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ルカニ村便り/Habari kutoka Lukani

アレックス・シラー Alex SILAAアレックス

Lukani up date・2015 No.2

Lukani Village is among the earliest village registered under Village Registration Act, 1972. It is situated in Masama Magharibi Ward in Hai District, Kilimanjaro Region.

Lukani is one of the first villages to be visited by Japanese in 1985. Since then the number of Japanese tourists visiting there has been increasing year after another.

Now JATA Tours is organizing two groups to visit Lukani each year, 1) Alternative Tour and 2) Coffee Study Tour.
I and Mr. Kimaro have been invited to Japan in Different period for the purpose of cultural exchange. This programme made possible in collaboration between Japan Tanzania (JATA) Tours, established 1998 and My Ticket of Osaka, Japan. Since then number of Tourists visiting Lukani have been increasing year after another, for example this year three members of Alternative Tour and eight members of Coffee Study Tour visited Lukani, the number differs every year.

Since 2006, the coffee produced from Lukani have been selling direct to Japan under Fair-trade Market. Last year Mr. Alex invited to Japan to participate in Kumamoto International Fair Trade.

In 2002, Japan Government under Small Grass Roots Project donated US$ 38,000 to renovate Lukani Primary School in which its building were in very bad condition (constructed in 1947). The donation were used to repair roof putting new sheets and floors paints etc..

Not only that but under the project initiated by Prof. Tsujimura (Lukani Fair Trade project), he could organize some coffee buyer in Japan to contribute some money to be returned to Lukani village to use on social service project. The Lukani Community Centre is one of the beneficiary of this project, some donation of been used to buy books, TV deck and furniture in Community Centre. Some money where also used to buy baby delivered bed in Lukani Health Centre. Some money also used to establish a coffee nursery project to produce new coffee seedling variety.

Now this year in March 11th, then Deputy Ambassador to Japan Embassy, Mr. Kazuyoshi Matsunaga sign a contract with LUDEA to donate US$ 78,877 in order to construct multipurpose building in Lukani Secondary School. The project initiatives is to construct one story building, for laboratory, library, store, and staff office with equipment’s and furniture.

Before signing the project, Mr. Matsunaga and Programme officer, Ms. Wada visited the site on 28th November 2014, for site study and investigation of the project leading the approval of the project.

On 7th September 2015, the new Deputy Ambassador to the Embassy, Mr. Kubota, officially opened the building and handed over to headmaster of Lukani Secondary School.
It was big ceremony where more than hundred village’s students from Lukani Secondary School and Staff participated in the ceremony, by singing, dancing etc. The Headmaster of Lukani Secondary school thanks Japanese Embassy and the people of Japan for donation of the project, also the parents and the villagers. This leaves a very big symbol of a good relationship between Lukani people and the Japanese community. It will remain a very good mark to the community.

Since the Government have been working hard to make sure the quality of education is getting better, lack of laboratory and enough classrooms were main problem facing Lukani Secondary School. But now there are enough classrooms and the Government supported the project by allocating enough teachers ever been, since the school established We hope the number of students who will join high school shall increase twice or more.

Now the parents are focusing on establishing Female students dormitory and playing ground within the School premises. The teachers promise the education standard increase with a short period of time.

The villagers also are now putting a big effort to increase a coffee production so that we can supply enough coffee to Japan. We haven't meet demand of coffee consumer in Japan.

The main problem behind the increase of coffee production is lack of irrigation project in order to plant new coffee seedlings. The amount of rain water doesn't enable villagers to produce good quality coffee and plant more seeds as a result of climate change rainfall decreases year after another. So the only solution is to have reliable water supply (water irrigation) in which we can increase the coffee production and plant more seeds. We have applied to the Ministry of Agricultural and Irrigation, and this year we are going to get new President and Parliaments, so hoping positive response to our project from the new Government to be inaugurated in November 2015.

Again thanks to all friends from Japan who supported many project to my Village.

Silaa Alex

















コーヒー摘み:オルタナティブツアーにて/Picking coffee cherries.AT tour

Secondary Students were singing songs and dancing in the ceremony