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Reisverslag Penye nia Pana Njia
29 december 2014
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Penye nia Pana Njia
Zoals de meeste van jullie wel weten heb ik de afgelopen maanden erg mijn best gedaan om geld in te zamelen en ik kan jullie nu dan ook met trots laten weten dat het totaalbedrag: €2.080,- is geworden! Hoe gaaf!! En dat allemaal dankzij de hulp van iedereen.
Vorige week las ik een erg gaaf interview met Dulla (de lokale projectmanager) en ik vond dat ik deze dan ook echt met jullie moest delen. Een van de vrijwilligers die nu op het project is heeft het interview gehouden. Dit is het project waar al het geld naartoe gaat en waar ze het ook echt nodig hebben. De kinderen worden er niet alleen mee geholpen, ook de locals die in de buurt wonen.
Ik heb het interview met een grote glimlach gelezen, hopelijk vinden jullie het ook leuk.
'After a strong rain all you can smell is the earth, this morning was no exception. When I reached our land there was a smell of fresh earth and one guy with a large white smile waiting for me to interview him, ‘’ Jumbo Dulla’’ I shouted as I entered the gate. ‘Jumbo, thank you for coming’’ he replied, let’s sit here under the tree, its paradise’’. And sure it was a land with a large wall around it, and many trees and vegetables that the community has planted.
Have you been interviewed before?, I asked, wanting to play it smart. ‘’ I did a documentary’’ he replied, so I opened my eyes, removed my hat and started asking the questions.
How do you feel about the land?
"The land is very important to the community; the aim of this land is to build our future. There is a proposal of building a school on one side and growing a garden on the other side. The garden is also for the community, for example we grow bananas and send them to three nursery schools. We also take seeds and give them to the community so they can grow and harvest themselves. We really believe the cultivation programme will be very successful and we cannot wait to build the school. In order to offer official certificates we have to the meet government condition of having our own building. We hope the school to take many students. It will offer adult classes, nursery school and possible computer lessons’’ this last sentenced made him so excited that I regretted no attending my computer classes when I was younger, I found them to be boring, but for him it was like an ultimate dream."
So you have just connected the water to the land. Can you tell me more about that?
"Oh yes, he said, and his body language changed, showing the big achievement they have reached. ‘It took us and the volunteers 2 ½ weeks to dig a trench of 950 metres’’ he said proudly, waiting for me to applause, and so I did, after all I can not forget digging the trench myself, on my birthday day!!!
At the moment the pressure is not strong and we are checking what is the problem, but once we fix it, it will help with irrigation and with the future construction work. Also people who live close to our land will connect to our water, approximately 103 people’’
What are the school construction plans?
"Well, at the moment we are collecting funds and donations from locals and volunteers, the plan is by 2018 but if we get the funds then maybe even by 2015.
I really want to say thank you to my volunteers, I don’t know how much to thank them. They have helped me, and when I say ‘ME’ I mean my community. Local people appreciate the volunteers and they are always grateful for their help. You can always be a tourist in our island but as a volunteer the experience is different, you get to live us and experience us."
Can you tell me how you see the importance of African impact?
"There is a big difference. In 1995 before African impact we had just 2 nursery schools and then 4, but understaffed. Since we started the programme 7 years ago, the number of children in nursery schools increased and now they speak English so when they go to primary school they have a foundation to build on. African impact is about ideology and education. With ideology I mean helping each other, making the community aware about issues, for example the marine project taught them how to clean the beach and neighbourhoods.While with education, we have students that are more optimistic about their future."
‘’Thank you Dulla, can we go and see the water connection?’’ ‘’Oh yes, right this way to the Magic Aqua’’ he said and we spend some time talking about the plants, trees and the beautiful decorated scarecrow that keeps the birds away from the valuable garden. “Can you please tell me your motto, a line you believe in and live by”, and he replied “Penye nia Pana Njia’’... where there is a good determination there is a way to succeed!!'