Core Program areas include:
- Women and men socio-economic empowerment
- Gender Issues and Mainstreaming
- Sustainable Rural and Community Development
- Poverty reduction
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Water and sanitation
Women and Men Empowerment
Here we focus on empowerment, food security, and outreach to marginalized communities. This program has been empowering grassroots women living in semi-urban areas of Tanzania and in particular those who live Iringa, Morogoro and Singida regions since year 2011 todate. The women have created entrepreneurial networks to sustain their relationship with AGEN&AGEN-USA Inc. Many of the grassroots women are involved in small businesses such as sunflower oil extraction, food vendoring, shop keeping, tailoring and making of traditional costumes. This program has been enhancing these networks through training programs, study visits, trade fairs participation and intercultural exchange activities; all are intended to empower women to cope with a fast globalizing world. This initiative has been achieved through provision of loans, cutting edge monitoring and capacity building . The program has identified and promoted entrepreneurial women’s networks, whose members are equipped with entrepreneurial skills, in fostering their political, social, cultural and economic empowerment. Experience in many underdeveloped countries, such as Tanzania, reveals that a combination of training and micro-finance to women can yield good results in promoting their socio-economic status as well as that of the community and the country in general. This has proved to be true for this project.
In addition, the program has been facilitating networking among scholars across the globe who share their expertise and experience. The end product of this project is creation of a model which can be adopted across Sub-Saharan Africa and the whole continent of Africa.
Background and Progress to date
AGEN&AGEN-USA Inc is looking for collaborators, donors, NGOs and individuals to join efforts of the AGEN-USA Inc’s president Mr. Rasel Madaha to bring water to one of the unplanned settlements in Tanzania. Lessons from the project will be upscaled to other regions. Rasel Madaha was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Buffalo, in New York, USA from July 2009 to September 2012. Now he is back in his hometown of Morogoro, Tanzania, where he works as a lecturer at Sokoine University of Agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Community Development.
More importantly, he with assistance of Prof. Shannon Risk of Niagara University (located New York) has started a campaign with grassroots women in Tushikamane Street, Morogoro, Tanzania to provide better access to tap water to marginalized people. Originally, the project goal was to build a tap water point to allow women access tap water at a nearest point so as to prevent them from walking through unsafe conditions. The contributions from the original project were going to be used to build a community school in the neighbourhood. Recently, however, more people in the neighbourhood (50 households) raised more funds to bring a major 4 inches PVC pipe (piped-in water) covering 354 meters from the nearest tap water sources (with 1.5 inches branches covering 300 meters) with the aim to ensure that each of the households in the neighbourhood gets tap water. A total of $3500 from community members and other stakeholders (Individuals, AGEN-USA Inc, and MORUWASA- government water authority) has been raised and spent in the project. Individuals who have raised funds through gofundme.com for this project include Shannon Risk (USA), Anne Sullivan (USA), Sharon Green (USA), Lily Muldoon (USA), and Alan Fryar (USA). They have raised a total of $295. The gofundme project is now closed. Thanks a lot to these great individuals for donating so much.
Microsoft employees have raised a total of $100 through Benevity at https://causes.benevity.org. This project continues. This brings a total of $395 donated from organizations and individuals.
The Challenge and Funds Needed
Although the majority of women have contributed funds to bring piped water into the neighbourhood, the majority of them cannot afford expenses associated with installing tap water into their respective households. In view of that, this project is about raising funds to create a cumulative fund to enable people and women in particular living in the neighbourhood (150 households) to get low interest loans to install a tap water system into their respective households. Then, they will repay the loan in cycles of four months with a small interest of 10%. The funds will then be passed to other women in the neighbourhood who will in turn install the tap water system in their households. We need a maximum of $5000 to install a tap water system in 50 households. However, we currently target $2800 to be used as a revolving fund and serve at least 25 households in the first phase. The remaining 25 households will be served in the second phase. After the second phase, a total of $ 3360 will have been raised. $1060 will be used to extend a 4 inches PVC pipe by at least 132 meters to serve an additional 100 households. The third phase (a four months cycle) with $2300 will serve 23 households out of 100 households. The remaining four phases (i.e. phase 4, phase 5, and phase 6) will serve the remaining 77 households. At the completion of Phase 6, a total of 150 households in the neighbourhood will have access to tap water. Once all the 150 households have access to tap water in their respective households. Specifically, at the end of phase 6, a total of $3,311 will be generated and used to build community elementary school in the neighbourhood.
It should however be noted that the implementation of the project is slow due to inadequacy of funding both from community beneficiaries and the donor community. It should equally be noted that all of the mentioned households (roughly 150 households) access tap water from households (10 households as of 18th January 2017) where the tap system has been installed.
The Video Clip
In this video (accessed at https://youtu.be/0h1sa4c-lRU ), Rasel narrates stories on the challenges faced by community members and how AGEN (and its grassroots implementing partner) has helped them bring piped water into the neighbourhood. For details about other AGEN’s interventions, please visit www.agentz.org The women are truly holding up “Half the Sky” and they deserve to be assisted.
How can you engage?
Your donation, small or big, can make a big difference in these women’s lives by making water more accessible and in safer conditions, plus helping the women as entrepreneurs who wish to use the money earned to build a school. There are two sites for fundraising
- please visit our donation page at this site and donate (everyone can donate through this site)
- If you know a Microsoft employee, please tell him or her to donate at https://causes.benevity.org/projects/78895 (this site receives donations only from Microsoft employees. If you know one, please ask him or her to kindly donate)
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. Please help us reach our goal of raising $2800.
AGEN and AGEN-USA Inc. volunteers can offer consultancy services on each and every aspect of rural life in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa and the African diaspora in the United States of America. Our consultants are scholars who were born and raised in villages of Sub-Saharan Africa but had an opportunity to be educated abroad in high quality and reputable global institutions. A significant number of our volunteers in the diaspora are graduates who are aware of challenges faced by the African diaspora and are willing to help for free. Another strength of AGEN and AGEN-USA Inc. members is that they speak vernacular languages of the people living in Sub-Saharan Africa and they can easily get attached to grassroots people in Africa. Please contact us any time and we will provide you with what we can do at that particular time. Given our status as not-for-profit, we do not charge any fees. However, we request our customers to donate some funds so as keep our services running.
Volunteer Opportunities, Internships and Cultural Exchange (VIC) opportunities
AGEN and AGEN-USA Inc. offers interesting opportunities for our members, donors, and individuals to experience personal growth through our cutting edge volunteer, internship, and cultural exchange tours to and fro Sub-Saharan Africa/ The United States of America.
Such programs lie at the heart of our interventions. AGEN-USA Inc. and AGEN were founded by volunteers and we continue making use of such programs to grow stronger for the sake of grassroots people in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States of America. AGEN-USA Inc. and AGEN offer volunteer and internship opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Currently we have volunteer opportunities for students and youth to participate in our programs by holding key managerial roles in the United States of America and Tanzania.
Such programs are aimed at allowing volunteers to boost their managerial skills and be ready to take career in not-for-profit organization in the United states and Africa. We have focal points across Sub-Sub-Saharan Africa in which volunteers and interns are being given opportunity to change lives of grassroots people as they prepare themselves for a career in international not-for-profits organizations. Many of our volunteers in the United States and across Sub-Saharan Africa find our volunteer and internship programs very rewarding. If you would like to participate in our volunteer and internship programs, please visit our “How to contact us” page and fill in the application form.