Big Christmas party in Lutindi
The already traditional ZAC Christmas party in Lutindi has been given a new frame. For the first time, in addition to the regional supporters of the project, all children of the primary school were also invited, and many accepted the invitation. Our Tanzanian NGO “C.B.R.O.” had prepared everything perfectly, rented a hall, provided drinks and food and put together a nice supporting program for young and old. People danced, sang, prayed and celebrated Christmas together. To be continued.
Heavy Thunderstorms in the Usambara Mountains
The heavy rains people can remember in and around Lutindi have claimed lives from October to November 2019, causing major damage to the region’s infrastructure.
Mudslides, rockfalls, destroyed crops and impassable roads have led to much suffering and problems. Our projects are affected as well. The road we built to our property was washed away along its entire length and has to be rebuilt. The harvests for the single mothers on our specially provided plots are destroyed (Cultivation Project). Also on the sports field have incurred great damage. The main traffic route high in the Usambara Mountains is completely destroyed and when this will be re-usable, is not yet clear. Climate change and its consequences have also arrived in Tanzania.
Successful golf charity tournament in favor of the ZAC e.V.
On September 13th. the first ZAC golf tournament took place on “Golf & More” in Duisburg Huckingen, whose net proceeds go to 100% in the project work of the association. More than 60 golfers and sponsors provided revenues of 4,250 euros. Ronny Jasinski as the main initiator and sponsor explained to the award ceremony that this tournament is now being played every year. More details.
Apple tree project completed
In the middle of July, our employee Ombeni was trained at the nursery “Tamu Tamu Apples” in Iringa, about 600 km away. Here everything worth knowing about apple trees was brought to him.
In early August 2019, a total of 30 trees were delivered and planted at the Primary School Lutindi and at Lutindi Mental Hospital. Many helping hands and key political figures attended the first planting of apple trees in the Usambara Mountains on this day. Thanks to all tree sponsors. This completes the project. More pictures in our slideshow.
PAUL system arrived in Lutindi
The PAUL system donated by Count Lions Moers arrived in Lutindi in early July 2019 and was handed over to the local elementary school. In addition, we purchased two 500-liter tanks for receiving process water and the output of PAUL’s purified process water. All three containers are housed together in a walled house.
Annual General Meeting of the ZAC e.V.
On 18.06.2019 this year’s ZAC Annual General Meeting was held in the rooms of the ev. Gemeindehaus on Magdalenenstrasse in Duisburg-Beek.
The Executive Board reported on the results of the financial year 2018 and was unanimously discharged from the general meeting. The motion to amend the statutes was also unanimously approved. The JHV’s official minutes can be found under the heading “Transparency / Fiscal Year 2018”. After the JHV there were two very interesting picture lectures. Markus Visser and Caro reported on their Tanzania trip and the visit to Lutindi and Georg Terbeck gave in his lecture insights into the work of the Lutindi travel delegation of HSBK-Oberhausen.
Clean drinking water for Lutindi
The Grafschafter Lions Club Moers (GLCM) donated us at the end of May 2019 as a donation in kind a so-called PAUL system (Portable Aqua Unit for Lifesaving). PAUL is a patented water treatment system that uses patented nano-membrane technology to filter out viruses, bacteria and minute dirt particles from contaminated water, turning contaminated water into the best drinking water.
In June 2019, PAUL went on a journey to Lutindi, where it will primarily be used at the local elementary school, but will also supply drinking water to the entire population of Lutindi. So far, drinking water was taken from the local stream, which often led to severe diarrheal diseases of children and other residents. Thanks to the GLCM donation, this is now a thing of the past.
In the picture: Katja Zühlsdorf from ZAC e.V. and Roland Schaffer from GLCM.
C.B.R.O. CEO Zakaria Mnkai in Germany
We met the Chairman of the Board of our Tanzanian NGO, Zakrai Mnkai, during his one-week stay in Wuppertal at the United Evangelical Mission, which has its headquarters there. At the VEM he is working as a program reference for Africa. The given information from Zakaria brought us many valuable impulses and insights, which we can incorporate in our work. Especially in the administrative processes in Tanzania and here especially in the approach to projects in collaboration with the community Lutindi.
Board team expanded
With Katja Zühlsdorf (Public Relations, bottom right), Si-yeun Hammerbacher (Tanzanian affairs, bottom left) and Georg F. Terbeck (Dipl.-Bau-Ing.) we were able to expand the existing board team by adding a technical perspective.
Apple tree project started
We have ordered a total of 30 organic apple trees from a Tanzanian specialist nursery, which will be planted in Lutindi in July of this year. Of these, a total of 24 trees will be placed in a mix of 3 different varieties on the grounds of the Primary School in Lutindi and 6 trees on the grounds of Lutindi Mental Hospital.
These sweet fruits of the apple trees bred specifically for the tropics and subtropics are to serve the children of the Primary School as an important nutritional supplement and also have an educational added value in that the children later take care of the trees themselves. The apples of the trees, which are later moved to Lutindi Mental Hospital, are intended for the patients.
Dipl.-Bauing. Georg Terbeck, teacher at HSBK-Oberhausen, Markus Karrenberg and Steffen Mölder (both technical students at HSBK) flew together with our ZAC activist Si-yeun Hammerbacher to Tanzania for a week on 17.02.2019 to do some accompanying work on the ZAC project continue. The building site was re-measured, trees worth protecting were located and thus firmly marked and there was a basic decision on which part of the area in the future, the buildings of the future children’s village to be built. The collected data is converted into 3D map material and made available to the ZAC. After the trip, HSBK is planning the two tourist lodges as part of a project week.
ZAC participates in the Open House of HSBK Oberhausen
Like last year, the ZAC e.V. participated with an information booth at this year’s open-house of the Hans Sachs Berufskolleg Oberhausen, our most important cooperation partner in all technical questions concerning our construction project. Here, interesting discussions could be held and important contacts made.
In the middle of February 2019, a delegation of HSBK will fly to Tanzania on our behalf to carry out on site in Lutindi important groundwork of a technical nature for our construction project.
In the picture on the left Georg Terbeck, civil engineer (TU) and teacher at the HSBK, who leads the travel group. Left in the picture Mr. Karrenberg, student and project participant.
Soil Test completed
At the beginning of this year, the necessary Soil test (soil assessment) was prepared by the state-owned TanRoad. The soil survey provides clarity on the geological features of the subsoil even before the start of construction and is thus a reassurance for builders. An important prerequisite for the preparation of a soil survey is the knowledge of the exact locations of the later buildings. By means of core drilling, samples were taken at various points of our building plot, from which the expert can make statements about the bearing capacity of the subsoil and the water conditions.
Start of construction sports field Lutindi
After the villagers had already diverted a creek into a joint venture on the site of the future sports field, the ordered bulldozer moved in just before Christmas to pitch the field. The remaining fine work will again be done on an honorary basis by the inhabitants of the village.
Soil test finished
The required soil survey for our construction project was prepared on 28.11.2018 and 29.11.2018 by the state TanRoad (Tanzania National Roads Agency) on our building plot. The soil survey provides clarity on the geological features of the subsoil even before the start of construction and is therefore a reinsurance for us.
In order to create a soil survey, it is necessary to know exactly where the later buildings should be. The soil samples are taken by means of core drilling, from which the expert can make statements on the bearing capacity of the substrate and the water conditions.
“Umbele” becomes “Angaza”
Some attentive readers may already have noticed: The name for our planned children’s village has changed. The name “Angaza Children’s Village Lutindi” has now been changed from “Umbele Village” by board decision. In the future, it will also be used in all official documents that become necessary during project development. We have chosen the new name of the Children’s Village from a variety of proposals that our Tanzanian partner C.B.R.O. had developed. “Angaza” means translated from Swahili into English, as much as “lighten up”, to lighten up in German. Very suitable for our project, which wants to set bright spots in the lives of disadvantaged children. And also easy to speak and write in English and German.
Contract signed with MeTL
After more than two years of intensive dialogue with the landowner, the MeTL-Group / Daressalam, a final version of the property for the construction of the children’s village on the 45,000 m² site in the Usambara Mountains was closed. Registration in the basic register has already been initiated. A show of strength for both partners.
Visit from Tanzania
Florence Paulo Shemndolwa, member of the C.B.R.O. board team from Lutindi / Tanzania, is visiting Germany. Reason enough for a joint meeting, which we had arranged in the Innenhafen Duisburg. There was a lot to talk about at a dinner together with our consultant Si-yeun Hammerbacher. For Flora and us, it was the first personal encounter and we can say that we were immediately captivated by her serene and friendly personality. Flora has made it very clear to us which outstanding significance the ZAC project has for Lutindi and his environment. She even speaks a few words of German, but understands more than she can speak. We were able to learn a lot more about the country and its people and were able to discuss details of our project. We did not want to let Flora drive back to Lutindi without a MSV shirt and gave her one as a small gift. We will not forget this evening so soon.
Copper money collection campaign 2017/2018 a great success
MSV fans collected copper coins for the children’s village project and again proved their passion for collecting. In the end, a good 200 kg of copper coins worth EURO 1,542.07 were counted by S-Cash Logistics in Mülheim / Ruhr and exchanged into hard currency. S cash logistics rounded up to EUR 1,700. In addition, cash donations of the copper money campaign EURO 878.00 went into the bank account of ZAC, so that the action brought in a total of EUR 2,578.00 for the children’s village project, specifically for the construction of the village meeting point. Great.
The collection campaign 2018/2019 has already started.
Completion of the C.B.R.O. office in Lutindi
One of the editions of the Tanzanian Authority was the presence of an official bureau for our NGO “C.B.R.O.” With the Lutheran Church, which owns a room in Lutindi Mental Hospital, a solution could be found quickly and easily. For the equivalent of € 3.75 a month we were given a room, which had to be renovated. The renovation was voluntarily taken over by our Tanzanian NGO board, the renovation materials were taken over by the Lutheran church.
CBRO-LUTINDI-FC is equipped
The fans of the MSV Duisburg collected money and thus equipped the players of the CBRO-LUTINDI-FC with a total of 25 pairs of football boots. Capelli, supplier to the MSV Duisburg, has placed a total of 25 sets of jerseys from the MSV shop (big thank you to Kay Mourhag, Capelli, Christian Tölle and team and fans of MSV Duisburg) with the logo of the new football club, his name and all Back numbers printed. The package will travel to Tanzania in the last week of May. Incidentally, our team won the first test match 2-0. Congratulations!
ZAC e.V. with its own football team in the Tanzanian league
In April, it was decided to set up its own ZAC team through the Tanzanian ZAC subsidiary and NGO “C.B.R.O.” to register for the game operation of the Usambara region, which will in future be scoring points as “C.B.R.O. Lutindi FC”.
Our Tanzanian manager Ombeni puts together a five-strong team of 25 players from each of the five village communities. The ZAC e.V. currently collects football boots in the MSV portal. Complete jerseys are sponsored by the supplier of MSV Duisburg, Capelli.
In the first step, our homepage was created bilingually. Thanks to Dr. Sabine Freyling, who has taken over the translations, our HP is now also available in English. Kiswahili will follow in the next step.
CBRO, the Tanzanian ZAC NGO, opens a business account in Korogwe / Tanzania. Thus, the financial transactions can be carried out significantly cheaper. In addition, CBRO has created its own Facebook account in English.
Constituent meeting of the CBRO board
Following the founding of the Tanzanian ZAC-NGO Children Base Reinforcement Organization, CBRO’s new board met in mid-February 2018 for its inaugural meeting and also made the first decisions.
Not on the picture is board member Zakaria Mnkai (also Lutindi Mental Hospital), who was currently sent by the Bethel organization to a congress in Germany (Wuppertal). The number of board members of a Tanzanian NGO was given to us by the responsible state authority.
The first step was to create a Tanzanian account with the CRDB bank in nearby Korogwe, so that we do not always have to allocate small individual amounts, which are then expensive in terms of fees. As the official postal address, the CBRO, such a further decision, the address of the Lutindi Mental Hospital is given, in which we will have our own room.
Open House at HSBK, Oberhausen
On 03.02.2018 the ZAC e.V. was a guest at the Open-House of HSBK Oberhausen between 09.00 and 13.00 o’clock. There was also a 45-minute talk with an interesting series of pictures in which the students and the accompanying teacher Dr.-Ing. Sascha Geifes in front of a larger audience about the working trip of the HSBK in November 2017 to Lutindi, Tanzania.
They presented to an interested audience the extensive results of their work and also some exciting experiences. At the end of the talk, there was an intensive round of talks with the attending audience, in which many questions were asked about the project and its progress.
Tanzanian ZAC NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) was founded
After long preparations, the ZAC e.V. received the certificate of incorporation from the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children on 19.01.2018. Thus, the way is clear for the statutory project of the ZAC e.V. in Tanzania, to build a children’s village in the Usambara Mountains in the village community Lutindi. The legally binding contract between the newly founded “CHILDREN BASE REINFORCEMENT ORGANIZATION”, the name of the Tanzanian ZAC subsidiary, and the MeTL Group, which provided the 45,000 m² building plot, can now finally be implemented.