Our Current Projects
Our partner Onesphorus and his congregation (pictured) currently hold their church meetings in the open air. Their dream was to build a bricks-and-mortar hall, to serve both as a community hall which could be used by many different groups, and as a church building where services could be held and those in need come to be helped. There is a particular need for employability and skills development training for more disadvantaged groups within the community, so this would be one of the first uses of such a building. We're very happy to say that, thanks to generous grants from the Van Neste Foundation and the Seedfield Trust, in addition to sponsorship and donations from our supporters, the total required has been raised and building work has commenced!
Phase 2 of the project will be setting up a grinding mill to generate income through milling maize and other cereals, with the residue being used to feed livestock owned by poorer community members.
TOTAL REQUIRED: £9,500 (Phase 2)
On our February 2017 trip we were able to use funds raised by the sixth formers to buy 9 goats which were gifted to Bethlehem and Huruma Orphanages, and to CHISWEA who work with children on the streets of Arusha. In December 2017 Rhondda Netball’s Charity Evening raised funds for the purchase of another 4 goats, which are being looked after by a women’s group in Muriet for the benefit of that community. On our February 2019 trip the Rhondda community excelled themselves in generosity and we were able to give 20 goats! We want to continue giving regular gifts of goats as they are one of the most effective ways of helping others beyond the immediate recipients, whether that is through goats’ milk providing better nutrition for many children, or through breeding goats and giving the kids to others in the community.
COST PER GOAT - £80
A Dala Dala (minibus) for the
CHISWEA Centre - ACHIEVED!!
The CHISWEA (Children of the Street Welfare Association) Centre in Arusha aims to rescue children from the streets, give them an education, and reintegrate them into the community. Over 600 children have gone through its care since 1991 and it currently looks after 36 young people aged between 11 and 20. The Centre wanted to purchase a passenger minibus (locally known as a Dala Dala) to help in carrying out daily activities such as transporting children and buying supplies; however it was also to be used to generate income by transporting paying passengers around Arusha on recognised city routes, generating income and enabling the CHISWEA centre to improve the services they provide and increase the number of children they can help – while also providing employment for two of the young people who have come through the care of CHISWEA, who have been trained as drivers and passed their tests. A suitable minibus was identified and purchased at the beginning of November 2018, and we hope to hear soon that the drivers have completed their 'probationary period' with an experienced driver and that the minibus is earning income for CHISWEA!
Dala Dala bought & drivers trained, thanks to a generous grant from the Cardiff charity Heb Ffin!!