|In its June, 2005 issue, The Rolex Awards
for Enterprise Journal published an article about the planting of one million trees by
Sebastians community, an event reported in our newsletter last year. In 2001
Sebastian was awarded an Associate Laureate award by Rolex which provided funding to
expand his work, thereby making it possible to reach the one million mark far sooner than
anticipated. Sebastian has been coordinating renewed efforts and expects to reach the two
million mark within 5 years. The Rolex article can be read online at: www.rolexawards.com/journal/pdf/n19_summer2005-art4.pdf.
|stoves for their own use and to market. And of significance
for Kilimanjaros coffee farmers, were their activities in establishing a nursery to
grow organic, disease-resistant coffee seedlings, which have long been under attack in
this area by Coffee Berry Disease. The KEEG is cooperating with The Tanzania Coffee
Research Institute (TaCRI) at Lyamungo on Mt. Kilimanjaro, which is developing a resistant
strain of coffee seedlings in attempts to revive the coffee industry throughout Tanzania.
When those enterprises proved successful, and others saw that they could make money from such work, KEEG numbers quickly grew. It now has over 70 members, and offers purposeful employment to some in the community who have been without work and to many young people who have no opportunities for higher education.
Find your place
- Gary Snyder
For several years British Petroleum has donated a gas allotment for Sebastian to enable him to travel around for educational and tree planting work. This year BP has again generously provided fuelan increasingly precious commodity in todays world.
In the areas where it works, British Petroleum is conscious of its role in the community and helps local people improve their lives by sponsoring a broad range of social and economic initiatives in the areas of education, environment, health, culture, economic development and energy. It has established programs to provide small loans for small businesses, such as taxi drivers, clothes sellers, hairdressers and fruit sellers. It is providing inoculations against disease like malaria and AIDS. Through its solar energy program, it delivers solar power to communities with no access to electricity.
In 2004 it launched its Community Investment Programme (CIP) with plans to spend $100m per year in the support of projects of local relevance and need. Funding under the CIP will primarily support education, enterprise development and better access to energy.
Environmental Conservation Kibosho East
Environmental ConservationKibosho East is a handbook published by youth leaders in Sebastians local ward of Kibosho East on Mt. Kilimanjaro, describing their conservation efforts and chronicling Environmental Day activities sponsored by Malihai Clubs and adult conservation groups. This book contains many photos and offers an inside look at the energetic and imaginative work of this vibrant community. It is now online and can be viewed at: www.blackwoodconservation.org/kibosho_east.html.
Trees from the ABCP Moshi Mpingo Plot are being planted at Makuyuni Himo near Lake Manyara National Park east of Moshi. The residents of this village are establishing a 25 acre plot of their community land in mpingo trees and Sebastian Chuwa is providing them with seedlings for this work.
They have been assisted in this effort by a group of Makonde Carvers from Moshi. The Makonde are highly skilled and world renowned artists of East Africa who produce intricately carved statues of exceptional skill and beauty. The Makuyuni residents intend to carefully nurture and protect these trees as a future resource for the use of the Makonde.
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