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How Your Money Was Spent 2013-2014

The Mango Tree has been supporting land-based projects, agricultural development and micro-enterprise schemes for over eight years. We have reached 38, 202 children and their families, enabling them to improve their livelihoods, grow their own food and increase their household income. 4,969 farmers have directly benefitted from practical agricultural seminars and micro-finance training. This is slowly pulling these poor, rural families out of extreme poverty and giving them hope for a better future, as well as the dignity of being self-sufficient, instead of dependent on external aid.

Programme Achievements 2014

Education and Employment

Our priority this year has been to invest more resources in vocational training, especially in Tanzania where the secondary school transition rates are extremely low. We continued to provide opportunities for high achievers at boarding secondary schools and supported vulnerable girls in Kenya with our Alternative Family-based Care Home programme.

  • 5,286 children have been supported to remain in primary and secondary school and improve their academic performance this year.

  • 16,000 people have benefited from access to library services in Kyela, Tanzania

  • 620 secondary school children received holiday tuition in Kenya.

  • 30 secondary students from Kobuya, Kobala and Kajiei schools received academic coaching.

  • 421 people have been supported to attend colleges, vocational training institutes and universities. 126 at university, 146 in tertiary colleges and 149 in vocational training.

  • 127 have graduated this year with qualifications in accounting, business administration, civil engineering, carpentry, clinical medicine, early child development, electrical engineering, IT, journalism, laboratory science, masonry, plumbing, mechanics, social work, supplies, tailoring and welding.


Community Livelihoods

We conducted a household survey earlier this year across 54 villages in Kenya, to assess levels of poverty in 1,358 families. This survey assessed household income and food security. Livelihood projects will target 150 families who were identified as being the most vulnerable.

Our agricultural development projects in both countries particularly focus on tissue cultured bananas, grafted mangoes, early maturing cassava, sorghum production, bee keeping, fish farming, rice and sesame production.

  • 130 people, 29 men and 101 women, participate in the TMT loans and saving schemes. 50% of these microfinance project members have saved money to invest in their small business enterprises. 

  • Secured new funds from the Waterloo Foundation to build 30 fishponds as part of the Kobala aquaculture project in the Lakes Victoria region of Western Kenya. 5 fishponds have been constructed so far in former sand mine gullies.

  • Scaled up garden vegetable production in the alternative family based care homes by replacing the plastic green houses with net houses and introduced five new hybrid bucks to boost household nutrition and income.

  • Subsidised drought resistant maize seeds to 170 local Kenyan farmers.

  • 21 concrete fish tanks constructed and stocked with fingerlings for guardians of orphans and PLHIV in Tanzania.

  • 36 business training seminars and 54 agricultural training seminars for over 1,000 guardians of orphans and PLHIV in Kenya and Tanzania.


Health and Sanitation

This year our health programme prioritised health prevention awareness campaigns, particularly focussing on HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases STDs education for secondary school children and young people.  In Tanzania, the health team has expanded their work on HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) and gender-based violence, and in both countries we have continued to provide direct treatment and referral for TMT registered orphans, their families and our village volunteers.  

  • Direct treatment and referral for 1,494 OVC, 17 guardians, 1,489 PLHIV and 30 community volunteers in Kenya and Tanzania.

  • Sexual health awareness seminars in Kenya for 11,763 children primary and secondary school children.

  • Prevention and Awareness in Schools (PASHA) to train 24 schoolteachers and 1,270 students as peer educators in Tanzania.

  • Gender Based Violence awareness raising campaign in 6 communities in Kyela District, Tanzania, reached approximately 8,000 people.

  • 2 toilets constructed in Kamwala and Weta primary schools in Kenya, providing improved sanitation for 694 girls. 

  • 8,042 condoms and 201 mosquito bed-nets distributed across both project areas.

  • 36 HIV awareness campaigns in Rachuonyo North District, Kenya reaching approximately 20,800 people.

  • 14 HIV awareness campaigns in Kyela District, Tanzania reaching approximately 17,000 people.

  • HIV testing and counseling to 925 people in Kenya and 3,888 in Tanzania.

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