A Project Committee and I have been working together for several months to plan and gain approval for a grant that would fund an extensive sports project in my village!
Here is a description of the project from the website:
The Cooperative Rural Sports and Development Project addresses several basic needs of this small Tanzanian community. Lacking any established sports facilities in the surrounding area and with few options for recreation for any age or gender group, drugs, alcohol and risky sexual behaviors become the favored pastimes, especially for village youth. Women and girls especially lack legitimate forms of recreation and are at higher risk of contracting HIV because of established gender roles and empowerment issues. This project has as its main goal to bring together several motivated groups in the village to plan and implement a large-scale project to combat these local problems. The village youth, soccer team, elders, local women’s group, girls handball team, government officials, and elementary school students and teachers are teaming up to establish, build, and maintain a soccer field, basketball court, and volleyball court to form and outfit sports clubs for soccer, volleyball, and basketball, and to protect the environment by landscaping the area with trees raised by the environmental club at the primary school and creating a system for rainwater runoff. By forming a project committee that brings together representatives from these various groups of rural society, local experts and future leaders alike, the community is further benefitted by the experience and knowledge that planning and implementing a project of this scale will bring. The community will also benefit economically by hosting sports matches and attracting commerce from the surrounding area. The total budget needed to fund this project is $7,651.25 (Tsh 12,242,000), with a community contribution of $2625 (Tsh 4,200,000) which includes all non-skilled labor, locally sourced materials (sand, gravel, brick) and discounts for skilled labor which accounts for 34.31% of total project costs. The project will be completed by November 2013, allowing four months to complete all project components.
We are looking for donations to fund this project and get it started as soon as possible. Click the link for more details and to donate via the Peace Corps’ secure website. Tell your friends!