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Several years ago the pump mechanism stopped working at the borehole for the community of Zeemboog. For a mere $515.00 Yakote Women Farmers was able to to repair the pump and restore clean water for the school and and nearby homes. This is doubly important as Zeemboog School will need clean water to begin a lunch program on February 1st.

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These men and women from Zeemboog helped carry the food sacks from the truck to the storage room located in a house near the school.

 

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Mary Rudemiller, and David Stone interview a potential scholarship student.

We entered the second half of our trip with much accomplished. David Stone along with Mary Rudemiller, the new scholarship administrator, have interviewed students for 10 days. They have a solid list of high school graduates who will receive help with college fees over the next year and a half.

 

David Stone, Mary and David Rudemiller looking African!

 

Janet provides major assistance in coordinating food availability in the Bolga market. Though 8 months pregnant, she is carrying a large water container for Piitanga School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa has completed food purchases for the Nutrition Center feeding program for infants and toddlers as well as Piitanga and Zeemboug elementary school lunch programs. The cooks for all the programs have been tested (and treated if necessary) for typhoid, hepatitis, and parasites. The borehole pump mechanism has been repaired at a the new feeding site, Zeemboug Elementary. Without good access to clean water over the past few years, the rate of typhoid infection was quite high for those cooks.

In another major accomplishment, desks have been ordered for the new school building in Piitanga. A local welder is building them.This year we’ve had good help from the Nabdam School District and the Health Service in transporting the food, they will also transport the new desks to Piitanga. Donors to Yakote Women Farmers have funded all of these programs.

Standard cooking pot and ladle for the lunch programs. Cooking in these large pots is done over a wood fire.

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Zeemboug School

96f61e44-0952-4e36-8e47-c2c0cbac74dbA challenging project at Zeemboug Elementary.

We were contacted by the deputy director of Nabdam schools about a school well off of the main road and with multiple challenges.  Because the children have far to walk before reaching another school, the government began construction of a small school building in 2013. Construction ended in 2014 with the school about 1/2 completed.   In addition, the nearby borehole mechanism was broken during construction and households now walk over a mile to get water twice per day. With no idea whether the  government construction would ever be completed, the community organized to build a small mud-clad building with two rooms. With this primitive building finished, the government posted several teachers to begin classes. Ninety students now attend classes in Zeemboug, many of them sit outside under a tree for their classes. Considering both the possibilities and difficulties of the situation, Lisa headed for Zeemboug on our first day here. She met with the Headmaster, PTA chairman, headteacher, and student school advisory committee for the school. We decided on a three pronged approach: First to repair the borehole  mechanism, once there is water to begin school feeding, attempt to contact the government about finishing the school Including an offer for Yakote Women Farmers and Framework International to complete the building, and if that fails work to get a new school building for Zeemboug.

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 The abandoned, partially completed school building. 

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