TAN-EDAPS works with communities for sustainable development through five main sectors involving: Environment and Food Security; Education and Early Childhood Development; Water and Sanitation; Integrated Health; and Economic empowerment.
- Environment and Food Security
The Environment and Food Security sector supports the formation of Community
Economic Development Groups (CEDGs) which are made of subsistence farmers who are main users of the forests. Such groups which involve women are established and encouraged to run small scale animal husbandry, poultry keeping and chicken producing units to enhance household level food security and increased income-earning opportunities.
The subsistence farmers are educated in modern farming methods including Bio-Intensive agriculture practices (Organic farming) for food production.
The system of producing food organically on raised beds help people to produce highly nutritious fruit and vegetables at household level, in a sustainable manner.
Communities are encouraged to plant trees and use appropriate technologies for projects that are compatible with conservation of the existing eco-system. Such appropriate technologies include solar power systems, zero grazing, domestic biogas extraction, more efficient wood fuelled local stoves, and recycling of solid waste disposals. Poultry keeping and Stingless bee keeping among other environmental friendly and food security activities are encouraged.
Advocacy for draft animal technology scheme, especially effective and humane use of donkey’s power is encouraged for agriculture practices, transport and removal of solid waste disposals around our areas for cleaner environment.
- Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD)
Education and Early Childhood Development is among the great needs of the target communities. Access to quality education for children and adults is being achieved through the construction of school buildings involving class-rooms, teachers’ quarters, pit latrines, and the provision of educational materials as well as sports equipment. Through the education and early childhood development sector, other needs include provision of nutritious food and clothing to children.
- Water and Sanitation
With introduction of organic farming at the household level, water has become a commodity of strategic importance among the people. Target communities are sensitized and encouraged to sink/dig shallow wells as well as embarking on small water technologies, such as rain water harvesting as a sound water management practice. TAN-EDAPS is working in collaboration with the government water, health and agriculture departments who in turn work closely with the target communities. We need to sink deep wells, construct tanks, lay pipes and use pumps. But water is a capital intensive project which requires donors and collaboration of other stake holders.
- Integrated Health
Through the integrated health sector, communities are assisted to initiate and/or promote health centre services. This is being addressed through health approaches to combat common health problems in the area including malaria, rheumatism, typhoid, worms, increasing problem of deaths from HIV/AIDS; and educating communities on family nutrition.
- Economic Empowerment (Training and Community Capacity Building)
TAN-EDAPS enables target groups to Vision, Identify and Prioritize their needs and then conduct their own SWOT Analysis where; S = strengths, W = weaknesses (areas which need improvement), O = Opportunities, T = Threats; and facilitates them to develop their own plans in a logical framework (Log-Frame) manner. We also educate people and empower them on the areas of Group dynamics and team building, Leadership and good governance, finance and record keeping, relationships/networking, and technical aspects for effective project ownership and sustainability. Modern and appropriate technologies are introduced for projects that are compatible with conservation of the existing eco-system.