Help the Children of Tanzania - Shirati Infrastructure Project


Since 2006 the “Help the Children of Tanzania Fund” has been an on-going fundraising endeavour born out of the Shirati Infrastructure Missions. The fund is used to improve living conditions, improve education for children and young adults, and to provide some healthcare for poor and disadvantaged families. This past year has been incredibly busy and productive for the Shirati Infrastructure Mission and the Help the Children of Tanzania Fund…

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Improving Education: 

One project was building another outdoor kitchen, this time at Bukura Secondary School for a feeding program. This kitchen was partly sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke. We also made some improvements to 3 of the other kitchens. We now have 5 school kitchens feeding porridge or other food mid-morning to over 2,000 students who would otherwise have no breakfast or lunch. The principals tell me the attendance is up and grades have improved since the students now have some food. 
School and boarding school fees for 4 School of Nursing students, school fees for 15 Secondary School students, 5 elementary students including some boarding school fees for a disabled boy were paid, and school supplies were bought. 
35 school uniforms and some school supplies were bought for children who were home from school because their families, often grandmothers couldn’t afford to buy them. 

Excerpts from Shirati Infrastructure Annual Report 2015


$8,620 raised so far


Improving living conditions: With local teams, we visited around 20 villages and supported around 170 clients including their families. We gave them the following items donated by Sew on Fire and others; 700 blankets, 300 sheets, 350 health/school men and women's packs, and 40 woven plastic mats. They also received bags of dried vegetable soup from the 3.5 tons of food donated by Ontario Gleaners. The remaining backpacks were distributed to the Diocese and Hospital outreach teams and volunteer community workers whom I accompanied on the trips to assess the needs and care for the clients. The fund covered the cost of the gas and the driver for all these visits. Generally I buy clothes, food and mattresses locally but because of the shipment this year, we had lots of supplies to give out. Client’s thatched roofs were repaired or replaced, iron roofing sheets were put on some mud brick houses, windows, doors and floors were installed, and the walls of a hut were cemented, all completed before the rainy season started. The clients were very grateful for all these gifts and it was a humbling experience to see such poverty and to make a small difference in the quality of their lives.

Providing healthcare: Medical care was provided to clients, surgeries (including a number of tubal ligations for women with huge families they couldn't support) medicine, hospital stays and transport were all paid for by the fund. Donations were made to the hospital poor fund for patients who need surgery but who are unable to pay. Money was given to the Hospital Palliative care team to buy drugs for their clients. Money was also given to the hospital to repair and replace some additional water pipes so all of the patients at the hospital would have access to water from the new tank.

We very much appreciate the prayers and generous support of so many friends at Calvin United Church as well as the support of family and friends outside of our church. The support through the Help the Children of Tanzania Fund allows us to go well beyond the funds available through the CACHA Shirati Infrastructure Mission and meet critical personal needs while we are there. Thanks to all our donors and supporters as well as to CACHA board and staff for supporting and enabling our work/mission again this year as they have for the last 8 years. IT HAS MADE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY PEOPLE.