We can´t make all people equal, but we can help that all people get equal opportunities.
We are a non-profit association based in Langenfeld / Germany, which was founded in October 2018. Our target is sustainable improvement for people, animals and the environment. This path only leads through the further development of our society. It is important to us that people are not given a “concept”. Rather, it is about finding their personal way to mental strength, self-confidence and independence together with them. Regardless of origin, skin color, gender, religious beliefs and political views, we would like to offer support worldwide. To enable children and young people – especially from socially disadvantaged backgrounds – as well as their families to lead a decent, self-determined life we provide opportunities for personal development, education and accompaniment.
2019 – our 1st year
Q-RATIO® Children Center in Arusha
In order to be able to offer immediate support, we rented a house in April 2019. Currently 8 children aged 5 to 13 live here, 2 girls and 6 boys.
They come from the poorest social backgrounds. Since their families cannot feed them, they have tried to beg their food on the street. Sometimes they lived on their own in the forest for several years to take care of the cattle for their family. Most of them never attended school
As in all Q-RATIO® projects, the main focus is on personal development. Helping people to help themselves, together for sustainable improvements!
Our most important and closest partner is Steven Mollel Abel. He is a Tanzanian, from the Masai tribe and a highly trained teacher. Both, professionally and personally, he brings everything that is required for this important task. He is our close confidante, contact person and mediator for all Q-RATIO® projects in Tanzania. As manager, he heads the Q-RATIO®Children Center.
Supported by John, a young teacher who also comes from a village, and our cook Magreth, single mother of 3 children, our children receive loving 24-hour family care and the most intensive school education. Within a few months they have developed very well – socially and intellectually. So far, many have only spoken their native language. In a short time they learned the national language Swahili. Everyone feels very comfortable, happy, highly motivated and already attending regular schools. Paulo quickly became the second best student of 100 children. The aim is to show the children and youngsters that they are valuable and important. Like everyone else, they also have great potential. We create opportunities so that they have the chance to discover and live their skills.
From October to December 2019, teacher Nancy joined the team . She taught the children in English and gave “tutoring” to intensify the support. At the same time, she trained John and Magreth, who will later act as multipliers.
from the left: Magreth, Nancy, Aziza (Mother of Sadiki in training for her independence), Tarki (one of our children) and John
Our Children Center is a wonderful start. It gives everyone security and the chance to develop their personal strengths. In the long term, our children will pass on this expanded way of thinking and acting to their families, villages and their entire country.
In order to draw more circles, we invited all family members in October 2019 and asked them how we can support them.
The mothers want a way to make money for their family. Therefore, they get education, support and the necessary financial support.
Strengthening women – small loans vHere are 2 wonderful examples:
This is Aziza, the mother of hafi (13 years old). She is a single parent and as a total of 5 children, the youngest only a few months old. For financial reasons, the forced wedding of her 14-year-old daughter had already been discussed and prepared. After receiving the small loan, she immediately undid everything. She bought cooking utensils and ingredients to prepare mandasi (pastries that are eaten for breakfast). With her smallest child on her back, she now sells it in the morning and can spend the day with her other children. Her daughter will soon learn a craft.
Amina, mother of 5 children, also received a small loan. She was able to move from her mud hut to a better room and started her own business selling potatoes, tomatoes etc. Within a few weeks she rented a house in town and opened her own restaurant. She offers lunch and dinner and employs 4 more women! Fantastic!
Our youngest family member is Nuru, that came to us as a puppy. Although dogs and cats are enemies for most Tanzanians, Steven decided to adopt the loving and curious dog. She shows the children now how wonderful life with animals can be. Welcome “Nuru”. Karibu sana! In addition to our 8 children, we made it possible for 5 other boys and girls to attend school with financial support.
Several families of our children live in the Masai village Lolera.
It is about a 1.5 hour drive from our center. In February 2019, one of the village guides, Edward, asked us to talk to them. He speaks good English and has worked for the government. Visits and personal discussions with the villagers followed. They are very warm and open, so that a good basis of trust has developed over time.
Lolera is a Masai village in the Arusha / Tanzania / East Africa region.
Around 1,200 inhabitants live here under the poorest conditions. There is no electricity or water. In order to ensure the water supply for families and cattle, the women go to the next village with canisters for several hours twice a week. But it is not enough to grow fruit and vegetables themselves. Therefore, they feed almost exclusively on milk. The Masai live according to centuries-old traditions. However, they also recognize that changes are urgently needed. Education is an important basis for this.
Two school buildings were built in the village a few years ago. However, since no teachers want to live here, they remained unused. Only in one classroom Simon, a teacher who only has a primary school degree, taught the younger children. Until now, there were no tables, chairs or school supplies such as books or notebooks in the classroom. There was only an old panel on the floor.
How can we help?
To find out, we have already had several conversations with the tribal leaders, the men, the women and many children. The water supply comes first. Our talks with the government have shown that it is not easy. But they are impressed with our commitment and will try to find opportunities here.
Our intention is to support the entire village.
Q-RATIO® e.V. relies on education to bring about long-term and sustainable changes. Steven currently drives to the village every day. It is important to find out what is needed and how the concrete implementation could take place. As a first aid measure, we sponsored a board. Some school desks stood unused in the next room, which are now used. Steven and Simon initially taught 15 children aged 3-6 here in October. In November the number rose to 100 and in December 2019 to 204 students. The children and the teacher Simon only spoke their native language. Here they had the chance to learn their national language Swahili, which in turn is a basic requirement for attending primary school.
Our children get millet porridge and fresh fruit at school every day -a welcome addition to the otherwise scarce food at home. For Christmas there was a Christmas dinner for the students – rice with pieces of meat.It was the first in their life. We are very proud that all children from 6 years have now received permission from the authorities to attend a regular school. This means that around 150 boys and girls are now receiving education that would otherwise have stayed at home. However, the way to school is long and not accessible during the rainy season. We will therefore develop suitable projects for the future in order to ensure education and training on a permanent basis.
Support for women is also an important aspect. Special projects are planned for them. To set an example, we bought a sewing machine for them. The joy was huge … and it was used now because it allowed them to sew all the school uniforms they needed.
All actions in Lolera are currently provisional. They were implemented with the simplest of means and with the least financial effort. But the success is huge! This time is an important phase for everyone, a journey of discovery. After all, it is not easy for people there to abandon old thought patterns and habits and allow changes. Q-RATIO® can only make offers. Each individual will decide how he / she deals with it. But as you can see, thanks to these “small steps” many villagers are motivated. Together, under good leadership by the Council of Elders, with a lot of empathy and in close cooperation – from human to human – we will continue these positive developments in 2020.
Planned future projects for 2020:
The aim is to build up the entire village of Lolera and to provide appropriate education and training opportunities for all who are interested. A lot has already been prepared. Personal proximity is very important to us. We are in daily contact with our team in Tanzania and Birgit Herich is personally on site several months a year. At the end of January 2020 she will travel to Tanzania with Jörg Herich. The next steps will be planned together with our partners, the Council of Elders, the villagers and in close cooperation with the government.
We can only achieve great things together!
Therefore, we thank you for every support and for the trust that has helped us in the first steps. Only in this way we could let many eyes and hearts shine up.
Of course we still need your donations in the future! Every penny helps! We guarantee that all donations will go 100% into the projects! If you have other options such as contacts, networks, etc. we look forward to your help.
As a member of the association, you are very welcome. The contribution is € 10 monthly or € 120 annually – tax deductible.
2020 – the new decade is coming