THE REASON

"I grew up in poverty and I know that education is the only way out.”

Fons Maex, FOUNDER Kim’s Chocolates

Fons Maex went to Tanzania to visit cocoa farmers for the first time in 2010. He saw farmers, children and entire communities in big dificulties. Climate in Tanzania is favorable for cocoa cultivation but farmers face many challenges with old trees and lack of knowledge.

He wanted to help somehow. The only way out of poverty is knowledge, therefore first step was enforcing the weak educational infrastructure in the region.

AT FIRST

When Fons returned to Belgium he
donated 5,000 EUROS
to school to BUY 2,000 BOOKS
But this was only the beginning...

SITUATION

1,900classrooms needed building
or renovation
430,000school books needed
65,000children would
benefit from this
20-25,000 families live from
cocoa in Mbeya,
Tanzania

Labor practices on cocoa farms are an issue, with too many children participating in hazardous farming tasks or working at the expense of attending school.

Farmers earn
less than
1,5$ per day Small farms
Very low productivity
Aging cocoa trees

WHAT WE DID UNTIL NOW

Completing & renovating...

up to2016 2017
50
127

...classrooms

6
20

...staffrooms

0
6

...HEADMASTER OFFICES

* These figures are covering only inaugurated buildings.
* There are another 134 rooms ready for handover in February 2018.

IN THE FUTURE

To finish 600+
classrooms under
construction
To renovate 700+
to build new
classrooms
600+
To finish 58
teacher offices,
to renovate 93 to build 53
new ones
To buy
430,000
books

FUNDING

A fixed amount on each ton of
cocoa beans is bought on our behalf.
In fiscal year 2015-16 Kim’s donated
399,053€
In fiscal year 2016-17 Kim’s donated 458,857€
Kim’s hopes to donate in 2018 552,816€

Biolands is our local partner and subsidiary of Barry-Callebaut.
Biolands is working with smallholder farmers to ensure fair prices are paid to the farmers and to improve cocoa quality, yields and farmer livelihoods.
This farmer-centric, village-to-port approach enables full traceability for every bag of cocoa.
We can use their facilities and staff free of charge. Their trucks take our construction materials into the villages. On top of that, they organize and run our whole productivity program.

OTHER PARTNERS

The local industry:

We can buy our major construction materials at a very low price
- Cement: Mbeya Cement (LafargeHolcim) - Mbeya
- Roof sheets/caps and rebars: Alaf – Dar es Salaam
- Paint: Berger Paint International – Dar es Salaam
- Timber/doors & windows: Sao Hills – Mafinga (from sustainable origin only)

VILLAGES produce the bricks & provide for labourIn the near future we will switch over to SSB (stabilized soil blocks), which are also more sustainable.
authoritiesFor the moment their support is only moral due to the lack of resources.

ON TOP

Because poverty is one of the main reasons that children don't go to school, Kim’s Chocolates and partners are also focused on increasing productivity through:

Distributed over
250,000 new cocoa
seedlings to replace older,
less productive trees
Each year we provide
training for
cocoa farmers
in pruning, fertilizing, diseases
and how to prevent/cure them,
fermentation, prevention
of child labor
, etc.

Other things that need to be done in the region:

Absence of clean water leads to a lot of diseases (dysentery, cholera,...). Child mortality (<5y) was 4.87% in 2015.

We intend to:

  • Drill water wells in all the schools
  • Setting up pump houses on the school’s premises
  • Build new toilets with flushing and handwashing
  • Build a public bathhouse which during daytime can be used by the pupils and after school by the people from village
  • Build new teacher houses (with running water, in-house toilet) in order to make teaching attractive in those remote villages.

In rural Africa, as there is no electricity, some 250 million people use kerosene to light their houses

Kerosene causes:

  • lung and eye diseases, serious skin burns
  • fires in households

Families do not have money to afford small solar panels, but we would provide these with micro-credits. Every week they would pay 5,000 TZS, the money they would not spend on kerosene.

CORPORATE SPONSORS

Besides Kim’s Chocolates and Biolands there are many other sponsors which came on board. If you would like to join and become member of this giving crowd write us now fons.maex@kimchoc.be

Cocoa for Schools has received donations from private individuals and from employees at Kim’s Chocolates. Most generous donations came from Johan Dekempe (Belgium), Peter & Gertie Miehle (Germany), Louise Tsang (Hong Kong) and Patra Wang (Hong Kong).

WHO IS IN THE FIELD

  • Fons Maex

    Fons is founder of Kim's Chocolates. He started the “Cocoa for Schools” initiative. Fons follows up on all school buildings and travels to Tanzania regularly where he is supervising our projects.

  • Michael Molesi

    Construction Engineer

  • Emmanuel Mwacha

    Sustainability & Social Projects
    Coordinator

  • Felix Mtawa

    Operations Manager at
    Biolands int LTD

  • Frank Neumann

    Country Manager at
    Biolands int LTD

  • Frank Samuel

    Sustainability Manager at
    Biolands int LTD

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