Welcome to our first newsletter.
This letter comes at a time when we are all questioning the realities of life. The Coronavirus pandemic has stopped us suddenly, in the midst of our lives, the lives that were providing us with a lifestyle that we had all become accustomed to and were enjoying. This reality is no longer, and we can no longer envisage what the next chapter of our life may hold.
Remember, we are all in this together, although the impact might be varying. None of us are exempt from the challenges thrust upon us by the coronavirus, therefore I ask that we stay together and reach out to each other.
Our people in Tarime have taught me to be grateful for the simple things in life, for my family, friends, mother nature and the beginning of each new day and new opportunity.
I would like to begin by thanking everyone for the donations and support that has been provided to Care for Africa. These donations will be used to cover Abdallah’s wage for the next 12 months. As you know, Abdallah, is the lynchpin of Care for Africa. Without his expertise, guidance, caring and dedication Care for Africa would cease to be. Like Abdallah, without each of you, Care for Africa would not be. My words of gratitude may seem little, but I truly appreciate and am forever grateful for everything that each and every one of you have contributed to support Care for Africa. Every link in the chain makes Care for Africa and our vision for a better future a possibility.
It is times like these that I am so incredibly appreciative and in awe of our Care for Africa family, we are one united family that works together for humanity.
We have given the people in the communities of Tarime a chance. This is a chance they otherwise may not have had to be better prepared to manage the coronavirus. Their everyday lives, like ours have changed dramatically.
We have assisted by drilling deep water wells, contributing to better health outcomes through the Rural School Health Clinics, education and women enterprises. For all of this. I thank you for contributing.
Thank you, Elisha Summers Station Studio & Orla Baker for this remarkable depiction of our work.
This is the culmination of 14 years of dedication from many incredible minds, passions and hard work. We are working towards fulfilling a dream to make this world a better place.
It is also the beginning of a new and fresh journey that will bring greater hope and sustainability to the people in Tarime, Tanzania.
It is their resilience, energy and vitality that I have the utmost respect and admiration for; and I thank them so much for this.
Thank you for your amazing donations for the soap making program.
Because of your generosity the Bisarwi Women’s Group are now making soap for the Bisarwi Community. They have already made 1,000 litres of this liquid gold.
This exciting program will create a lasting skill for the women, which will enable them to develop their own self – reliant future; as well as give the Bisarwi school children a chance to stay safe against the coronavirus.
The school children are just returning to school following 3 months of lock-down. It is perfect timing to be rolling out this vital soap making program,
We are now working with the Surubu Women’s Centre to make soap for the Surubu Community.
As the children are returning to school, we are giving them the facilities that will provide safe hygiene practices during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
We are making tippy taps – a simple, easy to make device that will enable the children to wash their hands under running water.
If you would like to donate to this program please make a donation via our website
“Walk 4 Water” 20 are in the process of raising $20,000 to install a water bore in the Bisarwi sub- village Bulimba. The bore will provide accessible clean drinking water to over 1,000 people. The women and girls walk up to 8 hours a day to collect their daily water.
The team had also proposed to visit and open the bore in Bulimba after they had climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in July 2020. This has now been postponed, possibly until 2021, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
We have commenced the early stages of finding a water source for the commencement of the Bulimba deep water well. This has been done through a geophysical / hydrogeological survey by Mangira Drilling.
The survey is a systematic collection of geophysical data using the conductivity/resistance properties of rocks and groundwater near the surface. This data is then analysed to assess potential groundwater availability and depth and prioritise the most reliable site to commence drilling.
The Walk 4 Water 20 team is comprising 11 climbers and 3 volunteers – who are also partners/spouses. The team is well advanced in preparations and fundraising. They were scheduled to commence climbing Mt Kilimanjaro on Sunday 19th July, which was to be followed by a safari in in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks, and then meet in Tarime to open the new bore. The climb was expected to take approximately seven days. During that time, while the climbers were tackling Mt Kilimanjaro, the volunteers were going to volunteer in Tarime with some of the Care for Africa community programs.
Fundraising had already commenced in anticipation of the July 2020 trip and to date approximately $7,200 has been raised. This has been achieved by way of a garden party/Friday night drinks event and from individual participant donations. Further planned fund raisers include Sunday Luncheon, Participation in Launceston Walking Festival and Public online Donations via Go Fund Me.
At a time when we’re a little disappointed having to cancel some fundraising activities, I have the privilege of telling you about a wonderful little group of students from Boat Harbour Primary affectionately known as The Bandicoots.
The Bandicoots have done an incredible job of raising $2,100 over the past 3 years to fund the Breakfast Program at the new Kebhosere Primary School. Teacher, Ms Merian Ellis, thought it important that her students, then Grade 2-3, understand what life is like for children from other parts of the world. After Ms Ellis and I planned a few educational mornings, with slide shows and internet research, the students wanted to do something to help the young students in Tarime. Ambitious as it was, they knew how important their breakfast programme is at their school, so they decided to adopt Kebhosere.
Learning and understanding that this was the first time these children, in Tarime, ever had the opportunity to go to school, they set about growing vegetables in the disused garden beds within the school grounds. This led to the selling of boxes of vegetables to their parents, teachers, Principal and friends of the school. The children have learned new computer skills by designing cards to sell at the school’s Annual Fair and have become more adventurous (with the help of supportive mums) as they started a stall at the local Sisters Beach Market selling their vegetables, plants, artwork and baked goods. The now Grade 3 & grade 4’s have raised enough money to not only continue the funding of the breakfast program but to now ask Care for Africa if they could add to it by purchasing fruit trees for the students to plant.
Our special thanks to Dr Joe Tempone (past Chair) and everyone that donated to Elik Chorwa’s plight, through Joe’s 60th birthday. Elik, brother of Ghati, was born with a club foot. Because of this and a long arduous daily walk of 7 kms each way to school, Elik was only educated up until grade 4. We are planning for Elik to travel to the Plaster House in Arusha next month, August, when the coronavirus pandemic rstrictions lift in Tanzania. He will finally have his foot surgically repaired and spend many months of plaster castings and rehabilitation. Once Elik’s disability is corrected he will commence an education program for a trade, and return to his community an asset and a role model.
St Magreth School, Remagwe Water Well
Launceston - Tasmania
Surubu Women’s Centre
Boat Harbour - Tasmania
Bisarwi Women’s Group & Sombanyasoko
GLENORCHY - Tasmania
Komasawa Water Well
Launceston - Tasmania
Medicines for Rural School Clinics & Soap making program.