Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Abu's update of 11/30

Following a period where local volunteers would alternate between construction of the Training Center and harvesting the last crops of the season, the roof structure is now complete and awaiting the installation of the roofing sheet and rain gutters.
Plastering will continue after the electrician finalizes conduit and outlets. A temporary electrical line will be installed for a January opening while work on the permanent line is advanced.

With the potential shipment of small agricultural tools, such as rakes, hoes, watering cans, and tools, the Training Center may also be able to support a small garden for use in the Food Preservation program. Suitable crops for the region could include tomatoes, onions, shallot, okra, string beans and other beans, egg plant, cabbage, sweet pepper, chille peper, carrot, cucumber, squash, plantain, banana, cauliflower, pineapples, orange, lemon, mango, lettuce, cow pea, and citrus. There may also be the ability to build bee hives as part of the Woodworking Program that could result in small batches of honey.
As the Training Center opens in early 2010, there will be much to report on progress and results.

2009 Rotary Grants Awarded

The hard work has paid off!
Over the past year, Jeff and Linda Lohr have made multiple presentations to the Rotary Clubs in Royersford, Pottstown, and Collegeville about the mission and work of Moringa Community. Additionally, Abubakar “Abu” Abdulai was able to connect with the Ghanaian chapter and obtain a formal letter from the Takoradi Rotary Club in Ghana. As a result of these efforts, Moringa Community was awarded a 2009 Spring-Ford Rotary Club grant , as well as a 2009 Western Montgomery County District Wide Rotary International Grant. This translates into more than $5,000 to support the Moringa Community training programs in Baako, Ghana.
Congratulations and thank you all! Stay tuned for updates on the work supported by these grants.