From: Global Service Corps [gsc@globalservicecorps.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 11:51 AM
To: operations@globalservicecorps.org
Subject: New Projects Launched in Tanzania
Global Service Corps Exciting News from GSC Tanzania!
The USDA Jatropha and Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (JANI) Project
In our June 2009 Newsletter Global Service Corps (GSC) announced its participation in a new US Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded rural development project in food security, nutrition and HIV/AIDS education in Tanzania. Over the last few months in Tanzania, in collaboration with Partners for Development, GSC’s work in food security and nutrition has seen several exciting new developments as a result of the newly launched USDA project. The USDA Jatropha and Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (JANI) Project seeks to increase Jatropha cultivation while improving food security and nutrition for Jatropha farmer households. As part of this project, GSC is spearheading the development of sustainable home gardens, rural poultry vaccinations, nutrition and HIV trainings and water catchment systems. These new developments are providing additional rural development training opportunities for GSC volunteers. Updates on the catchment systems, poultry vaccinations, and volunteer opportunities are reported below.
Water Catchment System Project
GSC has pioneered the introduction of plastic-lined trenches called hafirs, which are designed to collect rain water run-off from roofs and nearby catchment areas. These hafirs provide access to water near houses, making it readily available for home and garden use, even where water is scarce. The first six hafirs were dug in Lashaine village using materials donated by two local hardware stores.The hafirs are easily replicated due to their simplicity and low-cost, making them an attractive option for these communities. They will enable kitchen gardens even in the driest of communities, especially after the long 2009 drought ends and will save local women and children the drudgery of going some distance to collect water for the household. Local communities provided overwhelmingly positive feedback on this project.
Sack Garden for a family affected by HIV/AIDS The Rural Poultry Vaccination (or, “Catch-A-Chicken”) Project
A poultry vaccination initiative has also been met with much enthusiasm, dramatically reducing the number of chickens lost to disease. The highly contagious Newcastle Disease plagues domestic birds in areas all over the world, and many Tanzanian families suffer from the severe loss of income and potential nutrition. GSC has provided training for 28 community vaccinators in 6 villages, and is preparing for the 2nd vaccination campaign in Olkereyan village where healthy flocks are already seeing a steady increase in numbers. Community Vaccinators assisted by GSC volunteers will collect data during the 2nd vaccination campaign for each household to determine the total number of chickens, the number consumed, the number sold, and the number of deaths since the last vaccination to confirm the vaccine’s continued positive impact.
Home Garden for an orphanage Expanded Volunteer Opportunities
Two new long-term volunteers have joined the GSC Tanzania team through New Zealand’s Voluntary Service Abroad: one community development Masters degree-holder, and one experienced agricultural volunteer. The specialized skills they bring play a key role in engaging shorter-term volunteers and assisting in project fieldwork. GSC-TZ recently hosted 13 international agriculture volunteers, 4 international HIV/AIDS and nutrition volunteers, and 6 local Tanzania college interns who worked as apprentices alongside our staff. These volunteer participants have taken on village garden trainings, rural poultry vaccination training, and HIV/AIDS prevention and nutrition training. Community interest in international volunteers has enhanced the local turnout at rural trainings. Volunteers have also aided with expanded public exposure by distributing over 2,000 handouts at the weekend-long TASO NaneNane Fair in August. Liaisons under development with US universities and land-grant colleges are providing additional opportunities for long-term volunteers and fellows to work with GSC and local partners on the JANI project.
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