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Saturday, 18 February 2017
Published in PROMOTION

Those were the options I chose to continue collaborating with Afrikable from Spain and to help launch the Maternity Home. A Center for Reproductive and Maternal Health, through which Afrikable empowers women from health, standing up for women’s sexual and reproductive rights and promoting their health, which are key to achieving gender equality and women empowerment.

Erika Bergara

When I arrived in Lamu last August and met Afrikable, I knew right away that I had made the right decision. I was right in choosing a Volunteer Holiday that became the best experience of my life.

A holiday full of color, smiles, surprises every day, brave women who are beautiful inside and out, and children who instill happiness with just a smile. I lived there with 11 colleagues and the best coordinators. When the time to leave came, I couldn’t help but say those words that are heard at the end of every month at Afrikable: "I don’t want to leave".

Upon arrival in Spain, I began to think of ways in which I could continue to collaborate with Afrikable. I wanted to do my bit to help bring the new project forward: Maternity Home.

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Then I had the idea to organize a charity market. It was a great experience that I recommend to everyone. .

I loved being able to remember and share everything I experienced during August with everyone who came by to buy the handmade items that women at Afrikable made.

 

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In addition, I talked to 4 friendly businesses: Kukumiku (a candy store in Algorta, Getxo), Bar Amalur in Legutiano, 15.000 Hops (a bar in Barakaldo) and Kaki Frutadenda (a fruit shop in Romo, Getxo) and asked them if I could install money boxes in their establishments along with a brief explanation of the project Maternity Home in order to raise some money. It has been a success! It was as easy as installing four money boxes.

I can only say asante sana (thank you very much) to everyone who has made this possible, thanks to everyone who has helped me and has collaborated in one way or another, and thanks to Kukumiku, Bar Amalur, 15,000 Hops, and Kaki Frutadenda for their great contribution.

 

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Author: Erika Bergara | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Friday, 23 December 2016
Published in PROJECTS

The new Afrikable’s Solidarity Holidays programme comes out at last. This is our 8th edition and we are very proud to say that so far more than 400 people have been able to participate in the project, understand a new reality and fulfil many of their dreams :)

Afrikable is not an intermediary agency, which is why our project remains the same: we work towards the holistic empowerment of women as a way to achieve their independence and improve their lives, for this purpose we empower women economically by offering them a decent job under fair trade standards and access to microcredit. Social empowerment is achieved by offering them an education and literacy, as well as information and advice on their rights. Women are psychologically empowered through reflection circles where we work on their self-esteem and self-confidence, develop their leadership and communication skills, awareness and decision-making, as well as their emotional development.

With the new project we are launching, Maternity Home, Afrikable empowers women from health, through a Maternal and Reproductive Health Center where we stand up for women’s sexual and reproductive rights and promote their health, which are key to achieving gender equality and women empowerment.

While women are at work, their children attend Afrikable’s free preschool. We take care of their babies so they can balance work and family lives in the best way possible.

New this year is an organic vegetable garden and a chicken coop that help us provide a balanced menu at the dining hall, which is also free and provides food for children and pregnant women living in extreme poverty and at risk of exclusion from the area.

Fill out the application form in order to participate and receive more information and send it to us via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can see the changes to the 8th Edition programme on our website: www.afrikable.org/en/volunteer-holidays.

 

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If you have already been on our solidarity holidays in previous years and you want to see the great changes that have taken place since then, or you are a member and want to know first-hand the project in which you collaborate to see where your help goes, we make your participation in the programme easier by offering you a 25% discount on your stay (see conditions here).

The next briefing will take place in Madrid, on January 21st, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Those who want to participate only have to confirm their attendance by sending us an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Attendance does not commit you to anything and is completely free.

In case you haven’t decided yet :), here’s Sandra Fernandez’s testimony, who participated in the project during August:

"JUST ONE MONTH
It’s been almost 4 months, 4 months since I came back from the most amazing month of my life.
A month in which I experienced new cultures I never thought I would experience from within.
A month in which for once, day after day, I would get up feeling happy, even though I find it so hard to get up early!
A month in which I knew I would get hugs, genuine hugs, first thing in the morning.
A month in which I met a group of holidaymakers with the same enthusiasm as me, I met them and today we know this is long term.
A month seeing women with a smile on their face despite the weight they carry on their shoulders, which is a lot!!
A month that made me forget the absurd idea that I was going to feel sorry for them and start feeling sorry for us, who have everything we want but are certainly empty.
A month enjoying the people of Lamu, the way they feel music, their beaches, the boat trips, their “pole pole” and *HAKUNA MATATA*, Afrikable’s enthusiasm and, especially, the affection. Seeing the wonder Lola and Merche, Afrikable’s founders, have created and becoming a part of this big family thanks to Anita and Cris, my coordinators.
Many will think it was just one month, that’s nothing, what an exaggeration! That’s what I thought at first, but it was an intense month, with all kind of emotions. Experiencing things we had never experienced before.
A month that was enough to make me want to come back, well, enough to know that I’m coming back.
And yes, it was JUST ONE MONTH”

 

If you want to read more testimonies and opinions on the project and Afrikable’s Volunteer Holidays, follow the link. We hope to see you all soon! Karibuni-Welcome!

 

Author: Lola Serra | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Sunday, 13 November 2016
Published in PROMOTION

It’s already been seven years since we undertook this wonderful project. Seven years full of joys, many smiles, and also more sorrows than we would have wanted to experience, but, ultimately, seven intense years that have changed our lives and mainly the lives of many families in Lamu.

It’s already been seven years since we realised that women in Lamu deserved us to leave our comfortable European life, families and friends aside, and to fight for a fairer future for them and their families, because they deserve this and much more.

Our beginnings were easy: A sewing workshop with 10 women, who were offered training, literacy, a decent job according to fair trade’s standards, children education, and dining room service for their children –a total of 15 back then–, both free of charge.

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Seven years later, the project has so grown that, during these years, we found ourselves in need of buying a piece of land to be able to take in the over 40 women who are part of the already four fair trade workshops nearly 100 in high production times– and the over 120 children we support in their child development. Moreover, a new project we dreamt of since our beginnings can finally see the light and get started: Afrikable’s Maternity Home, where a lot of women will be able to receive high-quality gynaecological assistance and pregnancy follow up, with the purpose of improving their sexual, reproductive, and maternal life.

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After these years, we can see big personal changes and little big leaps towards women’s empowerment in the evolution of women like Khadija Hassan, who used to sleep on her mother-in-law’s hut floor after her husband having abandoned her and her daughter, and who, after standing out in the sewing workshop for her qualities and skills, became store manager and has been the inland director of Afrikable for a few years now.

 

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A little big dose of magic when a woman like Fatuma Hassan when the only thing she’d ever done in her entire life was cutting wood, bringing water, and giving birth, is given the opportunity to show her worth, to learn to read and write, to overcome the difficulties and learn to use the sewing machine –though no one can stop her now...A little big dose of magic when Fatima gets to know her rights and doesn’t want her daughter to get married when she’s only 15 years-old: She wants her to study and to have a different future, a future she is able to choose.

 

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A huge dose of magic when Maryam Ramadhan faced her husband, who did not want her to work, nor to be seen by any other men –despite them being doctors when she was ill...and, despite receiving death threats from her now ex-husband and falling into deep depression, has overcome all these obstacles life has put in her way towards her empowerment. She’s now the CEO of her own life and she decides to work in Afrikable’s store, working face-to-face with customers, and to go to the doctor if she needs to, and she lives on her own and says she can now choose, and she chooses not to marry until she finds a man who respects her the way she deserves.

 

During these seven years, over 400 people have taken part in our solidarity holidays programme, been part of our joys and our sorrows, and have been able to see firsthand all this progress.

Seven years full of stories, many of them happy, some of them very sad, which break our souls...Seven years which would not have been possible without your help and cooperation. Thank you so much for trusting us, for supporting us, for reading us, for spreading our work. In short, thanks a lot for being there!

To other 7, 70, or 7 000 years! CONGRATULATIONS, AFRIKABLE, and keep on growing!

 

 

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Author: Lola Serra | Translator: Sara Vivarelli

Monday, 22 February 2016
Published in PROMOTION

Here we have four situations that will make you smile thanks to the Volunteer Holidays’ program with Afrikable:

1. The arrival and the greetings: The welcome to the tourists in Lamu is a mix between fun and surprise. The inhabitants of Lamu will take care of embracing the visitor with a sample of effusiveness. You will hear “karibu” from the autochthonous’ mouths: a word that will accompany you during a good part of the trip. You will also hear “jambo” or the familiar “mambo”, which will serve as a greeting at any moment. This gesture is still present in Lamu and it is appreciated. In addition, it makes you smile.

2. The laughter of the little ones: As soon as you arrive to the Afrikable’s school, you will notice the contagious laughs of the little ones. Kids in Lamu do not stop smiling. They will not only transmit their laughter but they will also teach us a lesson of humility and enjoyment of life facing the problems.

3. Donkeys have priority: As a famous Swahili proverb says, “A man without a donkey is a dumb”. So it will not take you a lot of time to realize that there are donkeys at every corner on the island of Lamu and that this animal is the common mode of transportation. One of the funniest situations is having to wait for donkeys to cross the narrow streets of the village… Everything else can wait.

4. The food, the beaches and the local people: On this small island you will realize that the little pleasures are a reason to smile. And you will do it as soon as you try the delicious local gastronomy (very inexpensive and affordable) with fish and fresh fruits, or when you have the opportunity to lay down at the beaches or to make a trip on a lateen sail boat, known as “dhow”. A trip to paradise that will make you consider life with utter happiness for a few days.

 

Author: Carmen García | Translator: Paula Aparicio

Sunday, 14 February 2016
Published in PROMOTION

Reason #1: The old town, heritage of humanity

According to UNESCO: Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century and has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures.

Getting lost in the narrow streets of the old town will be one of the funniest sensations of the trip. You will experience a maze of narrow streets full of donkeys, kids, cats and fast food stands where you can buy French fries for breakfast, for example. One never knows what the next corner will bring…

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Reason #2: the blending of cultures

In Lamu and, in particular, with Afrikable’s project, you will be able to know some of the most representative ethnic groups of Kenya and, in general, of the East African coast. From the exotic Masaai people to the Christian Kikuyu people or the Muslim Orma people.

Hospitality in Lamu Island is beyond all doubt. You will never be short on smiles on the face of who you have in front of you. And if you get to know some words in Swahili, you will delight your interlocutor.

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Reason #3: the incredible beaches of the archipelago

Manda, the endless beach of Shela, the golden beach of Kipungani, the idyllic beach of Manda Toto and the almost inaccessible beach of Kiwayu. All of them deserve to be visited and all of them have something different. And you will not have the problem of finding a place to put your towel. Or maybe?.

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Reason #4: Swahili food

At the end of the day, the Swahili people are a mix of 3 big migratory movements and each one left their influence. Their diet is based on fish, veggies, fruit, a lot of spices due to the Indian influence and rice as the basis for almost all of their meals. The enthusiast of fish will feel like in heaven… Eating a fish that was just scooped out of the sea and cooked on embers sitting on a dhow is priceless. It will make you want to lick your fingers! Well, that if you have eaten in the traditional way, that is to say, with your hands.

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Reason #5: The project of Afrikable

Taking part in the project of Afrikable will give you the opportunity to interact with women from different cultures and with their children. You will be able to help out at school, lend a hand with breakfast for the babies or throw yourself to the sand surrounded by children wanting to play with you. You will participate in the daily work of the women making sandals, handbags, bracelets, etc.

You will also be able to give a workshop with them in the afternoon. In addition, being in touch with the women from the project will allow you to see and hear from their mouth how the Fair Trade has changed their lives and those of their families.

And you will understand that, for getting to get on people that do not speak the same language as you do, it is only necessary to have the wish to do it.

Do you need any more reasons?

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Author: Ana García Chaves | Translator: Paula Aparicio

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ABOUT AFRIKABLE

Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.

 

In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.

WHERE ARE WE

  • Lamu, Kenia.
    Madrid, Spain
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