GLOBAL RESOURCE ALLIANCE INC Overview
Target demographics: Residents of the Mara Region of Tanzania. Income of less than fifty cents a day. Rural residents. Vulnerable women and children.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 18,000
Geographic areas served: Mara Region of Tanzania
Programs: In cooperation with local, community based organizations, Global Resource Alliance pursues a natural, holistic and sustainable approach to poverty in the Lake Victoria region of Tanzania.
We believe that empowering local communities to address pressing social, economic and environmental challenges according to their own vision and their own creative potential is the key to lasting solutions.
Our programs include educational grants, the promotion of microfinance, water resource development, permaculture & organic gardening, malaria prevention, alternative health, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) prevention, alternative energy, sustainable building and direct assistance to vulnerable populations like orphans and the elderly.
Visit our website, www.globalresourcealliance.org, to get more information about our programs.
Water Resource Development
* Drilled 31 successful boreholes (and installed top quality Dutch-made hand pumps) in villages lacking access to clean, safe water. All of the boreholes are drilled deep into bedrock where high quality water can be found running through fractures and fissures protected from surface contamination by many meters of impermeable rock. Each well serves about 500 people.
* Trained village water user councils how to care for and maintain each well and provided continued training for Tanzanian crew members in the art and science of locating and drilling hard-rock, primary water wells.
Support for Orphans
* Funded rent, food, teacher’s salaries and health care expenses for 250 orphans attending Ukombozi Nursery School in Musoma, Tanzania. This is GRA’s 4th year of continuous support.
* Continued to support all 75 orphans in Kinesi Village through a project run locally by Uvimaki Rural Development Assoc. In December, we begin a year-long project to get the families involved in the design and implementation of a permaculture garden that will provide food for all 75 families, making the project more locally self-sustaining.
* Completed the 7th year of support for the Tumaini kwa Watoto program that provides 40 orphans living with foster families in the Musoma area food, healthcare, school supplies, clothes and weekly activities at the GRA-Tz office compound.
* Hosted the 6th annual Serengeti Safari in October for eight kids from the Tumaini kwa Watoto program and eight from the Kinesi Village orphans project. We were joined by two volunteers from the US, and one from Ireland. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids to experience Tanzania’s amazing natural heritage first hand. It’s also a great opportunity for ourselves and local GRA staff to have a great adventure and a lot of fun.
* Continued to train local microfinance managers in computerized accounting and reporting procedures to maximize organizational efficiency.
* Made two low interest loans of $10,000 each to local microfinance organizations to help meet the rising demand of rural entrepreneurs for small business loans as they continue to work their way out of poverty.
Malaria Prevention and Treatment
* Continued to promote and subsidize the distribution of homeopathic neem tincture for the prevention of malaria – Lake Victoria region’s #1 health problem. A total of 21 villages have now been trained to produce this invaluable remedy, and thousands have benefited.
* Introduced about 20 groups to the use of the Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) to treat malaria and other diseases with incredible results. Following the MMS protocol hundreds of children and adults have been treated and recovered 100% from malaria in just one or two days.
* Initiated a scientific research study on the effectiveness of neem for the prevention of malaria. This trial study will be conducted and implemented during the next two years in collaboration with the National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania and a local doctor in the Musoma area.
* Funded the continued development of two permaculture demonstration plots, one in Kinesi Village and the other at the GRA-Tz offices in Musoma. This work is carried out by enthusiastic local GRA staff and several international volunteers.
* Started a project to develop a 10 acre permaculture garden to feed 75 families caring for orphans in Kinesi village. The families will receive training in permaculture and have access to a piece of land to grow their own vegetables.
* Trained more than 300 people in Solar Cooking to prevent indoor fires and deforestation in the course of ten workshops.
* Provide two rounds of training for 30 certified solar cooking teachers, many of whom are now engaged in providing solar cooking classes to their communities.
* Sold, at cost, over 200 solar cookers and have materials for 800 more solar cook kits to be distributed in the near future. These kits can be used to cook food as well as pasteurize water.
* Awarded just under $7,000 in university scholarships and laptop computers, including the Bernard & Ethel Achterhof and Robert & Gertrude Muir Scholarship for the outstanding student of the year from the Buhare Community Development Training Institute in Musoma.
* Provided over 30 secondary school, vocational school and community college scholarships to students formerly in the Tumaini kwa Watoto program so that each can continue their education to the extent their aspiration and talents carry them and to help them achieve a meaningful and productive life.
* Continued to fund courses in permaculture, tutoring, solar cooking, carpentry and tailoring at the Peoples Educating Group – a small grassroots organization that provides practical, free training to local residents in the Nyasho district of Musoma.