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Project

“Children of the Sun” Kinderen van de zon KVDZ is an independent, pluralistic organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of Gambians and, in particular, of Gambian children.

KVDZ was founded on 18 August 2010 as a non-profit organisation and is managed on a day to day basis primarily by volunteers. Mrs. Bieke Lannoy is the president of KVDZ, and Mr Moses Camara leads the Gambian-based projects.

Supporting organisations

DIVA: the Veterinary Organisation of the Flemish Ardennes

WUYA WUYA: the Djembé club Moses Camara in Brakel

VETWORKS: an independent consultancy agency providing technical support and project management support to the animal production and veterinary pharmaceutical industry.

And many private sponsors with a warm heart for this project to help children in the Gambia

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Aim of the project

The main objective of KVDZ is to reduce poverty and give children a better chance in life by offering solutions to prevent i simple curable diseases and provide for their basic needs, including nutrition and education. The main focus is to provide each child with the opportunity of a solid primary level education (in particular, for girls), thereby improving the quality of their lives and stimulating gender equality through providing equal opportunities for girls and boys. Basic education should become a basic right of each individual.

Description of the project

The project comprises the construction and operational development of a Prospect Primary School for 200 to 300 children in the local community of Westbank/Gunjur. The plans for the school consist of six class rooms, a library, a lunch room, a first aid room, a teachers’ room, sanitary facilities (separated for boys and girls), a sports field, and a surrounding fence.

A poultry farm project “A chicken to change a life“, is situated in the same local community as the school. The start date of the construction of the farm was November 2011 and it was completed in November 2012. The first batch of chickens (trials) started in January 2013 and the aim is that the farm be fully operational in January 2015.

The construction of the school also started in November 2011 and it should be operational by 2015.

The chicken farm project will become self-sustaining within the next few years and will contribute additional financial funding for the school project. The chicken farm is currently in its trial period and is now close to breaking even: 250 chickens are currently being evaluated in a first round of trials. The initial results are very promising (the chicken farm has a capacity for 1000 chickens), and a second batch will be launched shortly and evaluated with a specific profit margin in mind, that will support the second project, namely the construction of the Primary School.

For the local follow up of the projects we work together with a local partner organisation ‘Neneh Child Care’. They provide us with regular updates on the progress of the projects. The education and training of the staff, the supervision and coordination of the local building activities, and communications with our Belgian organisation form part of their responsibilities.

Possible problems

Poultry farm: training of qualified personnel, identification of diseases and related issues, communication with the Belgian board on performance and problems to be solved

School: sourcing of qualified teachers, management and funding of daily expenses (meals, uniforms, school books, etc.)

The results will be measured and analysed as follows:

School project
  • Improved education and nutrition, improved healthcare especially for the children
  • Communications with the day to day managers will be crucial to obtain a clear understanding of the results
Poultry farm
  • Net profit and quarterly revenue growth of the poultry farm
  • Follow up on zoo-technical results poultry farm, evaluating staff

Conclusions

Both projects are complementary. The objective of the poultry farm is to become self-supporting and to provide financial support for the day to day operations of the Primary School on a long term basis. In order to fight poverty, it is crucial to help the local people to become self-sufficient.

Both projects are focused on the social emancipation and direct improvement of the overall well-being of the population, more specifically:

  • Decreasing poverty by providing decent schooling and education
  • Education in poultry farming
  • Improving general health and decrease curable diseases by providing better food standards
  • Creating awareness that self-sustainability through better education is crucial for both girls and boys

Contact

Kinderen van de Zon vzw
Olifantstraat 26
9660 Brakel

0475/405626
Fax 055/420998

info@kinderenvandezon.be
www.kinderenvandezon.be

IBAN BE32 3630 7268 8002
BIC BBRUBEBB