Friday, 30 June 2017

2017 SCHOOL MEALS FOR ALASANA CAMARA

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Micro-JITIFA projects are written, published and managed by the initiators themselves. Initiators learn IT skills, writing and managing by publishing projects whether their projects succeed or not. Trust is acquired by starting small projects that are easily verified and by being transparent and maintaining contact via internet on a personal basis. Friends vouch for the initiators and promote their projects to their own circle of friends who then collaborate to help fund small projects by each donating small amounts. With time, enough friendship and trust is acquired to make subsequent projects easier to succeed.

TRANSPARENCY
When I close my project, I will write a report of its success or failure. I will provide a scan of all receipts with an account of how I used the donations. I will not delete this post, but use it as a reference for any future Micro-JITIFA projects. 



 Dear reader 
My name is Alasana Camara. This is my second Micro-JITIFA project. I attend Ebrima Skill Center in Gambia, Africa. This is a school for disabled students that was started by Mr Hydara in 2016. He teaches, feeds, clothes, and accommodates 3 students at present.

He has one teacher to help him teach who at present is working on a part time voluntary basis as he is studying himself at the teachers collage nearby. Mr Hydara is in the process of registering his school as a non-profit organization, and he depends fully on donations to run his school. In my first Micro-JITIFA project, I was able to get enough donations to help me pay for my 2017 school fees and school expenses.

In this second Micro-JITIFA project, I would like to collect enough donations to help pay for the 3 meals that Mr Hydara provides for me every day. You can find more about me in my previous post. There you will also find character references and a reference letter from my school, information about my school - the EBRIMA SKILL CENTER.

my concluding report on the successful completion of my last Micro-JITIFA project and a report by the principal Mr Hydara. 

You can contact me 
I can be reached by my email at   ibrahimhydara1@gmail.com and my Facebook Page at  https://www.facebook.com/alasana.camara.31?ref=bookmarks

Here is our cook she is preparing a food. before to the cooking pot she did preparation when from the market to gather all the spices and the food stocks that she will cook, here she is on that preparation in he Chechen.

Cooking with gas and wood. When she is done with the preparation of spices, usually she born fire on the gas or wood for cooking and then put the cooking pots on the fire for cooking here are the cooking pots.  

The food,rice and fish, This is the food we normally eat for lunch rice and fish 
After ready for cooking, she put then in separate pan because we are many to used one pan, 
We are just taking our meal  
                                               
                                                     For lunch 
 Mr Drammeh taking  me on computer lesson  


                                 Mr Hydara and Mr Drammeh at the market
                                  This are the food stock Mr Hydara and Mr Drammeh bought at the market today,through the advanced donation that has been donated for my school meals.
                                Mr Hydara and the shop keeper were they do    bought those food stock.
                                The wheelbarrow driver for the transportation of the food stocks from the market to the skill center.
                               chicken,potato mix fry food for dinner



The orphan childrens eating with Mr Hydara for lunch.



An orphans boys eating too for lunch . 



 
               Mr Drammeh and the students eating there dinner
                                
I have to eat three times a Day in the school usually with my teachers and my fellow students, In the morning we have to eat a cup of tea, milk, and a bread that is for breakfast.
 
Lunch time I eat rice with fish or meat when I have a soft drink flavor like orange I like to take after having my lunch.

For dinner I love to have beans with chicken that is what I love to enjoy for dinner when I have, and it is my favorite food.

There is a food I like the most some time Mr Hydara do bought it for me from the mini market called Pizza I wish to have that food every day but is expensive Mr Hydara cannot afford it every time for me.

My family is poor feeding is their problem at home, sometime we have sometime not, at my home we only eat rice every day because that is only food they can afford, and in the school I thanks God that things are different and they make responsibility so light for my family, I now do every thing in the school Mr Hydara is responsible for every thing.

I do take my food in different times, for breakfast 9:00am in the morning, lunch 3:00pm in the afternoon and for dinner 9:00pm in the evening.
 
We eat salads  very rarely because it is too expensive. But Mr Hydara eventually plans to grow a garden and start to grow some sprouts.  Having a garden at home is not too common as most people lack the necessary space to have gardens.

Our food is very spicy with baharat, black pepper,cinnamon, cloves, leaf and hot pepper. We  eat bread every day, but we do not bake it ourselves. very few people bake their own bread because the fuel to bake it is too expensive.

We started with prayer before taking our food we do it collectively, and after eating I do brush  my mouth with clean water from the well, unfortunately we have no tap  in our skill center, we boiled the water from the well before drinking sometime we used tap water from the neighborhood.

I feel sometime to help with cooking but i cannot at this moment Mr Hydara usually do help the cook going to market for her washing basin for her and some time cooking as well. Mr Hydara he is a active person when come to helping people.

I do love to enjoy local grown fruit and vegetable like banana, orange, mango, salad,cucumber and tomato, sometime is  hard to have food  like  eggs, yogurt and wheeze but  I really do love and enjoy them  when eating.

REPORT FROM THE PRINCIPAL MR HYDARA

I feed 13 people every day. The regulars include 3 students, 2 teachers, 1 cleaner, 1 cook and  6 orphans. When I go to the market 2 miles away to buy food stock I take the donkey-cart for transportation.  I struggled with the help of God to sustain my students and teachers by providing them food. Some of the food is donated and I use all money donated to buying food. Sometimes when donations are low, it is hard for me to give them something to eat, but I thanks God for the help from good people.

At the place where my skill center is located there is a woman living inside the other apartment with her family and she helps by cooking for us and donating food. She is also a good supporter of my vision. She plays a major role on that area, she do help us for the sake of God I am proud of her gesture for supporting us. She usually cooks with firewood which is less expensive than gas. When there is gas we do cooking with gas for breakfast and dinner.

THE FOOD WE EAT

This list below is the menu of the meals that I normally try to offer every day.

  • For breakfast we have tea, and bread with milk and beans.
  • For morning snack we have fruit.
  • For lunch we have rice with fish or chicken.
  • For afternoon snack we have fruit, cake and soft drink,.
  • For dinner we have vegetables with beans, chicken and bread.
  • For evening snack, we have biscuit, cake and soft drink.
Kind regards

EBRIMA HYDARA


REPORT FROM ANDREW VECSEY (my mentor for this project)


As explained in the Micro-JITIFA description, mentors play a very important role in a Micro-JITIFA project to ensure its successes. I have learned a great deal mentoring this project about the Gambian cuisine and in verifying that the meals served at the Ebrima Skill center are adequate. It is the role of mentors to awaken interest and knowledge and awareness. In this project I have tried to do that regarding diet to both the people being helped and to the people helping.
 
The Ebrima Skill Center offers typical local dishes. But as Alasana points out, there are too many poor people who can only afford to eat mainly rice. Alasana in respect is lucky to be fed by Mr Hydara, rather than to be fed at home. Taking information from  Mr Hydara, I have made 2 tables listing the foods he normally buys, the amount that he SHOULD buy when he has enough money so that  the daily recommended dietary allowances are met to ensure a healthy diet for those he feeds. The tables also list the typical costs of foods in Gambian market as obtained from the internet.


The amount of food Mr Hydara stocks his school kitchen varies with the amount of donations he gets and the amount of food people donate. He uses all of his donated money to buy food, fuel, and to charge his batteries to power his school equipment. Taking information from the internet, I have made 2 tables showing the nutritional data of these foods, and the amount needed to meet Alasana`s daily recommended dietary allowances to ensure a healthy diet.
  
It is my greatest hope that this analysis that I made using Mr Hydara`s data will be useful to Mr Hydara and that next year when Alasana make his Micro-JITIFA project to help pay for his 2018 school meals, Mr Hydara will be able to include some changes to Ebrima Skill Center meals, such as home-made yogurt, home grown sprouts, and school grown fresh vegetables from his school yard garden and perhaps even a few egg laying chickens.

Table 1 and Table 2 show the various foods Mr Hydara tries to provide for his school meals with the donations he gets, how much he has to pay to buy them and the costs per person / day.

Table 1
Food
Cost/
measure
Amount for 13 people/ month
Amount for 1 person/day
Cost for 1 person/day
rice
$0.60/kg
40 kg
100 g
$0.06
cassava
$0.60/kg
40 kg
100 g
$0.06
millet
$1.00/kg
20 kg
50 g
$0.05
beans
$1.50/kg
40 kg
100 g
$0.15
peanut paste
$1.00/kg



peanuts
$0.50/kg
20 kg
50 g
$0.025
ground peanut
$1.00/kg



sub total

160 kg
400 g
$0.345





fish
$1.50/kg
20 kg
50 g
$0.075
chicken
$3.00/kg
16 kg
40 g
$0.12
sub total

36 kg
90 g
$0.20





bread
$0.50/kg
40 kg
100 g (2 slices)
$0.05
biscuit
$2.50/kg
10 kg
25 g
$0.0625
cake
$1.00/kg
10 kg
25 g
$0.025
sub total

60 kg
150 g
$0.135





onions
$1.00/kg
25 kg
65 g
$0.065
potato
$1.00/kg
45 kg
115 g
$0.115
cabbage

25 kg
65 g

chili

10 kg
25 g

sub total

105 kg
270 g
$0.18





apples
$1.00/kg
16 kg
40 g
$0.04
bananas
$1.00/kg
10 kg
25 g
$0.025
oranges
$1.00/kg
10 kg
25 g
$0.025
lemon juice




sub total

36 kg
90 g
$0.09

Table 2
Food
Cost/
measure
Amount for 13 person/ month
Amount for 1 person/ day
Cost for 1 person/day
eggs
$2.00/12
390 eggs
1 egg
$0.17
milk
$1.00/liter
100 liters
0.25 liters
$0.25
sub total



$0.42





black pepper
$0.30/kg
10 kg
25 g

salt

25 kg
62.5 g

sub total

35 kg
87.5 g






tea bags 




maggi




sub total

70 kg
175 g
$0.075





soft drink
$1.00/liter
50 liters
0.125 liters
$0.125
sugar
$1.60/kg
20 kg
50  g
$0.08
oil
$2.00/liter
10 liters
25ml
$0.05
sub total



$0.255





TOTAL



$1.70

To feed 13 people for 1 month, Mr Hydara needs $22.10 per day or $663 per month.

In addition to stocking his kitchen with food, Mr Hydara also has to buy fuel to cook the food and boil the water.  On average every month, he needs wood that costs $100 and gas that costs $150 for a TOTAL cost of $250. For Alasana to pay his share of used fuel, he needs to pay $0.65 each day

Alasana`s cost for food and fuel is then $1.70 + $0.65 = $2.35 / day, $70.50 / month or $846 / year

With 10% fees for GoFundMe, bank exchange and transfers, the funds needed are  $846 + $85 = $931


The following links were used for the data.
Table 3 and Table 4 show the nutritional data of the foods the Alasana gets when Mr Hydara has enough donations to stock his kitchen.


Table 3
Food
Amount for 1 person/day
Calories
(g)
Fat
(g)
Protein
(g)
Carbs
(g)
Fiber
(g)
rice
100 g
374
1
7
80
1
cassava
100 g
160
0
1
38
1
millet
50 g
187
2
5.1
36
4
beans
100 g
90
0
2
18
5
peanut paste






peanuts
50 g
283.5
25
12.5
8
4
ground peanut






sub total
400 g
1094.5
28
27.4
180
15







fish
50 g
67
2.5
9.5
0
0
chicken
40 g
115
6.8
8.8
3.6
0
sub total
90 g
182
9.3
18.3
3.6
0







bread
100 g (2 slices)
290
4
9
56
2
biscuit
25 g
84.5
2.75
1.5
13.25
0.25
cake
25 g
86.5
3.5
1.5
12
0
sub total
150 g
461
10.25
12
81.25
2.25







onions
65 g
20.8
0
0
4.55
0
potato
115 g
80
0
1.15
17.25
2.3
cabbage
65 g
16.25
0
0.65
3.25
1.3
chili
25 g
70.5
3.5
3.25
12.25
8.5
sub total
270 g
187.55
3.5
5.05
37.3
12.1







apples
40 g
20.8
0
0
5.2
0.8
bananas
25 g
22.25
0
0.25
10.5
0.5
oranges
25 g
11.5
0
0
2.25
0.5
lemon juice






sub total
90 g
54.55
0
0.25
17.95
1.8

Table 4
Food
Amount for 1 person/ day
Calories
(g)
Fat
(g)
Protein
(g)
Carbs
(g)
Fiber
(g)
eggs
1 egg
143
9
6
0
0
milk
0.25 liters
148
7
3
4
0
sub total

291
20.5
9
4
0







black pepper
25 g
62.5
0.75
2.5
16
6
salt
62.5 g
0
0
0
0
0
sub total
87.5 g
62.5
0.75
2.5
16
6







tea bags 
0.25
0
0
0
0
0
maggi
40 g
200
0
0
0
0
sub total

200
0
0
0
0







soft drink
0.125 liters
50
0
0
12.8
0
sugar
50  g
195
0
0
50
0
oil
25ml
221
25
0
0
0
sub total

466
25
0
62.8
0







TOTAL

3000
92.8
74.5
402.9
39.15
Recommender daily amount for a 15 year old boy with a sedentary activity level.

2200

74
130
38

Recommended amount of sugar is 6 to 9 teaspoons, or 25 to 37.5 grams, of sugar a day.

Recommended amount of cooking oil is 20g or 4 teaspoons or 20 ml


HOW YOU CAN HELP AND DONATE

You can
  • Pledge a donation. Please email me your pledge to ibrahimhydara1@gmail.com  I will inform you once enough pledges for my project are reached so that you can donate using the various options below.
    
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PLEDGE & DONATION COUNTER 
The costs of providing 3 nutritional meals each day for me is only $2.35 / day. This is $70.50 / month and only $846 for an entire year. Adding a fee of 8% charged by GoFundMe and a further 2% fee for transferring and exchanging currencies, the funds I need are $931 or CHF 900.

before pledges are collected 

Updated on December 25, 2017  
Funds needed                         USD$  931.00   
Amount pledged                      USD$  30           
Donated directly                      USD$  673 (CHF667)
Amount pledged and donated USD$  703
Amount still needed:               USD$ 228


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