News from the trustees

Our Annual General Meeting was held on 16th July with our SSF colleagues from eSwatini present together with a 3 minute video on the Community Banking scheme from the Bayan programme in Honduras. It was an uplifting gathering with some happy cross fertilisation of ideas across partner programmes (see participants below).

Important institutional changes have occurred in the country since we shared our last Newsletter supplement in June. It seems clear that as a nation, we will be entering a difficult period of financial constraint with forecast energy price rises and consecutive quarters of economic contraction. Nevertheless we are hopeful for the continued support from our friends and volunteers, together with sustained focus on promising new sources of funding researched and followed up by our Network Funding Coordinators. We are pleased to have received a £1000 donation from Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust, one of our consistent supportive donors.

Our Coordinators, Alan Campbell and Chloe Jamali have been in post since June of this year and the trustees have arranged a consultation to review and support them with progress made so far. Having undergone their inductions, trustees have endeavoured to accompany them in their lines of action and are pleased with the outcomes collaboratively achieved so far. Most recently, progress has been made with developing a new cadre of volunteers and individual conversations will follow which will hopefully take their interest further into supportive activities. Please do contact them (emails below) if you would like to contribute some of your time to volunteering for BASED-UK.

Project updates
We received recent data on the impact of the Bayan programme's Community Banking scheme in Honduras. The table below shows the numbers of those estimated to benefit directly and indirectly from the programme (assuming 5 persons per household). 
Details Direct beneficiaries Indirect beneficiaries TOTAL
Members 1610 8050 9660
Non-members receiving loans 20 100 120
Projects with Development Fund 1140 5700 6840
TOTAL 2770 13850 16620

The Development Fund associated with the Adult Community Banks is intended to help the entire community where it works, for example through a rural lighting project, while the Student Banks focus on improving their Educational Centres. There are active banks in 49 locations and the majority of those benefitting from a Community Bank loan are members. However a few non-members also benefit from loans to cover medicinal or other short term emergency costs for instance. Bank members are very aware of the needs of their communities and respond generously in times of personal crisis. 

SSF staff were very grateful for the transfer of £5000 in July to support ongoing training and accompaniment activities. Recent graduations (see image above) from SSF's training programmes included 4 physically disabled trainees who are working as teachers now in community schools. This sets a fine example of inclusion where neglect and discrimination against disabled children is a common occurrence. According to the 2017 National Census, people with disabilities (defined as seeing, hearing, speaking, walking or climbing, remembering or concentrating, and otherin Eswatini accounted for 16.1 per cent of the country’s population. But within the 0-4 year age group, 22.8% of the total were accounted as disabled falling significantly to 6.9% in the 5-9 age group. For the youngest age group, there is a strong link suggested between the rural conditions in which the majority of young children live and the incidence of disability - a link which is being weakened through your generous contributions to the Community Schools Programme.
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