Monday, 27 May 2013
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
The last rains are normally in March. The first rains are in later October. The best time to dig is in September and October when the water table is at its lowest. However, we start a bit early, in July, to fit in as many wells as possible. We also try hard to dig at least two metres below the water table.
This year we have had a new Rock drill supplied from a well wishing company in China. We have paid only a third of the total cost. It will be ut to use next week. We will monitor its safety since it is a Petrol drill and gives off Carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and other toxic gases. For this reason, it will be used with a lot of care and attention.
We are thankful for the machine as it will help the digging team to go through rock strata. Meantime we home to train one of them to use explosives. A company in Harare has offered to help in that regard. This does not immediately solve our problems because the transportation of explosives is under strict instructions and we do not yet have suitable vehicles. Explosives are not allowed on public buses.
Look at why this machine was required.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp8Ca5O4Fzo
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Saturday, 12 May 2012
There will also be a follow up shipment of items that can be used for training. We believe that a well trained individual will be able to train others in his/her area of specialism. We also believe that good training materials and equipment breed well trained individuals.
We are asking for help from those with time, expertise and are willing to lend a hand. This charity only works with volunteers who can visit our projects and focus on improvements for a few weeks, then leave locals to carry on. The more locals do things for themselves the more they develop skills to do more. We like to simply give them a wide range of options.
We are very grateful for the contribution we have had from China for some of the equipment in this shipment.
Saturday, 7 January 2012
In 2005 one of our trustees visited Zimbabwe. Just before he went he bought two spoke keys for aligning bicycle wheels. He gave these to an unemployed man who can asking for gifts of cash to help his family. He also showed him how to use them and gave an idea how much to charge people. On our trustee's next visit in 2008, he found the same man working at about 8 bicycles per week and getting USD40-50 per week for his new skill. Each spoke key had cost our man USD 0.60.
A range of old woodwork tools you good people donated helped us to cut together a wood workshop in 2009, which now employs four young people.
We ask for your help in sourcing any tools you no longer need. We have a team of advisers who can formulate income generating projects from very small tool. Income only needs to be a trickle for it to bring significant change to the beneficiary's family life.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help in any way or you have a question on whether something you have can be used.