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.



Oscar’s story

Oscar stole the heart of Sara, Capda’s Program Manager in Tanzanaia. Here is part of his story:

Oscar is 7 years old living in Kibosho in a family of 5 children including him. He is smart, and can communicate well… He wants to know everybody and what they are doing. He also wants to go to school. When he received his chair. He suddenly changed, he became shy. I think he realized what he can do from now! He then said “I will go to school, I will learn and become a doctor”

Indeed in July Oscar held a pencil for the first time (see photo) and his mother can now take him to school.



Beach Energy Sponsorship

A series of projects funded by a sizeable grant from South Australian energy company Beach Energy is being rolled out by CAPDA in northern Tanzania.

The grant has already been used to provide advanced training for two paediatricians and three nurses in surgical procedures to help children with spina bifida. Children born with this condition often suffer from hydrocephalus, and, if left untreated, this leads to a build-up of fluid and pressure on the brain.

Hydrocephalus can cause permanent brain damage and loss of function, and in extreme cases the head can become so large the person cannot hold it up. A simple shunt can be inserted to drain the fluid and relieve pressure on the brain. Sadly, in developing countries many children still die of hydrocephalus and on the operating table. During the training, procedures  were carried out to treat eight children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, all of them successful!


The inaugural Beach Energy Scholarship was awarded to Albert Chaki (above), an Occupational Therapist from Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Tanzania (CCBRT). Albert has impressed us over the years with his skill and dedication, and we are delighted to support his further studies in Community Development. Future projects led by Albert will support children with disabilities by improving nutrition, reducing family poverty and social stigma.

The Beach Energy grant will also be used to purchase wheelchairs, design seating solutions and support 9 of CCBRT’s live-in week-long intensive therapy and training workshops in 2013. Each workshop allows 25 children and their carers from rural villages to receive assessment, treatment and information from a range of health professionals.


Private concert raises $10,000 for CAPDA

Above: CAPDA representative Tony Stimson, Tanzanian Honorary Consul Sossy Msomi, and Music for Moshi organiser Nick Van Den Brink

On a balmy night in February more than 300 people gathered at a property in the Adelaide hills for Music for Moshi, a private function featuring live music, food and wine in a magnificent setting.

South Australian musicians contributed their talents to entertain the crowd, and local businesses provided meat on the spit, beer, wine and cider at low cost to support the event.

The event was the brainchild of brother and sister Nick and Isabel Van Den Brink and their family, with all profits donated to CAPDA.

The target of $5000 was met from ticket sales, but there was also a silent auction and donation tins which raised nearly as much again!

Part of the money raised will go towards improving continence management for children with spina bifida. The rest will provide basic equipment such as beds and mattresses and mosquito nets at the Gabriella centre outside Moshi. It will also establish a community garden for the children and teenagers who attend the centre.

Also enjoying the music were much of CAPDA board, and Tanzanian Honorary Consul in South Australia, Sossi Msomi.

The night was such a success that the Van Den Brinks are considering holding another concert in the future!


Moshi beading cooperative

One of capda’s priorities for 2013 is to strengthen the capacity of a beading cooperative run by parents of children with disabilities.

CAPDA commissions beading work—including jewellery, Christmas decorations and bags—to be sold at Presence, a wonderfully quirky gift shop in Adelaide, who generously pass the profits from this stock back to CAPDA.

This arrangement provides the cooperative’s workers with much-needed income, and CAPDA uses any profits to provide further equipment and training.


The Year Ahead

Following the success last year of our grant from the Australian Government to provide equipment and infrastructure to disability facilities in Moshi, CAPDA is excited to announce a series of similar projects for 2013.

Not only do we have two further grants under review, but we have also received a generous grant from Beach Energy, a South Australian-based energy company with business interest in Tanzania.

This grant will go towards an intensive programme of training workshops for more than 200 parents and carers of children with disabilities in the Moshi area, and will provide funding for further study for selected health professionals working with these children. It will also enable the development and manufacture of seating solutions, and commission six locally-made wheelchairs. We look forward to sharing more on this exciting development throughout the year!

Alongside these targeted projects, we will continue our grass-roots support for the disability community in Moshi.

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