#kolpingworks in El Salvador: In order to help their members with the marketing of their self-made products, the Kolping Family Jucuaran in El Salvador participates in local fairs or organizes them itself.
In this way, the Kolping farmers and small entrepreneurs can personally present and promote their products. Sales and profits are increased and at the same time, the local economy is strengthened. In the previous years, KOLPING El Salvador has repeatedly organized coffee and cocoa festivals during Christmas season or on feast days. They also serve to offer an additional marketing platform to the small entrepreneurs who cultivate and produce in the area. Typical food of the country, beverages and costume jewelry, clothes and handicrafts are exhibited here.
The events are also used to distribute coffee and cacao seedlings and other plants so that people can plant them and render a contribution to reforestation at the same time.
Kolping in Benin:
A WOMAN’S TESTOMONY ABOUT THE BENEFIT OF ALPHABETIZATION
“My name is Noëllie SEVEDE, I am married and mother of five children. My main activity is the commercialization of agricultural produce like maize, soy and rice. Sometimes I also sell locally produced brooms. I am a member and president of the Kolping Family Za-Doutin (diocese Abomey).
One year ago, the Kolping Association established an alphabetization center in our village. After attending the course for six months, we were evaluated. And I must admit that the alphabetization courses have done me good. In the past, my incomes were not administered very well: I put together all the money earned from my sales without distributing it according to the different types of merchandise. Or, when I returned from the market, I counted on my fingers what I earned. Often I was totally lost with these calculations. It was also difficult for me to remember all the people who bought on credit as well as the respective amount the client owed.
Since attending the alphabetization courses, I note each credit sale in a notebook: the amount and the name of the person. Moreover, when I have sold all my goods, I take stock of the income and expenditures and then deduct the balance. This way I know whether I have made a profit or a loss.”
Contribution by David Efraín, Villarrica, Paraguay
My name is David Efraín and I have been a member of the Kolping Youth “San Blás” in the city of Villarrica for five and a half years.
The idea to clean the community stream came to us after a heavy rainfall in our town. It rained so much that the stream filled up and even overflowed its banks. Sadly, this happened as a result of the immense amount of rubbish clogging the waterway. In our Sunday meetings, we reflected on this situation that caused a lot of damage in the community. Together we decided to organise ourselves and invite other people outside the Association to clean up the stream and put up rubbish bins at certain places in the community so that people would stop throwing their rubbish on the ground.
Quite a number of people have joined this initiative. We set a date for our volunteer work, and a number of people made their tractors and trucks available. We cleared 70 tonnes of rubbish.
To this day, we still cooperate in cleaning up the community. Awareness raising should be an ongoing task as people in general should show more interest in the cleanliness of the community.
#kolpingworks in Austria
Integration in practice: Garden project in the Kolping House Vienna-Meidling
A wonderful roof terrace belongs to the amenities of the Kolping House Vienna-Meidling, which was re-opened three years ago. Students as well as families with a refugee background find a “temporary home” there. The Kolping Youth initiated a garden project with the title “Young vegetables” to promote the encounter of these two groups. Together with the residents of the house and representatives of the Kolping Family Meidling, vegetables and fruits were planted in raised beds and pots. The children had the possibility to paint the pots colourfully and were supported by the members of the Kolping Youth. Cool beverages and snacks were also provided.
Through this project, the roof terrace was made more attractive as a place to stay, to unwind and to exchange ideas with other people. The harvest of the roof terrace is being processed in the community kitchens of the Kolping House and contributes to the healthy alimentations of the residents. And this is also in line with the third of the 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) of the UN that have been the focus of the associational work of Kolping Austria since 2016. “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for people of all ages”. Through the “Young vegetables” project it was possible to take up the topics food, nature and sustainability in a practical way in accordance with the SDGs and to enjoy the fruits of this activity together.
KOLPING SOCIETY OF TANZANIA
How ideas of Adolph Kolping keep changing people’s lives in Tanzania
The Kolping Society of Tanzania under the persuasion and guidance of Monsignor David Kamugisha, Currently has more than 13,000 registered members in 315 Local Kolping Families established in 20 dioceses out of 36 in the country. Since its inception, Kolping has touched and changed the lives of many people from the spiritual, economic and social aspects.
One of the most outstanding project has been assisting vulnerable households in some low rainfall rural areas of Tanzania to get clean and safe water through the construction of rain water harvesting tanks with the capacity of 10,000 Lts.
These tanks have significantly helped beneficiaries to curb water shortage problem, to increase domestic income and reduce frequencies of water-borne diseases such as typhoid fever, dysentery, bilharzias, worm diseases and diarrhea. Besides, women have more time for other economic activities and the school going children are relieved of the tedious task of the daily routine of fetching water.
This is because in most rural areas there are no constructed networks of public water service by the Government; therefore people have to walk long distance between 5 to 10 kilometers to natural springs or locally made bore wells to fetch water for their domestic needs. In most communities in Tanzania, this strenuous task of fetching water is normally reserved for women and children. In this regard,School performance is affected since school going children have little time for rest and study after school hours for they have to fetch water for the household. More often than not they wake up early, fetch water and then proceed to school. The detrimental effect of this, among other things, is the significant contribution to increased poverty among people living in rural areas because much time which could be used in economic activities is spent in fetching water for domestic consumption. During dry seasons almost 50% of water sources (springs and wells) dry-up. Currently the situation is much exacerbated by climate change which has contributed to the drought period to be longer than normal.
This is testified by Happiness Gideon from Wembere, Singida region who is one of the benefiting neighbors; she says “….Before this assistance we had to travel more than 6 kilometers in search of water for our own use and for small stock livestock such as chicken, ducks, goats and donkey. But after Kolping has assisted us to construct the water tank at my neighbor’s house which is fairly filled by rains are able to access clean water within 0 kilometer. Incidence of water born disease have significantly decreased, our livestock are healthy; and more so, this honey harvesting season we have noticed the 50% increase in the volume of honey harvested from our beekeeping project. The bee experts told us that it is because bees are no longer travelling a long distance in search of water.”
Keeping chickens on a family farm (Talca-Chile)
Sandra Manríquez from the diocese of Talca in Chile was able to set up a small poultry farm with the help of KOLPING. She bought 30 chickens and began to market their eggs. She learned the necessary know-how for this at KOLPING, as well as everything she needed to know about keeping the animals in a manner appropriate to their species. Sandra produces in an environmentally conscious, non-industrial way, in natural harmony with the land and the people who live and work there. Today she owns 150 chickens that are healthy and lay good eggs. Their sale contributes to the family’s livelihood. “My Kolping Family knows my work,” Sandra says. “The members help me market the chicken eggs. Since I’ve been in the Kolping Family, it’s been a real school of life for me, where we’ve all been able to grow through various activities in the personal, family and community spheres.” #kolpingworks
Grażyna Rzepka-Płachta from Poland:
„ When I joined KOLPING fifteen years ago, I was in a difficult situation – I didn’t have a job. Then KOLPING helped me by giving me new skills and qualifications for the job market. At my Kolping family I was overwhealmed by the family atmosphere and that everyone helps each other . Soon I also started working in social projects and with homeless people. The Christian values at KOLPING and also the spirit of community fascinated me. I totally devoted myself to building up the Kolping socjety. Trips abroad with KOLPING were also important for me. They allowed me to open myself to other cultures, I am engaging in our aid campaigns – for examle solar panels for Uganda or the distribution of Tatico coffee from Honduras. After all these years as a Kolping member, the fascination with the person of Adolph Kolping and the admiration for the worldwide Kolping activities still continue. KOLPING helped me 15 years ago. Now, in a difficult period, I also feel that I am not alone.” #kolpingworks
Toilets at home are not purely a structure but it is more of a symbol that signifies privacy and human dignity. Proper Sanitation is considered as one of the basic necessities of human being in addition to food, clothing and shelter. India had the dubious distinction of having largest number of people defecating in the open space. Women are the direct victims of opendefecation. Absence of toilets at home, places women at greater health risks and sexual violence.
Realising the importance of toilets and the safe sanitation practice, KOLPING India initiated Sanitation Assistance Project (SAP) in 2014 in consonance with national development priorities and Indian Government’s Clean India mission, setting a challenging task to end open defecation. KOLPING India through its innovative strategy including campaigns, targeted trainings and financing mechanism made it possible for 3,271 families to construct and use household toilets.
One such women member was Mrs. Bai belonging to Sacred Heart Kolping Family Association, Kuzhithurai Kolping Region. She was consistent in her demand for toilet with her husband. Her steadfast determination made it possible to construct a toilet with partial support of KOLPING India and thus ensured her and her daughters a dignified life style. The dream to have a household toilet became a reality which has reinforced her determination to fight for womenrights. KOLPING India continues to inspire and motivate on journey towards a dignified life.
Before being engaged in Kolping activities, farmers in Rwanda used traditional agriculture and livestock where they had been using to sow in a total disorder without using organic manure; they ignored to properly prepare their fields; their animals used to be fed in the bushes which was a big hindrance for getting cow dung for the heaps of manure. Therefore, the yield was very low and farmers were always suffering from hunger all the time.
But since they were trained in farming and livestock, they are improving their way of agriculture from traditional to modern agriculture. The animals are fed in the shelters. From this progress, the crops are very green and vigorous. The animals are well treated and are good in the shelters; hence the yield is multiplied three times the yield of before becoming Kolping members. For this fact, farmers are no longer producing for eating only, they also produce for the markets.
KOLPING Malawi: Economic empowerment by promoting livestock farming
The majority of Malawians rely on farming to provide for both their main source of food and source of income. However, the majority face food shortage each year. Poor agricultural practice has left the country with low crop yields and rampant food shortages. Self-sustainability through agriculture is absolutely vital.
The escalating prices of chemical fertilizers make it impossible for the majority of smallholder farmers to afford. Kolping Malawi saw the need for alternative low-cost soil fertility enhancing technologies and embarked on training their members in compost manure making to improve soil fertility.
Kolping International has supported towards economic empowerment by promoting livestock farming, village savings and loans through capacity building so that low earning members become independent economically.
The water program of KOLPING Brazil ensures the survival of families in the northeast of the country
The water program is implemented by local Kolping Families in the semiarid region in the northeast of Brazil, especially in the states Bahia, Ceará, Pernambuco and Piauí.
The individual activities of this program significantly improve the living conditions of the affected families as well as of the small rural agricultural producers in this region, especially through measures in the fields of water security and management, training on the management of water resources, due and efficient use of water for basic needs, food, family farming and animal husbandry.
The program includes measures for the construction of water cisterns and wells, educational and income generating activities that promote a harmonious co-existence with the environment.
On the photo, you see the couple José Edivaldo de Queiroz and Eleni Muniz de Souza Queiroz together with their son Enzo Gabriel de Souza Queiroz who live in the Flores region (state of Pernambuco). They participated in the water program and received a water cistern.
The project fundamentally improves the living conditions of the families and the small rural producers.
#KOLPINGworks – this principle holds true in Germany for 170 years now
A strong Association with dynamic local communities, with more than 225,000 members in 2,300 local Kolping Families, comprising 35,000 children, adolescents and young adults among the Kolping Youths.
In a video message the National Kolping President Ursula Groden-Kranich, Member of the German Bundestag, points out the present work of the Association and its nationwide institutions and enterprises and at the same time asks for support of the worldwide online petition “Kolping is sacred to me!“