Developing a health project

I am the manager of a pilot community project we are trying to set up in Angola with Save the Children Angola. This project is based initially in one town, where there are an estimated 41,600 children under five years old.

What is the right method to make my project succeed? Should I start by training the health volunteers to just diagnose diseases or should I also train them on treatments too? I would also appreciate an example of how to carry out monitoring and evaluation.

Adelino Lisimo Alex Luanda Republic of Angola Email:

Making honey

Thank you very much for your magazine. My family, friends and I have found it very helpful: spiritually, socially and economically. Since starting to read the magazine we have formed a little community youth group. We have started two small projects: vegetable farming and honey production. We would like to hear from any other Footsteps readers who are able to share knowledge and experience with us. We particularly want ideas on how to attract and keep bees, and how to harvest the honey.

Thomas Obuya

More information about bee-keeping can be found in Footsteps 49.

The basic principles of waste management

Waste is defined as any remnant from a process of production, transformation or use; any substance, material or even item of furniture that is unwanted, and whose owner intends to get rid of it or throw it away. 

The basic principles of waste management are:

  • to prevent or reduce the production and harmfulness of waste generated through the manufacture and distribution of one’s products
  • to organise the transportation of waste, and to limit it in both quantity and distance
  • to put a greater value for waste through recycling, reuse or any other way of using waste as a basis for reusable material or energy
  • to provide the public with information about the environmental and physical risks associated with waste production and disposal on the environment and public health
  • the costs of preventative measures to reduce pollution and of the fight against pollution must be borne by the polluters.

Mangovo Khonde JP
Institut Facultaire de Développement (IFAD)
Democratic Republic of Congo Email: 

The importance of literacy

My name is Barthelemy Keineng, and I am the co-ordinator of the Nangjere language literacy programme in Chad. The literacy programme, which was started in 1999, has impacted the lives of the beneficiaries. Here are some of their testimonies:

‘A young man told us that he had been surprised to see his mother starting to write and to read the Bible. Before this the young man had not believed that what we were doing was important, but now he has seen a positive outcome in his own mother.’

‘A woman said that it is thanks to the literacy programme that she is now able to correct her children’s mistakes in arithmetic. Her children attend primary school.’

‘A man said that he knew how to read, but not to write. Thanks to the simple method of writing taught by the tutors, he is now starting to write.’

‘In Mere Ker-toue village, a woman said that it is thanks to the literacy course that she knows how to write her name on the back of her health card.’

Keineng Barthelemy
BP 4214
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