After a busy period of fundraising over the winter and spring of 2013, we had a successful trip to Tanzania over the summer of 2013. We managed to repair and install wells, pumps and water tanks in Iheha, Mahango and Miyombweni, which will provide fresh water to benefit a total of 12 villages. We also returned to the New Life Orphanange in Dar-es-Salaam, where we were able to see for ourselves our monthly delivery of groceries, and distributed donations of books, toys, clothes and sports equipment to a number of villages and donated basic medical supplies to the small hospital in Miyombweni.
As a result of the amazing generosity of our supporters, we reached the threshold for registration with the UK Charity Commission early in the summer of 2013. Our application was successful and we are delighted now to be a registered charity (registered charity number 1152363).
We were delighted when Lukeman's friend, Adam Possener, told us that he had decided to organise a charity concert involving young musicians, at St Andrew's Hall in Norwich, to raise money for the Norwich Tanzania Association on 1 March 2013. The concert, which was a huge success and an enormously enjoyable evening, raised vital funds for our 2013 project: to construct two water wells and provide two water pumps in the villages of Miombweni and Iheha. We are very grateful to Adam, all the musicians who participated and everyone in the audience for giving their time, and helping to raise money, for our work.
Following the Young Musicians' Charity Concert at the beginning of March, Lukeman Carter and Adam Possener were invited to the ITV Studios in Norwich to discuss the concert and the work of the Norwich Tanzania Association. Adam and Luke did very well and made the most of an excellent opportunity to explain the work that we do and to raise the profile of our charity.
We are delighted that celebrity comedian Adam Buxton chose to support the Norwich Tanzania Association when he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind over Christmas 2012. Appearing in front of the formidable John Humphreys must have been intimidating! Thank you very much to Adam and the BBC for the donation and the profile this opportunity gave us.
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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.