Beginning of September Ibrahim Hussein was honored by a visit of a board member of the Erbacher Foundation. They visited the Mwambis Secondary School where currently 7000 seedlings are raised in a newly established school nursery. Furthermore Ibrahim demonstrated the traditional method of beekeeping and explained the benefit the polliniation of the sunflower fields owned by Uwako Farmer Group members has to them. The common transport difficulties were part of the experience.
We are very happy that this direct contact between the project manager and the main donor from Germany has come true. It is the first step for Weltweit e.V. to become itself dispensible.
Our partner POPULUS has begun its first Cine Comunidad workshop in Choachí, not far from Bogotá. A group of kids and teenagers are taught how to produce a short film that deals with a certain problem in the community. We are looking forward to learn more of the result and impact.
Katrin Conzelmann-Stingl from the Ecokids and Sandra Busch from the Nomadenhilfe came visiting our headquarters on the 25. of August. While we enjoyed a honeybread we discussed a projectplan where childreen at a school in Germany as well as at a school in Bhutan are taught apiculture (beekeeping) and are developing on that ground a school partner- and friendship that will later surpass the mere topic of beekeeping – so is the vision.
So far we haven’t been successful to find foundations that would support the Cine-Comunidad project of our partner POPULUS financially. Although everyone finds it nice and meaningful, it would still not rank high enough on their priority list to receive funding. Which is obviously sad because this project can help substantially to build up a functioning democratic society by giving those people a voice who are at the end of the power chain. Especially after the endless period of civil war this kind of civil involvement is dearly needed in Colombia. What happens when state building mechanisms are neglected can currently be seen at too many other countries.
Nevertheless, money is not everything. Just as important should it be to gain a network. Therefore we are happy that we were able to connect POPULUS with the Goethe Institute in Bogotá. Last month they were invited to participate in a communication workshop at the Institute. Their Cine-Comunidad project received very positive feedbacks and we will see if this can lead to more support or cooperation.
We thank gratefully Mr Hilmar Hoffman who is the former president of the Goethe Institute and who gave us the advice to get in touch with the Institute in Bogotá. I guess his name opened doors!
The Erbacher Foundation has granted Ibrahim’s project a substantial amount. The financing for the first project year is thereby secured. In the meantime we have more funding applications with other foundations pending. If we would receive addtional funds we will secure funding of activities already of the second year and that would give of course Ibrahim more planning security.
We are very happy to have received our first project support by a private company. The media company MediaRange with its seat in Bad Soden is supporting the Cine Comunidad 2017 project in Colombia with hardware that is needed for the project activities.
Andres Bodensiek comes from Colombia and studies a Master in Agriculture and Food Economics at the Univsersity of Bonn. He asked us to join him in his support of an organisation called Populus Proyectos Comunitarios based in Bogota. Populus is a registered Ngo that was founded in 2011 by five friends. Their goal is to create awareness of social problems in the rural outskirts of Bogota using the arts and cultural events and especially through filmmaking.
In the last 6 years Populus has conducted workshops in 14 communities teaching children and adolescents how to produce short films that document the living conditions in their communities. The shorts were displayed for public in an event called „Cine Comunidad“ and also on various film festivals. The youth learned a new skill that would give them a new perspective in life and the communities were collectively confronted with their specific social problems. In most of these communities that has led to surprising changes which has convinced us to support Andres and his project. You’ll learn more about it under Projects soon.
Shortly after we have received the first support from the Hand in Hand-fonds Ibrahim the project leader has launched a couple of stakeholder meetings and the first workshops with farmers. The goals that he had set with the Uwako farmer cooperative over the course of the last year were made more concrete. Areas where trees will be planted were chosen, as well as the tree species. Property and user rights were agreed upon and the first basin to save water for a tree nursery was constructed. Thus Ibrahim has motivated the participating villagers but also created quite some expectations that now the project activities will start. He hopes to be able to use the momentum and start the establishement of the first nursery before the coming rainy season. All he needs is, guess what, ha ha: money!