Welcome to our first newsletter of the year, 2021.
Six months have passed since our first newsletter and a lot has happened for us since then, December 2020.
Sadly, none of us, including myself has been able to travel to Tarime since the outbreak of COVID-19. Abdallah and our highly competent Tanzanian team continue to work diligently and remain totally committed to keeping our development work going. It is even more important that we support our Care for Africa families, communities and colleagues during this time. They are at much greater risk of COVID due to limited water, sanitation, education, health care and soap, let alone availability of personal protective equipment.
On behalf of Care for Africa I would like to pay my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family, friends and citizens of Tanzania with the passing of the late President, H.E. John P Magufuli. Mr Magufuli was the fifth President of Tanzania serving from 2015 until his recent death in March this year.
I wish to acknowledge, congratulate and welcome the new President, H.E. Mrs Samia Suluhu Hassan and wish her all the best in her new role. Mrs Hassan is the first female President of Tanzania.
We look forward to continuity and strengthening of our commitment to the people of Tarime.
On the 17th December 2020 Care for Africa was awarded Interim Full Membership status by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. We anticipate becoming Full Members in October 2021.
Sophie Folder (coordinator), Ross Hart and I worked tirelessly to submit an application for accreditation for Care for Africa to the ACFID. Care for Africa is now part of a network which unites Australia’s non-government aid and international development organisations to strengthen their collective impact against poverty. This will enable us to be engaged in and informed by dialogue on emerging issues that affect our sector and we have the opportunity to contribute to and influence decisions affecting our work and credibility.
The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak Council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations. Care for Africa is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self – regulatory sector code of good practice. As a signatory we are committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. As part of us being accountability, information about how to make a complaint can be found at www.acfid.asn.au
There are currently 130 members of ACFID.
Abdallah and his team have worked diligently to roll out another year of breakfast program, which is feeding over 4,000 school children every school day.
Once the maize is picked, it is ground into a maize flour. The maize flour is cooked over open fires into a porridge called “Ugali”.
Many of the children in the communities of Tarime walk up to 10 kilometres every day to school on empty tummies.
Feeding these hungry children gives them the best opportunity to learn and stay healthy.
Our special thanks to our wonderful sponsors that support this vital program & make it possible.
Thank you to Rotary Club of South Launceston for sponsoring the construction of the Surubu Women’s Centre.
The building opened with many celebrations.
Educating, giving family planning opportunities and creating self-sustaining jobs for the women in our rural communities changes the whole community, families and individuals by giving them the opportunities to create their own destinies.
We are so excited that “Jo’s House of Love” is now completed.
This house has been built as a refuge for the Women and Children in the Mtana Community. Our next stage will be to fill it with necessities and creature comforts.
We had an exciting opportunity for Care for Africa to participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) virtual hackathon on family planning and reproductive health, led by Dr Sarah Borg, past Care for Africa Volunteer.
Sarah is currently working in Geneva, Switzerland as a Consultant with WHO in the Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research. She is leading this greatly needed and life changing initiative.
It is so important to connect with like-minded health workers from various nations all over the world that advocate for women, equality and breaking the cycle of poverty.
Thank you to all our wonderful donors and the WD Booth Foundation for sponsoring our life saving soap making program in 2020.
The Bisarwi women’s group set themselves up with equipment and products to make liquid soap. We ran a hugely successful education program which taught the women how to make soap. We made enough soap for approximately 8,000 school children, which covers the 8 primary schools that the organisation supports. Alongside the soap making and distribution program, we have developed tippy taps in all of our schools. The children and teachers now have a vibrant and hugely effective handwashing program which is overseen by the teachers and the women have a This soap program will also ensure an industry for our women’s groups that will give them the skills, knowledge and capacity to create an income and a self-reliant future beyond the coronavirus.
The provision of soap and water wells will be their main protection from COVID 19.
At the beginning of each year our sponsored children are taken to a local cobbler to have a new pair of school shoes fitted and made.
We commenced our sponsorship program with 1 child in 2008, now we sponsor 19 sponsor children. All of this is made possible by the generous sponsor parents.
10 years ago, I met Alphonce. His life was at risk of being hunted & killed for his body parts by Witch Doctors. Albinos’ body parts are believed to hold “magical powers” and are consequently sold, with a high price placed on them and the consequent loss and maiming of innocent life.
Thank you to Karen & Daryl Pendry for their 10 years of sponsorship and giving Alphonce a chance.
Alphonce has completed his school studies and has been accepted into the Faculty of Law. We look forward to the unfolding of Alphonce’s new chapter.
“It is the voice of the people and the ear that listens which enables change”
The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Tasmania State Office invited our CEO, Diana Butler OAM, to make an address at their breakfast with Her Excellency, The Honourable Kate Warner and Tim Ault, Tasmanian Director of DFAT.
Diana spoke about the importance of listening to drive change. Listening to our communities and forming unions on mutualism has driven the success of Care for Africa’s programs, especially our Women’s Empowerment Centres.
Although the COVID 19 has prevented personal contact with our Tarime District, the Care for Girls/ Days for Girls program has made some exciting progress. We have purchased over 500 Days for Girls Kits from Tasmanian chapters, which will be sent to Tarime later this year. Abdalla has recruited a well-educated local lady called Noela George to study the Ambassador of Women’s Health program. Noela will then be qualified to present the education program and distribute the sustainable sanitary health care kits to the Bisarwi school girls. Our goal of keeping girls in school and empowering them to have a future has begun. We eventually hope to commence an Enterprise in Training program with the Bisarwi Women’s Group. Noela is keen to complete the training and take on this responsibility, this will result in the women learning, under her guidance, how to make the kits and how to run a business enterprise. Gradually more school girls will receive the education and products. The Bisarwi Women’s Group will create a small business selling the products to local women, thus creating an income.
I am celebrating the commencement of this program and eagerly anticipate it growing. It will give women and girls dignity, self-esteem and empower them to improve their lives.
“Dreams are for chasing; it takes courage to catch them”
Heather Sparkes, Care for Girls Coordinator
I would like to acknowledge the many lives we have changed in Tarime through our WASH (water and sanitation, hygiene) program.
To date we have installed 12 deep water wells and a water harvesting system in the Surubu Health Dispensary, built 4 Rural School Sanitation Blocks, developed a hugely successful soap making program through our Women’s Centres and an effective school hygiene /handwashing program.
This WASH program brings the children, especially the girls, to school; prevents waterborne diseases; increases health outcomes, improves education, allows us to develop breakfast programs in our schools and the planting of trees and gardens in the schools.
Water is life, it is the essential factor in all that we do.
Without water we could not establish or develop all our other programs; Health, Education & Enterprise.
On Christmas Eve 2020 the Burimba community celebrated a deep water well. This deep water well is 80 meters deep with a pumping capacity of 2,000L per hour
This is the first time in living history that this community of over 1,000 people has had access to the most basic human right on the planet, accessible clean drinking water.
Our grateful thanks go to John Carswell and his incredible Walk for Water (W4W) team for raising the funds to make this happen.