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. READ MORE
CAPDA is participating in the 2015 People’s Choice Community Lottery. Our target of $3000 will provide 15 children with wheelchairs and other mobility aids, which will allow them to better access services, interact socially, and engage with education and vocational training.
The prizes are fabulous, and it’s for a great cause. Click here or contact us to buy your tickets!
On 14 February 2015 – drawn by the promise of good music, good company, good food and drink, and a good cause, with the temperature soaring above 40° – a crowd of over 350 people descended on a picturesque valley in the Adelaide Hills to attend Music for Moshi, a biennial concert raising money for READ MORE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
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.