Grant Recipients 2016-17

Hub Cymru Africa Grants fall under four main themes; 

Here are the recipients who received our 2016/17 grants:

Sustainable Livelihoods Grants 2016-17

The Safe Foundation, Cardiff - Breadmaking skills for marginalised people in Uganda

People with disabilities in Uganda are in urgent need of viable ways of making a living, especially in rural areas. Wales-based charity the Safe Foundation in partnership with East African disability campaigners Tokida on a project to train up to 50 marginalised people in the Tororo district in setting up bread making social enterprises, including making clay ovens for baking.

The Safe Foundation will work with young Welsh people to develop a training programme which they will deliver in Tororo to give both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills to both sets of beneficiaries – manual labour, food hygiene and project management on the one hand and global horizons and self-confidence on the other.

Category: £15,000 over one year

Positive Women, Swansea - Constructing change for women in Swaziland 

Swaziland in southern Africa is a traditional society where women often have their horizons limited by strict gender roles. In 2013 Positive Women started training young women to become carpenters – in a country where female joiners were totally unheard of.

Now they want to train a second group, using Welsh women as trainers. Eight apprentice carpenters and more experienced craftswomen will spend six weeks training 20 local women in the basic skills needed to make a range of wooden goods. The training offers women a basis for running their own businesses and also boosts their confidence and helps change perceptions of what women are capable of.

Category: Up to £15,000 (over a year)

SEF-Cymru, Cardiff - Forging a better future for young people in Somaliland and Wales 

Youth unemployment can cause frustration and a loss of confidence in Wales. In Somaliland it can be a matter of life and death. Young people risk their lives by taking to sea in search of a better life. Community educators SEF Cymru are part of a partnership to enable young people forge a new future by to setting up their own enterprises.

Young people, 60 from Somaliland, 30 from Wales will be recruited to receive from customised training in ICT, labour law, soft business skills, financial management and community development. Youth leaders and project participants from Somalia will visit Wales to exchange ideas on youth development and employability.

Category: Up to £15,000 (over 2 years) 

Acacia Partnership Trust, Cardiff - Water for women market gardeners in Burkina Faso

The town of Gorum Gorum in landlocked Burkina Faso in West Africa has great potential for market gardening – if there is water to irrigate the crops. There are reservoirs (bouli), but their sources are blocked and their capacity limited. The Acacia Partnership Trust in Cardiff together with the Centre Missionnaire Interdenominationel de l’Oudalan (CMIO) has drawn up plans to refurbish a nearby bouli. Now funds from Hub Cymru Africa can allow work to start, meaning that local women can grow crops such as onions, potatoes, jojoba and cabbages to feed their families and earn a living.

Category: Up to £15,000

Fair Do's Cardiff - New ways of telling the Fair Trade Story Fair Do's, Cardiff - New ways of telling the Fair Trade story  

The vibrant Fair Do’s store in Cardiff sells Fair Trade goods from around the world, including cards made by partner businesses in Kenya and Rwanda. They will use their grant to get out stories about the life changing effects that Fair Trade has in Africa, such as getting more children into school, better health and improved nutrition. They will employ an outreach worker to deliver talks and presentations featuring case studies to organisations, workplaces and schools across Wales.

The aim is to raise the profile of Fair Trade and drive up sales of its products. The project is in partnership with Denur Crafts in Kenya and Gumutindo in Uganda who will supply grassroots information about how Fair Trade changes lives.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over a year) 

Centre for African Entrepreneurship, Cardiff - Building corn mills in the Congo

The war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) struggles to feed its people and develop economically. Cardiff’s Centre for African Entrepreneurship and DRC-based charity CAED (Corps d’Assistance a L’Enfant Destabilise) have won funding from Hub Cymru Africa to build a corn mill and storage barns in the southern village of Ntetema in the Lubumbashi region. During the first year, the project aims to significantly reduce child poverty and malnutrition, and create at least 25 jobs for parents who will then be able support their children by providing nutritious food and sending them to school.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over a year) 

Anglesey Fair Trade Partnership, Ynys Mon - Rising to the challenge of the food price squeeze 

Food poverty in Ynys Môn is forcing people to buy the cheapest food they can get – a challenge to Fair Trade campaigners. Meanwhile, supermarkets seem to be stocking fewer Fairtrade goods. The local Fairtrade partnership is rising to these challenges with a focused drive to fly the Fairtrade flag in every school and major community event.

They will use their grant to attend the Anglesey Schools Award Day while producing and distributing termly newsletters to all schools. They will have a stall at the island’s major agricultural show ‘Sioe Môn’ and will be encouraging the organisers to use Fairtrade catering products.

Category: Up to £1,000

Peter Randerson - Fresh source of income for rural Uganda 

Peppermint is not grown commercially in Uganda, yet such plant oils are in demand all over the world for perfume making, insect repellents and many other purposes. Now a collaboration between Welsh and African academics has hatched a pilot scheme to bring a range of peppermint seeds to Kampala district to see which ones flourish.

The long term plan is not only to grow a cash crop, but also develop a processing plant in the area to boost the value of exports. The project aims to tackle growing unemployment and rural poverty by providing a steady income for the region’s people.

Category: Up to £1,000

Femke van Gent, Anglesey - Forging photo links across continents 

Photographers from Anglesey and Nigeria met online and devised a project to bring creativity and self -esteem to some of the most marginalised children in West Africa.

Ibadan city, Nigeria houses the Juvenile Correction Institution where troubled children are trained to take a useful role in society. This Camera for Change project, will train the youngsters in photography and computer editing, supply them with disposable cameras and publicly exhibit their work.

The exhibition will then be shown to young people in North Wales, via schools and probation services with Skype links so that children from the two countries can interact by sharing ideas and experiences.

Category: Up to £1,000

Niokolo Network, Cardiff - Cooking up change in rural Senegal  

Moving to use of safe, fuel efficient stoves will save lives and prevent the depletion of the environment in rural Senegal, West Africa.

At present around 6,300 people die each year from inhaling wood smoke while the valuable Niokolo-Kola National Park is shrinking as wood is harvested to cook with.

Now a new charity is tackling the issue by organising cross-country visits, making and screening films, so villagers can see a range of fuel efficient stoves in action and hopefully go on to adopt them at home.

Category: Up to £1,000

Community Carbon Link, Ceredigion - Growing a prosperous future for a Kenyan community 

A Ceredigion environment group and community activists in southern Kenya have got together to forge a new project to boost the earning power and job prospects of rural land workers.

The grant money will pay local teachers to train tree nursery workers and others in basic maths, English, IT and sewing to boost their life skills and employability. All students will have access to solar powered community laptops.

The project will give local people the skills and confidence they need to protect their community and make sure that they have a prosperous future.

Category: Up to £1,000 

Fairtrade in Football Campaign, Pembrokeshire - Kick-off for fair trade in football

Pembrokeshire Fair Trade campaigner Sharron Hardwick is a founder member of Fair Trade in Football, which wants to see fairly traded balls in play at all levels of the game. Currently, only the big brands get a look-in and the balls are not sold in shops. Hub Cymru Africa has backed Sharron to spread the word about Fair Trade footballs in schools, football clubs and with the Football Association of Wales. There will be a Fair Trade Cup tournament later in the year and Sharron plans to get football coaching herself to give her confidence on the field with youngsters in clubs and schools.

Category: Up to £1,000

Natalie Danford, Swansea - Seeds of hope for families in Cameroon

People in the Central African Republic of Cameroon used to grow most of their own food. But water shortages and population growth in the cities mean people have stopped trying to cultivate their own land. Keyhole gardens can change all that – small, enclosed beds that need less water and use household waste to boost soil fertility. Swansea development activist Natalie Dawson Danford working with Self Reliance Promoters, an African NGO, won a Hub Cymru Africa grant to provide workshops on keyhole gardening in eight schools in the north west city of Kumbo together with seeds for the first year.

Category: Up to £1,000

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Lifelong Learning Grants 2016-7

Challenge Aid, Carmarthenshire - After school education in Kenya 

Carmarthenshire based Challenge Aid has been active for over ten years, organising exciting outdoor challenges, including running, walking and cycling events, for companies, universities, schools and groups. These raise money to develop Schools of Hope in the informal settlements in Kenya, especially Nairobi.

Schools of Hope operate outside school hours, offering a learning environment, facilities and textbooks to help young people with formal education, drama, music, sport, life skills and health issues including the negative impact of alcohol, drugs and unprotected sex.

ChallengeAid is using its grant to further promote fundraising activities in Wales – raising more money for the kids in Kenya while getting Welsh people to take more exercise.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over 1 year)

Full Circle Education CIC, Cardiff - Unlocking the potential of girls 

Too often, girls in both Uganda and Wales set their sights low when it comes to choosing careers – opting for traditional, low-paid work.

This project brings together experienced educators from the two countries who want to raise the career aspirations of schoolgirls and tell them about the full range of job opportunities open to them.

In Uganda, the grant will explore the challenges facing girls and fund initial workshops where girls can learn about a wide range of careers inIT, emergency services, construction, engineering and entrepreneurship. Meanwhile in Wales, a similar message will be delivered to girls, and online campaign materials will be produced, along with careers advice for schools.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over 1 year)

Teams4U, Wrexham - Keeping Ugandan girls in the classroom every day of the month

Shame about periods means that many African girls lose at least three days a month of their education. They stay home when menstruating to avoid embarrassment and bullying. Teams4U is an organisation based in Wrexham and Uganda that has worked with educators in the eastern town of Kumi since 2006 to provide underwear and sanitary goods to girls aged 12-16 in 56 schools, backed by a programme of education with pupils and teachers. Now, funded by Hub Cymru Africa, Teams4U will return to these schools and find out how much has changed. The survey will involve Welsh volunteers and the results will inform the direction of future work.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over a year)

Giakonda IT, Swansea - Solar power for four Zambian schools

Mains power is patchy in Zambia, yet there is a growing need for IT education and online learning if the country’s young people are to become successful global citizens. Community activists Siavonga Nutrition Group are working with their partners GiaKonda Solar Schools to install solar power systems and servers in four schools in the southern Zambian region. This will enable the setting up of an e-library and e-learning systems. They will train 20 teachers to make best use of these resources and a team of ten maintenance staff to ensure that the power and information keeps flowing into the future.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over a year)

Discovery Swansea Siavonga, Swansea - Getting disabled children in Zambia into the classroom

Children with disabilities in Zambia are generally excluded from mainstream education, often through a simple lack of resources to enable them to communicate – visual and hearing aids for example. Discovery Student Volunteering Swansea has a lasting partnership with Siavonga Nutrition Group in southern Zambian to improve health and education. Following a recent survey that revealed just how few disabled youngsters were in school, the Hub Cymru Africa-funded project for 2017 is to find innovative ways of getting them there, such as workshops to build wheelchairs from scrap, volunteering in the community and twinning with a Swansea special educational needs project.

Category: Up to £5,000

Susan Kimani, Cardiff - Planning for progress for disabled children in Kenya

Cardiff-based Susanah Kimani Njogu was fired up by bringing up her own son with cerebral palsy to found a charity in Kenya devoted to improving special needs education for children with disabilities in the east African country. Now Tuleane Africa Initiative has been given a Hub Cymru Africa grant to scope out plans for an online resource for teaching those with a learning disability. The problem is that few teachers have the knowledge and skills to deliver appropriate education to such children and online connections are too patchy to download the best resources. The study will consult teachers, carers and parents in the Nairobi area.

Category: Up to £1,000

Vale for Africa, Vale of Glamorgan - Vale for Africa spreads its wings

Vale for Africa has an impressive track record for a small organisation. In partnership with the Tocida charity in Uganda, it has delivered projects such as annual eye clinics, motorbike ambulances and classroom building for over eight years. But success has come at the cost of relying on a tiny base of trustees and volunteers. A Hub Cymru Africa grant enables the Barry-based charity to spread its wings, bring on board more members and boost its reserves for more ambitious work in Uganda in the future. They will do this with a series of high-profile events and launches throughout the year.

Category: Up to £1,000

Nick Bard, Aberdyfi - A brighter future through palm oil 

Women in the West African republic of Togo need reliable incomes to feed and educate their families.

Aberdyfi-based Nick Bard is a long time fundraiser for Winner Group, a village campaign in Kloto prefecture aimed at boosting women’s rights. Since 2009 they have been working to prevent domestic violence, exploitation and teenage pregnancy.

Now Nick is backing a new project to bring lasting financial security to village women using the versatile oil palm that grows abundantly nearby.

Twenty women will be taught how to turn the palm into a range of marketable goods including soap, kernels and oil. They will also get business and administrative training and be supplied with start-up materials and equipment.

Category: Up to £1,000

Emma Leering, Dinas Powys - School for mums in rural Malawi 

When Dinas Powys teenager Emma Leering taught in a Malawi primary school in her gap year, she found that her pupils’ mothers were trapped in a cycle of poverty because of their lack of education.

Lack of free secondary schooling meant mums found it hard to support their children’s schoolwork and earn enough to keep their families, so she decided to set up evening classes in English to help them increase their job prospects.

After talks with the chief and local women, Emma set up a women’s school, now in its second year. The grant will pay a local teacher and her assistant, while ensuring the project gets regular oversight. Educational materials such as books, pencils and chalk will be provided to help the teachers and pupils.

Category: Up to £1,000

Show Racism the Red Card Wales, Cardiff - Telling the Apartheid story in South Wales schools

This charity uses the world of football to tackle racism and has worked in Wales for over 20 years. Now Show Racism the Red Card is taking its message to a South Wales school with an event highlighting the struggle against Apartheid and its relevance to today’s world.

Wales Anti-Apartheid founder Hanif Bhamjee and veteran campaigner Peter Hain will talk about the history of Apartheid and its opponents and pupils will participate in workshops and view a video about immigration made for the charity. The schools will receive an education pack full of resources and information to support their efforts in dealing with racism.

Category: Up to £1,000

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Health Grants 2016-7

Hazina, Powys - Life-changing outreach to disabled children in Tanzania

Machynlleth-based Marit Olsson has longstanding links with the Bangalala community in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. She knows that children with disabilities in remote areas of the country currently get almost no help to make the most of their lives and their families are not supported with professional help.

Now her charity Hazina has secured a Hub grant to employ a community rehabilitation worker who will visit isolated families with disabled children by motorbike taxi. She will be based in a centre for disabled children. The worker will reach children and families who cannot get to the centre because of lack of transport or difficulty moving the child.

Category: Up to 15,000 (over 2 years)

Hywel Dda Health Charities, Mid and West Wales - Boosting cervical screening rates in Zambia 

Zambia has the third highest rates of cervical cancer in the world. The main problem is making women aware of the disease and encouraging them to seek screening for the HPV virus that often precedes it.

This charity will use its grant for a three-year pilot programme to boost screening rates in the Chongwe district of Zambia. They will do this by training healthcare workers about all aspects of cervical cancer and HPV. The workers will then go out to spread the message to women in child clinics, family planning centres and other health outlets.

Category: Up to £15,000 (over a year)

Brecon – Molo, Brecon - Empowering disabled people in Kenya

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common disability in Kenya, yet people with the condition and their carers are often isolated and powerless. Experience across the world shows that disability-led action groups achieve more social progress than those working on behalf of others. Brecon Molo Community Partnership has worked with organisations in eastern Kenya for years. Their latest Hub Cymru Africa funded project will train five community workers and five parents of CP children in child development and setting up parent groups, the aim being to set up at least five such groups in the towns of Molo, Turi, Sachangwan, Elburgon and Marioshoni.

Category: Up to £15,000 (over a year)

Velindre Cancer Care, Cardiff - Improving breast cancer care in Sierra Leone

Women with breast cancer in Sierra Leone tend to seek help when the illness is advanced, and when they do there are limited options for diagnosis and treatment. Techniques we take for granted such as mammograms, CT scans, biopsy and lymphedema care are often just not available. For seven years, Cardiff’s Velindre NHS Trust has worked with hospitals in the capital of Freetown to prioritise the needs of breast cancer patients. Now Hub Cymru Africa is supporting them to train local surgeons in how best to treat individual cases, based on the latest diagnostic knowledge. They are also supplying a portable ultrasound machine and other equipment.

Category: Up to £15,000 (over a year)

Homestart BRG, Cardiff - A brighter future for abandoned children in Uganda

Nauyo, a slum in the Mbale region of Uganda, is home to thousands of lone children who are mostly not orphaned but abandoned or displaced due to civil conflict and climate change. They are cared for by volunteers, but are vulnerable to exploitation. Now Home-start BGR in Cardiff has partnered with Uganda’s Mbale Coalition Against Poverty to document who these minors are, where they came from and what support could re-unite them with their families. The research, funded by Hub Cymru Africa, aims in the long term to create a secure home for lone children in the area.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over a year)

Phoenix Project, Cardiff - Training midwives in rural Namibia

The universities of Cardiff and Namibia have partnered through The Phoenix Project, which shares expertise and good practice in a range of disciplines. Their latest venture, funded by Hub Cymru Africa, was a visit from three Welsh midwives to the rural province of Oshakati who used anatomically accurate manikins to train local professionals in dealing with childbirth emergencies. The trainees will then pass on their expertise to hundreds of midwives based in remote villages. The maternal mortality rate in this southern African country is currently 30 times that of the UK.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over a year)

Ethiopia Link: Glan Clwyd-Hossana Link, Denbighshire - Forging medical links across continents

The Ethiopia Link brings together staff from Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl and Hossana Hospital in the Ethiopian highlands. Each partner learns from the other. The Welsh team want to learn about tropical diseases while the Ethiopians have a particular interest in UK paediatrics and radiology.

The grant will be spent on exchange visits from key professionals from each hospital, each focused on a particular area of practice and expertise. Each visiting team is made up of qualified medical, nursing, midwifery, radiology, pharmacy, engineering and management staff according to the nature of the work planned for each visit.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over 1 year)

Umoyo.org Ltd, Pembrokeshire - Getting the facts to plan health care in Malawi

Malawi is one of the poorest nations on earth where too few facts and figures are known about people’s health to plan services properly. The births, deaths and illnesses of many people are invisible to the authorities.

Dr Mac Walapu is a Malawian who has been a public health consultant in Wales since 1987. Now retired, he is working with Hywel Dda University Health Board and the University of Malawi to find the best way of gathering health data from his homeland. Local health workers will be consulted on current health priorities to map the best way forward for gathering information for planning services.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over 1 year)

Somaliland Mental Health Support Organisation, Cardiff - Help for mentally ill people in Somaliland

Civil war, poverty and substance abuse in Somalia and Somaliland has led to towering rates of mental illness. The stigma attached to sufferers means many are locked away in prison, health clinics or at home.

The Somaliland Mental Health Support Organisation (SMHSO) brings together professional and voluntary expertise from South Wales to improve the situation in Somaliland and increase the understanding of healthcare providers in Wales.

SMHSO is using its grant to recruit and train volunteers in the skills necessary to support people who are living with mental illness, their families and communities. Service providers and carers will get mental health first aid training while awareness raising and advocacy skills training will be provided for carers.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over 1 year)

Life for African Mothers, Cardiff - Reducing newborn deaths in Sierra Leone

The difference between life and death for newborn babies can often depend on relatively cheap procedures, such as external heart massage. But people must have the right equipment and be trained to use it effectively. Cardiff-based charity Life for African Mothers (LFAM) has worked for years with the Ministry of Health in Freetown to build on the skills of local midwives. Now the Hub Cymru Africa grant means LFAM can send out an additional Welsh midwife to set up resuscitation areas in a large number of maternity units and train local staff to maintain the kit and teach others to use it.

Category: Up to £1,000

Sarah Flynn, Gwynedd - Providing re-usable sanitary pads for girls in Kenya

Gwynedd mental health nurse Sarah Flynn heard about the poverty-busting Omwabini project in western Kenya at a Women’s Institute talk five years ago. Since then she has visited the country, raised money for the project and thought up a practical way of helping schoolgirls who miss out on education during their periods because they cannot afford pads. Cotton and towelling are dear in Kenya, so she hit upon the idea of collecting donated materials in Wales and using a Hub Cymru Africa grant to ship it out for local tailors to fashion into robust, durable pads – enough for over 200 girls in the town of Kimilili.

Category: Up to £1,000

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Climate Change and the Environment Grants 2016-7

Sazani Associates, Carmarthenshire - Documenting climate change in Zanzibar and West Wales

Sazani have delivered education projects in Wales and Zanzibar since 2005. With their sister group on the Tanzanian island, Sazani are launching a film-making project that challenges children to think about the impact of climate change.

Thirty schoolchildren in West Wales and Zanzibar will attend media training events and put together story boards for films they would like to make. Each country will choose the ten best ideas from each other’s entries and young film makers will start making their films on smartphones. The films will be peer judged and the two winners will have their work showcased at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Category: Up to £15,000 (over a year)

Love Zimbabwe, Monmouthshire - Food and fuel security for a Zimbabwean village

Climate change has left Zimbabwe with washed out soils, unpredictable rainfall and fuel shortages. 80% of people in Chinamhora village in the northeast of the country, now pick wild fruit to survive and women walk for hours to gather fuel.

Love Zimbabwe is a charity that works with villagers to take practical steps to achieve food and fuel security. Now, with Chinamhora Community Trust, they plan to provide solar cooking stoves and two new concrete rain tanks.

A further 1,100 trees will be planted to stabilise the soil, a solar power system will provide light for the community centre and intensive gardening plots will mean growing crops with less water.

Category: Up to £15,000 (over 2 years)


Friends of Monze, Bridgend - A fruitful future for a small town in Zambia

Almost half the population of Monze in southern Zambia is undernourished while climate change has caused poor harvests and the soil is badly degraded.

Friends of Monze (FoM), a group run by a retired health visitor from Bridgend has been awarded a grant that will help transform a dusty schoolyard in Zambia into a colourful ‘food forest’.

The Welsh charity is lead by Deana Owen, whose affection for Zambia goes back to her nursing experience there as a young woman. Working in partnership with local organisations, FoM’s will cultivate a barren schoolyard and plant it with fruit trees and a wide range of vegetables.

Category: Up to £5,000 (over 1 year)

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