Imani Vocational Training Centre

Tanzania

Project Summary and Description:

CACHA’s role is to support Imani VTC to provide accredited vocational training to financially challenged students, including students who may have physical or intellectual disabilities.  We provide financial and technical assistance to maintain the schools infrastructure, and financial support, equipment, and technical expertise to improve the profitability of the school’s micro-industries and agricultural production facilities. Imani Vocational Training Centre attempts to equip youth aged 14-25 with the skills they need to gain future employment and independence. Imani places a special emphasis on providing useful skills to disabled and disadvantaged members of the community, with about a third of its students afflicted by a physical disability and some orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.

Project Objectives and Goals:

To improve the micro-industries and agricultural production of Imani VTC such that revenues (including savings in food costs) can displace current subsidies to the operating budget of the school.  The ultimate financial goal is that the school will be able to meet all operating costs, without external financial support.  This must be done while maintaining a high quality of trades education and by continuing to provide financial support to students who are not able to cover normal tuition fees. 

Complimentary goals of this project are to introduce new technologies, manufacturing techniques, and management practices to improve shop efficiency, the nutritional value of the student’s diet, safety practices, and to reduce the environmental impact of the school’s activities.

Imani students come from all corners of Tanzania, hence they serve as the conduit to carry transferred knowledge beyond the school.

To read our latest update please visit:Imani VTC October 17, 2014 by Peter Morrin

Imani, Tanzania

About

The continued construction and development of these small businesses and classrooms will help Imani reduce and eventually completely eliminate its dependence on outside donor support, and thereby act as a model for other local organizations to follow. The school is certified by Tanzania’s Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) and has a board consisting of both church representatives and members of the community. CACHA began working with Imani in 2005, with the collaboration between the two focused on helping Imani become more sustainable and self-reliant. This has mainly been achieved through the implementation and operation of various food- and income-generating activities.

Location: Mtakuja, Moshi region, Tanzania

Partner: Catholic Diocese of Moshi

Beneficiaries: 100 youth per year

Objective: Help the Imani Vocational Centre pay for its ongoing costs, and ultimately become a self-reliant and sustainable educational institution

Achieved Results and Activities

Imani Vocational Training Centre was founded in September 2000 in order to provide skills training to Tanzanian youth aged 14-25. This not-for-profit is owned and operated by the Sister of our Lady of Kilimanjaro under the Catholic Diocese of Moshi and is located in the village of Mtakuja, about a half an hour from the Northern Tanzanian town of Moshi (situated at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro).

The partnership with CACHA began in 2006 and CACHA makes investments in food- or income-generating projects which Imani will run as small businesses, splitting yield between feeding students and selling for profit.

Imani is currently training 100 youth, of which 20 have physical or mental disabilities, and the majority of which reside at the school in dormitories. In general the students have completed primary school, but have been unable to attend secondary school either because their grades were not high enough (spaces in Tanzanian secondary schools not being nearly sufficient for all children) or because their families could not afford secondary school fees. Each student chooses one major area of study in which they will receive two years of theoretical and practical training, 18 of 42 after which their skills and experience will enable them to earn an income and support themselves financially.

The Imani Vocational Training Centre is making great strides towards complete sustainability and self-reliance. The committed team in Canada and Tanzania are providing innovative programs which are fostering long-term prosperity. The Centre offers a curriculum which covers:

  1. Tailoring/embroidery/knitting
  2. Carpentry/joinery 
  3. Electrical Installation
  4. Masonry
  5. Welding

Meanwhile, each student will also receive additional training in: English, Civics, Entrepreneurship and Formation. The two-year programs are recognized and certified by VETA, Tanzania’s vocational training authority.

CACHA and Imani have fully implemented the following projects:

Pig shelters = $8,000

Fish ponds = $1,500

Garden drop irrigation = $1,500

Maize milling shelter = $12,000

Carpentry workshop = $35,000

Chicken house = $5,000

Inter-locking brick mould = $1,000

New water pump = $3,000

New toilets = $500

Canteen Supplies and Initial Stocking  (ongoing as of 03/11) = $5,000

Future Plan

The recent investments in a chicken raising operation, a butcher shop, a toilet and the stocking of an Imani canteen with supplies and equipment may be the final major investments of an infrastructural nature. The canteen and butcher shop are intended to give Imani’s food and income generating activities, a location from which to sell their goods. CACHA does not plan to initiate or fund any major new food or income-generating initiatives, but will instead focus on helping Imani develop existing projects to the point of profitability. This could come in the form 19 of 42 of paying salaries, buying food or medical services for the animals or buying additional supplies or equipment for the canteen, or providing services that will enhance the business operations. Helping with Imani’s budget is meant to be for a limited amount of time. It is hoped that within the next 1-3 years the individual projects implemented by CACHA and Imani will be either profitable and self-sufficient or abandoned due to the lack of profitability. Other ad hoc donations of equipment related to the vocational training will be facilitated should the need arise.