Monday, 24 August 2009

Baraka Community Partnerships Update: August 2009

PE Lessons in Kasalu Village

PE Lessons in Kasalu, Zambia

Here’s a brief update to fill you in on all the good things happening with Baraka Community Partnerships. Please visit our website for more information and feel free to contact us at


There's plenty of good news to share with you about our work in Zambia this month! Our Against Malaria campaign to provide mosquito net to the residents of Kasalu, Zambia was a massive success! In less than a week, we were able to raise the funds for each home in Kasalu to have a net! Thanks so much to everyone who donated. Of course, why should we stop there? We have now moved on to the greater goal of making sure every family in the whole of Zambia has access to a mosquito net. Helping out on this front is London boutique bakeshop Bea's of Bloomsbury. All this week, Bea's is offering to pay for one mosquito net for every set of six cupcakes sold. What a delicious way of donating to a good cause.

More about our Against Malaria campaign:

In other Zambia related news, Kasalu has seen school attendence shoot up to more than 100 students. This is a fantastic achievement for a non-state supported school in a remote village. Kasalu's women's scone making group (32 members strong!) has diversified and are now selling recently harvested ground nuts at nearby markets. The village vegetable garden that was created with the help of our friends from Exodus Travel is thriving! There are more than 15 villagers involved in the cooperative. Some of the food is sold and some of it goes to feed the children at school.

More about Exodus Travel:


Things are progressing well in the community of Tijhza. Tourists are starting to find out about the village and our involvement there from Lonely Planet's Morocco guidebook! Here's what one recent Tijhza visitor (who decided to volunteer her time after reading about us in Lonely Planet) had to say:

Just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic time in Tijhza. What a beautiful place! Thanks for your help and the information you provided in advance. At the end of a week ... we really didn't want to leave.

There's plenty more volunteer activity lined up for the next few months! Find out how you can volunteer your time and have a bit of adventure with us:


Our relationship with Community Learning International is coming along nicely. CLI’s commitment to providing opportunities to children in need fits incredibly well with our ethos. With CLI, Baraka will build a school in the village of Kokneu. Being within reach of the town of Luang Prabang, working here will increase the possibility of organising volunteers. Already, we have raised more than fifty percent of the money required to build the school!

More about Community Learning International:


Thanks all those generous people helping us achieve our goals! We couldn't do it without you!

- Our Sunday Brunch Fundraiser in July raised £300 and introduced the ideas and ethos behind BCP to a number of interested people.

Here are some video highlights:

- Our friends at Blue Leisure are organizing a series of rowathons over the six months to help us create awareness and raise money for our projects. As things progress, we'll be sure to keep you posted!

More about Blue Leisure:

- Speaking of Blue Leisure, our summer BBQ with Blue Leisure managed Thamesmead School Sports Centre is coming up on Saturday the 5th of September.

Learn more about this fun event and how you can get your tickets:

Make sure to visit this blog again soon! We're posting more and more about our projects and activities all the time.

For more information about Baraka Community Partnerships, please visit our website:

Friday, 21 August 2009

Bea's of Bloomsbury Fights Malaria with Cupcakes!

From Monday the 24th of August until Sunday the 30th, London's favourite bakeshop, Bea's of Bloomsbury will offer a yummy way help stamp out malaria in Africa! For every box of six cupcakes purchased next week, Bea's will donate the money to Baraka Community Partnerships to buy one mosquito net for a household in Zambia. Donating to a good cause never tasted so delicious!

It is estimated that in Africa a child dies every second from malaria. With a good mosquito net only costing a few quid, there's simply no reason why so many must worry about this deadly disease.

So head over to Bea's next week, eat some cupcakes and help make Zambia a safer, healthier place!

Bea's of Bloomsbury
44 Theobald's Road
London WC1X 8NW
0207 242 8330
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

For more information about Baraka Community Partnerships and Against Malaria visit these sites:

Thursday, 20 August 2009

IN THE NET! We Met Our Goal (Thanks to You)!

In less than a week, Baraka Community Partnerships was able to raise the money for each household in the Zambian village of Kasalu to have a mosquito net. That's 230 nets! Actually as of the 19th of August, we had enough funds for almost 300 nets. Of course, we couldn't have succeeded so quickly without the help of the thoughtful people that took a brief moment to contribute a donation (whether £5 or £150, it all added up and helped put us over the edge!).

To those who donated: THANK YOU SO MUCH! You are alleviating hardship and suffering for those in need and making Kasalu a safer and healthier community.

But why stop there? Please keep the donations coming! It is estimated that in Africa a child dies every second from Malaria. With a good mosquito net only costing a few quid, there's simply no reason why so many must worry about this deadly disease.

Please help us with our Against Malaria campaign in Zambia:

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Net Positive!

In only one day, Baraka Community Partnerships has raised more than a third of the money required to ensure that each household in
Kasalu, Zambia receives a mosquito net. Thanks to everyone who has donated. Your generosity will go a long way!

Nets are the first line of defense against malaria. They are inexpensive but effective. Nets are only $4.00/£2.60 each - so however small your donation, it will make a difference. Please help us to provide every home in Kasalu with a net!

Donate here and feel free to pass on this information to your friends and family:

Help Baraka Combat Malaria in Zambia with Inexpensive Mosquito Nets

Kasalu Village School, Chikumbi, Zambia
Children at the Kasalu Village School

Baraka Community Partnerships is supporting the villagers of Kasalu, in the Chikumbi region of Zambia, in helping them combat malaria. Currently, no other organization is involved in directly helping the people of Kasalu combat this life threatening disease. However, there are plenty of initiatives run by community volunteers in the village to educate the local population about the dangers of Malaria. There are about 230 household in the village - our goal is to provide one net for each.

Mosquito nets are the first line of defense against the disease. They are an inexpensive but effective tool. Nets are only $4.00/£2.60 each - so however small your donation, it will make a difference.

Malaria season starts in October - please act soon. Your generosity may save a life.

Donate here and feel free to pass on this information to your friends and family:

Monday, 3 August 2009

Thamesmead School Summer Charity BBQ in Shepperton

This September, Thamesmead School Sports Centre and Baraka Community Partnerships are teaming up for a Summer Charity BBQ! Please join us from 4pm to late on Saturday the 5th of September at the Bell Public House on Old Charlton Road in Shepperton, for a fun filled day of games, competitions, food and drink - with 100% of all proceeds raised on the day going straight to the projects supported by Baraka Community Partnerships.

Thamesmead School Summer Charity BBQ

Thamesmead School Summer Charity BBQ
Saturday 5 September
4pm til late!
The Bell Public House
Old Charlton Road
Shepperton TW17 8BT

Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance! To get yours, please contact Andy (0750 498 7367) or Angie (0787 834 0211). Tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £8.00 for 12-16 year olds and £2.00 for children under 12. Ticket price includes BBQ, bouncy castels and more!

For more about Baraka Community Partnerships visit Cheers!