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We listen to the members of our communities to understand what support they need.  We then endeavour to provide the means to make sustainable, community driven solutions.

This might mean the development of income generation projects,  community construction projects or setting up workshops and training sessions for members of our communities.  These help develop vital infrastructure and solve problems that these communities face whilst also helping with poverty reduction – giving communities a long-term chance of breaking the cycle of poverty.

Current and recent projects

Caregiver Training:  We’ve really enjoyed seeing the progress of our Caregivers through an on-going series of training sessions.  Led by our ECD Trainer, along with support from St Andrew’s International Primary School, these have been largely workshop based covering a range of subjects such as making TALULAR resources, reading and telling stories, number activities and games, learning through play, child development and disability awareness/inclusion.

The Caregivers have increasingly embraced this training and are now putting it into practice with the self-initiated implementation of learning journals for the children.

WASH, Nutrition and Parent Awareness Training:  Awareness is a fundamental first step along the road to making a sustainable positive impact in our communities.  At our DFID centres we’ve been able to introduce training programs where we have provided workshops on gender equality, child safeguarding, childhood ailments and diseases and family planning.

We’ve also been able to hold two-day WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and Nutrition workshops across these centres.  These two topics go hand in hand towards helping helping people stay healthy and safe.  We like to make these sessions as interactive as possible as we find our attendees are most receptive to hands-on training so we try and keep the group sizes small but repeat them three times at each centre to ensure that they are accessible to everyone.

Through these sessions, parents have made child friendly toilets and learnt about basic hygiene rules to help keep their families safe.  We’ve also covered how to cook more healthily, the importance of a balanced diet and how to make juice from locally available fruits such as the baobab fruit and the importance of vitamins in our diet.

Kitchen Garden Committees:  We have loved seeing the fruits, sometimes quite literally, of our Kitchen Garden Committees.  We organised training for these members who have now set up a kitchen garden near each CBCC where crops are grown.  These provide supplementary food to the likuni phala such as carrots or sweet potatoes, or they can alternatively be used as a cash crop to purchase fruit for the children.

Members also had the opportunity to go on compost training and we are currently looking into the possibility of compost toilets to make this a sustainable option for future development.

Joshua Maize Mill:  The construction of the Maize Mill (completed in 2013) means that the villagers no longer have to walk for over 10 kilometres to the nearest mill. In addition to employing 4 local people the mill generates a profit which is used to support orphans and the elderly who no longer have family members to take care of them. The rainwater harvesting system takes water from the roof of the mill during the rainy season and has a capacity to store 30,000 litres. The rainwater storage tanks eliminate the need for up to 50 families to walk 5 kilometres find water which may be polluted.

Improving access to clean water:  we work with the communities to drill boreholes, most recently in 2018 in Solomoni with the support of Engineers without Borders.

Construction of lifesaving bridges:  rivers can quickly become dangerous in the rainy season, meaning either a lengthy detour or a risky crossing.  Joshua worked with a number of communities to construct vital bridges – saving journey times and lives.

Unfortunately, one footbridge built at Sigilege previously was washed away by Cyclone Idai in march 2019.  Thankfully, other Joshua supported bridges survived the cyclone more successfully.