Tupendane turned its focus in 2016 to helping schools grow their own breakfast inputs as part of a sustainable “Grow Your Own Breakfast” program.
6 schools continued to receive nutritional flour for school breakfast and 3 of those began a pilot program to grow their own breakfast through a mix of farming commodity crops like corn and beans, growing organic vegetables, and starting school banana plantations. Progress in 2016 including clearing land, digging wells, and expanding existing vegetable gardens.
Kahe Primary School school also received a new toilet, which Tupendane built with funds won at the Dar es Salaam Charity Goat Races, and Mwangaria Primary School received a new kitchen.
Most Impactful Implementation
Parents at three schools have finished clearing 8 acres which will be used to grow ingredients for school breakfast. The clearing was no small task. It required parents to trim acres of thorny brush, uproot trees and bushes, and clear them all from proposed farm land at the schools using only hand-powered tools.
Hosting Student Groups
Tupendane hosted students from King’s College at Western University in London, Ontario. The group enjoyed site visits and community discussions with people from a variety of walks of life in Kahe including local politicians, teachers, farmers, grandparents, and students. At the end of their trip the students donated funding for new water pumps at the schools piloting the “Grow Your Own Breakfast” program.
Path Stage: Access Resources
Tupendane began implementing irrigation infrastructure at 3 schools in 2016. Maendeleo, Mwangaria, and Maendeleo Primary Schools all received new wells. Mwangaria also received a new water pump and piping. In 2017 Tupendane looks to complete these systems so schools can irrigate farms, gardens, and bananas easily and efficiciently.
Maendeleo and Oria primary schools are thankful for their good luck in digging into an “underground river” which should provide a clean and constant source of ground water. The good fortune has caused them to combine well-digging budgets so that both schools can take advantage of the water supply and use the same well.
Path Stage: Apply Knowledge
Tupendane trained 12 families to start new gardens in 2016. 2 of those families successfully opened and maintained their gardens so that they are still enjoying regular harvests.
James and Mary Msami were one of the first families to join Tupendane in March 2013. The family owned one acre of farm land and was keen to learn organic growing practices that would allow them to grow more than just the corn and beans they usually grew.
Path Stage: Strengthen Health
Tupendane did not focus on this path stage in 2016. However, their focus on school breakfast has a direct effect on the long-term health of students. Additionally, some families have continued maintaining home gardens. Tupendane looks forward to working with more with those families in 2017.
Path Stage: Earn Income
Tupendane employee Mama Elias focused on increasing her income in 2016. She has made great progress without receiving a loan.
Hard work is paying off for Mama Elias and her six children. In two years she has gone from selling small items out of a stick and mud hut to running a proper local grocery store in a concrete block room. She was also awarded a bicycle as an outstanding employee of Tupendane. The bicycle means she no longer has to walk 16 kilometers round trip each day for her work at Mwangaria Primary School.
Path Stage: Enhance Education
6 schools received nutritional flour for breakfast in 2016. 3 of those schools are also piloting the “Grow Your Own Breakfast” program. 1 school, Kahe Primary School, received a new toilet in 2016.
Students and teachers at Mwangaria Primary School are happy to have a new kitchen that will improve the sanitation and efficiency of cooking school breakfast. The kitchen uses the popular “rocket” heating design, which concentrates heat from burning sticks, as well as special bricks that conserve heat.