Friday, January 27, 2012
In an earlier blog, we talked about the involvement of our group with the Rotary REMIT programme. REMIT stands for Rotary Eradication of Malaria in Tanzania.
During the first visit of the group to Ukerewe, two Tanzanian Rotarians arrived on the ferry,from the mainland, with their van piled high with insecticide treated mosquito nets, and some of the team went out with them to the villages.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
As we have mentioned before, we spent many Sundays looking around our local car boot sales, and on one occasion in June 2011 we came across a little childs pram with two dolls in it. Two young women called Alice and Lois were the stall holders and after some debate, we purchased the pram complete with two dolls for the princely sum of £1.00. As usual, we told them what we were collecting for and we were asked to leave our telephone number, as they were interested in helping us.
The pram was taken home, and as the body was pink gingham material, it was washed in the bath and came up as good as new. We think it could be the only pram on the island! See bottom of picture below. Isn't it sweet?
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
This Progress Report up to December 2011 was sent by Mr. Alex Magaga recently and we'd like to share it with you.
The Lake Victoria Children Tailoring Shop was funded by the Diplomatic Spouse Group, based in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is a sustainable project to generate income and fund the activities such as the Children's Feeding Programme and Health care. It also buys children's exercise books; makes and mends uniforms for the children at the centre, and the shop has become a source of uniform and other clothing materials for many other disadvantaged children in the community.
The project is currently generating around T shs 7,000 daily. (This is equivalent to £3.50 per day), by doing mending and the repair to clothes for members of the community. The project has bought more learning materials and a better quality of food for the children.
Nineteen sets of uniforms were made and given free to children at the centre since May 2010.
Eight sets of uniforms were made and given to vulnerable children in the community since the project started.
Six teenagers (five girls and one boy) from disadvantaged backgrounds are learning vocational tailoring skills in the shop.
"The LVC Tailoring shop project is transforming lives, we now need our own source of clothing material to run more successfully and independently", Says Mama Lucy, one of the LVC volunteers in the shop. At the moment, all clothing materials are bought from other shops. The LVC shop does not currently have the capacity to source materials.
In 2011/16 they plan to expand the scope of the project, from being a tailoring shop doing only repair services, to a busy shop doing everything; repair (mending); selling tailor made clothes; selling clothing materials and other tailoring essentials.
This little team of dedicated volunteers dream of doubling the profit when they can also sell materials as well as the tailoring service. Currently the society is paying approximately £13.50 rent per month for the room which the ladies use. The costs for the other five rooms which LVC rent is also £13.50 per room per month. Considering these expenses, we feel that they are doing a tremendous job in feeding; clothing and supporting not only the children at the centre, but others in the community as well.
Besides a variety of materials, they also need an over locking machine, cottons, elastic, zips etc. to help make this dream a reality. The more money they can generate, the more children they can afford to feed and care for - changing the lives of orphans and the most vulnerable children for the better and integrating them into society.
We'd also like to share this photo with you.
Until next time, keep well.
Diane and Derek
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Last week, John and Christine Philip, together with Barry Doyle, set off for Ukerewe to spend a couple of weeks planning what needs to be done when the team goes in July.
Whilst this is a Rotary lead project which includes Rotarians from different clubs in the U.K., and Sweden, there are other non Rotarian volunteers who have been involved in the first, second, or both visits. You do not have to be a Rotarian to take part in this programme.
When our colleagues return, a meeting will be held to decide what will be undertaken in the visit to be made in July, which of course, is dependent upon funds available at that time.
Diane and Derek
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Hello, and a Very Happy New Year to you all.
We would like to introduce you to one of the people we have been in contact with. He is Mr. Alex Magaga, who lives on the island of Ukerewe. He is a teacher, and also Chairman of Lake Victoria Children. He is also a volunteer with the Ukerewe Albino Society.
LVC is a registered community based organization which supports many children orphaned by HIV/Aids, and other disadvantaged children in the Lake Victoria fishing communities. The priorities of LVC are Education, Feeding and Health. At present LVC has 6 rented rooms. Three are used as classrooms, one an office,