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Kanguka rwaruka, ureke gusinzira kandi isinzi ry’ibibazo bibangamiye ukubaho kwawe.
Kanguka ukange Bunebwe kuko yashitse mu rwaruka rw’i Bujumbura abagira abaja, i Ngozi abagira ingogo, i Muramvya ahashitse humvikanye akamo, maze Bunebwe na Bwengebuke bafata urwaruka rwaho, i Muyinga barayinze kubera Bukene abuza urwaruka rwaho gukora, bakazindukira ku ma-ligalas, Tabi na Rumogi ngo kaze rwaruka.
Kanguka kanguka! Reka kuvuga ngo Leta yaraguhevye, kandi yaguhaye ubwenge bwenga ivyananiye Bunebwe, ariko Tiro akaguma aguta i Buti, ntutahure ngo ute akarengeti, urengere kahise ko kuguma uteze amashi, kandi ufise ibikwiye bikwije ibisabwa kugira ngo nawe ube uwutanga.
Kanguka kanguka! Koroka kare ukore kuko gukora ni kwo kugira umuntu ico ari. Kura amaso ku bazungu kuko, uretse ko twaremwe n’Imana imwe, bavuka nk’uko na we uvuka. Ikome ukoze ukuboko mu bwenge bwawe, urabe ko utaba Muzungu. Kanguka kanguka rwaruka, ukure ugukekeranya, ukenyere umukenyero, unyengetere mu minyuro, winyuranganye Bukene.
Ndi Nzara kandi nkundwa na benshi. Naho nzi ko banyikwegera batazi iyo nzobageza, mfise abagenzi benshi. Sinipfuza ko noshika mu nzu yawe kuko woca ubona ko hari ico uhajije.
Ni jewe Nzara nzirika ubwenge bw’abantu ku catsi. Reka nkubwire abankunda kurusha abandi : Ndakundwa n’abantu bamaze amashure yisumbuye hamwe na Kaminuza bishinga bareze amaboko barindiriye akazi, nyamba bibaza ko kazokoroka kava mu kirere. Ndakundwa n’abishinga kuja mu ma reresi, ntibagiye abirirwa barakina akamari. Ntuze wigere wipfuza ko noshika mu muryango wawe, kuko ni nahashika vyose bizohinduka. Ndashimira ba bwenge buke bakomeza kurindira umusi bazoronka umutahe ukuze, ariko bakirzngagiza ko ntafise umwanya wo kubarindira. Abo ni bo bavugizi banje kuko ari ibinebwe. Jewe ndazi ko benshi bantinya, ariko ntibabona neza ingene bontsinda. Ndatinya barya bantu babonye babuze akazi bakiyemeza gutangura ibintu bakora ariko bidabuye n’ivyo bize.
Abarinsiriye gutangura Ejo ni murindire, ariko mumenye ko inzara yoyo itabihanganira. Haguruka tuje ku kivi.
There are some years, I heard Moringa tree informations. It is a complicated tree but a must have. This medicinal tree is very important for our daily life. Many people do not know its importance. For me to know it, I learned it in the Nation 2 Nation Christian University based at Gitega City.
Problems of seeds
This tree is quite new in some regions of our country. They that want to farm it meet many problem. In additional to the lack of its seeds, it is very hard to grow it in the regions due to the climatic conditions. When we want to get the seeds, we have to buy them. Every thing is new. So, we need empowement. The picture below shows the concern if biodagradable seedlings. To avoid the use of plastics, we make local seedlings with biodégradable materials. This enable us to protect environnement.
Moringa seeds at hand
After I learnt many things about Moringa, the idea of farming it came in my mind. Like it is a new tree, it is difficult to get the seeds. What we have to do is to investigate how we can get them. In some years, Menya Foundation will launch a project to multiply that tree.
This Menya Foundation is a social entreprise who brings new things in the society. It brings positive change by impacting the community. When everything is ready, we have 5 years to come
As it is today. We are on the way of oroducing our own seeds. To accomplish that, the Menya Foundation has done a small nursy af Moringa. This will help us to get seeds Without expending our money.
Moringa is a very important tree. It will bee good if one family will have 10 Moringa trees.
With the help of the Printernet New York and the GSSE, local ngo were trained:
1. Coopérative des Femmes pour le Develppement Communautaire
2. Société Coopérative Agropastorale du Burundi.
3. East African Trainning Association.
4. Afrique Solidarité Formation Creation d’Emploi
5. Tujehamwe ASBL
6. Atélier des travaux de Peinture et d’art graphique.
7.: Organisation pour la Promotion de Volontariat National pour le Developpement du Burundi.
8. Enterprise Bon Avenir.
9. Burundi Waking Center for Development.
11. Forum des acteurs qualifiés en education spécial face au handicap.
12. Association Abizera
13. High Technology Enterprise
14. Association des chauffeurs de Gitega.
15. Enterprise Jisha.
16. Association des cuisinières… .
This conference took place at December 17-21, 2018. With the help of Printernet New York, these organizations and enterprises benefited the traing during a week. It was an amazing week were new things were reveled to these entrepreneurs based in a rural area. This became doable with the resources at hand. The GSS Daily admin has helped us with some tools. The support from our very important people were invaluable. If you want to work, start with what you have.
With the help of Printernet New York
The power of connection is the whole story of the connection of Menya Foundation to Printernet New York. This will help many people who think that networks can’t play a vital role in their users. In this story, we will specify the role played by one of our Facebook connections: Printernet New York.
1. How did this happen?
This happened when I was asked to repoter for Printernet project Mubuga. As a blogger, it was very simple for me. The task is to give a weekly report about the project. As I continued to read other posts in our group, I was inspired and began to write entrepreneurs stories. It was very amazing and many of our readers saw that we were worthy to be supported. From that time, Menya Foundation got the first connection. Whith the coaching of the connection, we, Menya Magazine Club have accomplished great works.
A. The role played by Printernet New York
This our connection played a vital role in all what we accomplished as Menya Magazine Club.
1. Printernet coached us and we were able to produce a magazine. This shaped the villages and our readers.
2. We were planning a one week entrepreneurs conference and Printernet, together with Growing Systems of Success Dailly helped us to get a prototype for entrepreneurs conference. This was a great help and led us to the success of the conference.
3. Our connection supported us in the one week conference. With the prototype, we had great moment of teaching the GSS components.
4. Printernet designed the certificates of the conference attendees. This put us to another level.
All these achievements happened because we were connected to the very important people. This is what we call the power of connection.
With the help from Printernet New York
This story is about a printernet partner based in Uganda, Nyarushange village. His name is Atwongyeire Joseph. Starting 2017, he launched a project known as « Greening Uganda Project » in which his team and himself prepare fruit trees from the nursy. This project need many things.
This year 2019, they are in a rainy season and they wanted to continue the project. In this new journey, they wanted to use degradable bags instead of plastic bags to prepare the trees seedlings. At this stage, they didn’t find the way to go forth. He called for help from his coach M Ichael. This one, as he is an open minded man, he spoke out and post in one Facebook group: »
Friends, I need some advice for Atwongyeire Joseph who leads the Printernet Publishing Center in his village in Uganda. The situation is « the need to plant seeds to have 100,000 fruit tree seedlings for the planting season that begins in September. The plan, as of today, is to use degradable plastic bags in which to plant the seeds. The immediate problem is that a 100kg bag of plastic bags costs $180. One resource in the village is that one woman who received a micro grant used it to buy a sewing machine and now has a sewing business. One idea that came up is to find a material that can be sewn into bags. The advice I need is :
1. Has anyone used burlap – or any other cloth – seedling bags?
2. Is there another way to plant seeds to get to seedlings ready to put in the ground.M Ichael Josefowicz ».
Above eighty group members commented on that post. This means that group members have contributed. For example, Emmanuel Niyoyabikoze, the leader of Umuntu Mouvment Burundi is planting Moringa trees. He prepared them from nursy. He contributed saying : » To do effectively and fight plastic bags at the same time, there is a new way to use bulbous bark instead of plastic bags ».
Nemad helped with a link to a video. He stated in these words: »Is something like this doable there, M Ichael Josefowicz? https://www.facebook.com/surya.mendes/videos/2683381711677293/ ».
Through these comments, the way was found. There is no more use of plastic to prepare the seedlings. Atwongyeire Joseph is thanking everyone for his contribution.
By Canon Felix
Unemployment is hurtling the youth. In fifteen years ago, to be graduated was equal to be hired in the government institution. This challenge came slowly slowly. Nowadays, wherever you put your foot, you meet an unemployed young man or woman. It means that we have working labour which is not bearing fruits. If nothing is done, there is darkness in the future.
Most of people see the cause of this unemployment but can’t do any thing to stop it. In ten years ago, parents were called to bring their children at school. This was a good thing. The number of pupils was increasing day after day. This pushed the government to build many classes in addition to the existing ones. The increasing of schools and pupils might go in pair with the increasing of teachers. Unfortunatly, their number was not increased. The graduated were obliged to wait years and years to see their sun rising. Today, it is difficult to expect that one will be hired. Some of unemployed have decided to break their laziness and begun to do other things.
From graduate to farmer.
Egide Karorero has finished his university studies in 2014. After he waited for two years, he decided to cultivate maze. He told to Menya Magazine: » After I waited for two years, I was convinced that I was wasting my time. An idea came in my mind. I tried to find fifty thousands with which I used to rent a farm, to pay daily workers, to buy maze seeds and all other things. In the beginning, I told myself that I will not be successful. Next year, I will rent big farm because I do not know how the unemployment will end. My message to other unemployed guys is to look for what they can do. Let’s change our mentality ».
Many are still awaiting the job. They forget that they are the first creators of jobs.
The year 2018 has gone. This story describes Menya, from the blog to the enterprise. We are very thankful to our supporters.
All things started in 2015 with Yaga Community. I remember when we were at Ngozi province. All the words were new to me. One of the attendees helped me to create my blog. When he asked me to let him know the name of the blog, I openly said: »let it be called Menyasite ». At that time, I didn’t know what we were doing. The blog was created. In the first days, I didn’t know how I will use it. I tried to study everything. In a couple of weeks, I begun to post many stories.
Menyasite on Facebook
I countinued to post texts on the blog. I created a Facebook page with the same name as the blog. I forward all the WordPress post on that page. Many announcements are written on that page. We have many visitors and we thank them. In 2017, we started to post entrepreneurs stories and other related texts. This continue to happen until March 2018. It is that month when I was connected to Printernet New York.
From blog to social enterprise
Starting the month I was connected to the new and important Facebook friend, things changed very quickly. With Printernet project, everything became clear. It was our real time to gather stories from the 4 corners of the country. It is a hard work but we made it. We are very thankful to M Ichael, Dasaratha Rama and Kevin Wilson. They supported us in many things. They encouraged us. With their councils, Menya Foundation was registered as a social enterprise in November 2018. We were able to differentiate textes from stories, we wrote and printed Magazines, we got many tools from them. We can mention Menya Magazine prototype for entrepreneurs conference. We have organized and run the entrepreneurs conference.
2018 was a year of success. To accomplish this, we need to avoid laziness and be zealous. We hope that 2019 will leave us with many accomplishments.
I am really thankful for many people who played a great role from my starting till now. When I started to use social networks, I was in bad financial situation. Many thanks to my wife who didn’t care about the lack of money in the familly. I remember many times at the end of the month, instead of buying food, the first thing was to buy data. Thanks to readers who have strengthened us in our journey. From 12/11/2018, Menya Foundation is known as one of the enterprise working in Burundi.
In 2011, I got marred. My wife didn’t get job. Financial problems were increasing from minute to minute. A thought came in my mind: to replace the lack of income caused by the unemployment of my wife. The problem was detected, but the solution was still unavailable. From that situation, I decided to buy a small phone. I used it to connect to Facebook.
i. A shared post become my opportunity.
I was using social networks without any hope. A friend of mine Rugomana Venerand shared a post of Yaga Community. It was in 2015. I saw that shared pist, it was over midinight. I woke up, took my block note seated in the seating room and started to write what Yaga Community asked. I was very confused but I continued at all. In the early morning, I went in a cyber to submit it. I submitted it without any hope. Fortunately, I got a call on 13/10/2015. It was a woman voice, telling me that I was selected to partake in a workshop. I didn’t know what was happening to me. I attended. All was new to me, but I decided to continue. I remember Anicet Nyamweru who created menyasite.wordpress.com for me. I was really unable. I remember what Dacia Munezero concilled me. It was not easy to use a simple phone.
i. A team of good people
I begun to write. Some times, It was difficult to get inspiration. I remember how the editor used to resend my texts back to me, but he didn’t forget to correct me, showing me how things were to be. He really helped me. They encouraged me. The skills I got from Yaga Community led me to join World Merit through a Facebook application. In World Merit, I learned many things from entrepreneurs. As I continued to use social networks, I applied for Social Initiatives Support roject. I was selected and run it as a coach. This project helped me to see the way. The idea of creating Menya Foundation came from there.
Ecovillage Project of the Barrow & Cousins Family Foundation, Dankunku.
The village lies on the south bank of the central river of The Gambia, in Niamina Dankunku. It has a population of about 3,500 people, the ‘mandinkas’ being the main ethnic group. Dankunku is about 10 km from the main road of Soma-Basse and is accessible by a small access road.
Dankunku has a public primary school next to a small clinic, agriculture, livestock and forestry slightly. The village benefits from the rural water supply project through the installation of standpipes at strategic locations in the community, but there are no water line connections to households. There is no electricity or telephone, which makes communication in most areas extremely difficult or very limited.
People operate in the area, both livestock and agriculture. The most important monoculture in the region is peanuts. The main food crops are rice, millet and various vegetables. However. As a result, they rely heavily on support from other family members and / or parents living in other areas.
Dankunku next to the river has a lot of wild horses, animals. These include monkeys, bush pigs, hyenas and, until a few years, tigers and leopards that occur, but because of the high rate of deforestation in the region. Yet all of this could be introduced in the region with the support of appropriate projects. My foundation would like to welcome members and visitors to our friendly ecological farm project in Dankunku.
Dankunku as a rich cultural / traditional heritage. Culture and tradition are generally considered in this community as an important factor to promote unity, cooperation for mutual trust, understanding and cohesion among peoples. The annual cultural festival is always held as a « reunion festival » for the residents of Dankunku who are currently living far away. This allows families, friends, parents and loved ones to reconnect.