What We Did in 2010

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Lyn walking with young boy.

It’s a cliché to say that we live in challenging times, but so true. Environmental disasters, economic dislocation and endless war are the norm. It’s easy to feel helpless, insecure, fearful or angry. Yet, despite the size and complexity of the global problems confronting us, simple, natural solutions abound with the potential to transform the world as we know it – the kind that GRA is promoting in rural East Africa…

Please help us continue to lead the way in simple, natural, cost effective approaches to building a better, more just and ecologically sane world by making a donation this holiday season.

On behalf of everyone at Global Resource Alliance, thank you so much for all your past support. We look forward to working together in the future.

Lyn Hebenstreit
President, Global Resource Alliance

PS.  Once again, GRA received a generous matching grant for the first $50,000 in donations received before January 31, 2011.

As an all-volunteer organization, 100% your donations to GRA go directly to projects in Tanzania, and to support the work of our sister organization, Global Resource Alliance -Tanzania.

What We Did in 2010


Training around the herbal mandala garden.
  • Worked with 35 families in rural Kinesi Village, Tanzania to create a lush, 2.5 acre community permaculture garden.
  • Helped 14 families design and implement permaculture gardens on their own plots to achieve long-term food self sufficiency.
  • Constructed a beautiful 2,000 square foot compressed earth block home with composting toilets and roof-top water harvesting system for use as a permaculture learning center and to provide housing for volunteers, staff and visiting experts.
  • Created and stocked two fish ponds that produce over 100 pounds of fish monthly.
  • Were awarded 9 acres of land by the Kinesi Village Council to develop an expanded permaculture training center and to grow corn, beans, vegetables, fruit and fuel for families in the village caring for orphans.
  • Trained delegates from three African countries to spread permaculture methods in their own local areas.

Solar Cooking

Solar Cooking Exhibit at Nane Nane
Our solar exhibit at Nane Nane.
  • Trained more than 600 people how to use Solar Cook Kits to reduce illness from indoor smoke inhalation, deforestation and high monthly fuel bills.
  • Provided two rounds of training for 30 certified solar cooking teachers, many of whom are now engaged in providing solar cooking classes to their communities.
  • Purchased a van and hired a driver/trainer to facilitate solar cooking workshops in rural villages.
  • Received first prize in the region, and second prize in the nation for our sustainable development methodologies exhibited at the annual Nane Nane Agricultural Exhibition in Tanzania.  More than 1,000 people attended our demonstration of solar cooking.

Herbal Medicine

Neem From the Mara Soil
Harvesting neem leaves.
  • Opened a herbal remedy processing facility within the GRA-Tanzania officecompound in Musoma where natural products for malaria, malnutrition, diarrhea and other health conditions are produced for distribution through a network of trained distributors in rural villages.
  • Hired a production assistant/salesperson to work with the Director of Herbal Medicines.
  • Trained over 100 village leaders to use Master Mineral Supplement (MMS) to treat malaria and other diseases with incredible results.  Following the MMS protocol, many hundreds of children and adults have recovered 100% from malaria in just one or two days.
  • Made significant progress on the scientific research study on the effectiveness of neem for the prevention of malaria. This trial study will be conducted and implemented during the next year in collaboration with the National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania and a local doctor in the Musoma area.

Water Resource Development

Water pouring out
Our air compressor is back to work!
  • Finally succeeded in repairing our Atlas Copco air compressor and began to serve the long list of communities waiting patiently in line for new boreholes.
  • Completed three new boreholes (and installed top quality Dutch-made hand pumps) in villages lacking access to clean, safe water.  All of the boreholes are drilled deep into bedrock where high quality water can be found running through fractures and fissures protected from surface contamination by many meters of impermeable rock.  Each well serves about 500 people.
  • Helped establish village water user councils to care for and maintain each well and provided continued training for Tanzanian crew members in the art and science of locating and drilling hard-rock, primary water wells.
  • Serviced hand pumps in 7 villages to ensure uninterrupted access to clean, safe water.
  • Increased collaboration with governmental water resource agencies to better serve the needs of communities suffering from lack of access to cle
    Festo received a sponsor this year!

    an water.

Support for Orphans

  • For the 5th consecutive year, GRA funded rent, food, teacher’s salaries and health care expenses for about 200 orphans attending Ukombozi Nursery School in Musoma, Tanzania.
  • Continued to support all 75 orphans in Kinesi Village through a project run locally by Uvimaki Rural Development Assoc.  This month, we completed the first year of a very successful project to get the families involved in the design and implementation of a permaculture garden that is providing produce food for these families, making the project more locally self-sustaining.
  • Completed the 8th year of the Tumaini kwa Watoto program that provides 40 orphans living with foster families in the Musoma area food, healthcare, school supplies, clothes and weekly activities at the GRA-Tz office compound.  It also provides scholarships for 35 kids that have graduated from the program as far as their initiative and academic abilities will take them.
  • Hosted the 7th annual Serengeti Safari in October for eight kids from the Tumaini kwa Watoto program and eight from the Kinesi Village orphans project. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids to experience Tanzania’s amazing natural heritage first hand.

Plant 35,000 Trees

Food Forest

GRA is preparing for a village-wide tree planting campaign in Kinesi Village. Reforestation is a simple, effective way to provide food, timber, shade and medicine for people, habitat for wildlife, and to regenerate the soil and regulate the climate. Thirty-five thousand trees have been carefully planted in the nursery at GRA’s permaculture plot in Kinesi, and they’ll be ready for transplant during the upcoming rainy season in March. GRA needs your help to fund local professional agro-foresters and supplies to assist local families, schools, churches, health clinics and women’s groups to plant these trees and ensure their continued survival.

Wet Well Guarantee

Drilling a wellIn East Africa, drilling a borehole is a risky proposition. Dry wells are common, and either way – wet or dry – the driller demands his due. With many thousands of dollars at stake, the gamble is too great for most poor, rural villages, schools, churches or health clinics, despite the dire consequences of contaminated, parasite infected water. GRA eliminates the risk of dry wells with a simple policy: We guarantee clean, safe water or the community pays nothing. This is only possible because of help from GRA donors to cover the costs of an unproductive well. Please help us keep this promise possible for poor communities without water by making a donation today.

Water Harvesting Expert

Water harvestingGRA’s permaculture project in Kinesi Village is expanding with the addition of a new 9 acre plot donated by the local Tanzanian government.  The purpose of the garden is to help families caring for orphans become food self-sufficient.  Reliable sources of water are essential to the productivity and resilience of this community garden and individual plots throughout the village.  Please help us bring a water harvesting expert to Kinesi to share vital knowledge and proven techniques to maximize the benefits of the region’s periodic rains, as well as provide hands-on training in small scale dam building, swales and roof-top systems.