Apex has raised £200,000 for African Projects
Apex are proud to have raised £200,000 for African Projects since 2000. The Women’s Empowerment Project in Miwaleni, Tanzania is the latest scheme to receive Apex support from its fundraising efforts.
The Women’s groups have been established and introduced to the small loan finance scheme that Apex is supporting through Children in Crossfire. There has been training on how the projects will be run, on the business skills that the participants will need and on identifying viable projects to develop.
The size of loan for each participant may vary depending on their proposal. In the Miwaleni area, the main focus is on what are locally viable businesses – this is mainly based around agriculture and trading in surpluses through local markets. The over-riding factor is that the projects and ideas come from the community themselves so that they are workable and sustainable. It is expected that there will be tangible results by the visit by Apex staff in April 2015 – businesses on the ground, operating successfully and contributing back to the project.
Identified projects for future support
The Miwaleni Community and Children in Crossfire have also given us some project ideas for future support. With a projected budget of £40,000, Children in Crossfire, along with the Miwaleni community, have identified possible projects –
- An Early Childhood Centre – a building to accommodate this facility, costing in the region of £20,000. Linked to this could be our support for this centre, such as running costs, possibly £10,000 a year.
- A Water programme – a series of small projects including 2 wells, for the school and for the village, and construction of some facilities for washing and collecting water at the riverside, costing £15,000 to £20,000.
- Solar power for the school and possibly the Early Childhood Centre, costing in the region of £10,000.
These projects can be looked at individually or as a programme of projects for our longer term fundraising and support. Those staff actively involved in fundraising will decide on where the money goes.
Apex staff going to Miwaleni in 2015
There are also 10 members of Apex staff going to Miwaleni in September 2015. They are currently fundraising for this and the surplus will go to our future projects. And as with previous trips, these staff will be able to give us first hand feedback regarding our supported projects and ideas for going forward. Your support and encouragement for them is greatly appreciated.
Comments & ideas welcome
Any comments and ideas you have regarding our current and/or future fundraising in support of the Miwaleni community and Children in Crossfire are welcomed. Contact Annette Nelson; [email protected] or Teresa McCloskey: [email protected]