'One person is a thin porridge; two or three people are a lump of ugali.' Kuria, Tanzanian Proverb
Bread Oven Project
The idea of building a bread oven for communal use was inspired by by one of our volunteers, Lily Gordon, when she was only 12 years old. In 2006, she saw the villagers having to settle for the stale, often moldy bread trucked in from Kenya, six hours away, and asked the simple question: "Why don't they have a bread oven in the village?"
When we suggested the idea of building a bread oven on school grounds to the Women's Group, they were enthusiastic. So Lily took the lead in raising the needed funds by collecting donations from businesses in her home town and asked family and friends for contributions in lieu of birthday presents. With construction completed in July of 2008, the bread oven was finally a reality.
In July of 2009, Lily and her sister Rachel Gordon, organized a baking training day in Nyamagongo, to the delight of the future bakers in the Women's Group.
Today, the oven continues to be used for making bread for local households and teachers at our school. Some members of the Women's Group also sell their bread at the local market for extra income.
Projects like this enable communal use of precious resources with a small investment and are the key to making a tangible difference in this community.