February Report – Mutoni Village, Ncheta Island

Feb 29, 2024 | Reports

Report Period: 29/01/2024 – 12/02/2024

As reported earlier this Village was selected because it is one of the more deprived areas in the Chiefdom with very few Government facilities as most trade and the administrative offices are located in the central/northern part of the Island. The village of Mutoni, 5km south of the central area was selected to begin a comprehensive Agro forestry program. The previous report indicated that this village has in excess of 500+ house-holds, and had no borehole for fresh drinking water, it has one basic school, and villagers struggling to make a living from depleted fish stocks. They grow cassava as the main staple with primarily green vegetables forming their daily meals.

At the time of formation this community was made up of 54 members consisting of 34 women and 20 men; 2 widows in the group of women with children living with disabilities, 5 elderly people 3 with hearing impairments and 1 blind person.

After the first Borehole was sunk and pump provided the attendance at the Farm Stew meetings went up to 180 Households who registered for the program, effectively a 60% increase in households and 36% of the Village

The enthusiasm was evident in the participation of the program where they not only asked and were answered many questions but participated practically in the lessons provided.

FARM STEW

An intensive hands-on engagement was carried out end of January to the second week of February.

Farming

Water levels are high on account of the rains making it difficult to plant very much except for Rice, however with raised beds transplanting of some vegetables was possible. The months of April, May and June will be used for planting of Soybean (experimented on in the previous year successfully) after the harvest of rice.

Much time was spent teaching the communities the importance of making compost beds as they were introduced to this for the first time.

The substantial increase in newly registered households meant that a complete package of Training was carried out on Attitude, Rest and everything under Meals and Sanitation, Temperance and Water. The communities were also able to witness the first VSLA community being set up with much enthusiasm (a similar program was attempted in the village which was a disaster).

Attitude

The people of Mutoni continued to show a positive working attitude and understanding of the need for change.

Rest

Theory of the following was covered:

  1. Nightly Rest
  2. Rest of Mothers, and
  3. Weekly Rest.

Meals

All the topics on meals were covered except Nixtamalisation. A presentation on the ‘God’s Colourful Rainbow’ concept was done.

Sanitation

Theory and practicals were done. The following were demonstrated to the community:

  • Making a Tippy-Tap
  • Building a Fuel-Efficient Cooking Stove
  • Fireless Cooker

Temperance

Theory on the importance of abstaining from harmful substances like alcohol and cigarettes which are commonly abused throughout the Chiefdom and in Mutoni. A thorough discussion was done on how it affects all parts of the human anatomy, eventually leading to premature deaths.

Enterprise

The topics on enterprise were discussed except money map, which was decided to be covered during the next visit. Much time was spent on guiding the volunteers on how to conduct Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA). Given the previous disaster the communities were advised that VSLA had to be conducted in a Christian manner like any other lessons within the Farm Stew Recipe Manual.

At least 4 more VSLA boxes will be needed to start other groups in the coming months.

Water

The methods used to purify water were discussed, which includes, Boiling(100°C), heat and Sunlight Pasteurization(60°C), and Chemical treatment like chlorination.

  1. How to make and use activated charcoal internally and externally were discussed.
  2. How to make and use Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS).
  3. Hydrotherapy treatment.

Further Notes

Preparations continue to be made for the Agro-forestry Project that is due to begin in Q2 2024 when the flood waters recede on higher ground. The nursery for Trees has been established and other planning for water reticulation is in hand.

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