In June 2015, 18 Euromoney employees took on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of The Haller Foundation. After 6 days of trekking and more than 100km (according to Ross’ Fitbit) the team made it to Uhuru Peak, the summit of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 5,895m above sea level.
The team raised a staggering £60,306.28 which will be used to support the following projects:
Haller Hand - £34,500 will be used to kick start a 5 year community driven project in the fragile Upendo Nguu Tatu area to achieve sustainability and improve livelihoods. The project will provide everything from a community-dug rain-fed dam for farming, a supply of fish as a source of protein, trees for environmental regeneration, a well for drinking water to a bio-loo for improved sanitation, a 500sqm demonstration farming plot, farmer training in situ and at Mtopanga Farmer Training Centre, and ‘Farm Smart’ – providing smartphones and community App Mentors to help members access and use the Haller Farmers App successfully.
Haller Farmers App - £15,000 to develop our web-based smartphone App incorporating basic and sustainable agricultural techniques for smallholder farmers. The funding will support:
Project Delivery – £5,000 - ensuring project continuity and completion through a contribution to Haller Kenya costs which include part-funding of the salary of Gideon Amboga, COO and Anastacia Cheruiyot, Farm Manager at the Mtopanga Farmer Training Centre, and community mobilisers.
Community Health Programme - £5,500 - Providing a weekly health outreach clinic offering vaccinations to children under 5 years of age, family planning incorporating antenatal and postnatal care and the provision of health and hygiene workshops and the distribution of malaria nets.
Improved Infrastructure - access to new track roads through land clearing. The provision of water security through the building of a community-dug rain-fed dam and well, so communities have water for farming and drinking.
Improved Environment - The project will contribute to an improved environment due to terracing and greening of landscapes, tree planting, water conservation, improved soil quality, crop rotation, zero grazing, nutritional crops and organic pesticides.
Improved Livelihoods - farmer training, skills training and app training in situ and through community mobilisers. Setting up of small businesses creating an increase in income per household. Due to water security, communities will be able to produce food outside of the rainy season. Children are freed from the daily responsibility of water collection, and are able to concentrate their time and energy at school.
Improved Health - A significant drop in waterborne related disease through access to sanitised water. Family planning and maternal health clinics help reduce family size and the prevalence of HIV. A vaccination programme for children under 5 at our health and outreach clinic to immunise against preventable diseases.
– At the outset – 600 to 800 will benefit
– 2 years later – typically 1,500 will have migrated to source of water
– 5 years later – typically communities have grown to around 3,000 people.
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