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Agun Ki, House of Hope

<p>Nagaland is a state in the far North East of India. It is a mountainous and remote region, with poor infrastructure and has a population whose welfare has been neglected. Tening town lies in the South of the state and is the centre of one of the poorest and remotest areas in the region.</p><p><br></p><p>The people in the area surrounding Tening are very poor and rely mainly on subsistence farming to survive. Adults spend most of their days tending the fields which leaves the children to their own devices much of the time.</p><p><br></p><p>State education is virtually non-existent in the area and there is minimal health care. Adults often die early or abandon their children, in search of work in the city. This means that there are many children without parents, fending for themselves, with some even being sold into servitude in the cities of India.</p><p><br></p><p>The issue of neglected children is one of many in the Tening area and a grassroots NGO,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">NARUDA</a>, has been set up to overcome the problems of the people. Other initiatives that NARUDA is tackling include:</p><p><br></p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Enabling single mothers and widows to start craft businesses so that they may provide for their families</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Installing drinking water facilities in local villages</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Providing off-grid power for remote villages, where electricity is not available</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Teaching local villagers about improving yield for their crops and changing crops to provide sustainable income</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Introducing livestock farming programmes</p><p><br></p><p>Agun Ki, the House of Hope, was established by a local church minister and his family in their home to look after some of the most needy, local children.</p><p><br></p><p>After he retired with no pension, he used his dwindling reserves to pay for the children’s education and upkeep. In 2016, Agun Ki was incorporated into NARUDA, a newly formed NGO and a partnership with a Scottish based charity,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Afri-link</a>, was formed.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>This partnership funded an extension to Agun Ki, built with the help of volunteers in 2018, which now allows NARUDA to take in an extra 8 children. What is needed now is to furnish and equip the extension, to continue with support for the current children and to find funds to look after the additional children we can now accommodate.</p><p><br></p><p>The costs to support the children are below:</p><p>Annual cost per child</p><p>School fees, uniforms and text books</p><p>£180</p><p>Clothes, food and medical expenses</p><p>£180</p><p>Cost for eight children for bunk beds, study tables, chairs, mattresses, blankets, pillows and sheets</p><p>£1,000</p><p><br></p><p>If you are interested in helping with furnishing Agun Ki or supporting a child, please donate now or get in touch with John Pepper at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:[email protected]" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(149, 79, 114);">[email protected]</a></p>

Water Harvesting at Nzau, Nagaland, NE India

<p class="ql-align-center"><u>Water&nbsp;&nbsp;Harvesting Project for Nzau Village</u></p><p class="ql-align-center"><u>&nbsp;</u></p><p>For fifty years, according to the village elder, the villagers have been talking to the Indian government about getting water supplies – to no avail. NARUDA volunteers visited village, saw the problem at first hand and discussed solutions with the villagers.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>During the dry season – Nov to April – no rain falls and there is no water in the village for drinking, bathing or washing clothes. So, what they do is walk downhill approximately 100 m below the village to where there are ponds – three for bathing, one for washing clothes and one for water collection. When this water runs out (Jan to March) they go to another area, which is a further 100 metres down and 4 kilometres away.&nbsp;</p><p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p>To collect water, ladies spend most of their day, going up and down hill with bamboo vessels, so that they can provide water for their families.</p><p><br></p><p>Several solutions to the problem were discussed but, on the basis that simple is often best, we decided to install two one thousand litre rain harvesting tanks at each house. There is plentiful rainfall in the wet the season and the tanks will provide fresh water for drinking and cooking for all families. This is Phase 1, and Phase 2 will be to provide bathing and clothes washing facilities in the village.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Given that much time is spent transporting water, NARUDA can also help to set up small businesses, such as cloth weaving, whereby the villagers can make a sustainable income to help bring themselves out of poverty.</p><p><br></p><p>There are 100 houses, so we are looking for 200 tanks. Each tank costs £50 and transport from Dimapur (100 km away on unmade-up roads) is £12.50. So total project cost is £12,500. This will make a huge difference to the 600 people who live there. </p><p><br></p>

Sponsor an Orphan Project

<h2>Sponsor an Orphan Project</h2><p>In 2006 a volunteer from Perth spent 6 months volunteering for BERUDA in Cameroon. Whilst working on developing the eco-tourism project for BERUDA, a good friend back in the UK asked if she could send £20 a month over to Cameroon to sponsor an orphan in the village. After extensive work researching the feasibility, sustainability, cost assessments and needs analysis it was decided that for all the work needed to set this up it made sense to develop it so that other friends could get involved and become sponsors as well.</p><p><br></p><p>The Beruda Sponsor an Orphan Project was born, and its goal to ensure all the sponsorship money sent was spent to the benefit of the child rather than being lost in bank fees and administration costs became paramount. As an African non-profit NGO, and not a ‘registered charity’ as recognised in the UK, BERUDA found it difficult to do simple things UK charities take for granted. Essential operational activities like; opening a dedicated bank account for orphan sponsorship money, sending money for free through PayPal, joining volunteer recruitment websites, registering for Gift Aid, applying for funding and being internationally recognised were impossible. To help overcome these obstacles and ensure the sustainability and development of the Beruda Sponsor an Orphan Project, Afri-link was set up in 2008.</p><p class="ql-align-center"><br></p><p>The Beruda Sponsor an Orphan Project currently has 65 sponsored orphans. Sponsored orphans do not live in an orphanage, rather as is tradition in Cameroon, they are housed by relatives. Most of these families are extremely poor and have children of their own to clothe, pay school fees for and medicine for when they are sick. In Cameroon if you cannot afford the school fees then you cannot go to school, likewise if you cannot afford medicine when you are sick then you cannot receive treatment and you may die. Orphans are the last in the pecking order to be taken care of.&nbsp;</p><p>Through careful evaluation and needs analysis on the ground, sponsorship is strictly on a neediest first basis. Sponsorship covers education costs and text books, hospital bills and medicine, food supplements (U12) to combat malnutrition, clothes and a dedicated local fieldworker.</p><p>If you would like to sponsor an orphan, please use our <a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(252, 190, 43);">contact form</a>.</p>

After School Program for Children in Cameroon

<p><strong>After School Program for Children in Cameroon</strong></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Summary</strong></p><p>The project aims to help underprivileged children from different schools in Cameroon by developing their skills &amp; creating an emotionally safe place to meet and improve the educational level of young people. Since the beginning of the Anglophone crisis, which has persisted since late 2016, the schooling of young people has become increasingly precarious. The program will help them to catch up with some of the topics they have missed. This initiative is to focus on Phase 2 budget of the program.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Challenge</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">GMM</a> was formed because there was a great demand of the community's needs. We discovered that rural communities in Cameroon continue to suffer - especially Children, because of the lack of initiatives for individuals to help themselves and come out of their predicament. Since the beginning of the Anglophone crisis, which has persisted since late 2016, the schooling of young people has become increasingly precarious.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Solution</strong></p><p>The proposed project aims to help disadvantaged children from different schools by developing their skills and creating an emotionally safe place to meet and improve the educational level of young people. An after school program will help them to catch up with some of the topics they would have learned formally in school. GMM has worked very hard to carry out several projects in Boyo Division of Cameroon. The organization has focused largely on Child sponsorship and women empowerment programs.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Long-Term Impact</strong></p><p>Underprivileged Children would be benefited by learning topics they have missed because of regional crisis. Current project is aimed to be launched at Jinkfuin region, and will be extended to other regions as it progresses. We have successfully achieved Phase 1 milestone of the project, which focused on ICT Training Center foundation, now we are marching to Phase 2 milestone to complete ICT Training Center construction. We need £3000 to complete this.</p><p><br></p>

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