Presbyterian Hunger Program Projects selected for Cents-Ability 2019 grants

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Our presbytery will send $6,300 to the Presbyterian Hunger Program to support three international projects, each of which will receive $2,100. The projects were selected by the Cents-Ability Grants Committee, a group made up of representatives of each participating congregation. The projects are:

  1. Asociacion Fenix – Nicaragua – improved stoves to improve the health and environment conditions of the families of the El Espino Community. 
  2. CHETHANA – India – campaign for sustainable nutrition through the conservation of native food crops.
  3. Presbyerian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA) – South Sudan – Village Well Clubs for Pochalla, South Sudan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Asociacion Fenix – Nicaragua – Improved stoves to improve the health and environment conditions of the families of the El Espino Community

Project Budget: 14,900                                                                                      Amount requested from PHP:  9,000

40 families in the El Espino community will replace traditional stoves with improved stoves that reduce smoke emissions inside homes up to 95%. It will improve the quality of life and health conditions of families, mainly women and children who will not be exposed to smoke. It reduces the consumption of firewood by 50% due to the efficiency of the combustion process, benefiting the natural regeneration of forests and the environment. It will improve the economy of families that reduce the cost of purchasing firewood and health care expenses. It also reduces the deterioration of ceilings and kitchen utensils. Foods will be prepared in a healthier environment and adequate physical conditions that allow for greater hygiene by decreasing the presence of insects and rodents. It will reduce the domestic burden of women, because in the improved stove it cooks in less time.

CHETHANA                                                                                                                                                                                                          India

Campaign for sustainable nutrition through the conservation of native food crops

Project Budget:                  33,146                                                                   Amount requested from PHP:  14,000

Malnutrition is seen as a big opportunity by corporate interests to provide short term costly industrial solutions rather than sustainable long-term and safe solutions to improve nutrition. People should know that original, natural and native food based solutions are available which are far safe and long-lasting.

By concentrating on nutrition sensitive agriculture through native food crops the network will achieve the following:

  • native food crops will be conserved
  • diversity will be increased
  • mono cropping will decrease
  • people will get more food in their plates
  • dry land agriculture will improve with the most affected and vulnerable communities
  • food and fodder needs will be met with in communities

Presbyerian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA)                                                                                                 South Sudan

Village Well Clubs for Pochalla, South Sudan

Project Budget: 15,125                                                                                     Amount requested from PHP: 13,750

The Anuak residents of Pochalla are agriculturalists, relying on 6 months of rains to grow their crops.  Production of both subsistence and cash crops can be increased through improved access to alternative water sources. Increased access to water for both personal and irrigation uses, working in conjunction with the existing integrated project of improved farming techniques and improving WaSH can greatly benefit the people throughout Pochalla County.

A challenge is to make wells affordable for farmers. In several areas around Pochalla, farmers can access water through digging a well. However, limitations of hand-dug wells include the potential of collapsing and depths that are limited by softer layers. “New” technologies are available that can both improve the amount of water produced in wells, while also reducing the costs of water.

Proposed scope of work with expected results:

  1. Local pastors and evangelists will be trained by a Master Driller from Tanzania along with local technicians in basic WaSH to both allow them to promote safe WaSH while participating with the Farmer Well Clubs
  2. A Farmer well club of 5 families who live near each other will be formed with the intent that each family will receive its own well. They must be willing to pay part of the cost if the well functions.
  3. Each family supports with labor with 1 person
  4. The Master Driller from the Tanzania SMART Centre will come with an appropriate manual drill set, 3” PVC casing pipe, a Rope pump model 4 (Flamingo pump, piston size ¾”). This size casing and pump model will keep costs as low as possible. After this start, farmers will have more money available to pay for wells with larger casings and other options of pumps.
  5. The 5 residents of Pochalla and the trainer/driller will drill a well for one family and install a pump.When the well is functioning, the residents will start drilling a second well for another family themselves with only supervision from the driller.
  6. When a second well is successful, the farmers can drill the next 3 wells without direct supervision and will install the pumps themselves. The trainer/driller will be made available to monitor the work being done to ensure quality is not compromised.
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