protection, anti-bribery and corruption policies, and an updated child protection policy and procedure, which will include vulnerable adults as well as children, and risk assessments for new projects.
We have also just installed a new satellite communication system in Kenya and are in the process of networking the departments and offices so that all staff can access the internet and share information. This new IT system, as well as a new beneficiary database will improve communication and reporting both in-country and between funding partners.
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