Shalin 2015


HAFF 2017
in Event, Helsinki

African Films to see in 2017

Africa Unleashed  Words and sentences can be used to construct images of places, events and even the continent of Africa. By playing with the human senses, one is left completely enchanted or with a deeper desire to seek for more and explore.  The narrative of the African continent has built a conviction that Africa has a singular face, while others have perpetuated the story of Africa...

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Peter Kuria

01 May 2017
Better together – Encouraging self-employment for the Youth
in Agriculture, Uganda, Youth

Better together – Encouraging self-employment for the Youth

  Saturday meetings in Finland beside the glass of red wine have changed to Sunday meetings in All Saints Church with the local youth of Uganda. (Not as boring as it sounds.) Excel Hort Consult Ltd, EHC, a strategic partner to Shalin Finland which was mentioned in the previous blog post as well, is supporting local youth, and working closely with the Mbarara Youth Entrepreneurs...

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AK

15 Feb 2016
Enterprise and Innovation in Agriculture: Making banana value chain create wealth and jobs for youth
in Agriculture, SkillsFAST, Uganda

Enterprise and Innovation in Agriculture: Making banana value chain create wealth and jobs for youth

  We have now been in Uganda for the last 3 months. Some of you may know that Uganda is the second highest producer of bananas in the world. The bananas are mainly produced in western and central regions of the country, both as cash and food crop. Banana constitutes a major characteristic of this place, and even more so in Mbarara, where we are...

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Elsa

09 Feb 2016
Developing a business plan with mixed objectives requires more than just data and targeted funding
in Agriculture, Energy, SkillsFAST, Tanzania, Travel

Developing a business plan with mixed objectives requires more than just data and targeted funding

For the past few months I have been trying to lay the foundations for developing a business plan for Vikuruti farm. In addition to its agricultural activities, the farm works as a rehabilitation center for former drug users and provides them with vocational skills related to sustainable agriculture and renewable energy technologies. My job at Vikuruti is now done. I have returned to Finland, but...

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Asta

28 Oct 2015
Out of Africa Film Festival – Raising awareness through cinema
in Event

Out of Africa Film Festival – Raising awareness through cinema

  Biggest movie stars of Africa, filming workshops, human rights, women empowerment, red carpet; Out of Africa International Film Festival (OOAIFF) is here! HAFF, Helsinki African Film Festival, is co operating with OOAIFF, based in Nairobi, and we are in the front row, following the idea forming into action. OOAIFF is organized for the first time this year 30.10.-1.11. It is a platform that brings...

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AK

13 Oct 2015
Agribusiness modelling in Africa
in Agriculture, Event, meetings, SkillsFAST

Agribusiness modelling in Africa

It has been a hectic week in Nairobi, Kenya. We attended African Agribusiness Incubator Conference which gathered together organizations, farmers, institutions, research institutes and universities as well as private sector represents. They were there to discuss, innovate and network to create new scenarios for the agribusiness of Africa. Even though we knew already that agriculture is the most important sector in the economy of the...

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Elsa

05 Oct 2015
Live from Dar: daily life, facilities and opportunities
in SkillsFAST, Tanzania, Travel

Live from Dar: daily life, facilities and opportunities

  Dar-es-Salaam is the main city in Tanzania. The population has been growing at a steady pace of 5,6 %, and nowadays the population is compared to the current population figures estimated at over 5 million inhabitants (which is the whole population of Finland). It is one of the fastest-growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa and thus keeps expanding, reaching now 35km between the Northern limit...

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Elsa

28 Sep 2015
Sharing your Skills efficiently is a major part of Development
in SkillsFAST, Tanzania

Sharing your Skills efficiently is a major part of Development

  It has been almost two months since I arrived in this huge, sunny, chaotic, stirred and lively city of Dar es Salaam. I have begun to understand its rules and customs and I am also able to manage basic Swahili chats and bargaining. I am adapting myself to this city as I slowly start to tame it!   Jumping midway to an ongoing project...

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Elsa

25 Aug 2015
New intern for SkillsFAST: Culture as a tool for rehabilitation
in SkillsFAST, Tanzania

New intern for SkillsFAST: Culture as a tool for rehabilitation

Saara is Shalin’s new intern, joining us in Tanzania for three months. Because Vikuruti aims to help the reintegration of persons with special needs through vocational trainings meant to cope with environmental and nutritional challenges through agriculture, renewable energy as well as handicraft, her competences and focus on art and culture as a means for therapy and rehabilitation is a real asset to widen our...

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Elsa

24 Aug 2015
Masai children
in Agriculture, Energy, ethical safari, SkillsFAST, Tanzania, Travel

Contributing to change through volunteerism?

In my last post I raised a hope that something new and exciting will have started to happen for the project in the near future. Well, now an intern from France has joined me in Tanzania on the SkillsFAST project planning phase to help develop a business plan for Vikuruti and conduct market research. I decided to interview Elsa to give you an introduction on...

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Asta

24 Jun 2015
Action in the field lifts the lid off developmental jargon
in Energy, SkillsFAST

Action in the field lifts the lid off developmental jargon

In my previous post I promised to tell you what activities we delved into during the SkillsFAST project planning visit on Vikuruti farm. In this post I will elaborate on the hands-on energy solutions that were designed, developed and piloted. At the moment I am sitting in the dark with my head torch on writing this post since the power has been off for two...

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Asta

02 Jun 2015
SkillsFAST: The project planning adventure on Vikuruti farm
in SkillsFAST, Travel

SkillsFAST: The project planning adventure on Vikuruti farm

In March 2015, a student group from HAMK University of Applied Sciences visited the Vikuruti rehabilitation farm. Vikuruti is a psychiatric department of the Muhimbili Hospital, and it works as a transitional facility for former drug users. In Vikuruti, the patients are provided with a conducive learning environment to gain and learn relevant technical and vocational skills to facilitate their reintegration into society. The farm...

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Asta

19 May 2015
SkillsFAST: How does sustainable development look in practice?
in SkillsFAST, Travel

SkillsFAST: How does sustainable development look in practice?

In 2013 and 2014, Shalin developed a concept of Eco Adventures together with HAMK University of Applied Sciences, which culminated in the construction of 16 chalet eco-lodge for the Cherangani indigenous community in Kenya (Cherangani Hills). The lodge is powered using renewable wind and solar energy. In 2015, the concept moves a notch higher. This time around, a group of students from HAMK/FUAS will be...

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Asta

12 Mar 2015
Volunteer Sri Lanka
in Travel

Volunteer Sri Lanka

Master students to conduct field research in Sri Lanka Shalin ry  is looking for motivated and committed preferably master-level students in the fields of Geography, Forestry, Biology, Development studies or other relevant subject to conduct field research for the new MFA funded project titled “Community participation for improved forest governance in Sri Lanka”. The students’ field research will create a basis for a baseline of...

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Peter Kuria

01 Feb 2015