These kids are from Surubu, the community in which CfA built its first deep water well. It was really great to see how healthy and happy they were looking, although it really showed us how badly the other communities surrounding Tarime need access to clean drinking water.
Care for Africa’s mobile health clinics obviously made a big impression on the kids as well, because as we were leaving a couple of them ran after the ambulance shouting ‘Wilbur the worm’. By SOPHIE ROOME
Saraphina lives in a rural community near Tarime; the local school is 1km from her house, and to walk there would be far too dangerous. Her sponsors, the Deloraine Rotary Club, pay for her to attend boarding school in Tarime. Without them, two things are certain: Saraphina would be unable to attend school, and her parents would have to choose between working to support their family, and staying home to keep her safe.
Thank you so much to The Deoloraine Rotary Club; your support means Saraphina’s parents don’t have to make this choice
The donation of beehives by the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association was so appreciated by the people of Surubu. These hives, and the training that was provided by Western Australian Bee Keeper, David Morrell, during his volunteer trips in 2011 and 2012, will mean that beekeepers in Surubu no longer have to kill their bees every time they collect the honey. This will make such a difference to their livelihoods, which have flow on effects for the whole community and is sustainable. A very big thank you to the Launceston Beekeepers Association. We have set up six bee keeping groups in the Surubu Community.
50 percent of Tanzanian people do not have access to clean safe drinking water. They depend on contaminated water which they collect from dams, water holes and streams. Women and children are often forced to walk up to 20km a day to collect water, resulting in children being unable to attend school and in mothers spending long periods of time away from their children. (more…)
Our ambulance continues to deliver. A much-needed overhaul was required this year, which was coordinated by Ross Padgett. Launceston Toyota generously donated many vital spare parts and Island Batteries donated batteries. Ross was kept busy transporting our volunteers to the communities, as well as sick community children to the hospital for further care, in our revamped and much loved ambulance.
And much loved
Monday was our first real day. I left the innumerable volunteers and paid local staff to go out in the ambulance (two trips) to Kongo village to deworm the kids and check out the sick kids. We have 2 young 3rd year out Victorian docs, Caz and Kat, Billie also 3rd year out, our coordinator, and with us last year and an emergency dept experienced GP from Launceston. (more…)
I have just spent 5 gruelling days at the Tanzanian/Kenyan boarder clearing our container. It finally cleared this evening. The container was unpacked, but all our goods are back. I will go to the boarder at 6 tomorrow morning to accompany it’s long awaited journey to Tarime. I imagine I will have a cheer squad waiting to meet us when we arrive. (more…)
14 days into our visit to Tanzania and there is much to report. After two weeks of Diana bargaining on the border, our shipping container has finally arrived and today was spent unpacking and sorting through all of the goods we packed up in Tassie, whilst a large group of locals looked on. We were able to provide Dr Winani’s hospital with some resources and are looking forward to distributing all of the school supplies next week. (more…)
Well, here I am finalising my packing this morning before I leave to head back to work with all our beautiful people in Tarime for 9 weeks. I will have a full week in Tarime preparing for all our wonderful volunteers before they arrive.
We have a great group of 10 Launceston Church Grammar Students, lead by team leader Allison Bassano, School Principal Stephen Norris and teacher Fiona Wells. 3 parents, Kate Barnett, Julian Von Bibra and Wendy Kerber will be accompanying and working with the team. (more…)
Our Container is finally on the ship, ready to sail to Mombasa, which is expected to arrive 19th August.
CfA would like to thank the many people that have worked and contributed to this container laden with invaluable educational, medical & building equipment. (more…)