Project: SHIRATI DIOCESE : INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT
Start Date: 07/08/2019
I am excited to be part of the team, along with my 16 year old son and four other team members, travelling to Shirati, Tanzania this summer. Along with the team, I will be supporting an ongoing build project at Bishop Kisare Vocational Open School, increasing access to education in the areas of Welding/Manufacturing, Auto Mechanics, Tailoring, Electrical, Carpentry/Joinery, and Driver Education. I will also be supporting health training, coaching and support for female students at local schools in this community.
As an educator, I am especially grateful to be part of this work, supporting increased opportunity and access to education for students in Shirati. Our team will be assisting in concrete block manufacturing and building walls of a new workshop at the Vocational Open School with the newly manufactured blocks. I will also have the opportunity to work alongside Mama Maisha, a local non-profit organization in Shirati, dedicated to women’s health and safe pregnancies. This organization has partnered with a chapter of Days for Girls here in Kitchener, a charity dedicated to providing female hygiene education and re-usable hygiene products. A group of students at KCI, a high school in Kitchener, have been working with the Days for Girls chapter, cutting material for the creation of these re-usable hygiene products. I am excited to bring and distribute several hundred of these kits during our visit, providing access not only to the hygiene products themselves and to education about feminine hygiene, but also to the opportunity to attend school during menstruation.
Increasing access and opportunity.
Thank-you for your support, generosity and love.
Tamara Schmelzle – Shirati
The individuals on these pages are raising funds in support of CACHA’s mission. The funds are given to CACHA to defray the costs of participation in, and supplies for, the mission, and not for the personal benefit of any participant. CACHA retains control over the use of all donated funds. Once the needs for the program have been met, or cannot be completed for any reason, any remaining contributions will be used where needed most.
Partner: Shirati Diocese
Our plan for the Shirati Diocese August infrastructure project consists of multiple projects.
Firstly, we will be assisting with the on-going build at the Bishop Kisare Vocational Open School managed and owned by Kanisa La Mennonite Tanzania Diocese in Shirati, Tanzania. The school, now fully accredited, has a multi-year build plan, and we expect to be assisting in concrete block manufacturing and then building walls of a new workshop with the newly manufactured blocks. The Vocational Open School Faculties include Welding/Manufacturing, Auto Mechanics, Tailoring, Electrical, Carpentry/Joinery, and Driver Education.
Secondly, we will be involved in building mud huts for some of the most vulnerable in the Diocese. These upgraded mud huts included extended metal sheeting for the roof. This is to protect the sides of the hut from driving rain so it can last longer than the traditional thatched roof huts. We expect to build another one or two of these during this 2019 visit.
Thirdly, we expect to have some of our female Team members become involved again at local schools by providing health training and coaching in the areas of female hygiene. Mama Maisha, a local non-profit organization dedicated to women’s health and safe pregnancies is partnering with a Kitchener, Ontario chapter of Days for Girls, a Charity dedicated to providing female hygiene education and re-usable feminine hygiene products. The Kitchener chapter has been working with some students from a local high school to fulfill their required volunteer hours by getting them to cut fabric for the construction of washable, reusable hygienic underwear for females. We plan to bring and distribute several hundred of these undergarments during our visit.
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.