Thanks to an initiative led by several international volunteers and headed by our friend from America, Elizabeth Mitchel, KIHO will implement the construction of at least three biogas plants in Mkume sub-village in the Pare mountains. Eventually, ten biogas plants shall be constructed in an effort that local communities benefit from this rather simple technology. In fact, the small-holder farmers just need to use the cow-dung manure, mix it with water, and then the locally-made biogas plant is producing biogas for them.
Today we have submitted a project proposal for the “U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund” which is organized by the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam. It is only a grant of $5,000 (an equivalent to TSH 8 million), but it could change the live of smallholder farmers in the Pare mountains. The project is to restore and upgrade a water irrigation pond in Mhero village located close to Shengena Forest. An initiative from Mhero approached a KIHO delegation during a visit in early February 2013, and stressed that one of their main needs are the restoration of water irrigation ponds to allow farming throughout the year and combat food insecurity.
Today our three volunteers from Europe returned from Gonja, a village in the Pare mountains close to Shengena Forest. They stayed with one of KIHO’s board members, Mr. Seraphine, for one week. The aim of the stay was to find out the potential of eco-cultural tourism in Gonja, as one of several villages in the southern Pare mountains that could be included in such an initiative. Already since quite a while, KIHO board members are wondering to support an initiative of eco-cultural tourism or as it could also be dubbed, solidarity tourism. The idea is to travel responsibly to areas that conserve the environment, exchange cultural practices and improve the well-being of local people.
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