CAPDA’s work

Music for Moshi 2017

‘Music For Moshi’ is a biennial charity music festival held in the Adelaide Hills. All proceeds support CAPDA’s work with children with disabilities in Tanzania. This year we hope to raise over $20,000. Please help up reach this goal and show your support by getting involved in this incredible event.

The entertainment will kick off at 3pm and consists of a range of solo artists and bands. The final line-up up will be revealed in a matter of days!


The Cause

Children with disabilities grow into adults with disabilities. And without some basic life skills and earning capacity they are often drawn deeper and deeper into a circle of poverty and disadvantage.

Over the past six years CAPDA has been focusing on meeting the basic therapeutic and medical needs of children with disabilities in Tanzania, and on setting up pilot vocational education programmes.

Now we would like to take this to the next level.

As well as supporting CAPDA’s therapeutic and community outreach work, the funds raised from Music for Moshi 2017 will go towards supporting our long-term partner, Gabriella Children’s Rehabilitation Centre, to establish a community business and training programme teaching young adults with intellectual disabilities to manufacture pavers and bricks.

With appropriate training and oversight, the aim is to equip these young people with the skills and equipment to work in local businesses, or even to set up their own business. Gabriella Centre will provide ongoing support, and continue to monitor the sustainability, quality control, and community acceptance.

Music for Moshi 2017 will build on our past successful programs at Gabriella Centre. The last concert funded their vocational education programmes in market gardening and animal husbandry, which are still going strong!

Music for Moshi!

Tickets are now on sale!

$95 per person including live music, food and beverages for the day!

To purchase your ticket, jump onto

Your ticket to Music For Moshi includes food and beverages for the entirety of the day. We have some great sponsors on board who will ensure you won’t be thirsty. Vale Ale will once again be pouring their delicious beer and this year we have their cider as well. Hugh Hamilton Wines will be refreshing you with crisp whites and light reds. D&D Catering in collaboration with Lakeside Premium Angus, amongst other sponsors, will be arranging a spread of food to suit everyone’s taste buds.

Take advantage of the Snap!Snap! photo booth for a souvenir of the night, and leave a bid on the a silent auction! Prepare yourself for a plethora of artworks, services, goodies from local businesses and so much more ready to be snapped up on the night.

If you can’t make it on the day, you can also support CAPDA’s work by making a tax-deductible donation (see button below).If you can’t make it on the day, you can also support CAPDA’s work by making a tax-deductible donation (see button below).



Beach Energy Sponsorship 2016

This year’s Beach Energy sponsorship enabled staff at our partner organisation CCBRT to undergo further training in wheelchair repairs and maintenance. This WHO-accredited Intermediate Service Provision training will allow staff to cope better with the heavy wear and tear on the wheelchairs caused by the tough local environment.

Beach Energy’s generous contribution also enabled 125 children with disabilities in the Kilimanjaro regions to receive much-needed health and therapy services, and provided wheelchairs and walking frames to the children who needed them.

Again we thank Beach Energy for their continued support.
Beach Energy



Meet Judith


An important part of CAPDA’s work is providing mobility aids for children with disabilities. Without adequate equipment, the only way for children to attend school or participate in activities outside the home is for them to be carried on their mother’s back.

Judith (pictured) is one of six children who recently received a wheelchair from CAPDA through our partner CCBRT and Beach Energy’s sponsorship. She is now attending (and enjoying!) school.


Beach Energy Renews Sponsorship

We are very happy to announce that our long-term partner Beach Energy has recently renewed their generous sponsorship supporting CAPDA’s projects in Kilimanjaro Region over the course of the next year. This is very exciting news for CAPDA and the children we support!

Working with Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Tanzania (CCBRT), the latest sponsorship has four major activities.

  • It will train traditional birth attendants from remote regions with poor hospital access in safer birthing practices.  The aim here is to reduce the rate of birth-related disabilities in children, and reduce maternal deaths and the incidence of fistula complications.
  • The sponsorship will also fund surgery for 20 children with clubfoot and non-surgical treatment for clubfoot for a further 60. These treatments are relatively simple, but can mean the difference between being able to walk or not!
  • Maintaining a wheelchair in the tough terrain of Tanzania is essential. Remote and urban trainees will learn to repair and maintain wheelchairs as part of this sponsorship too.
  • Approximately 200 children (with 200 carers) will travel to CCBRT to attend week-long therapy and training sessions. These weeks focus on the child’s needs, and are often the carer’s first opportunity to learn about how to best support their child’s development. These ‘Weeks of Intensive Therapy’ include food, access to doctors, intensive occupational and physical therapy, equipment review, support for carers, and tests for anaemia and malaria, with intervention in emergency cases.

These will complement previous activities already sponsored by Beach Energy which have improved services and opportunities to those born with a disability. These include:

  • providing material aid (wheelchairs, special seats etc)
  • training for surgeons, nurses and health workers in Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus management in two regional areas
  • training for community rehabilitation workers to detect and initiate treatment for malaria and anaemia, reducing the likelihood of factors which compound disability through malnutrition, stunting, and secondary brain damage.

Children, families, the community-based organisation providing services to the children, and CAPDA are hugely thankful for the on-going support of Beach Energy! These sponsorships create an energy and excitement as workers learn new skills, and make a tangible difference in the lives of children with a disability and their families, as they build the capacity and skills of the workforce to further prevent and treat disability.

Click here to view CCBRT’s comprehensive report on this project.


Music for Moshi update

Work has just begun on repairing and fitting out a classroom at Wiri near Moshi. This will allow 12 children with intellectual disabilities to attend the local school and have afternoon vocational education lessons. Kids with disabilities in Tanzania often miss out on an education, so this can make a real difference to their lives. And it’s all thanks to the wonderful folks who attended Music for Moshi!


A Success Story

This young woman recently graduated from the school for children with disabilities run by one of CAPDA’s partner organisations. With the DAP grant, CAPDA presented her with a set of gardening tools which will allow her to make the most of the vocational skills she has learnt at the school. Under their continued supervision, she has now established a small market garden growing vegetables that will be sold at the local market.

The grant enabled the school to expand its vocational gardening program, which has taken off since CAPDA first became involved in February 2013.


DAP Grant

CAPDA’s work in Moshi over the past 6 months has gone from strength to strength, with a truly amazing amount of activity having a real impact on the quality of life of many children in the Moshi area. With the support of funding from the Australian Government’s Direct Action Program, and in partnership with five disability care agencies in Tanzania, CAPDA has provided:

  • Week-long live-in intensive courses of therapy and support for disabled children and their parents. The children were assessed and treated by a paediatrician and other health professionals, and parents and carers were given the opportunity to share their experiences and learn new strategies for caring for the children
  • Upgraded schoolrooms and playgrounds to provide better, healthier environments
  • Much-needed teaching resources, including desks, chairs and play equipment
  • Cupboards, cooking equipment and mosquito nets
  • Important disability equipment, including supported chairs, wheelchairs, cupboards, waterproofed mattresses and standing frames
  • Gardening equipment, allowing several vocational education programs to flourish.

CAPDA’s new community partners in Tanzania

In recent months and with the support of our recent AACGS grant, we have added to our disability organisation partners in the Kilimanjaro Region. Our original partnership with BCC (Building a Community Care) and more recent partnership with CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation and Treatment) continue to grow.

Our new partners are small disability organisations with limited resources for whom CAPDA’s support for their priority projects can make a significant difference.

Gabriella Centre

Funds raised by Music for Moshi  in January 2013 (link to story) have provided tables, chairs, bunk beds and mattresses, cupboards, garden hose and sprinkler, a goat shed and goats in residence. The simple grant of garden watering equipment has enabled Gabriella Centre to produce its first surplus of vegetables to sell at market. The AACGS grant will deliver a carpentry start-up kit and other vocational training materials.


As part of the Beach Energy sponsorship six wheelchairs were provided. The AACGS grant will enable a chicken project, development of a community garden and support for vocational training with knitting machines and beading materials.

Tumaini Centres (Naibili and Sanya Juu)

Through CAPDA fundraising these relatively new centres have been supported with basic set-up materials and equipment and development of a community garden in one centre. The AACGS grant will deliver carpentry start-up tools and vocational training supplies for both centres, a second community garden and a chicken project for one centre.


AusAID Australia-Africa Community Grants Scheme (AACGS)

In May we received welcome news – the AusAID application we’d made in November 2012 for development project funds was successful! This grant of $75,000, augmented by CAPDA fundraising, will support local action from now until October 2014 to:

  1. Build local disability workforce capacity through seminars for day care workers, courses for community rehabilitation workers and specialist skills development for paediatricians and surgical nurses.
  2. Build family and community capacity through engagement in community gardens, chicken and goat projects; vocational training for young people with disabilities; and action to increase community awareness of disability issues.
  3. Build disability organisation capacity to manuafacture, supply and maintain disability aids; plan income-generating projects and services for future sustainability; and build strategic partnerships for funding training and advocacy.

Local action in each of these areas is already well underway.


Goat and chicken projects

The intention of these projects is to contribute in a small way to income-generation and self-sufficiency as well as providing a base for vocational learning. Children and young people with disabilities along with their families/carers are engaged in learning and skills development including: animal husbandry, carpentry, record keeping, nutrition awareness and problem solving.

The support CAPDA provides enables:

  • Construction of appropriate and secure animal shelters by local tradesmen
  • Purchase of animals and start up food costs
  • Training re animal raising and care
  • Produce to augment usual nutrition
  • Work towards sustainablity goals.


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