2017 Christmas Letter from ‘Pemba Support’ [CHY 19162]                                                                               Ballingaddy West, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.                                                                                                                       Web: www.pembasupport.org; E: pembacharity@gmail.com; Ph. 065 7071024.

Dear friends of ‘Pemba Support’ (PSI),

We would like to wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas. Thanks for your valuable, ongoing support. We have had a fantastic year, striving to make an impact on the lives of the poor in Pemba and we look forward to the empowerment of even more Pemban communities in 2018.  

Here are just some of PSI/Pemba highlights for 2017:

  1. PSI has now brought 89 in-calf heifers to Pemba, in partnership with Bothar. Due to pass-on of first heifer calf, 178 families have benefited from this project. 89 sheds have been built. Napier grass has been planted and milk is being sold.                                                                                                                                                                       2. A container with 140 computers for schools, medical equipment for hospitals and Cul Camp Sports kits for children will arrive in Zanzibar in time for Christmas.                                                                                                                                                                                       3. The 5 PSI goat projects, some being sponsored by the Irish Embassy & Femmes d’Europe, are well managed and thriving.  People with Special Needs and with HIV/AID benefit from the latest goat projects.                                                                                                                                                                                        4. PSI is involved in building capacity, through part funding fees for students to study agriculture, engineering and a variety of careers in vocational training. PSI is starting its second job-bridge programme, ensuring graduates acquire the skills which will prepare them for work.                                                                                        5. The 2017 eight SMART projects have initiated 8 communities into a business way of life in poultry and bee keeping, veg growing and soap making. Drip irrigation and even poly tunnels have proved very worthwhile. The new banana plantation in Makundeni Leper village, funded by St Francis Leprosy Guild, has had its first harvest and is helping these people to become self-sufficient.                                                                                         6. Heifer International is developing 2 creameries and other cooling hubs for milk pasteurisation as value addition to milk in Pemba. This will ensure that our cow beneficiaries will get a good price for their milk and the dairy sector will grow.                                                                                                                                                           7. A good news story of Mwambe Primary School: It has 2641 students, 28 teachers to teach 38 classes.  The school operates a three session day:  07.00-10.00, 10.00-13.00 and 13.00-18.00. Truancy is a common problem due to parental lack of education and poverty. The Retired Teachers Association together with PSI will help student morale by building 5 latrines and a wash area at the school.                                                                        8.  In 2018, PSI will fund 6 major projects to aid the Departments of Livestock, Agriculture, Education, Health, Social Welfare and the Christian Community. Resources for some of these projects are on the container.                                                                                                                                                                                      9. The PSI video which tells the PSI story in Pemba, (see the PSI website), won the ‘Better Together’ prize last year.  Thanks for your votes. 

 Christmas Present for Pemba                                                                                                                                     Many hands worked hard to get the container prepared for Pemba. The Ennistymon Enterprise Centre provided the warehouse. Evolve Technologies secured computers from Gerry Joyce of WARS while Clare Co. Council also supplied monitors and computers. Galway University Hospital, Ability West, a dentist in Galway, Custom House Square Medical Centre, Gilna Opticians and Clare Hospitals supplied most of the medical equipment. The GAA Cul Camp supplied 1,500 kits of sports gear for school children in Pemba. Sudocrem supplied many boxes of their valuable ointment. Local families provided boxes of clothes, books and office equipment. Ennistymon Tiles, Cullinans, the Scouts and many locals helped with the preparation and loading. Many thanks to all concerned.  Watch the website for reports on the huge impact of this Christmas gift.

In Ireland: Fundraising is a way of publicizing our work and encouraging new donors. The main fundraisers in 2017 were: the Lahinch Golf Classic, the PSI Easter walk, Flag Days, Church Gate collections and signing Revenue Tax Back forms. We encourage people to donate through monthly direct debits and we are constantly looking out for new PSI members.  Many thanks to our volunteers and donors at home, our friends and helpers in Pemba, sponsors of prizes for fundraisers, Clare FM, The Clare People, The Clare Champion, Parish offices and PSI  committee members. We gratefully acknowledge all donations big and small from supporters, friends and family. We look forward to your continued support for the poor of Pemba Island, Tanzania in 2018.  Welcome to the PSI AGM in the West County Hotel, Ennis on Fri. 19th Jan at 7pm.    Yours sincerely, ‘Pemba Support’ Committee. 

Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching. Leighton                                                                                                                                                                         We are proud to state that ‘Pemba Support’ is a totally voluntary organisation.


 Photos:  (from top left): Advice to Walkers in the Flaggy Shore; PSI Golf Classic winners 2017, Happy family with cow; Tunnel producing wonderful crops; PSI volunteers with staff of Mkoani Hospital; Some Cul Camp gear reached Pemba early; A cherished goat in Kiuyu; Organising the banana plantation in Makundeni village with Leprosy; PSI/Pemba Computer project in action; Packing the container for its trip to Pemba;