As part of our social responsibility and as we believe that the world is in constant connection, we engage ourselves from 10 years in projects of international solidarity in some country of the world. Our will to dedicate moments and resources to the international solidarity, begins in 2003 with the encounter and the synergy with the association “Frontiere Nuove” in Santorso (VI) partner and separated branch of Ong Cefa (European Committee for training and agriculture) of Bologna.
Since then, we closely collaborate with local populations in order to identify and determine, together with them, the goal to reach. This working together lead us to move and to know the local reality through travels in which we discover a more responsible and conscious form of travel.
Projects of international cooperation
Our commitment in the international cooperation focused mainly in the realisation of micro-projects in the Iringa area (Tanzania).
Training courses (2004-2006):
The Zattera Blu project, in collaboration with CEFA (European committee for training and agriculture) from 2004 to 2006 sent professional trainers in the capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam and in other villages, in order to spread, among locals, specific competences that have to be used in projects tha find place in rural areas (administrative competences, planning, management of human resources, etc). The project is carried on with the reinforcement of local professional competences through expert tanzanian staff.
Oil mill in Ikondo project (2004-2005):
The village of Ikondo, in which live around 5.000 people, is situated in the south-west of Tanzania, in the Njombe district, in the Iringa area, 1.000 km from Dar es Salaam.
Its economy is of simple food subsistence and it’s hard to find a market for the few products that can be commercialized, this is due to the communication difficulty and the bad situation of the streets. In this villagge the ONG Cefa (European committee for training and agriculture) began to work in 1990 incentivizing first soy plantation, corn and sunflower, then that of tropical fruits, giving impulse to various handcraft activities for women and young people. Has been built also an hydroelectric plant that is useful for the village and for centers of public utility (town hall, schools, dispensary…). Have been actualized projects for the support in children education through distance support.
The intervention of the Zattera Blu project allowed the purchase of seeds, the fulfilment of training paths of “agricultural entertainment”, in order to share with the local population the good practices and adequate tools for a plantation and a rationalised processing of sunflower; the building of the oil mill (in collaboration with the italian alpine trooper of Vicenza) and the purchase of the olivepress (machine that press olives in order to get oil).
Fabric’ project “Tie&die” in Matembwe (2007 – 2008):
Matembwe is a village of 3500 inhabitants situated in the Njombe district, in the Iringa area. In this village the Cefa realized his first project in Tanzania, started at the end of the 70′s. The main aim is to improve food diet, above all for what concerns children, the increase of the agricultural income, the promotion of the poultry breeding farm and of the local craftsmanship.
The development plan was carried on in ’95 with the activities of the social center of Matembwe where have been launched activities of socio-sanitary and professional training (woodworking, carpentry, needlework, cookery, english courses and library service) and some productive activity (painting and confecting of fabric, cesteria, musical instruments, production, manufactoring and confecting of honey etc.) that allow the center to finance itself.
In this place of encounter has been created an association of women that, over the time, specialized in fabric manufactorinc with the process of “tie & dye”. This cotton’ painting technique consist in impeding that the colour effects in some areas of the cloth, tying it, bending it or sewing it really tight one or more
The innovative aspect of this experiece is that the proceeds of the fabric trade is reinvested in the training of other women that live in the same condition of mere subsistence, without specific professional competences. In this way they are given knowledges that can be directly spent for the well-being of the family, finding them a job, an income and a social emancipation.
Our intervention allows to finance the purchase of raw material for the manufactoring (cotton, thread, colorants…); to support training courses in order to refine technical and practical competences and to get a trade network off the ground in the area.
Since 2010, we collaborate with the little village of Idete (Tanzania) for the development of their community.
Idete is a village of approximately 400 inhabitants, 60% of them are children. It is 100 km far from Njombe, the main inhabited center of the area where there are an hospital and other services.
Existed only a passage, practicable only with an off-road vehicle, that could connect Idete with other villages and inhabited centers;the wasn’t electricity, there weren’t schools or dispensaries (infirmary), for what cocern the local level the small number of inhabitants and geographical arrangement don’t make Idete a village in which people want to invest.
The activities realised by the Zattera Blu project, in collaboration with the local committee of Idete, the bishop of Njombe, the Chiantore’s family and other subjects and initiatives that are interested in the project(ad. ex. 5 x mille, the Social Day ecc.) have been:
2008: First contact with the bishop of Njombe’s diocese in order to evaluate together a strategy.
2009: First interest from Idete’s catechist to verify the availability of the Zattera Blu project in the support of Idete’s village.
- First visit in Idete and clarification of the population’s needs: a road connecting Idete and Njombe in which there are schools, services and the hospital, a primary school and a dispensary
- Establishment, by Idete’s community, of a committee “IPED – Idete Partnership for Economic Development”
- Beginning of the works to remake the communication’ way Idete- Itambo and building of three fords for the crossing of two streams.
- Contact with Chiantore’s family, interested in the economic support of part of the project
- Travel for the monitoring of the works for the reparation of the road and the check of the possibility to build a school and a dispensary
- Reparation of the critical areas of the road with scrapers (the road became practicable in october 2012)
- Confirmation of the local population’ priorities: school and dispensary
- Planning and building of school and dispensary
The sustainable tourism is meant as way to travel and is based on the awareness that “be tourists” could have very negative consequences in places and populations crossed and met. There is the same awareness in the transformation of tourism, in the people’s curiosity, on the occasion of cooperation with communities that host us. A way to travel that choose not to support exploitation and devastation, but that is bearer of universal principles: fairness,sustainability and solidarity. The sustainable tourist, during guided visits:
- reduce his own ecological footprint;
- doesn’t lean on that services that exploiting workers and above all tries , even if temporarily, to identify with, the local culture, living in close contact with resident population and preparing himself carefully before leaving.
The initiative wants to:
- offer a possibility of alternative development to tanzanian population, through the fulfillment of principles of sustainable tourism, in order to guarantee:
- more dignity and independence to the local community and,
- make the italian citizenship more participating, aware and close to cooperation’s topics for development and for international solidarity.
Involving, as much as possible the civil society, is a way to:
- create new workplaces;
- to reduce the emigration toward citiesmaking the sustainable tourism an usual,utilized and accepted practice, that put in contact populations and cultures in a respectfull and valorized way.
The first sustainable tourism’ travel was realized in 2007. Since then, every year start at least a journey that gives participants, divided in small groups of a maximum of 6 people, the opportunity to come into contact with a lot of local realities and to know projects of cooperation for development that are realized in different villages in the Iringa’s area (above all in the Njombe district). In the journey, of the duration of 15 days (more or less), the participants have also the time to visit a natural park (Mikumi national park) and to spend 2-3 days to the sea.
Would you like to come? Send us an email to: email@example.com and we will keep you posted on the next journey.
In september 2008 was planned and realized a journey in the Ixcan’s area. In this context the participants of the journey had the opportunity to visit projects realized through collaborations among Cefa (OnG of Bologna), native associations of producers and other local OnG concerning the development of production, manufactoring and commercialization of coffee in the El Quichè department, a project to fight poverty in Huehuetenango, the reinforcement of the organization and the development of commercialization of the associacion A.na.p.de.r.ch. in Chichicastenango, the increase of the opportunities of women access to economic and productive resources in the El Quichè department.