How do you save a village that has so many overwhelming struggles? Our answer: immediate health care, long term health care, food aid, education, conservation and self reliance. Your donation is urgently needed to continue providing these life giving services.
2015 Light Up Africa!
The students of the Jabulani Village in Zimbabwe are now able to do their homework, study and read after the sun goes down!
The Rotary of Carpenteria Morning Club provided a generous grant to the Ndebele Art Project for 100 solar powered reading lights. The lights were packed into barrels and shipped to the Rotary Club of Bulawayo. There they were received by NAP liaison Sydney Ncube who took them on the final leg of their journey to the Jabulani Village and the awaiting students.
We have completed the new borehole in the Jabulani Community Garden!
We couldn't be more excited to announce the drilling of a new water source is complete. Thanks to your donations we have provided a sustainable water source to feed yearly crops in the Jabulani Community Garden. Food from these crops are distributed to the Jabulani Villagers as well as used for an income source since they can be sold locally at farmer's markets around Victoria Falls. We continue to need donations to support our continuing village projects including windmill maintenance, fence construction and preschool repairs!
Men, woman & children carry heavy buckets of water one at a time back and forth from a single water source to either home, or to the community garden. Water is LIFE! Just ask these folks.
Estimated costs for a new borehole are close to $15,000 US. With your generous contribution NAP Africa can continue our mission of creating a sustainable environment for thousands of deserving families.
Windmill and water tank maintenance BH 114
Installation of one windmill and six water tanks have dramatically improved the functionality of the village water source, providing far greater efficiency than the previous borehole. This is a major step to improve overall village sanitation.
Project Cost: $25,000 US Who benefits: 500 local villagers Date of installation: July 2007 Upgrade tools for maintenance: March 2008 Installation of new water pipes: August 2010 Maintenance and upkeep: ongoing
Proposed expansion: more consistent source of water needed for community garden project.
Jabulani Early Education Pre-school Project Since 2006 NAP has utilized an abandoned school house on village property to operate a preschool, free of charge to local village children. Lista Nkomo is a certified teacher who has accepted up to 55 students. NAP is funding teacher salaries and have constructed two toilets on the grounds. NAP provides books, school supplies, tables and chairs at the site. Project Cost: Teacher salaries: $150 per month (2 teachers) Building improvements: In 2009 NAP built shelving in the school house, installed a new window for improved ventillation and fixed the leaky roof. Community members contributed by building a wooden security fence around the property.
Emergency Food and Health Care Aid With the countries ongoing economic hardship, unemployment stands at 80%. Zimbabwe experienced the highest inflation rate ever seen in the world and have, as of 2010, abandoned their own currency. Children and the elderly are among the hardest hit, struggling to meet daily survival needs. NAP is providing modest emergency monthlly funding to provide food and health care of the most vulnerable. Project Cost: $500 per month Who benefits: Food assistance for 25-50 and health care for any individual who requests funds for HIV meds or supplies from the wellness center
Wellness Center and Health Classes
In November 2008, July 2009 and July 2010 NAP hosted its first village health clinics staffed by Dr. Wendy Norman (Licensed Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist) and NAP volunteers. Over 200 village elders, adults and children have been assessed and treated with a variety of donated nutritional supplements. Each clinic visit includes classes addressing the importance of hygiene and how to treat common illnesses, such as dehydration, skin rashes and diarrhea. Many maladies associated with malnutrition, AIDS, untreated infections and parasites were documented.
In 2009, NAP hosted a successful reading glass clinic providing over 90 (mostly) elderly villagers with new vision! Thank you Eyezotics for your generous donation of glasses. NAP Board members Kathy Green and Mary Ann Soden returned again in 2012 to distribute well over 100 pairs of reading glasses.
On 2010 NAP hosted it's first HIV education puppet show performed by a local theater group lead by Petros Ndlovu and his talented staff. They returned again in 2012 and performed for over 100 children living around the Jabulani Village in Victoria Falls.
In 2012 NAP hosted village hygiene classes and sucessfully distributed over 100 hygeine kits and ORS (oral rehydration solution) to be used in times of illness and dehydration.
Project Cost: $2,500 for 2009 construction of a dedicated Wellness Center next to the Jabulani Preschool Project Cost: $3,000 for container shipment of medical supplies and supplements in 2009 Project Cost: ongoing monthly costs associated with stocking Center with pain meds, skin creams and malaria meds Who benefits: Rural villagers from a 50 mile radius have come to the Center for classes, clinics and on going treatment. Estimated attendance at 150 families.
Community Garden Project In 2008 NAP began the process of forming a Trust in Zimbabwe called the Zimbabwe Art Project. Local leaders who joined the Trust requested that we support an area near the windmill devoted to a large community garden. NAP began a plowing project to clear the land for the garden and in November 2009 community members planted the first maize crop. In 2010 NAP partnered with a large NGO, Environment Africa, who have offered classes in farming techniques and have helped construct a plant nursery on site. The second (winter) garden began planting in July 2010. Upcoming Project Costs: $3,000 for the construction of a sturdy wire fence around the garden. $500 for a variety of new gardening tools. $8,000 for a new water source to keep the garden irrigated properly. Who benefits: All community members willing to work in the garden are eligible to participate.
Bed Nets Thanks to our partnership with Againstmalaria.com NAP purchased 150 treated bed nets for village families. This aid is an important step in the prevention of malaria, one of the biggest disease killers in the world. Because these villagers live near the mighty Zambezi River, they are especially susceptible to the spread of mosquito carrying malaria Project Cost: $1,500 Who benefits: 150 families Project completed: November 2007