See Lukeman on BBC's Look East, talking about the charity and our latest project to send used school furniture from the UK to Tanzania http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-30579390
The Norwich Tanzania Association was founded by Norwich School pupil Lukeman Carter when he was only 12 years old, now being 16.
Upon seeing clips on Comic Relief and Sport Relief programming, he was shocked by the poverty in which some people have to live in parts of Africa, including Tanzania where the majority of his mother's family lives. He was particularly upset to see the domestic and schooling conditions that children of his own age were having to endure.
Following this, he decided he wanted to help children in the poorer parts of Tanzania, and so began fundraising within his local community.
A friend of the family, Maggid Mjengwa, works on projects in Tanzania. He looked at various villages in Tanzania to find which could most benefit from our help and identified Madibira, near Iringa. He sent in this photo of children being taught in an open-air classroom.
Although being taught outside might seem like fun at first, in the dry season there is no shade and in the wet season there is no shelter, meaning that the children's education is often disrupted. It made Luke realise how lucky we are in the UK. Amazed to discover that a classroom for the school could be built for as little as £2,500, Luke decided that building a classroom for children of nursery-reception ages, as well as a small library for pupils from 4 neighbouring villages to use, was an idealistic first project for the organisation.
Luke started fundraising amongst friends, neighbours and family and was overwhelmed by how generous people were. It soon became clear that he would be able to raise enough money to help the children of Madibira and, with that, the Norwich Tanzania Association was born!
In the summer of 2013, the Norwich Tanzania Association was registered with the Charity Commission in the UK with the registered charity number 1152363. Since then, the charity has organised and funded a number of other projects, including the building and repair of water wells in rural areas, the installation of toilets in schools in Dar-es-Salaam and the transport of used school furniture from the UK for donation to Tanzanian schools.
One of the great differeneces between a small charity, like the Norwich Tanzania Association, and the big overseas development agencies, is that small charities like ours are able to offer a direct link between individuals in Norfolk and Norwich and people in Tanzania who benefit from the small scale projects we fund and support.
We are a very small charity run by three volunteers and can only continue our work through the generosity of our donors. Thank you so much for your ongoing support and generosity in helping us to connect communities in Norwich and Tanzania.
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It was a great pleasure in the summer of 2015 to facilitate the visit by a group of six teachers from Catton Grove Primary School in Norwich to Dar-es-Salaam, Lindi and Zanzibar in Tanzania. The tour followed from the school's kind donation of desks, chairs, tables and other furniture at the end of last year. The English teachers were able to visit a range of primary and secondary schools, meeting both teachers and students and exploring the challenges faced by teachers in Tanzania, as well as the many differences (and some similarities) between teaching in Tanzania and the UK.
Of course, there was also plenty of opportunity to spend time with the wonderful children the teachers met, playing football and other games, learning to dance and distributing gifts from people back in the UK. You can find out more about the teachers' experience on this blog: www.tanzania-cattongrove.weebly.com.
In April 2016, we were delighted that the furniture we packed onto a container in December 2014 had finally been released and distributed to schools in Dar-es-Salaam.
The Norwich Tanzania Association will be facilitating another visit for teachers from Catton Grove Primary School to schools in Tanzania over the summer of 2016. In addition, we will be running our own project to install toilets and wash hand basins in two schools in Dar-es-Salaam to help improve hand hygiene. The project has been generously funded by donors in Norwich and Norfolk.