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WHE Program Updates
January 2013
THE GIFT OF LEARNING

During the months of October and November 2012, I had the opportunity to be a volunteer teacher at the Buswelu Primary School just outside Mwanza, Tanzania (East Africa). This school is twinned with Tecumseh Public School in London, Ont. and since 2005, the school population has been fundraising to help with the purchase of school desks and supplies. We are in partnership with Western Heads East.

I have recently returned from my fabulous experience and am now part of a fundraising team to continue to help support these needy children. I watched the students at the school having to sit all day long on the hard cement floor in order to obtain their learning. The children are so anxious to learn, and it was heartbreaking to witness the circumstances in which they had to daily contend with. They are having to write their lessons from the dirty floor! There are 1700 students with 150 desks at present. Three students are able to sit at one desk, leaving 440 remaining desks to be purchased for the school, so that all the students have the dignity of being able to have an essential tool, a seat to learn from.

We are in need of asking for your monetary help in supporting these African children to improve their learning environment. A donation of only $45 will provide 3 students with proper seating in which to learn from, as well as providing welcome help for the local economy through the purchase of the lumber, and the welding and building of the desk by a Buswelu carpenter. In total, 6 people will benefit from your donation! What a difference your involvement could make to this community!

Thank you for your support in being a global citizen.

June Doan

 
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November 2012
With the launch of the 10th Anniversary Campaign, WHE would like to review some of the exciting developments to come in the future.

Since its inception in 2002, there have been many new technological and scientific developments in the fight against HIV/AIDS both within WHE and in the global community.

As a result of the generous 1.2 million dollar donation from Dr. Marianne Larsen for people living with HIV/AIDS to receive the probiotic yoghurt free of charge, 20 kitchens will be up and running over the coming year.

This year's past interns began set up for new kitchens in the North Maragoli region of Kenya and Kigali, Rwanda. With 20 kitchens, more than 120 women and youth will be empowered through employment at their own microenterprises.

The Western Heads East program has a domino effect by reducing poverty in the lives of women entrepreneurs, while bringing health and economic development to the community.

Early this year, the African Probiotic Yoghurt Network was established organically within East Africa. WHE is committed to supporting this licensed NGO with help from the NIMR and the Kivulini Women's group. The APYN is dedicated to supporting probiotic micro enterprises that empower at risk women and youth, and better the health of those living with HIV/AIDS.

In the greater Western Community, a new vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS infection has begun human trials. In early 2012, Dr. Chil-Yong Kang, of Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry received the go-ahead from the American Food and Drug Administration to begin human trials. Though the trials are still being conducted, the vaccine has shown promise to initiate strong immune response reactions in preliminary tests.

All of these exciting developments will greatly change the face of WHE in the next few years to come.

 
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September 2012

The fundraising and education committee composed primarily of students will be working hard behind the scenes on various events throughout the year to help raise money to compensate the costs for the interns and projects.

The committee hosts various informative and educational events to raise awareness of HIV/AIDs in Africa as well as the efforts of Western Heads East from trivia nights to Code Red. One of the main projects this year is to work on a pitch to have Canadian artist K'Naan to come out to the "In the Market" event this spring.

Born in Somalia, K'Naan's ties to philanthropic organizations in East Africa is what first drew WHE staff to the artist. "He is both an artist and an activist" said WHE staff member Tara Chen while working on the K'Naan 'pitch video'. As an activist he has spoken on behalf of Africans directly to the UN , worked with Bono to raise funds for the East African drought, and encouraged the Canadian government to increase medical funding to African nations. He represents much of what WHE stands for and more.

With the help of radio personality Skye Sylvain from 94.9 CHRW Western Radio, WHE has created an exciting video highlighting the Western Heads East initiative and inviting K'Naan to perform at the "In the Market For Western Heads East" event this spring.

Western Heads East would like to thank 94.9 CHRW for their support and we look forward to seeing everyone at the In the Market Event this March, hopefully including K'Naan!

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September 2012

The fundraising and education committee composed primarily of students will be working hard behind the scenes on various events throughout the year to help raise money to compensate the costs for the interns and projects.

The committee hosts various informative and educational events to raise awareness of HIV/AIDs in Africa as well as the efforts of Western Heads East from trivia nights to Code Red. One of the main projects this year is to work on a pitch to have Canadian artist K'Naan to come out to the "In the Market" event this spring.

Born in Somalia, K'Naan's ties to philanthropic organizations in East Africa is what first drew WHE staff to the artist. "He is both an artist and an activist" said WHE staff member Tara Chen while working on the K'Naan 'pitch video'. As an activist he has spoken on behalf of Africans directly to the UN , worked with Bono to raise funds for the East African drought, and encouraged the Canadian government to increase medical funding to African nations. He represents much of what WHE stands for and more.

With the help of radio personality Skye Sylvain from 94.9 CHRW Western Radio, WHE has created an exciting video highlighting the Western Heads East initiative and inviting K'Naan to perform at the "In the Market For Western Heads East" event this spring.

Western Heads East would like to thank 94.9 CHRW for their support and we look forward to seeing everyone at the In the Market Event this March, hopefully including K'Naan!

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Summer 2012
Time is ticking as our latest establishment in Kenya hits a few roadblocks.

While in the process of setting up a kitchen within Muungano School in North Maragoli, a lack of electricity and water brought the project to a near standstill as interns worked with the local community and Muungano Foundation to resolve issues to open the kitchen by the end of August 2012. An additional challenge was the lab that was originally chosen proved to be insufficient, leaving interns to seek alternative sites immediately. A bit of a rocky start, but there was strong community support to bring it all together.

Thankfully there is a great team on the ground, starting with our student interns Blake and Gillian, and the wonderful staff at the school, who have worked tirelessly to keep things on track. As it stands now, just over a month later, the Muungano probiotic yoghurt kitchen has gone from an empty concrete room to a fully wired kitchen space with new windows, a small chimney and fresh, running water thanks to an elevated tank and brand new sink. All that is left is a fresh coat of paint before equipment and supplies can be purchased and moved into the new kitchen.

We are also happy to report that training for the Yoghurt Mamas commenced this past week in Oyugis, Kenya with the women's group that has been in place there for the past three years. The registration process for people living with HIV/AIDS to receive their free daily yoghurt has also begun. Although there are sure to be more hurdles ahead - one of the main ones being time (as our interns just passed the halfway point in their visit) - the Muungano school for special needs kids are well on our way to a fully-operating probiotic yoghurt kitchen for the children, people living with HIV/AIDS and the health of the local community. Good luck to our team in Kenya!

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March 2012
Youth-Run Yoghurt Business in Mwanza

In Mwanza, Tanzania, the Kivulini Women's Rights Organization has decided to begin a yoghurt business run entirely by local youth. Mama Joyce from the Tukamuane Women's Group has been training them in record keeping and book keeping.

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for local boys and girls to acquire useful knowledge of business, marketing, and yoghurt production. Many of the youth are excited to display their new skills to those visiting the business.

We are excited to follow this story as the business develops and the youth become more familiar with their roles.

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February 2012
New Yoghurt Packaging to Increase Marketability

The mamas are always looking for ways to improve upon their current business plan in order to maximize revenues. One of the major difficulties being experienced by the Women's Groups is accessing adequate packaging to improve upon the sanitation properties of their yoghurt product and increase its marketability.

In the past, mamas have been using plastic bags to package and sell their product in the local market. They have recently identified the use of plastic bags as a downfall to their selling strategies and have been looking for alternative packaging resources.

Mamas from the various Women's Groups located in Tanzania have recently contacted their suppliers for new ideas.

One suggestion has been the use of inexpensive plastic one litre and half litre containers along with exterior sticker labels. The use of such packaging will not only reduce the risk of product spoilage but also increase the aesthetic appeal for potential buyers.

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January 2012
Bicycles Will Increase the Profitability of Yoghurt Businesses

The Women's Group members have been both resourceful and committed in their efforts to increase the profitability of their yoghurt product and increase business expansion.

Sometimes the Mamas must be especially innovative when met with challenges that limit their ability to transport goods and maximize production. Some of the Mamas in Tanzania have suggested the idea of incorporating use of bicycles for the transport of milk to and from their local markets.

Currently, the Mamas only possess a single bicycle which is in need of repair. If they are successful in acquiring the use of more bicycles they can increase the amount of resources delivered for yoghurt production. This idea will be especially helpful for the women's groups that tend to sell out of their daily stock of product in the local market.

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December 2011
New Youth Group in Mlango Moja

A new and exciting Youth Group has emerged in the Mlango Moja area of Mwanza, Tanzania! They have recently received training from Tukamuane Women's Group member Mama Joyce and support from Maimuna Kanyamala, the executive director of Kivulini Women's Rights Organization in Mwanza.

With limited resources and currently no refrigerator, the group has been reported to produce and sell out of yoghurt on a daily basis. We are pleased to support the development of this new group and commend their innovation and commitment.

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November 2011
New Program Starting in Burundi and Malawi

We are excited to announce that Buswelu Women's Group, established a FITI probiotic yoghurt kitchen in January of 2011.

According to our sources the group produces incredibly delicious probiotic yoghurt which is gaining in local popularity. While the group continues to work toward developing a fully operational kitchen, they are discussing some great potential initiatives for the near future.

In particular, the Buswelu Women's Group is interested in developing a breakfast program with the local Buswelu Public School! The Buswelu School is the school twinned with the Tecumseh Public School in London, Ontario.

This program would help school children receive a healthy breakfast that will aid in maintaining classroom concentration and maximize their potential for learning.

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October 2011
Mahina Women's Group

The Western Heads East team would like to introduce you to the Mahina Women's Group, one of eight women's groups currently operating in Mwanza, Tanzania. The Mahina Women's Group established themselves two years ago and receives support by the local Tukwamauane Women's Group.

Tukamauane member Mama Pasqualina has graciously extended her time to teach the Mahina women the skills of yoghurt production and marketing, and a loan granted by the Tukwamauane group has allowed them to open their doors for business. The Mahina Group is producing a high quality yoghurt and has received the probiotic culture from the National Institute for Medical Research Tanzania, the local organization primarily responsible for culturing the probiotic bacteria.

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