On this page you will find the projects for which In2Afrika tries to be a partner. The areas in which our projects operate are very diverse. From agriculture or education up to animal welfare and health care. All projects, however, fall within our core values of the civil society. More on this can be found in our policy.
For each project we wrote a project report to take you with us on our visit to that project. Then we took an interview at every project, with someone who has an important role in the project. So as to provide a good insight into who these people are and what is pushing them forward. During these interviews, we talk about the project, about their vision on development and the image of Africa.
Which project can count on your support?
Project 1: HumanityHelpingSudan
Mayang Reath Kher’s life story is impressive. As a young men he had to escape the civil war in South-Sudan. As one of the few, with no home left to go to, he got the chance to go to college in the United States. But Mayang never forgot where he came from. With HumanityHelpingSudan he supports his ‘Lost Boys’, the boys (and girls) that lost everything in the civil war. In the refugee-camps just across the border with Ethiopia, he tries to create a future for these young people, by providing them with education and skills to build their lives and their community.
We will travel to Gambela, Ethiopia, right across the border with South-Sudan, to see the work that Mayang does in the refugee-camps. Check out the website of the project below:
Project 2: Waste Pickers Alliance Uganda
WPA is an organisation that is committed to the interests of the wasteworkers of Uganda. The organisation aims not only at better workingconditions for wasteworkers, but also tries to eliminate the taboos that rest on the profession of wasteworker in Uganda. Besides this, WPA gives labor-training to its employees so that they are able to negotiate a better price for their waste, and therefore to enable them to make an independent living. This is important, because wasteworkers are often exploited, unable to make a good living of their jobs, and therefore have to get into criminal activities or prostitution. We want to show you the work the WPA does in Uganda’s capital Kampala, and support where possible. Check WPA’s website:
Project 3: Elsus Foundation
In 2013 Milou van Mulken, just like Vincent student of the Outreaching Honors Program, started her project on Bussi Island from scratch. Bussi Island is a small Island without electricity in the Victorialake, near the coast of Uganda. Bussi Memere Primary school, the local Primary School, urgently needed help. Malnutrition is a problem, since there are no funds to feed the children at school during the day. Supplying the school with school-meals would improve the development and education of the kids in the school, and moreover would be an encouragement for the parents to send their kids to school! Milou took this as her job, and set up an agricultural system on the island to supply the primary school with food for the kids. Besides school meals, the project now also focusses on other challenges on the island, like the quality of the education. In the meantime Lunch for a Child has been re-named as Elsus-foundation: Eat, Learn, Sustain. Check out the website here:
Project 4: Ubuntu-Academy, Kaapstad
The Ubuntu-Academy in Cape Town, South-Africa is a school for arts, entrepreneurship and leadership. To use Ubuntu’s own words:
'We’re a place of inspiration for young, talented people who want to make a difference in their own life and that of others.
We believe that every single person in the world has potential and talents. And we use arts – music, dance, drama, film, photography, design – to unleash that. The creativity and passion is combined with entrepreneurship and leadership to instil business sense and proactivity.
In this way, our students are guided to become creative leaders of the next generation, to manifest positive social change and to be part of the emerging culture in South Africa. And ultimately, to prepare them for a prosperous life that they can create.’
Click along to find out all about Ubuntu Academy!
Project 5: Arusha Future Stars Academy
Arusha Future Stars Academy (FSA) is a football academy for youth and young adults. In addition to football, the focus at FSA, however, is mainly being a Youth-Empowerment Movement, with a focus on the vulnerable youth of Arusha. They are working on this empowerment by three so-called 'core activities':
- Training - Education - Competition
Core insight is the use of football in all its aspects, as a means to inspire the vulnerable youth of Arusha and motivate them to be involved model-citizens. Through football and the way FSA lets them experience this, they learn dealing with certain factors of life, and they will become strong. Teamwork, positivity, healthy living and dedication are core values.
The best or most dedicated footballers are being selected for the main team in their age group, the Black Mambas, competing in the regional competition.
Want to know what the other things are which FSA does and what our partnership with the Academy will consist of, then click ahead!
Project 6: World of Weaving
The mission of World of Weavers is to improve the economic, cultural and social well-being of Tanzanian women by giving them training in textile-designing and –producing, and helping them to put their products on the market. They work from a central point in Dasr es Salaam, where knowledge and expertise is getting shared. This is where international designers and representatives of various ‘weaving communities' come together to create new designs and collections.
The weavers who come here spread this knowledge and ideas further to their different communities, where the production begins. WOW then also works with different groups of weavers to modernize and by diversifying to generate more sales for their collection, with a sustainable income for the weavers as a result. Every WOW-product is hand woven and made from 100% Tanzanian cotton. As WOW puts this itself:
‘The women take great pride in their profession and by purchasing their products you support the weaver who made it, her family and her wider community.’
Project 7: Sishemo Facebook
Sishemo is a non-profit organization based in Lusaka, whose main objective is to support people so they can maximize their potential in all facets of life. Despite the focus on young children, Sishemo is also committed to young adults and adult men and women. Drive and passion is influencing both people and systems, based on the propagation of a values and lifestyle. Sishemo implements this clear by means of three key activities which constitute the operational end of the institution:
3. HEALTH CARE
In Sishemo’s own words: ‘Through education, our aim is to raise relevant 21st century leaders. Whit health we seek to create health awareness and good seeking health practices. The agriculture prong seeks to promote sustainable agricultural methods.’
Project 8: GKMT
The "Geef de kinderen van Mpongwe een toekomst- foundation (GKMT) is a Dutch initiative from Ton Korsten-Korenromp, who lives in Jabeek (Zuid-Limburg). The GKMT-foundation has its focus especially on women, young people and vulnerable (orphan) children in the Mpongwe-District in Zambia. This is a rural district, dominated by the numerous mines in the area. The population consists mostly of small farmers who grow corn. Through the production of charcoal, fishing and the sale of home grown fruit and vegetables, people try to supply their livelihood.
In the Mpongwe-district, GKMT attempts to provide a community-wide support, with a focus on small children. They do this by establishing and supporting various projects. GKMT;
Ensure that some 100 (orphaned) children can go to school and builds community schools in remote villages;
Builds education-homes through which teachers can come to remote schools, and therefore children are taught by well-trained teachers;
Installing water pumps in rural villages, building latrines in schools;
Builds all kinds of supporting skills centers and 'income-generating projects’ for the local population;
And do much, much more
Project 9: Source Connections
Source Connection is a Dutch initiative that is working alongside the local Zambian population towards a better future. ‘Knowledge is the key to a better future’, had therefore been their motto for more than 10 years. In the autumn of 2012, Source Connection started a new project called Agriculture and Food Security in Zambia. Together with local partner Farming God's Way they give training to the Zambian locals about agriculture in the area east of Livingstone, close to the Zambezi River. At present there is nothing to gain from the agriculture. The yields are so low that they also depend on food aid from the government.
Source Connection wants to change this by deploying smart farming techniques in the coming years. On the one hand the people will be able to provide for their own food and in addition, they will be able to bring their surplus to local markets and engage in further life-maintains in this way.
Project 10: Awaretrust
In the beginning of May, In2Afrika will reach the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare. In Harare we will visit an animal welfare organization called the Aware Trust.
The mission of AWARE-trust is to proactively continue to protect the welfare of wild animals and their habitats, in particular through the preservation of veterinary, and growing the awareness of the animal health and environmental threats to wildlife species and their habitat.
AWARE trust was set up when the managers in 2004 had much difficulty raising funds for a former project. There was a need for a local organization supported by donors who would be able to facilitate projects such as these and finance them as well.
Click on the image to read more about AWARE on the project page, or use the button to go to Awaretrust's website!
Project 11: Penduka
In Namibia our last project is located: Penduka in Windhoek. Penduka is an empowerment organization for woman and local communities in Windhoek, Namibia. Penduka works with the women of Katutura and other communities to develop livelihoods and a better quality of life through a focus on work, trust, mutual care and support.
It pays particular attention to women who are disadvantaged through poverty, disability, ill-health or lack of education. It empowers them to develop their skills and talents and markets these to the international and national community through crafts and community based tourism. In handing woman opportunities to master skills and explore their talents, the woman are given a chance to create an autonomous existence for themselves and their communities. Penduka is supported from the Netherlands. The main activities of Penduka are:
- Crafts production and sales - wholesale and retail, international and national
- Tourist and conference accommodation including restaurant and some cultural activities
- TB Management in the Khomas Region in Windhoek, Namibia
Project 12: Green Dessert Farm
Africa is a very diverse continent, among others in its diverse natural beauty. Next to the enormous green area’s in central Africa the continent for a considerable part is covered by dessert. In these area’s food supply is a difficult issue, since growing crops and keeping livestock is complicated because of the drought. This problem is relevant for the inhabitants in the Minya-region in central Egypt.
A couple years ago agricultural engineer Zkareya Ezz Labib started GDAD (Green Dessert Association for Development). Labib’s goal is to develop his town Nag’Eddek and the surrounding region on the basis of agricultural development.
Via the Teje Foundation from the Netherlands, a foundation that supports multiple projects in Egypt, we came across this project. The GDAD’s main goals are:
- general development of the towns in the region;
- increase of environmental awareness;
- usage of modern agricultural techniques based on biological agriculture;
- rationalization of waterusage.
Project 13: Ushamwari
Medical specialists at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis(OLVG) are since 2012 involved with three hospitals in Zimbabwe. These hospitals are controlled by the Dominican Sisters, a religious organization based in Harare. The doctors of the OLVG became deeply impressed by the dedication and resilience of the doctors and nurses who work with such limited resources. Consequently, in 2012 the Foundation Ushamwari ("friendship") OLVG Zimbabwe was founded. The aim is to support their Zimbabwean colleagues. Small-scale, and with structural projects.
The foundation supports three partner hospitals in Zimbabwe. One of them is the St. Theresa's hospital in Mvuma, lying between Harare and Bulawayo. In2Afrika will visit this hospital on the journey and observe the influence of cooperation on the Zimbabwean practice.
Ushamawari Foundation recognized the enormous potential of Zimbabwe. It is a fertile country with many natural resources and an overwhelming natural beauty. But the greatest potential of the country is in the people themselves, according to the Foundation: resilient, spirited people, still living with the highest level of education in Africa. But the country has also been hit hard by the HIV epidemic, which disrupted Zimbabwe. In addition, the country is facing serious economic and political problems. A bad image threatens the country to be "forgotten". Ushamawari Foundation is trying to prevent this in her own way.