Analysis of needs
During the three month Madanfo Project stayed in Abetenim, an investigation of the problems and needs of the village was carried out. Madanfo Project was in contact with the members of the community, who collaborated and helped by providing Madanfo Project all the necessary information.
The population of Abetenim has a low economic level and often their basic needs are not covered. In general they cannot access basic health services and their hygiene levels are very low.
The income of the population comes mostly from their work in local farms or in some of the services that are in the village.
One of the most critical sectors of the population are young people, who finish their primary studies without having the possibility of continuing them and therefore cannot find a job.
Children also represent a critical sector within the inhabitants. Although they have access to free education from 1 to 18 years, they are still a vulnerable part of society because they can not access health services or do not have adequate food.
Finally Madanfo Project made a list with the most urgent needs that were analyzed in Abetenim and surrounding villages
With the project On the way to school, several of the most necessary problems will be addressed like: youth unemployment, the introduction of new trades that can guarantee a future to the population or children’s access to basic elements such as shoes.
- Children will have access to the basic needs that a child should have when going to school: They will be given a pair of shoes.
- Learning a new trade and have access to a new job for the members of the community
- The families, the community in general and the authorities will be sensitized to avoid attitudes of marginalization
Madanfo Project works in favor of the most disadvantaged populations. The NGO considers of great importance the development of this project and the possibility of its continuity over time.
The project will support children from disadvantaged families who can not afford to spend their money on buying the items that are necessary to go to school
In addition, the Cooperative will serve as an example of an economically sustainable work model and will be beneficial for the community.
In the first phase, children from the most disadvantaged families will be given the shoes until the 307 children in the school receive a pair of shoes.
After this first phase, the second phase will continue, in which shoes will be provided to children from the most disadvantaged families in the neighboring villages.In addition, the shoes will be taken to the local market, where access to footwear will be provided to boys and girls from other regions.
During the first phases the Cooperative will be established in one of the constructions previously built for the community by volunteers. These constructions are made with sustainable construction methods using local materials and construction techniques adapted to local uses.
Once it has been proven that the project is viable and economically sustainable over time, a workshop will be designed specifically for the production and realization of shoes.This workshop will be designed by Madanfo Project with sustainable architectural techniques and local materials.
- Children who attend the school of Abetenim, which will receive a pair of shoes in order to be able to go to school. Currently, there are 230 children between the ages of 1 and 16 attending school.
- Members of the community who will be instructed a new trade and they will most likely get a job in this area.
- The entire population of Abetenim that will find in the Cooperative help for their children by getting shoes.
- Introduction of a new trade in the community
- Introduction of a new product in the local market, which will possibly attract more buyers.
Feasibility and economic sustainability
The realization of the project will be promoted with a first investment of money and the project is intended to be economically sustainable over time. The project will receive financial support from the NGO Madanfo Project until it can stand on its own. This time is calculated to be a maximum of 4 month.
It has the support of local authorities to make the project come to fruition. In addition, the members of the community guarantee their involvement in the project to guarantee the sustainability of the project when the external aid ends.