How to Help

 

Below are various categories of how donation money can serve Zambian and Sierra Leonean citizens alike through SSAAP General Activities. Please note that these are the current activities of SSAAP:

 

LEVEL ONE:

  • Seeds: Donation money can be used to buy seeds which the people can grow in their gardens or on their fields: maize seeds, cowpeas, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, leafy greens, carrots. There are many varieties of seeds available in the towns that the people in the village cannot afford. Seeds cost approximately $1 per envelope of seeds, just as they do in the U.S.A.
  • Student Friendship Exchange:Donated money can be used for sending letters from interested students at an American school to students of the same age in Zambian Community and Basic schools in rural Simwatachela, as well as Sierra Leonean students in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Money or in-kind stamps will be used for postage for letters to be sent overseas. One letter costs 98 cents; a small parcel costs approximately $13.95 to send overseas. Please note that interested schools, pupils or individuals are invited to participate in this program promoting world friendship and love. 
  • Tree-Planting: In the past, there were many trees in the region. Due to a high demand in firewood, as well as other circumstances, a vast majority of the trees have been cut down. The people encourage trees planted in the area which can assist in: bearing fruit, using wood to carve furniture or traditional artifacts, and trees that the African medicine men (n’gangas) can use for healing purposes. Tree seedling prices vary: $5 -$15 for one seedling.

 

LEVEL TWO:

  • Multiplication of livestock: cattle, pigs, goats, sheep or chickens: Buying a poor man in the village ten chickens could change his life forever: he can breed them to create more chickens or use their meat to feed his family. Cattle are used to plow the fields which host the crops the people eat. They are also sometimes killed for their meat but milked each day to make cheese as well as milk for drinking. Goats are used for their meat and their milk; sheep are used for their coats. Pigs are raised to be killed for their meat. One chicken costs $4, one cow costs $350, one pig costs $15, one sheep costs $18, one goat costs $12. These are approximate costs in Zambia, Africa.
  • Women’s Empowerment: The women of Africa are indeed the glue holding the families together; they do the work in the village, both on the fields [physical labor] as well as the household duties [cooking, washing, looking after children]. Many woman have entrepreneurship ideas but no capital in which to begin these ideas. Women like to knit, bead, sew, make dolls, clothes, jewelry, baskets, and other handcrafts. Contributions to the women’s projects will provide them with yarn in which to start their knitting, needles and thread, cloth, and other materials. Contributions to these women’s groups: $1-$100.

 

LEVEL THREE:

  • Sponsoring children to finish school:The average woman in the Simwatachela village area has finished grade 3; the average man has finished grade 7. Illiteracy in the village is 80%, meaning that the people cannot read and write – even in their first language. Because most people have not finished school, which is grade 12, they are eager for their children to lead better lives than they did, and want the children to attend school. Admittedly, another huge issue - however sometimes overlooked within Africa - is polygamy. This causes stress on the children of many polygamist households as oftentimes certain children are favored above others, causing neglect to certain children in the community. Costs for one year of school (open to grades 1-7) is $20, which includes the cost of school fees for three terms as well as a uniform with shoes for one pupil per school year. SSAAP will work with interested donors and will require receipts, exam scores and reports from teachers and whatever else the donor deems is important requirements from these schools. This will show accountability as well as transparency in the project.
  • Small Loan ProgramInterest-free loans open to men and women both. Loans are in-kind (two chickens or one goat) as well as cash ($20 USD or 100,000 Zambian Kwacha) and offered 6 months or a year. Participants are initially required to submit an application for the loan and what personal project is will serve; accepted applicants are required to write reports every three years on the status of the project for which the loan was offered. Failure to do so will result in lack of future loans. Additionally, participants are required to pay the loan back on time. Otherwise, they are subject to fines and/or punishment according to the rules outlined in the contract signed by both SSAAP and receiving party. Please note that the loanee has decided his own punishment if loan fails to be paid back.
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  • Well:This will create potable drinking water to sustain the people in the village. Drinking contaminated water both causes and spreads fatal diseases as well as chronic illness. One hand-dug well costs approximately $200 - $300; hand-dug wells promote ownership as well as sustainability of a project as the beneficiaries of the well are the very ones digging it themselves. Wells are open to families, schools, large-scale communities as well as general households in rural Simwatachela, Zambia as well as rural and sub-urban Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

 

LEVEL FOUR:

Borehole: The people would like to have a borehole which could help to nourish the livestock as well as irrigate their crops. Depending on size of the community, a borehole may serve between 300-800 people in rural areas of Zambia and Sierra Leone. Cost of one borehole is approximately $6000 USD.

 

Airline miles (i.e. frequent flier miles) are greatly needed and always appreciated as a donation to SSAAP. Such an in-kind donation will result in an in-kind tax exemption through SSAAP's 501(c)3 status with the IRS.

 

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