On Saturday 30 March 2019, Amy Fancourt hosted a Quiz Night with Tanzanian Supper in Redlands Parish Hall, Reading to raise funds for Friends of Amani Tanzania (FOAT). She was supported by four of the FOAT Trustees, Bridget & Leslie Green together with Rachel Derry and John Bullock who ably took charge of the raffle and bar respectively.
Following a brief presentation by Bridget outlining the background to Friends of Amani Tanzania and the work of the Amani Centre, Graeme Fancourt took to the Quiz Master chair. Graeme’s choice of theme – ‘Remarkable Women’ – was in recognition of two such women:
· Amy, who, in addition to organising this event, was preparing to run the London Marathon for the charity, and
· Mama Bakhita, the founder of the Amani Centre in Morogoro, Tanzania.
In between rounds of the quiz, guests were served a Tanzanian themed supper of banana stew with rice and pitta breads, followed by ‘vitumbua’ with tropical fruits.
Quiz teams were made up from across the local community including members of the church, the university, local friends and Queen Anne’s School staff. Graeme’s quiz was challenging but fun with two teams vying for first place meaning a tie breaker was needed to determine the champions.
FOAT has a charity ballot place for the London Marathon and we welcome supporters who are keen to run for Amani.
Trustee Rachel Derry completed the Marathon and along with partner, John Bullock, and Graeme Fancourt in 2018 raising over £5000 together. These funds all go towards continuing projects at Amani’s three sites and have supported their financial requirements and running costs.
On 11th December 2018 we had news of a devastating storm at the Special School at Mvomero! Luckily everyone was safe, but the damage was extensive.
We asked all our supporters to help raise £3,000 and the appeal more than delivered with over £4,000 raised. The images show; the rebuilt school - still to be rendered, and the damage beforehand (images between December 2018 and February 2019).
The Co-Curricular Project at Mvomero, funded by a grant from the Fonthill Trust, is an exciting and innovative project launched in February 2019. It aims to use agriculture as a learning opportunity by using the maize field and vegetable garden as an outdoor classroom, where the children at the Amani Special School for the Hearing impaired can learn about growing maize and vegetables, but can also practise elements of the Government Curriculum.
During a visit in February, Associate Trustee, Barbara Bristow facilitated the launch of the project including buying all the necessary technology, computers and a laminator, as well as the tools for the agriculture.
The Tailoring Project at Chamwino is supporting fifteen students with disability. This project, which began in January 2019, is part funded by a grant from the Park Family Trust. The project is to train 15 adult students to learn tailoring skills which will help them to support themselves and their families.
The project was due to finish after 6 months but things have been slightly adjusted so that people who need more time to complete their training, will be able to continue. When a student completes the course successfully they will receive a new sewing machine with materials, to take home with them.
In 2017 the daughter of Bridget and Leslie Green, and former Amani Centre volunteer, Helena Green died after a long-term illness. Helena's loss brought deep sadness to all who knew her and who had travelled with her to Tanzania.
Helena opened up Amani Centre to the admiration and benevolent potential for her parents, the other Trustees and many others. Her memory has raised thousands of pounds and the Trustees would be grateful for continued donations to Amani Centre in her name.
Following a visit to Amani in May 2018 by FOAT Associate, Barbara Bristow, funds totalling over £4,000 given in memory of Helena Green were sent to Amani for the Helena Green Memorial Project.
The project brings together the young disabled and their families from the Morogoro area, to raise awareness of care for those with intellectual disabilities and to develop entrepreneurial skills so that these families may be better able to support themselves.
The below two photos show business projects that two of the groups have implemented – one making beautiful beaded bags to sell, and one making cakes.
Barbara Bristow, a retired teacher has been supporting the Amani Centre for over six years. In that time she has raised over £10,000 for the Amani Centre. In 2015 she raised over £4,500 towards the tractor seen above. The tractor has increased the income from agricultural projects considerably. Last Year she raised over £2,000 utilising FOAT's Just Giving pages. Barbara has helped FOAT in raising funds to start the school for the hearing impaired at Amani's vocational training centre at Mvomero. Barbara makes regular visits to Tanzania and is planning her next visit later this Summer. In past years she has arranged for students from COBC to visit Amani and undertake a number of useful projects.