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We need to educate: Micro Agriculture n Health...read our story
Humanity for Sustainable Development (HSD) and Footprints Possibilities Inc have completed their first three months of joint efforts. Together we are bringing attention to the efforts and mission of HSD in Kenya. HSD strives to make the lives of young children especially young girls better. Through programs based in hands-on community efforts, HSD strives to make a difference in the lives of their young people mentally and physically. Footprint is very happy to try to assist in this endeavor and we reach out to all interested benefactors and other like-minded NGOs who would like to assist.
HSD continues in its long-term program of empowering and educating young girls. This begins at puberty with education and knowledge. Self-respect and awareness are part of solutions and success for girls as they mature and enter their reproductive years. But as you can see this approach has not left out young men and boys. They have an equal role in making sure their sisters and female friends grow up healthy and strong. So education is not only focused on young girls, it is equally provided to young boys. They have their role to play and their responsibilities are just as important as those of young girls.
But even empowered children are impoverished if they are not well fed. HSD continues in its fostering of good practices, animal husbandry and promotion of other agricultural techniques. These are all aimed at improving not just the quantity of food that can be produced, but its quality as well. This NGO works where people live. It goes to their homes and talks to them in the field. It works with the tools and resources that are available and optimizes those for best results. The results are what you see and those or positive. Crop rotation, clean husbandry, multiple crop harvesting and other techniques are implemented , followed and optimized.
Education is then made much easier if children are mentally fit and physically sound. HSB works with teachers in schools. Multimedia educational material in English promotes good living and addresses some of the same problems that plague all countries and peoples. Sex education, avoiding drug use and alcohol or all problems that any parent in any country are aware of. They are no strangers to Kenya as they are common in most other countries. Education tries to make a difference. It tries to reach children at a young age and bring them up with knowledge about the real world, both what is good and healthy for them as well as its pitfalls, short comings, and problems.
Footprints welcomes benefactors and NGO's that are like minded in joining HSD in its campaign. We need resources and resources take funding. We are aware that there is much need and limited funding, but I would ask that these images and the efforts being placed by HSD warrant a different look and a careful consideration for help. We look forward to a successful second quarter and look for donations to assist in this very important work.
We need shipping paid: Used books are waiting...read our story
Our effort continues both with providing used books and trying to help CSAG in its effort to build a new library. In 2019 a detailed design was provided along with drawings and a list of needed materials. This application is pending approval and the Covid19 disaster has not helped it progress. Meanwhile two shipments of 1100 books each have been sent and received. A 3d shipment is pending. The current school house has been outgrown and the new library is not available yet. In anticipation of additional books and in need of a larger facility, a temporary building has been located.
The temporary building is now abandoned but is being occupied and prepared to be used as a library and classroom. This will provide more room for the students as well as being able to store the books we are sending. Generous support has been provided and the 3d shipment of books is pending to be delivered in the fall.
Footprints is not alone in helping CSAG. A volunteer from Russia was available this past year. A teacher by training she was able to connect with the students using our books. This was a great ability for the kids to be exposed to different teaching methods. We were very happy to see the smiles on the kids faces, the books in their hands and the assistance that came from so far away.
More can be done and more will be done. The new Library application process with the Japanese embassy should start again. The Covid19 pandemic is easing and we are now in phase 2 of a five step approval process. Meanwhile the temporary building can be used. This will allow more room for teaching and storing books. With your generous support additional books can be sent. With the help of the Japanese embassy a new library can be built. Let’s all work together to get this done.
We need parts: Old laptops, printers, monitors...read our story.
Footprint Possibilities has been collecting, repairing and returning to service old and abandoned laptops. Laptops are donated often because they are considered too old for streaming or gaming. The fact is that these laptops, although not popular or desired for these functions, are perfect for most schoolwork. Emails, reading and homework assignments are easily done on old machines. The next problem is finding a commercial enterprise that will take on these older machines, repair them and return them to service. This has not been possible as the machines are too old to economically repair. Footprint though has found a away.
The Footprint supervisor, having many other skills, also can repair equipment. All machines, some of them 7 to 10 years old, have been returned to service and have worked perfectly well for homework assignments. Children who had heretofore been working on their parents cell phones doing homework now have a working laptop. With a hotspot off of that same cell phone a laptop is a much better platform to finish and study homework. All machines have been well received and are now in use.
The first batch of six laptops has been delivered and many of these photos were taken of the families while using them. Software was installed, the machines were reconfigured for current Internet connectivity and all are functioning appropriately. We ask for donations to keep this effort going.
There are many laptops that are brought to Footprint as well for repair. Families of need do not have the money required to repair them. Likewise as explained above, when these older machines are taken to a commercial store, they are told that economically they are not worth repairing. But, footprints disagrees and older machines are perfectly suitable for most homework and education purposes. Funding is also needed to repair these machines as they are presented.
Please find our website at footprintpossibilities.org. Please donate anything you can. The smallest amount of money can repair a keyboard, purchase a mouse, repair a microphone and make an old machine live again. A simple review of these images will tell you the story. Old machines bring education to those that are shut in and breaks the isolation that Covid has inflicted on the entire world.
We need Labor: Supervision of Works....read our story.
Water Supply Footprint is pleased to continue a relationship with the community of Mocambo Arriba (MCA) in Panama. This relationship stretches back to July of 2016 when the University of Pittsburgh provided a conceptual design for a forced main water supply. This project was a near $1,000,000 program that was difficult to fund and was never successfully completed.
Recently the community discovered that potable water resources are now available much nearer to the community and more importantly above the elevation of the community. Footprints was pleased to be called back after five years to help the community realize its long term dream of having municipal water flowing into each of their homes. First we met with the community leaders. It was important for us to renew our relationship, go over past programs and determine the scope of upcoming work. The program as it was originally developed could not have been built for its complexity and cost. But it appears that there are new locations of water much closer to the community and more importantly at an elevation above the community. Just as footprints had done before the community leaders requested that we help them with a conceptual design. This design would culminate in a bill of materials, a specification and drawings. The community meeting was then held and a vote was needed to proceed. This meeting had been previously announced and was greatly anticipated. We had a good turn out . The community leaders first explained the program and what was ahead for the village. Footprints was then provided an opportunity to address the attendees. It was important to manage expectations and to allow the residents to understand what could and could not be provided. Funding would be available to the community but it would need a design.
Footprints can provide this service free of charge and it offered to do so for a second time. A vote was held and it was a unanimous decision by all in attendance to proceed with the program. We are very happy to do this and will have Michigan Technological University in the United States provide the conceptual and final design package for this program. The scheduled implementation for the construction is February to March of 2022 and the design package should be available for the community in December of 2021. Some of the site work that is still required was done on the day of the meeting. The main feeder will descend from a point above the community which was briefly visited. This pipeline will flow by gravity to an area where a storage tank will be built. From the storage tank a distribution network is required for four distinct sectors of the community. This will all be included in the final design package.
We look forward to getting started on this program and Michigan Technological University has agreed to this important scope of work