Noting a need for grassroots and collaborative mobilisation for more active involvement in the development of Tchundwa village, Ikhlas Foundation, led by it’s Trustee Tahreni Bwanaali, mobilized individuals from and those supportive of Tchundwa into a group to strategize on Tchundwas’ development agenda. The open-minded and committed individuals, identified as Friends of Tchundwa, consist of people from both in and outside Tchundwa.
Concerned about the situation, a group of individuals interested in the state of affairs in Tchundwa and its reform have converged so as to challenge and change the status quo and restore Tchundwa’s glory. The individuals have been strategizing on the key steps to achieving this goal. To take this initiative forward, a project has been initiated to implement the action plan that is meant to address the situation. The project, referred to as ‘Tchundwa Asili Initiative (TAI)’ as described in the draft document that was developed below.
The goal of the initiative is to improve the quality of life of Tchundwa residents by offering higher standards of education, better security, improving community well-being and creating sustainable livelihoods to restore the glory of the village. The key objectives are:
i. Enhance security in order to reduce the crime rates and change the existing violent image of Tchundwa to a more positive one.
ii. Reduce the drug menace and its vices in the village through awareness on harm reduction, accountable law enforcement and community/family cooperation.
iii. Promote better health through health awareness programmes.
iv. Improve community wellbeing, promote good parenting and child upbringing, and nurture better relationships amongst community members through accountability, cohesion and common identity.
v. Enhance talents and create sustainable livelihood opportunities through capacity building and creative income-generating activities, especially for youth and women.