Working with the Baptist Union of Papua New Guinea the BU Kofi Project is helping the coffee growers of the Baiyer Valley to get the best possible return for their beans, by improving the quality and working on the market side. We are also encouraging them to look at crop diversification, so that they are not totally dependent on the coffee prices. We have set up a coffee trading company to ensure farmers are paid fairly for the coffee they grow, and we will use the profits from this company to support community health and education projects. In this video Banzaid Manager, Paul Thompson, introduces the project, and tells us what is happening.
Access to safe drinking water is one of the most fundamental development issues. It is a basic health issue - contaminated water is probably the biggest cause of global health issues. It is also a gender issue, as it is generally regarded as the woman's job to carry water to the home. Carrying the family drinking water from distant sources can take hours of hard work.
Bangladesh is not short of water! At times there is too much water, but safe water is another issue. Even the wells have to be deep enough, as shallow wells have been found to contain arsenic from a natural layer in the Bangladesh soil. An important part of Banzaid's Chandpur TCDC project has been to install deep tubewells for a safe water supply in the project villages. In the five years of the project 40 wells have been installed.
In this video Sam Doorey, son of Banzaid's Bangladesh based development facilitator Julian Doorey, looks at the significance of the wells that Banzaid's project has been installing. Sam did this video as a school project, and we think that it is just great! Thank you Sam!
Education, literacy and learning skills provide life-long access to knowledge, lifeskills and resources... opening the door to poverty alleviation and community development. "Education and schooling in Bangladesh is generally of a very low standard," says Julian Doorey, BANZAid Advisor to the Chandpur Total Community Development Centres (TCDC) project. The Child Tutorial Programme is a key part of the TCDC project.
The 2013 BMF Special Project is to raise funds to help the Tutorial Programme to continue beyond the 2014 end to NZ Government Aid Programme funding. This PowerPoint slideshow was prepared for the 2013 BMF Annual General Meeting, and is available here as a download for BMF groups and churches to use in raising support for the Tutorial Programme.
Donations can be made online through the Donate button above, or mailed to the NZBMS National Office, P O Box 12149, Penrose, Auckland 1642, New Zealand. Donations should be marked "BANZAid TCDC Tutorial Programme".
In a broken world, with religiously motivated conflict, we need to find ways to share our beliefs and practice, but in a way which loves our neighbours and enemies. This video explores how BANZAid's Chandpur TCDC project has worked for peace in the project villages. MP4 file 112.5MB