FIELDS OF COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITIES OF WAFA
Under the technical guidance of Don Emmanuel Amadou and Father Danilo Fenaroli (PIME), the team is made up of two special advisers. In addition, the WAFA has 7 seven members who have the skills and specific and diversified training for an effective and efficient support of the population in rural development.
The professional and multi-disciplinary team works according tofour key strategic areas:
- Rural Hydraulic: Facilitate access to drinking water by digging wells for food and agriculture in order to allow the population to be self-reliant in their livelihood needs, development and growth with drilling and construction of water channels. This will involve the creation and training of water point management committees.
- Agriculture – Natural Environment: This involves continuing education and supporting the populations in sound agro-pastoral and sustainable activities in the ecological aspect. This will include protection needs of food ranging from June till the peak season in the months of August / September. The need to improve the power quality for families, especially for children and infants and animals that serve to support the families in the other months of the year.
- Literacy / Rural Animation: Attention is given to the girls and women living in rural areas through literacy by giving them a basic education (notebooks, books, desks, classrooms, blackboards) in order to improve the lives of everyone especially women and young people. The hygienic education of women staff within all life and family environment, sexual and love life with awareness of pre-natal and post-natal consultations focuses on sexually transmitted diseases. These include AIDS, Syphillis. Other diseases include TB, Hepatitis, Rubella and Poliolimilite in young children that can cause death. This is usually from diarrhea and intestinal parasites due to non-drinkable water and the fecal dangers due to lack of proper cleanliness), topical diseases like malaria, typhoid. The hygiene and healthiness of the family and its various components are key.
Dynamics and capacity building in the farmers’ groups for training, seminars and workshops will also be carried out.
The promotion of income-generating activities for women: such as cutting and sewing, embroidery, preservation and processing into natural juices of food and anything that concerns family economy.
Micro – Finance / Micro – Credits
Teach farmers the savings terms, the management through the family economy; form groups to work better, to manage agricultural activities and how best farmers can use their incomes.
Support the newly-born co-operatives of young people with small micro-credit investment materials to learn and create jobs (mechanics for motor bikes and cycles, carpenter furnishing essential in homes, small shops, clothing, food products processed by women. The food products include fruits, vegetables, livestocks.
METHODS OF INTERVENTION
WAFA directly intervenes on the side of the field populations of organized groupings and of the CDV after having analyzed the needs. This direct intervention requires the active participation (both economic and local labor). At the end of each intervention, a report is drawn on the work carried out and an evaluation of the results.
RESOURCES OF WAFA
The financial and material resources of WAFA come mainly from membership fees, from local and foreign benefactors and other people of good will.
Human resources consist of the permanent members of WAFA and friendly people who are involved on a voluntary basis. WAFA has a multi-disciplinary staff. This includes an agronomist, ecologist, manager, theologian, sociologist and a network of friends as may be needed.