In April 2016, BERUDA’S partners from the UK, Afri-Link, received funding from the Ramboll Foundation to construct a new agricultural centre in Fundong. BERUDA already owned a plot of land and the idea was to build a pig farm, biogas unit and fish farm there.
Part of the scope was to provide 100 pigs and pens. By fattening and breeding them, BERUDA will get a sustainable income to support its other work in the region. The pig dung is going to be put into a new biogas unit, from which the gas will be piped to local homes for cooking purposes; this will mean that families will not have to cook on open smoky fires. As a result we hope that many of the eye and chest ailments suffered, especially by local ladies, will disappear.
The solid waste output from the biogas unit can be used as fertiliser and also as feed for plants in a new fish pond, that will provide further income from the sale of Tilapia fish. As we have a good area for other activities, we are planting a garden and keeping other livestock such as goats and turkeys.
This is a great project and we thank the Ramboll Foundation for their help.
With a 600 pounds donation from one of our donors in Australia; Donna Stubbs, BERUDA installed a solar system in a church in a rural community in Fundong Sub Division.
This community with a population of about 2000 inhabitants living in isolated dwellings is without electricity and the possibility of having the national electricity line reach them even in a decade is just a wish. The community is mostly Christian and of the Baptist denomination. It would usually take people from Mentang a walk of more than one hour to get their phones charged and other equipment that needs electricity.
But that has all changed now with electricity being installed in the church where villagers are free to access. Henceforth, night-time activities can be carried out gloriously. They can also play musical instruments like the piano, a guitar and a band. More than 50 phones can be charged at a time. It can also be used to project movies. These are the uses excitedly enumerated by the villagers.
The solar system’s capacity is 200watts panel, 100Ah solar battery, 20Ah charge controller and 39watts inverter. We can reach out to more communities if the finances are available.