Village Network Africa

Village Network Africa or ViNA

Box 1930, Claremont, CA 91711
Parishioner Anita Boling
Parish organization: ViNA Associates
Contact: Jean McKenna at (909) 626-3596, ext. 232

Village Network Africa (ViNA) is a nonprofit organization committed to fighting rural village poverty in Africa. It focuses on collaborative relationships with village communities, government agencies, and partner organizations to develop sustainable solutions for improved health, nutrition, infrastructure, education, economic and social conditions. ViNA is now working in Mkonoo, Arusha District, Tanzania. Anita was introduced to this area by OLA parishioner John Tulac through his sister, Sr. Rosemarie Tulacz, a Sister of Notre Dame. Sr. Rashmi is the local contact who leads women's empowerment programs and is a living "Mother Theresa" in her dedication and love for the poor! ViNA's first projects in Tanzania are water-related. Drought causes massive deaths of cows and therefore food shortages for people, as well as a lack of funds for village needs.  Our new village is always in danger of drought, so water is the first priority.  While visiting Tanzania in September, ViNA found a lack of water for people and animals, severe widespread erosion, scarce clean water, and many contaminated sources that serve both people and animals. Our team met with four local Rotary clubs to ask for assistance in building wells, but the need is so immediate for water that we are supplying rain catchment systems. ViNA has funded one rain catchment system, but many more are needed, so donations will assist in the survival of the villagers in this impoverished community. Needs for high quality animal breeds and agricultural seeds, tools, health training, a market for Masaai crafts and fees for children's schooling are also needed.

Help ViNA make an impact in rural villages in Tanzania by giving an alternative Christmas gift to those you love. A donation of any size enables villagers to obtain animals, tools, and books. Your gift in multiplied as the animals reproduce and the young are passed to other groups, tools instead of hands are used to produce more crops, students gain marketable skills that help break the cycle of poverty.