Contract awarded to Tanzanian architect
In mid-November we handed over the order to adapt the construction plans for the children’s houses prepared by HSBK-Oberhausen to Tanzanian building law to our Tanzanian architect Fredy. Fredy will then submit the building application.
First volunteer in the service of our NGO
From November 2021 until probably July 2022, the student Mafunda Masoud Saidi will supervise and also further develop some side projects for us in Lutindi. Mainly she will work on the “Single Mothers Cooperation”, the sewing project and the school feeding project.
Moving into the new C.B.R.O. office
With the hiring of our accountant Evaline, it had become necessary to move into a larger office, which was kindly provided by Lutindi Mental Hospital right next to our old office. C.B.R.O. took care of the renovation of the room itself (see slideshow under the heading “C.B.R.O.), so that Evaline could move into the new office in mid-November and immediately start training with the new accounting program.
Final talks with the DBHW on the establishment of an eye clinic in Korogwe in the town hall of the city of Duisburg
After a long period of preparatory work between the two boards of the association, a final meeting was held with the German Blind Relief Association (DBHV) to discuss the last steps towards the realisation of an eye clinic in Korogwe. The still missing commitments of the governmental and ecclesiastical side in Tanzania were discussed as well as a possible cost sharing. ZAC agreed to provide a significant part of the equipment and to finance it partly from its own funds, as the situation in the Tanga region with regard to the widespread disease “cataract” urgently needs to be counteracted. Our NGO will obtain the still missing commitments from the state and the church, so that nothing should stand in the way of project implementation.
New employee at our NGO “C.B.R.O.
With Evaline Vincent Raphael, C.B.R.O. has defined its first permanent employee. Evaline is a trained tax specialist and her main task will be to do the bookkeeping required by the state for NGOs and also to prepare the balance sheets of the past years. In this way, we meet the requirements for the operation of an NGO, which are stipulated by the state. This government requirement also includes the change of the existing fee contract with Ombeni into an employee contract, which will be implemented by the end of the year. This means that ZAC has two employees on the payroll, for whom taxes and social contributions, such as health insurance, are also paid.
Second presentation of our project work to Rotarians in Schloßpark
The second Rotary Club in Oberhausen under the leadership of President Dotzauer was also a great success for ZAC e.V.. Altogether, according to the result of the internal talks announced there by Michael Bülhoff, the Rotarians will provide us with 150,000 USD in a sum from regional support packages of the Rotary Clubs, Rotary-International and a donor from Hameln, which will mainly be used for all investments in our vocational training centre.
Project presentation at the Oberhausen Rotarians “Antony Hütte”.
At the beginning of September, we were given the opportunity to present our project work in a face-to-face event (with additional live broadcast) in front of a larger audience. We received a promise from the Rotarians about extensive funding for our project.
Commissioning of a Tanzanian architect
On the basis of the board’s decision, the trades for the construction of the children’s village will be assigned to a general contractor. For this purpose, we will commission a Tanzanian architect to revise the existing building plans (adaptation to Tanzanian building laws) and to search for a suitable building contractor. Before awarding the contract, alternative offers will be examined. At the beginning of September, the first architect contacted received our documents and has already visited the property.
High-ranking visitor in Lutindi
21.09.21 was a memorable day for the community of Lutindi and also for our NGO “C.B.R.O.” and ZAC e.V.. District Commissioner Mrs. Basila Mwanukuzi, the highest ranking politician in the Tanga region together with important district representatives, visited Lutindi at the invitation of Ombeni and used the occasion to inaugurate the Angaza Bridge to our property. Mrs Mwanukzi also officially handed over the school furniture to the two schools. In addition, she visited our property and informed herself about our project, the construction of Angaza Children’s Village, visited our sewing project and informed herself about the Single Mothers Cooperation that we have initiated.
School Feeding” Project Starts
The fact that people basically have to suffer hunger is as unacceptable as it is reality. That hunger is also not a good teacher is a fact that can hardly be discussed. In order to ensure daily school meals for the students of the two schools in Luitindi, we have jointly decided that we, as ZAC, will provide the schools with plots of land on our building land for their own cultivation, on which teachers can grow maize, beans, vegetables and fruit together with the student body. In addition to the land, we have also financed the necessary farming equipment and seeds. In August 2021, work began in the fields and the whole school was enthusiastically at work. We hope for a bountiful harvest.
Charity Golf Tournament “Golfers help
On 06 August 2021, the “Kanzlei am Kaiserberg”, under the lead organisation of Ronny Jasinski, invited to the traditional golf tournament “Golfers help” for the benefit of our project work. A good 70 golfers answered the call in partly difficult weather conditions and played in excellent results. Once again, many former MSV Duisburg players were among the golfers, such as Marvin Compper, Rudi Seliger, Werner Schneider, Erdal Keser, Ferry Schmidt and Rainer Schütterle.
In the end, more than 12,000 euros were raised for ZAC e.V.. A great result. We are looking forward to seeing you again in 2022. More pictures can be found on our homepage under the heading “Aktionen – Golfturnier 2021”.
Town & Country Foundation Awards
For the fourth time, ZAC is one of the winners of the Town & Country Foundation Prize worth 1,000 euros, which was presented to us by our sponsor, Hausbaumanagement Nolden GmbH, Geldern. We are very pleased about this and say “thank you”.
Start of the road construction measure
The existing forest road to our property needs to be passable for heavier trucks due to the upcoming Phase 1 construction work. With the completion of the ZAC Bridge, this work is now underway. The road will be constructed to double width and excessively tight curves will be alleviated. The side of the slope will be intercepted and planted to prevent erosion, and rain drains will be installed to prevent washout.
Completion of the “Angaza-Bridge”
The road to our construction site is interrupted by a wider creek, which can carry a lot of water during the rainy season. To ensure that our future children’s village can be safely connected to the site and that construction vehicles can also access the site, we have planned to build a bridge at this point. This has been completed with a length of 25 meters and a width of 5 meters and two flow tubes in mid-July 2021. It is also gladly used by the villagers on their way to fetch wood in the forest.
Completion of the “Bridge of Solidarity
To ensure a safe way to school for the children of the Primary and Secondary School, ZAC e.V. had a fixed bridge built over the creek, which can become a danger spot on the way to school during the rainy season.
Completion of the sewing program
Last year, thanks to the donation of the Weltladen Duisburg-Rumeln, we purchased a total of 10 sewing machines, renovated a room in the Lutindi Mental Hospital for the purpose of converting it into a sewing room, and had seating and a large cutting table built. In February, we hired a trained tailor to teach the single mothers and patients of the Lutindi Mental Hospital the craft of tailoring. On 04.05.2021 the time had come. The final theoretical and practical examination was due, which in the end all passed with flying colors. Well done ladies. The project will be continued in this form in order to create an opportunity for single mothers to earn additional income and to enable the patients of the LMH to receive occupational therapy. The picture shows a part of the women with their given test result.
Changes in the Executive Board
The co-opted board members Si-yeun Hammerbacher and Georg F. Terbeck left the board team on 01/04/2021 after their term of office expired and are no longer available for further board work. We would like to thank the outgoing board members for their personal commitment.
With Nico Hoerster, a new board member was co-opted on 27.04.2021 for an initial period of two years. Nico Hoerster has already gained experience on the ground in Lutindi, as he was part of the first HSBK delegation that visited Lutindi on the occasion of a work assignment.
“Bridge of solidarity” for a safe way to school
In February, we were able to complete the “Bridge of Solidarity”, as it was named by the donating MSV fans in reference to the well-known Duisburg bridge structure. This enabled us to defuse a dangerous creek crossing for the schoolchildren, as the creek can swell considerably during the rainy seasons and was only passable by means of loosely laid boards.
School furniture donation
ZAC e.V. responds immediately to a call for help from the principal of the newly built Secondary School. There is a shortage of 75 desks and pupils, without which already registered pupils cannot attend classes. In the end, a collection of MSV fans makes it possible to place a production order for the missing school furniture (here is a picture from the Secondary School with identical school furniture). The delivery is expected for May 2021.
As in the last years, the ZAC e.V. organized the by now traditional Christmas-Ceremony with all children from Lutindi, which was organized by our Tanzanian NGO “C.B.R.O.”. Some fans of MSV Duisburg had sent Christmas presents to Lutindi and brought great joy to the children there.
Construction of a small bridge for a safe way to school
During the rainy season, a small stream in Lutindi swells to a dangerous watercourse, which poses a latent danger especially for the children on their way to school. We are replacing the previous simple crossing over the stream by a few unanchored wooden planks with a stable small bridge consisting of three concrete pipes. These will be laid crosswise in the bed of the stream and later lined with a concrete ceiling.
This will provide a safe passage for the children even during the main rainy season. The bridge will be named “Bridge of Solidarity” after its completion, analogous to a well-known Duisburg bridge.
Continue building sports field
The maintenance and extension work on the Lutindi sports field was continued in November. To secure the lateral flanks of the playing field, a surrounding stone wall was erected to prevent the playing field from being washed away in heavy rain and to create a boundary to the swamp.
Completion of the project “sewing room
With the completion of the large cutting table all work in the newly built sewing room is finished. Now we will be looking for a trained seamstress as an instructor for a few months, who will pass on her skills to the women who will be trained. In a first step we will teach 10 women from our program for single mothers the tailoring trade to strengthen their social base.
Annual General Meeting of dess ZAC e.V.
On 28.10.2020 the annual general meeting of the ZAC e.V. took place under the influence of the corona pandemic with low participation.
The acting board of directors as well as the cash auditors were unanimously discharged and confirmed in their office for another two years. The co-opted member of the board Katja Zühlsdorf resigns from office at her own request due to professional stress. A follow-up regulation did not take place yet.
Charity golf tournament a great success
The golf tournament “Golfer helfen” (“Golfers help”) organized by Kanzlei am Kaiserberg for the benefit of ZAC e.V. at the “Golf & More” course in Duisburg-Huckingen was a success story for ZAC e.V., just like last year.
Due to the Corona regulations Corona the field of participants had to be reduced to 60 golfers. Nevertheless, due to a good preparation, a result for the ZAC of about 10,000 Eruo could be collected. Our thanks go to all sponsors and golfers, but especially to Ronny Jasinski from Kanzlei am Kaiserberg as well as to Thomas Maaßen.
Construction work continues on the Lutindi Sports Field
After severe storms had completely devastated the almost completed sports field in autumn 2019, work resumed in mid-September to complete the final completion. Drainages and a wall of natural stones are to prevent the field from being washed out again. Final completion is expected at the end of August 2020.
Sewing room before completion
The sewing room with a total of 10 sewing machines donated by Weltladen Duisburg-Rumeln is nearing completion.
The room in the building of the Lutindi-Mental-Hospital was renovated and the machines are installed. Only small things like chairs and a big table for the cuttings were missing, but this is also already in progress. Now the training of the seamstresses can be started.
Successful coin collection campaign
The coin collection campaign for the 2019/2020 season has come to an end. Thanks to the coins collected by MSV fans and donations from MSV fans and also the donation from S-Bargeldlogistik in Mülheim/Ruhr, which has been counting and exchanging the coins for us pro bono for years, a handsome € 1,950.50 was collected. The 2020/2021 collection campaign was automatically launched at the end of this campaign.
Registration in the land register completed
In September 2018, we signed a contract with MeTL-Group, Tanzania’s largest employer, for the transfer of an approximately 90,000m² plot of land owned by them, on which we later intend to build the “Angaza Children’s Village”.
After endless and tenacious efforts, on 18.06.2020 (!) the registration of the land in the Tanzanian land register was finally completed.
Thus, legal security has been created for us and nothing else stands in the way of building on this area except Corona.
New C.B.R.O.-Chairman elected
Rogers Shehumu, who has been accompanying our project for many years as a board member of our Tanzanian NGO “Children Base Reinforcement Organization” (short form C.B.R.O.) was elected as the new chairman of the board of the C.B.R.O.
The Josef Fiege foundation, Greven, donates an earmarked amount of 10,000 Euros for the construction of the energy house for the future supply of the children’s village with solar power. We are already in discussion with Tanzania’s MOBISOL to equip it with precisely tailored solar units, depending on the individual requirements of the various trades.
Financing of a pig farm
Due to the Corona crisis, food prices in Tanzania exploded very strongly. In order to continue to provide the people of Lutindi with access to affordable pork meat, we have purchased 20 young pigs as the basis for our own breeding program, which will be settled by the women of our “Cultivation Program”. We hope to have up to 50 pigs by the fall. All pigs were donated by fans of the MSV Duisburg.
Extension of the apple-growing project
After we planted the first 25 apple trees in Lutindi last year, another 50 apple trees of mixed varieties were planted in early March 2020 on the grounds of Lutindi Primary School, which we ordered from Tamu Tamu Apples in January.
Sewing machine donation from the world shop Rumeln
In autumn 2019, committed women from the Rumeln world shop donated earmarked money for the purchase of 20 sewing machines for our project work.
The sewing machines will be purchased on the occasion of our trip to Tanzania in May 2020.
The Lutindi Mental Hospital headed by Dr. Marwa provides us with a room free of charge, in which ten sewing places are set up. On the one hand, women from Lutindi can be trained to be seamstresses; on the other hand, the mowers are also available to the patients of the hospital as part of occupational therapy. The trained seamstresses can also use the machines for wage work. The offer of the world shop: traditionally sewn Tanzanian products can later be sold in the world shop Rumeln/Germany. Half of the proceeds go to the seamstresses and the Lutindi Mental Hospital.
Apple tree project 2020 started
After the great success in planting 25 apple trees in 2019, all of which survived the severe storms at the end of 2019, we have placed an order for a total of 50 apple trees for the current year, which will be delivered and planted in February 2020. As in the previous year, there are tree sponsorships for the apple trees ordered. In addition, we will fence in the planting area to protect against animal bite.