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Kogukonnakeskuse uuest töökorraldusest

Algas kõik sellest, et minu esimese Andas veedetud nädala jooksul viisin keskuses läbi väikese inventuuri ja selgus, et paljud asjad on kas kadunud, katki või totaalselt sassi läinud – nagu erinevad puzzletükid, lauamängude nupud ja muud mänguasjad – või lihtsalt otsa saanud – nagu värvid ja pliiatsid.

Osaliselt on see kindlasti aja jookusl tekkinud loomulik kadu. Teisalt aga ka asjaolu, et keskuses ei ole olnud ühte kindlat inimest, kes mängude ja muude keskusele kuuluvate asjade eest vastutaks ja neid korras hoiaks. Seega otsustasime leida keskusele huvijuhi- juhataja.

Õnneks ei tulnudki tublit inimest kaugelt otsida. Nagu siin Andas ikka, levib info kõige paremini suust suhu, tuttavalt tuttavale. Hoolimata mitmetest kuulutustest üles riputamisest erinevates kohtades ja foorumites, leidsime huvijuhi ikka lõpuks ühe sõbra kaudu. Fatima Gulde, hüüdnimega Mai Mai töötab esmaspäevast reedeni algkoolis õpetajana, seega on tal lastega tegelemisel palju kogemusi.

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Kogukonnakeskuse huvijuht Mai Mai

Ning nädalavahetustel tegutseb ta Andakidzi kogukonnakeskuses, kus tema ülesanneteks on lastega erinevate tegevuste ja mängude läbi viimine, keskuse ja selle sisustuse eest hoolitsemine, raamatukogu korrastamine jne. Preguseks oleme koos läbi viinud mitu üritust erinevatele lastegruppidele ning Mai Mai on väga kenasti hakkama saanud, tundub et tema eriliseks kutsumuseks on käsitöö ja meisterdamine 🙂

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Mai Mai lastega meisterdamas

Keskus on nüüd Anda lastele avatud iga laupäev ja pühapäev kell 10-18. Praegu korraldame tutvustavaid üritusi erinevate külaosade lastele ja gruppidele. Kunagi tahaks tekitada ka regulaarsete tegevuste kalendri.

Tore uudis on see, et lisaks lastele kasutab keskust ka kohalik Seenioride klubi oma kogunemiste läbi viimiseks 🙂 Samuti käivad keskuses harjutamas paar kohalikku noortebändi.

 

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Business is Going Loco at TAFIAS… Coco Loco

It’s been so busy (in a good way) and a major breakthrough in developing business/ revenue for TAFIAS has been happened over the past 3 months.

Following the success and ideas that came out of the TAFIAS Eatery project it was decided that TAFIAS and local private investors would combine to make a tourist café which would heavily promote TAFIAS food products, volunteering at the ANDAKIDZ Community Centre and donations to ANDAKIDZ in general.

The café, COCO LOCO, is held in the name of a TAFIAS member, Rizza Amoguis.
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After a period of testing various products with Filipinos, foreign tourists and expats we agreed to centre the initial sales effort around the following:

*Coconut Burgers
*Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Leaf Burgers
*Organic Ice Ice Cream in mango, banana, coconut, seaweed, ube, chili, moringa and other seasonal flavours.
*Iced tea in Blue Ternatea and Lemongrass flavours
*Tilapia Chips in 5 different flavours
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Note that Coco Loco is also a big consumer of the taro flour…handmade from the taro root onsite at TAFIAS. It is used mainly in the pancakes.

Coco Loco serves 3 goals that underpin the ANDAKIDZ project to increase business for TAFIAS.

Sales. Coco Loco established itself as the busiest and best (according to TripAdvisor) restaurant in Anda (and the fifth best in the whole of Bohol!!)… so sales have been brisk. And the number one product? TAFIAS Coconut Burger!! Coco Loco now produces more revenue for TAFIAS than any other client.
Research. The café is a perfect testing ground for new products to see what works and what doesn’t for foreign tastes. This is important because we want TAFIAS wholesale orders too.
An ordering and testing point for wholesale buyers. Already a number of resorts are expressing interest in stocking TAFIAS products. Two of the first to test sale were One Peace Beach resort and Anda Cove. Anda Cove is doing steady business with the coconut burger, iced tea and Tilapia Chips.

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After a series of meetings with TAFIAS key members and TAFIAS internal consultations it was agreed that the initial focus had to be on fast revenue generation. The fact is TAFIAS and its members are struggling financially. It has become clear that the money issue is a real threat.
Whilst sales of the Tilapia Chips are steady the volumes are low. The season is when tourists are in Bohol and that’s not until December 2015.

The first step made therefore was to create an eatery/mini café next to the ANDAKIDZ Community Centre on TAFIAS “territory”.
Using some materials supplied by ANDAKIDZ and recycled materials a hastily-built café was up and running in just a few weeks.
Why a café as a first step?
The road. There is a new road being built from central Anda all the way to Lamanoc Island. It’s a huge and long overdue project and because of it there are many road construction workers who need lunch.
Also the Community Centre and TAFIAS both attract visitors on a regular basis to see what’s going on. Having a food and drink option (rather than just snacks for sale) seemed a wise move.
On top of that in the barangay (village) where TAFIAS resides, Talisay, there was no real eating and meeting place.
So now there is a café and its starting to work..of course the revenues are small but it’s a step in the right direction.. 🙂

The Project is co-financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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ANDAKIDZ Projects for 2015/6

In August 2015 I, Robin Gurney, ANDAKIDZ Director and volunteer, headed back to Anda, Bohol after a few months break in Europe.
My goal over a 8 month period is to assist ANDAKIDZ local partner organisation TAFIAS in product development and marketing (finding marketing and distribution channels for existing and new products etc.) and in revenue creation for the community and the ANDAKIDZ community centre

Robin Gurney celebrating continued cooperation with with TAFIAS President Virgilio Mainit

Robin Gurney celebrating continued cooperation with with TAFIAS President Virgilio Mainit

(rental of premises and equipment, organising the events etc.).

First step is to develop a strategy and action plan for revenue increase of the community centre and TAFIAS.

The activities are continuation of the project “Creative Marketing for small businesses” project completed in early 2015 where the result was the launch of TAFIAS World Famous Tilapia Chip’s (thanks also to vital input from ANDAKIDZ volunteer, Janno Siimar).

My project is the first of four happening in 2015/6
MTÜ ANDAKIDZ and its long ­term Filipino partner TAFIAS (Talisay Fishermen’s Association), both entirely staffed by unpaid volunteers, opened a community centre to serve disadvantaged communities in Anda (Philippines) in 2015. This new project provides an additional 4 volunteers to optimise and develop the management of the centre and, to specifically, create reading, playing and learning opportunities for local children and sustainable learning and revenue generating opportunities for unemployed women and fishermen in the area. This project is part of wider program of privately and Estonian government funded development cooperation activities by ANDAKIDZ.
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