2020 Newsletter No. 4

July 2020

Dear Friends, 

As you will all understand, Tiko, usually a place bustling with activity, is strangely quiet.  Even though the Covid -19 virus itself has not yet reached us here, Tiko, which lived on the income from the lodge and donations of our many friends has been stricken. Tourism is dead now and will be remain so for a long while – Africa is months behind other continents with its covid-19 curve and even if borders are opened again nobody will want to come to places where there is a big risk so what are we to do?

 

This charming Dutch couple turned up at Tiko so, taking the necessary precautions, we admitted them. Like many other visitors to Zambia from other countries they were unable to make their planned journey home when so many flights were cancelled.

 

Our survival depends on donations.  We no longer have any income from the lodge and restaurant!

This has never been truer than at present. Tiko needs at least $ 5000 a month to survive. We are always on a knife edge but now we no longer have any income from the lodge and restaurant. 

We still have expenses such as allowances for the crew, general expenses like electricity and internet, plus incidental costs (e.g. repairs to the water pump). These must compete with the costs for education, entrepreneurship, scholarships for the adult crew, health and projects to reduce hunger as well as hunger help 

We appreciate any donations, however big or small via GlobalGiving website, the organisations listed in the donor table below or directly into the Tiko account with Barclays Bank in Chipata. 

 

New Name for the bank account of the RoundTrip Foundation

Australian Friends please note that the RoundTrip Foundation has changed the name of its bank account to match the name of the foundation (see Donor Table).  

Donations (Tax deductible) may be sent to: RoundTrip Foundation on behalf of Tikondane 

Bank: Westpac: Account Name: RoundTrip Foundation BSB 033289: Account No: 334319 

 

ONENEPA Production Project 

We had great hopes that if we could get it up and running our proposed ONENEPA project would generate sufficient income so that, together with the income from the lodge, Tiko could survive without being so heavily dependent on donations. Alas we have had to put that dream on hold but are still developing the plans.  

But our dreams are big: We have applied to do research with ONENEPA in St Francis Hospital; we have sent the latest production sample to the Bureau of Standards; we hope that the application for a production unit  that is being made in Melbourne and on our behalf will succeed and, with Frederico‘s aid, we hope to clear the second hurdle of the application  for an Italian grant.

 

Chickens and Fences – an ongoing story  

To help local people for many years Tiko has concentrated on encouraging them to diversify their crops and grow foods that will balance their diets and promote health without being too costly. This means growing a variety of vegetables especially leguminous ones, but when it comes to vegetables there still is a problem.  

Last year the Roundtrip Foundation helped with fences against marauding cows, and these are basically working. However, chickens are still a problem. Tiko announced to its neighbors that marauding chickens would be killed, and – lo and behold, – neighbours chickens are seen no more, although a few chickens of some of Tiko’s crew of 75 have been killed by their neighbours. After going through all the right channels including the chief, without any success, this is quite rewarding, some understanding has been created.  Now, however, some members of the crew are asking for help with wire fencing to keep their vegetables protected from their own chickens. In fact, with our renewed stress on self-help for survival, we insist that all families use BAG GARDENS for growing vegetable. Using bags that can stand next to the house wall and save a lot of water, will be the future. 

Last year donors the UK helped the Pocket Money Project. In this the children of the crew were taught how to grow vegetables in bag gardens and proudly displayed their crops. Of the 28 participants recently questioned, this year only four are planting. The remaining 24 gave up because of the competition of their own families’ chickens as well as those of their neighbours. Stop press: A donor has come to the fore and chicken wire will be given to those who start growing vegetables in bag gardens, just as the pocket money children had learned to do, along with compost making.

 

Wilson our new intern 

This is the story of Wilson. Wilson is 27, who finished grade 12 four years ago. For some time, he worked with AIRTEL, but working on commission brought difficulties with the superiors – this is Africa. He is living with his mother and two younger siblings, who are both in grade 12 and about to sit for exams with all the attendant new costs like those for identity cards.

Wilson is ready to work in our garden, replacing his friend Evans, who for some reason has been called to Lusaka by his father and who we fear will not return.  

In the present situation we can only pay A$ 15 for part-time work for a month. We hope he will replace our latest IT young man, who somehow had his own ideas when to come to work. 

 

A Cheering result for Tiko receptionist Agnes

Agnes came to Tiko in 2004. With too many children in her family she had little opportunity for schooling but nevertheless for ten years she was reliable working as one of the two receptionists at Tiko. However last year she had a stroke and was badly handicapped, right hand side.

Agnes worked hard and with the help of her husband, son and one other relative who came every other month gradually got a little better.

When Jan and Gonda from Belgium, came to Tiko, as they have done many years, Agnes’ niece, Ennie, took Gonda to see Agnes and her family. After that Jan and Gonda visited her every day and took her to physio in the hospital twice a week until they left on March 5th. She looked much better when they left but now they would be really impressed. When we visited Agnes recently she was almost on her feet, looked good, sat up straight, talked understandably, no longer needed finger stretchers and was altogether greatly advanced. We congratulate Jan & Gonda and all who worked with Agnes to achieve this result from all our hearts. 

 

LIFE GOES ON AT TIKO

Yoga with the mats carefully spaced. The stacked bags at the back contain maize which must be dried before it can be put into the silos – originally Yoga was recommended to the members of Tiko as a way to eventually have Yoga workshops at Tiko with teacher and students from overseas. It is very rewarding to observe that about 12 regular members take part. There is also a group of women who power walk around the football field, making Elke faster all the time.

 

Health Care 

Tigris is handing out oral rehydration salt to Zamiwe for her son Sylvester, aged one and a half. There was a bad dip in his growth chart and we are trying out giving higher doses of our ONENEPA SUPPLEMENT. The next day Zamiwe came to report diarrhea, so Sylvester was given Zinc as well as ORS (oral rehydration solution), and his mother was given some chlorine to disinfect her well.

Diarrhea is a common problem in the compounds, where one family, quite rightly, puts its well a bit higher at one end of its land and the pit latrine a bit lower at the other end. Only, as their neighbour does the same, this means that its well is next to the first family’s toilet all the way round the village. If one could get people to put toilet to toilet and well to well, it would be bit better, but planning is not part of the system here, and sadly our composting toilets are more  expensive than pit latrines, which are officially sanctioned, as being an improvement on simply ‘visiting the bush’.

Ezara, honorary intern, and his wife Mary met at Tiko in 2016, while both following Tiko’s ‘19 Steps Out of Poverty for the Subsistence Farmer’ course. He is a good farmer and she stays at home, looking after her blind mother. 

Their baby Precious is two months old. She has severe strabismus (her eyes do no look in the same direction) so we are trying to find a specialist to help them.

 

Community Service

For many years, we have helped patients who are discharged from the hospital, by giving the necessary money to those who have no money for their transport home. It is impressive that this service is not misused, but they probably feel shame when there is no extended family to help them by providing money for transport.

The grandmother is holding the newborn baby; the mother did not manage to come with her to ask for the help.

Understandably in this uncertain time this newsletter is a shorter than usual as many as our activities to do with tourists have come to a complete standstill.  However, we are peeling groundnuts and are working to provide good seeds that will go to our crew and as ever, we have our meetings …. 

 

We know that your thoughts and prayers are still with us, and at this troublesome time for people all over the world we are thinking of you, tooFollowing the appearances of covid-19, the map of the world is increasingly part of the world view of our crew as we study once a week and try to imagine what it is like where you are. If you will, write to us how the virus touches your life, it would be so interesting for us.  

 

With all our love, and do stay safe, 

 Elke and the crew 

 

IMPORTANT: The Project Account will be used exclusively for the 19 Steps Out of Poverty Project. All future payments should be made into the General Account: Tikondane Community Centre A/c No: 04-1097493 This newsletter has been sent by a friend of Tiko in the UK. Please direct any queries you have to Elke (tikoeducation@gmail.com)

Website (english): www.tikondane.org Internetseite (deutsch/german): www.tikondane.de Account details for donations see at: Donations page

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