What is the Hopeful Villages Project?
The lack of electricity and water resources in Africa is undoubtedly one of the major causes of poverty in the region. While people are struggling with hunger and poverty in many parts of the dark continent, aids only remain a temporary support. We have prepared the "Hopeful Villages" project in order to meet the ongoing and continuous need. With the project, we aimed to ensure that the poor villages in Africa that do not have water, electricity and food sources will produce their needs themselves. Thus, in order to ensure continuous development, we have implemented our project that we developed with a sustainable and integrated model. This way, the people of the region can maintain their livelihood by participating in production and obtaining the highest benefit from the product obtained.
In the first phase of the project, 4 villages in Tanzania's Unguja and Pemba (Zanzibar) Islands were selected as pilot regions. In these villages, construction of boreholes, providing healthy water to each home from fountains 24 hours a day by using solar energy, establishment of agricultural gardens and irrigation systems, seed support, seed banking, sustainable agriculture training and solar kits will be provided with energy for 15 hours per day to each home.
But how did we do that?
At the beginning of the project, we first identified the villages. Our next step was to open boreholes of high standards and to obtain the biological, chemical and physical quality of the groundwater. After making sure that the water quality was in line with the standards of the World Health Organization, we have placed high-quality technological pumps that work with solar energy at the bottom of the boreholes. The solar water pump was installed in a way to send the water to the water tower with the mechanical system built next to it and the water in the tank would be sent to the fountains located in certain parts of the village with gravity. Thanks to the system, open vegetable gardens were created in the village, and irrigation water was provided for agriculture. In this way, the villagers had the opportunity to reach sufficient clean water right in front of their houses and to grow vegetables and fruits they would plant in their gardens and make an income.
In the sustainability part of our project, a system was created in which each house would contribute monthly to the fund established by the water committee in the village. This fund will only be used for water and in case of failure, the money required for repair will be provided from this fund. In addition, the money required to renew the system at the end of the 20-year life of the system will be provided from these accumulations.
After solving the water problem and the irrigation problem in agriculture, the villagers will be supported by seed support and sustainable agriculture trainings. Each peasant will receive a total of 30 hours of trainings such as natural fertilizer production, seed storage and natural way of fighting against harmful organisms. At the end of the training, they will reach a point where they are self-sufficient and provide their own food and income. In this way, hunger and poverty will slowly be history in the villages we have identified as the pilot region.
Again, the solar kits that we gave to each household within the scope of the project will provide safe and clean energy for 15 hours per day. This energy source will also save the villagers from the money they pay for gas oil or candles. In addition, families will be able to charge their local mobile phones, which are becoming more and more widespread in Africa, in their homes, without going to remote towns and paying money, and they will be able to connect with the outside world. Children will be able to study in their homes without being exposed to smoke.
Our completed villages;
Martyr Eren Bülbül Village
Martyr Razan al-Najjar Village
Martyr Expert Sergeant Selim Topal Village
Late Hacı Tayyar Ekşi Village