About Us

Activities and Latest News

Our activities involve the support of community-based rehabilitation, educational development and community infrastructure projects in the Morogoro Region of Tanzania in close collaboration with the Amani Centre, Diocese of Morogoro and partners in Tanzania and the UK.

  

FOAT met three times so far in 2019 and two separate visits by trustees have been made in February and May.  The next visits are in June and August 2019.


With the regular giving and fundraising activities, we have managed to support Amani in many different ways.  Of note to date are three areas improvement. First, the Helena Memorial Fund and other FOAT monies have delivered a new washing machine and 3,000 litre water tank which will greatly improve the time available for staff and residents at Amani to focus on other core activities other than washing clothes.  The residency of many children at Amani has a huge administrative burden in regard to clothes washing.


Second, the Child Sponsorship Scheme is growing with nearly 20 regular donors in the UK for the long-term child educational support through primary and secondary school. 


Third, the Tailoring Project at the Chamwino Centre is going very well with full attendance each day and the disabled youths taking part making progress on how to stitch, make and repair garments.  Still training, it is aimed the skills gained will soon enable them to produce and repair garments at a fee so to support Amani Centre. Their highly visible presence alone to the passing public is a strength in itself to improve awareness of the capabilities of the disabled.

Focus

Our support is centred around projects at the Amani Centre in Morogoro Town for mentally handicapped children, assistance with secondary school fees for young people, and support for the destitute elderly. 


The professional expertise within the Friends of Amani Trustees also involves partnerships between British educational and religious institutions with  the respective institutions throughout the Morogoro Region.

  

At the heart of the FOAT aims is to support the poorest members Tanzanian society in the immediate term, whilst enhancing long term development ties.

Trustees

The Trustees' professional network in the UK and links with previous volunteers is a dynamic resource for much needed financial and professional support.  The network of support and trustee liaison spans boarders between not only Tanzania and the UK, but also the Friends of Amani in the Netherlands among others.

The Charity has five major strategies for the raising of funds and awareness:

  • Educational partnership and support 
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • Harnessing the good will of UK Amani volunteers
  • Events and initiatives
  • Regular giving and gift aid

The Trustees

  • Ken Spours (Chairman)
  • Leslie Green (Treasurer)
  • Bridget Green (Secretary)
  • Catherine Swanson (resident in Tanzania to December 2018)
  • John Bullock
  • Rachel Derry
  • Edward Holden
  • Kathryn Tudor 

The Trustees meet four to five times per year and will endeavour to visit Amani Centre at least once per year either individually or in pairs. Regular communication takes place between the Charity and Amani Centre, and with the broader network of support in the Morogoro Region, which includes the Roman Catholic and Anglican Diocese of Morogoro and the universities.