WORLD’S COLLIDE – AFRICA
After Heather’s first momentous trip to Africa which changed her course in life, her and her husband Jeff and been part of various efforts and projects to empower local leaders to help the most vulnerable women and children. View the various Africa projects below.
The Jonathan Holiday School
The school is located beside the Tchukudu Kids Home and the Tchukudu Women’s Center. This creates a safe commute for our 30 youngest children who live in the Tchukudu Kids home. 2 children from each of the women in the Tchukudu women’s center can receive free education here. 115 of our 135 children in our care live in Welcome (Foster) Families in the surrounding areas. The extended families send 1 child from their homes to school for free.
The school has been running for 2 years. We are educating 400 children per year from grades 1-8.
Tchukudu Women’s Training Centre
Founded in 2014 by Cathy Cleary, friend and traveling partner to Heather Haynes.
Located in the city of Goma in the same compound as the Tchukudu Kids Home and the Jonathan Holiday School. The TWTC is a place for women fleeing the war in their villages to develop the skills needed to support themselves and their families.
We work with women who have lived through the horrors of war, sexual violence, hunger, and the loss of family and friends. The training center welcomes women wanting to learn new skills in sewing, tie dyeing, and entrepreneurship. Sewing is our biggest program and we have graduated 32 women to date who have begun 8 cooperative sewing businesses. 25 women are currently in training and many more are waiting to join. Over the last year we have been able to purchase a piece of land to grow food for the women and we have built a retail outlet where the women can display and sell their creations.
The Tchukudu Kids Home
Land was purchased originally on Idjwi Island to grow food for the children who we care for. With the land came the purchase of more parcels of land, with buildings (now medical clinic and home for a doctor). The land grows food for the children and, recently, a new plot was purchased to grow food for the women’s centre. Our partners Cura for the World believe that one of the staples in health management is nutrition. They sent our main leader Kizungu to learn about permaculture in Tanzania. We hope to implement many of the things he has learned with support from our partners over the next year.
Inspired, sponsored and supported by Vicky Pearson (family) and Routes Adventures.
Pygmy Village On Idjwi Island
The Pygmy people have had a long history of discrimination throughout the world. There is a village of Pygmies that live close to our land on Idjwi Island. Heather has had the opportunity to meet them three times in the past. The first project we supported was a donation from Bev Brooks of 100 garden hoes to help the villagers cultivate land. The next project created after Heather and Michael Holiday visited the village was to help supplement nutrition with food donations once a month from sponsors Clark Day and Bev Brooks. The community is building up their strength and health, which is helping to provide a better opportunity to connect with the outside communities. This community will be supported by our new medical clinic and school when they are up and running later this year.
We have 2 medical centres that have been built and are preparing to open the doors. The clinics will help support our children, women and surrounding community. The clinics are being funded and run by our supporters and partners: Vickers Clance and Cura for the World.