The Amani Centre has an established primary school in Mvomero, Tanzania for children who are hard of hearing. The school is extremely important for the community as it provides children with additional needs the opportunity of a full education.
In January 2022, the final year students (Standard 7) progressed to secondary education. FOAT is supporting the Amani Centre to create a secondary school extension to cater for these young people.
Thanks to FOAT fundraising efforts and some generous donors, the first classroom for the secondary school was built in 2021 and the second classroom built in 2022.
Girls' Dormitory - The fundraising target was reached in September 2022 and building commenced shortly after. With only the Plasterboard left to do, the building will be complete very soon.
Boys' Dormitory - The fundraising target was reached in April 2023 and building of the Boys' dormitory started in June 2023. When the building is completed, all students and staff can reside on site.
The demands for Amani's services are ever increasing. The more Amani does to raise awareness of disability and offer support in the Morogoro Region, the more its services are needed.
Families in the village of Magubike, some 60 miles from Amani Centre Morogoro, have been asking Amani to open a new Centre in their locality. They have over 170 children with varying disabilities and find it difficult to get to Morogoro for treatment.
The Magubike community lobbied local Government officials to provide land and basic utilities (electricity and mains water). Local Government gave Amani the land in 2018 and put in the infrastructure for electricity and water in 2019. In 2021 the local community constructed the first of the buildings with funds they raised themselves.
With thanks to a very generous donation of £5,500 from the Rotary Club of Reading and donations from other Amani supporters, Phase 1 of the building work has now commenced. On completion of Phase 1, Magubike Amani Centre will comprise a Hall/Classroom, a Hostel and Toilets. Local villagers continue to support the project with materials and labour, so it really is a collective community effort to have Magubike Amani Centre in place. Physiotherapy services are already taking place.
We still need £3,000 to complete Phase 1 of the Amani Village at Magubike. Please help us to reach this target by the end of 2022.
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Thanks to a grant from the Park Family Trust, children with physical disabilities resident at Amani Chamwino can be assessed by medics from a charitable organisation at Mlali, Dodoma region. Those needing surgery can normally receive this by ‘flying doctors’ (orthopaedic surgeons) from Italy who visit the centre at Mlali twice a year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Italian medical team could not travel to Tanzania. However, the grant enabled some of the Amani children to be taken to a specialist hospital in Dar es Salaam in December 2020 where some had surgery and others were given advise on physiotherapy to strengthen their limbs.
Amani was able to take a group of nine children to CCBRT Hospital in Dar es Salaam in early December 2021 where some had surgery and some were given tools for exercises.
The physiotherapy and orthopaedic support will continue as part of a four year project at Amani.
Everyone at Amani and FOAT is very grateful for the continued support from Park Family Trust.
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.
Phase 1 saw the successful planting and harvesting of the maize farm and vegetable garden. The children were able to use the land as part of their language, signing, maths and art lessons.
The Fonthill Foundation provided a further grant to support the project throughout 2020. The money was used the consolidate the project, replant the maize and vegetables, and to begin a chicken project. The children will be taught about chickens and will use the eggs to create a mini business, learning entrepreneurship skills.
Additionally, The Amani Centre used the remaining funds from Fonthill to purchase a plot of land nearby the school so that they do not have to pay rental costs.
In February 2021, FOAT learnt that the Fonthill Foundation wishes to, once again, support Amani in 2021 so that the children can continue to use the surrounding land as part of their education. It is, and continues to be an exciting project which benefits the students and the staff.
Phase 3 - This is the third year of funding from Fonthill. Everyone at FOAT and Amani are grateful of their continued support of the fantastic work at the Mvomero School for children who are hard of hearing.
As of August 2021, Amani have planted the maize and vegetables, and thankfully all crops are growing well. It is even hoped there will be a small surplus of vegetables which will be sold with the money being reinvested back into the school.
Amani has long supported the villagers of Mpapa and Msufini through outreach and social empowerment projects from its Mvomero Centre.
However, the on-going challenge the villagers were facing was that of access to medical facilities. These communities are some 10 to 15 km from Mvomero, accessible by motor vehicle only during the dry season. For up to three months of the year they have no access to medicines or medical professionals.
In 2014, working with FOAT, children from Dame Alice Owen School in London raised funds to build a four room dispensary for the villagers. After a local appeal in July 2019, Bridget secured an anonymous donation for the remaining funds to complete the building of the 10 roomed structure to satisfy new government regulations.
March 2022 update: A change of government following the President’s death in March 2021 led to further delays. Amani instigated a meeting between Government Officials, local village leaders and Amani leadership in December 2021. This secured the commitment of the local government medical department to complete water capture arrangements and construct toilets, supply furnishings and medications, and appoint a nurse/dispenser to enable the facility to open this month. However, the exceptional rains this year during the rainy season has led to further delays to the completion of the building work. Amani reports that matters are now on track for opening the dispensary by May this year.
The progress of the dispensary building
The collaborative project between the Anglican Diocese of Morogoro and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Morogoro was initiated by the Trustees of Friends of Amani Tanzania (FOAT) and the Anglican and Catholic Bishops in 2013 with funding from the Oxford Diocesan Outreach Fund.
Since then the two churches have been working hard to serve the community through projects supporting the Berega Hospital and Orphanage and the Amani Centre in Morogoro. Over the past few years members of both churches have worked together to undertake outreach work to provide education to raise awareness in the community regarding the welfare of children with disabilities.
Ecumenical social entrepreneurship projects mark an extension of this joint mission to help these families become more economically self-reliant and also less socially isolated.
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Obtaining sufficient clean water is always a challenge for any family or organisation in rural Tanzania, and this is especially true for Amani’s farming centre in Mikese.
For some time now, the prospect of a borehole has been something Amani has been very keen to explore. FOAT has been in discussion with Reading Rotary Club. In late 2020, we learned that the bid for £6,300 has been agreed and will be met from the Mike Eggleton bequest. Mike recently died after a career as a senior electrical engineer. He had a passion for sustainable engineering projects.
This project is now underway and water has been successfully reached. This will make a huge difference to everyone at the Mikese Amani Centre.
Sponsored by a grant from the Park Family Charitable Trust and supported by FOAT, this project began in January 2019 with a total of 17 students with disabilities from the Amani Community in and around Chamwino. The Tailoring Project gave these students a skill they can use to earn an income for their families.
The initial funding was for seven months. After this time, three of the students learned basic tailoring skills and, with limited support from their teacher, could make clothes and uniforms to sell in the local market. In August 2019, Trustees Bridget and Leslie Green were on hand to congratulate them on their success on reaching a key milestone for the project.
A further three students were close to graduation. Amani and FOAT recognised that the students needed longer to learn skills needed to be able to tailor independently and establish their own small businesses.
Following a small injection of funds by FOAT and a generous donation from a private individual, the project was able to continue to July 2020 when 10 of the original cohort of students will have the skills necessary to start their own tailoring businesses or, for those remaining at Amani, to make some basic items for Amani to sell.
The Tailoring Project in action outside the Amani Centre
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