There has been much rain this year and we had a problem with the Maize at Mikese, but we got advice from the agricultural doctor and we hope it will be alright. In May we were visited by Barbara Bristow from the Friends in Bristol Group. This is her 9th visit to the Amani Centre! She spent a month with us supporting the start of a number of projects, such as setting up Deodatus' carpentry workshop in Mikese where he will be able to run courses for the local students and carry out urgent Amani repairs! Barbara was also there for the first big assembly of parents who are participating in the Helena Green Project. This was a great success with more than 50 people participating. The next stage will be for the groups to decide on a project that suits their own enrivonment. (Click here for photos)
We are very happy that the Special School at Mvomero has now been successfully registered with the Government.
20 FEBRUARY 2018 OFFICIAL DAY FOR OPENING HELENA MEMORIAL BENCH
The Ecumenical Social Enterprise Project has now started. Amani and the Catholic Diocese, in partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Morogoro have succeeded in gaining a grant in order to provide entrepreneurial skills for the families of the disabled in two villages outside Mororogo. This collaboration between the two churches will help these families to lead better and more sustainable lives.
Amani is also supporting the building of a small dispensary to serve the villages of Mpapa and Misufini, Mvomero. The funds for this project were raised by the students and staff of Dame Alice Owens school in the UK. This project will enable these isolated villages to have access to medicines and health products. It is hoped that in the future it will become full dispensary with a doctor and nurse (see opposite - the foundations being dug by members of the community).
And also CONGRATULATIONS to Deodatus f or completing his Carpentry Course at VETA and to Rignatus for completing his Masonery Course.
The Amani Christmas party was really a success. (Click for photos) We had a wonderful time together where the Amani children sat together with the community and with their parents. it was indeed a colorful day! Parents whose children have benefited from Amani, especially inthe physiotherapy section, came with their children walking! This was very encouraging because they do bring their children to Amani they cannot often move even a limb. But after going through Amani physiotherapy they get up and run! So I'm writing this article just to let you know that Amani is really touching lives, this is for sure!
I was in the event and something really made everyone to shed tears....on your right their is a fourth picture..this was a play done by Amani where by the main case was benedict (on a blue T-shirt)..and isdor on blue apron acting as Benedict's father. It just showed how the parents especially mothers, who give birth to disabled children pass through difficult situation. Most parents hide their children indoors once they realize that they are disabled. Some mothers who give birth to disabled children are killed together with their disabled babies or they lose their marriages.
...so to you my friends all over the world, please let's stand with Amani, the problem is too big that we had imagined before...let's rescue these children and make them have life...
AMANI LOVE'S AND RESPECTS YOU SO MUCH.. WE APPRECIATE ALL WHO HAVE BEEN THERE FOR AMANI..I TELL YOU AMANI IS GOING ON BECAUSE OF YOU!!
In November, Amani received a visit from Prof. Ken Spours, Chair of Friends of Amani Tanzania to review its activities at this important stage in its development. His visit also supported the start of several new projects. Also, The Amani Centre has just celebrated its 25th Anniversary - it has been serving the disabled and their families since 1992.
We had visits from Leslie and Bridget and from Barbara. We went to Matomba together to see the outreach programme. There was a lot of dancing and theatre. Our friends from Bristol made a donation for a rainwater harvesting project. Nadia also visited from VACT in the Netherlands and they supported the Special School at Mvomero with a welcome contribution to a new stove