Eventure Newsletter #3 The turning of the first sod! Dear all, it has begun. After a year and a half of preparations, Glenn, René, Magnus together with local employees began the construction of the area/school in early October. The focus from the start is to build hammock houses for the 20 volunteers who will arrive around Nov. 1. We have hired 30 local workers, and they bring any prejudice about laziness among African men to shame. They really work hard, and it is a great pleasure to work with them. The pictures below were taken in recent weeks. Recently we have also had our "Investment Act" finally approved by the Zambian government. This is essential to get an extended lease of the land from 14 years to 99 years. Furthermore, it is important in relation to permits and potential exemption from import duty. Most importantly, this approval is a general endorsement of the entire project by the Zambian government. With this Investment Act, we have committed ourselves to invest 500.000 USD during the next five years in the country.
Support Support for Project Zambia is still incredibly high. The association Eventure has recently reached 400 members, and has to date collected 250.000 DKK. Eventure has already sent 200.000 DKK to Zambia for material procurement. Recently BankInvest supported the project with 50,000 DKK. The Fundraise Group (Louise, Lars, Vanessa, Henry, Jacob, Rebecca, Nete, Line) are working towards, that next time we write to you, there will be many more good news on that front. The association has now been approved by the Danish Tax Office under the Assessment Act § 8A, which means that contributions of between 500 DKK and 15.500 DKK are tax deductible. The association will submit the relevant information to the tax authorities. We still lack 700.000 DKK to reach our goal, so if you know anyone (company or private individual) who would like to support the good cause, please write to us at email@example.com.
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The 30 of August we held Eventure Day, and we had a totally terrific day with lots of laughs and good energy. The pictures above and below were taken during the day. In particular, Dulla and Said were a highlight of the day, creating beautiful rhythms and teaching us all African dance steps. The man in the red shirt, below right, is Kim Frandsen, who in 2011 will bike 12,000 km from Cairo to Cape Town in the “Tour de Africa”. Kim will use the race to collect contributions in at home from Denmark. Contributions, with which he has chosen to support Project Zambia.
Doctors ready to go Health is a vital part of Project Zambia. We have therefore created a group in the association consisting of four doctors / medical students (Mie, Julie, Ebbe and Erik). From this group Erik and Ebbe are going to Zambia on the th 27 of December to spend three weeks mapping the health conditions with a professional perspective. This is done both to provide better information about health / disease issues for the many volunteers who will be arriving, and to get a better knowledge about which community projects Project Zambia can do in the local area, when we get so far. Above, middle, Ebbe is giving an introduction to the health group at the Eventure Day.
Do you know someone? We need someone who can help us on the administrative front. It is specifically help with administrative tasks in Project Zambia and the association Eventure. It may be to register new members of the association, send information of contributions to tax, simple bookkeeping for the association, updating the website etc.. We estimate that the tasks will take max. five hours a week. As the association's money may not be used for any administrative task, the help will basically be unpaid. Potentially we can, however, reward a year’s work with a trip to Zambia. We think, the job might fit well for an early retiree, who has a little extra time and wishes to support a good cause with some of that time. Would you like to help, or know someone who might, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newsletter from Eventure's Project Zambia