Welcome to Sahakarini
Local Effort for Global Challenges
Established 1979 Camrose AB
Save the Date
Loaves & Fishes Community Dinner
3 November 2018 Norsemen Inn, Camrose
2019 Film and Speaker Festival
11-12 January 2019
Variations on a Theme – POWER
Sahakarini’s theme for the next three years will focus on the word power. The Board was inspired to choose this theme after the Film and Speaker Festival committee decided to embark on a three-year examination of power, its different expressions, and how power might manifest itself in our work.
At the 2016 Annual General Meeting, David Goa of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta spoke about power. Click on this link to read a transcript of his presentation. Meditation on Power by David J. Goa
In 2016-2017 we have explored The Power of One. How do each of us harness our own personal power and what do we do with it? In what ways might we empower others? What are the mutual benefits of empowerment? The theme of the 2016 Loaves and Fishes, Pipal Power, emphasized empowerment through education of the students we are supporting through that project. Other current projects provide people better opportunities through improvements in access to basic needs such as clean water and improved sanitation.
In 2017-18, we will look at The Power of Community and in 2018-19 at the Misuse of Power and Reconciliation.
Sahakarini Supports Projects
Projects are the heart of Sahakarini’s mandate. We are always looking for opportunities to work with trusted local partners in developing countries. We have found over the years that the kinds of projects which give the most benefit to the vulnerable and marginalized are those which combine a committed and efficient local partner with the hard work and motivation of those who benefit from the project. One of the constants in our projects outlines below is the hard work, commitment and motivation of the beneficiaries. To learn more about our projects, click on the tab at the top of the page titled PARTNERS AND PROJECTS – CURRENT AND ONGOING PROJECTS
Project News in Brief
Nepal: Kathmandu Primary Health Care Clinic
Sahakarini announces a new, two-year project launched in January 2018. The project, in partnership with Friends of Shanta Bhawan Primary Health Care Clinic, will enable the clinic to enhance its pediatric and maternal health care services and achieve ongoing sustainability.
Kenya: Sand Dam #4
Sand dam #4 Kitile is now completed. The dam captured large amounts of water in the Nov/Dec season. The sand of the dam filters the water, making it safe. Read the final project report here. 2018 Apr Kitile Project final report
Tanzania: Project SHINE
Project SHINE is a collaborative research project between the University of Calgary (Global Health and International Partnerships) and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania. The project aims to build the capacity of youth and communities to develop and sustain locally relevant strategies to prevent parasitic infection and improve sanitation and hygiene in Ngorongoro Conservation Area schools and communities. Twenty-three million people in Tanzania lack access to safe drinking water, and over 4000 children die every year from diarrhea due to unsafe water and poor sanitation.
As part of its work, SHINE has formed a working relationship with the Canmore-based Rocky Mountain Soap Company to teach community members to make high quality soap. An article about the soap-making project can be found in the Rocky Mountain Outlook.
Thanks to support provided by Sahakarini, Project SHINE has given rise to a new organization in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area called Nyuat, which means “hard working initiative”. Nyuat’s mission is two-fold: to reach the most marginalized in the community with education about the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene to health, and to make high quality soap that can benefit all and serve as a source of income generation. The group has named their soap Ewong’an, which means “from darkness to light”.
As of April, there will have been 200 biosand filters installed to help supply clean water for personal use and soap making. You can see updates on the Project SHINE Facebook page.
Updates are available on the Project SHINE Facebook page.
Visit the Project SHINE website! Here you can learn more about the SHINE approach to empowering youth and communities in addressing water, sanitation and hygiene challenges, the communities and schools we engage with, our partners and the team.
You can also order high quality, uniquely Maasai soap handcrafted by Nyuat, a community-based social enterprise in Tanzania that stems from the project. Check it out, spread the word and be a part of the journey!
India: Pipal Tree Children’s College
In January 2018, Dr. Varghese Manaloor and a group of University of Alberta Augustana students visited the Pipal Tree Children’s College. Their thoughts bear out the fact that the learning and the benefits are mutual.
One of the students, Curtis, reflected on the visit. “We had the opportunity to contribute to some projects that previous trips had worked on, which helped me to feel that this wasn’t just a moment in time, but rather a contribution to a deep-rooted effort to make the local community better. I am filled with gratitude to the Children’s College for allowing us to participate with them, and to Augustana and Dr. Manaloor for providing the opportunity, as well as Sahakarini for supporting them in their amazing work. Hopefully, someday, I will be able to return.”
Megan wrote of her experience: “Having experienced and met those girls in the Children’s College has driven me to change my career path. I am now pursuing a change in academic program. I now have the desire to go into Elementary Education and see where that takes me.”
Adivasi make up 8.6% of India’s population or 104 million according to the 2011 census. Many have been displaced by the conversion of forests as wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, construction of reservoirs, and other development projects, which denied them access to their traditional ways of making a living from the forest. Today most Adivasi children drop out of the government schools because their parents are forced to migrate in search of work, or because there is little motivation to go to school. Only a minority of them finish high school. The number of children who go for higher education is infinitesimally small.
Through one of our board members, Professor Varghese Manaloor, University of Alberta. Augustana Campus, we were introduced to Pipal Tree, a non-profit trust established in 1984. Pipal Tree initiated the Children’s College in 2011 near the Nagarahole National Park in Mysore district of Karnataka to assist disadvantaged Adivasi children belonging to Jenu Kuruba and Yerava Adivasi communities to complete school education.
When the Kabani dam was built in 1973 a large number of Adivasis from this area were displaced and became migrant agricultural labourers. Later the forest department evicted a large number of Adivasis from their forest homes on the pretext that human beings should not live in a wildlife sanctuary. They were seen to be a threat to wildlife. Their struggle for land and access to forest and its resources for livelihood still continue. The Adivasi children are rooted in place and in the community of that place. But they are not well cared for as community resources are limited. They are straddling the cultures of tribal and modern India and they have little hope of thriving without adequate access to nutritious food, clean water, shelter and education.
The program provides shelter, food, medical care, and assistance with school curriculum, and supplements the school education with activities rooted in tribal values and modern needs. The vision of this program is to provide an environment where an Adivasi child can actually dream of a life that is different from that of his poverty-stricken parents. The program believes that Adivasi people and their children have much to contribute. Their centuries of wisdom about living sustainably on this planet must be harvested and they should be enabled to contribute to our shared future. The Children’s College aims to educate the children of the forest who may then help us all bridge the increasing divide between the earth based knowledge we need to survive and the mechanics of modern life.