SHIRATI DIOCESE : INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT
Location: Shirati, Tanzania
Dates:August 4-21, 2021 (Covid 19 permitting)
Team Leader: Terry Janzen
Partner: Shirati KMT Diocese
We are tentatively looking at August 4-August 21 2021 as the dates for our next Shirati Infrastructure Project. This will materially depend on the state of air travel and the level of Covid 19 pandemic restrictions in Canada, Amsterdam, and Tanzania at that time.
The photo above shows the results of our last visit as we built the walls for a large open space classroom at the Bishop Kisare Vocational Open School, owned and managed by Kanisa la Mennonite Diocese in Shirati, Tanzania. The School is fully accredited and we have been assisting with their multi-year build plan over the last seven years. Projects have included construction of the Administration building, classrooms, washrooms, and outdoor workstations. The Vocational Open School Faculties include Welding/Manufacturing, Auto Mechanics, Tailoring, Electrical, Carpentry/Joinery, and Driver Education.
We are currently raising funds to pay for the roof on this building, but don’t see us being physically involved in the installation due to the professional labour required for this task. One of the jobs that we didn’t get to in 2019 was to assist in the construction of a small health centre building in a remote village. That has since been completed using bricks from the KMT Diocese concrete brick factory (molds funded by our team). Since there are many villages looking for help with this type of structure, we see ourselves trying again on our next visit.
There continues to be a need for mud hut construction for disadvantaged parishioners in the KMT catchment area and we expect to be involved in at least one, perhaps two hut builds again.
Thirdly, there has been a significant response to the female members of our teams being involved in female hygiene education and the distribution of Days for Girls reusable female hygiene kits to high school girls and young women. Depending on Covid 19 restrictions, female team members could be involved in this again, but that would depend on our ability to source Canadian made Days for Girls kits, as volunteer fabrication and collection by the Kitchener, Ontario Days for Girls chapter has been frozen since the pandemic began.
Finally, and maybe, most importantly, we hope to continue to build relationships with our Shirati friends. Over the years, we have made connections with many people who have taught us a lot. These relationships are important and we hope to continue to learn from and build friendships with our connections in Tanzania.
We continue to cautiously plan a potential Project but are not booking any flights or making other confirmations as of yet. Donations are always welcome, as are volunteers!