Congratulations to Dr. Siemens, Dr. Belo, and Dr. Carol Henry! They have been awarded a $29,000 dollar research grant from the University of Saskatchewan to support the work of Project Frango. We are now very pleased to announce that we have $235,000 in the bank or pledged. The team in Mozambique has begun the process of choosing a board of directors and securing title to the land. Thank you all.
In January, Dr. Ron Siemens travelled to Kigali, Rwanda to meet with all 18 other Innovating for Maternal Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) research projects funded by Global Affairs Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health and International Health Research Center.
Throughout the meetings it came up again and again how important family income was to overall health. All across sub-Saharan Africa, project teams are finding the need for strong infrastructure and community support.
It was great to see how Project Frango will be addressing such an important need and providing rich research data to help in possible scale up in other parts of Africa.
Thank you all so much for your donations. It has been a bit of a journey but a fascinating one.
We have reached the $210,000 mark and thus we can start building the infrastructure. We will start with building half the barns and finish the rest when we reach our goal of $450,000.
In January/February our Mozambican team will arrange the land titles and choose the people to sit on the management board. In March/April we will begin with water/electricity/barn building. We hope to have our first families start training by this September.
On the fundraising side, we have two applications for grants that have been sent in and if these are successful we will need only $100,000 more to reach our final target.
We would love to see you continue to help us with this project. We are almost there. You can find donation information at: Projectfrango.com/donate.