Tanzania

Plans for Tanzania Project 2013

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In July 2013, Dr. Flamez  will return to Moshi, Tanzania. Several goals have been planned for the Tanzania Social Change Project 2013.

1.  Provide immediate water (short term) and build a well (long term) for Mtimhoo Parish.

Fr. Aloyce Kenyange and Fr. Erasto Mapendo serve Mtimhoo Catholic Church and the people in a remote area about 2 hours northeast Mt. Kilimanjaro in the Rombo District of the Diocese of Moshi, Tanzania near the border of Kenya. This area has been experiencing a severe drought for more than a year. With no rain for months now, there is no water to be had. In a recent letter, Fr. Aloyce Kenyange wrote,

There is no water for our use, no water for our livestock. Yesterday we lost our two cows and four goats from starvation and thirst. Our government is trying to alleviate the situation, but in vain. What shall we do? I know that begging is not good but I have no way. I must. Please do whatever you can to help get clean water for our people.

It is hard for us here in America to understand this kind of deprivation. In Tanzania there are no governmental social services whatsoever. The only place for refuge and relief for the people comes from their churches. These churches do the best they can with resources limited beyond anything we can imagine. In one photo, a large cistern to collect rainwater and the pipes for carrying water to the crops and animals can be seen. Fr. Aloyce and his people built these, but there has been no rain to fill the cistern. Because it is not financially feasible to dig a well right now, we hope to collect some donations to truck water into this parish to prevent further starvation of the people and animals. This is a short-term solution, but will bring immediate relief.

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Dr. Flamez and Dr. Green are raising money to provide immediate assistance during the months of December 2012 to May 2013 to bring trucks full of water to Mtimhoo parish. Additional money raised will be used to help build a well in the community. Any donation you can make now will help tremendously. Thank you!

2.  Help begin building a secondary school for St. Francis.

The students St. Francis serves — children who are blind, hearing impaired, cognitively impaired or albino — cannot have their educational needs met in government or other religious schools. Moreover, these children are generally looked down on by much of the Tanzanian community and are sometimes the object of hostility. In fact, the location of St. Francis is purposely hidden to provide protection for these students. Unfortunately, not every child escapes harm before coming to the school. One young girl there is was missing both of her arms. The head teacher said,

A man from her village came in [the middle of the night] and chopped them off simply because she was albino.

Your donation will help start the process of building a secondary school, which would allow these special needs students to continue their education there after graduating from the primary school. Please note this is a project that will continue for several years. My goal is to help provide as much assistance as we can.

3.  Collecting clothes for Rainbow Orphanage and Upendo Orphanage.

Upendo Orphanage (ages birth to 5) houses 58 children. According to the Sister I spoke with at the Orphanage, she shared that 56 of these children were left on the side of the road by their parents or both parents had passed away. Rainbow Orphanage (for older children) helps provide tuition assistance for school, medicine, clothing, etc. for children in the area who may not be able to afford the above items. We are currently collecting new clothing and shoes for ages birth to 14 years old. If you are interested in donating new clothing, please click on the contact button to send an email to Dr. Flamez. She will take all the clothing with her to deliver to the children in July.

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4.  Collecting stuffed animals for the children of St. Francis.

During their visit to St. Francis, Dr. Flamez noticed two stuffed animals on a bed where the children sleep. The nun explained that these are the only two stuffed animals for 250 children. She said at night it is difficult because many children miss their family, are scared, and having the stuffed animal sometimes helps calm them. However, with only two stuffed animals the animals have to be shared and passed throughout the night. Brande and Judy would like to ensure that each child has a stuffed animal. Currently, two counselors, Ms. Kayla Jones and Ms. Nelda Garcia, and two Counselor Educators, Dr. Javier Cavazos-Vela and Dr. Christie Jenkins, are helping Dr. Flamez collect these animals. If you are interested in donating some new stuffed animals please click the contact button to send an email to Dr. Flamez. She will take all stuffed animals with her to deliver to the children in July.

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5. Provide Mental Health Facilitator Training.

Dr. Green and Dr. Flamez will teach a mental health facilitator training course for teachers, nurses, and priests in the Tanzania area. The curriculum they are presenting was developed by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to provide basic counseling skills to community workers around the world to help them better serve their towns and communities.

Tanzania Project 2013

Your donations make positive social change possible.

Many thanks…

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Providing Immediate Water

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In a remote area of Tanzania near the Kenya border, there has been a severe drought for the past year. When we visited this area in July 2012, there had not been one drop of rain since January 1, 2012. The crops were withered and dying in the fields. The few livestock animals there were being fed and watered with stored grain and the small amount of water that could be carried to them daily. We also learned when we visited that in the early spring of 2012, a herd of 33 elephants in search of food and water had trampled the few crops that were growing.

Early in December, Dr. Green and Dr. Flamez received a letter by mail from Fr. Aloyce Keyange concerning the severe drought that has continued and has now led to animals dying. Keep in mind that the letter from Fr. Aloyce took over a month for us to receive so his community has continued to suffer in that time.

After receiving the news, Dr. Flamez raised $1,000.00 in a week. That money was sent on December 17th to Fr. Aloyce. However, this only provides temporary relief to bring trucks full of water into the area. With continued lack of rain and water, the animals will die then the children are in danger of running out of food too.

Our hope is to send another $1,000.00 within the next week. Any donation amount is much appreciated. In addition to providing immediate relief in the months of December to March, our goal is to begin the process of building a well for the Mtimhoo community.

Please help in any way you can. You can donate through PayPal by clicking on the “give” button to the right in the sidebar.

We will be travelling back to Moshi, Tanzania next summer. Thank you for taking an interest in this project. Because we know these people and have experienced their plight firsthand, we cannot turn our backs. Yes, it is an overwhelming task; but, our hope is to make a difference for as many people as we can.

My sincerest thanks,
Dr. Flamez

New Nonprofit Formed!

Thank you for all your support over the years. I am excited to announce that we established a nonprofit, SALT World Inc in 2014. SALT stands for serving and learning together. For more information on our nonprofit and projects you can sponsor, please visit SALT-world.org.

Thank You!

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude and thanks for those who have donated to the Tanzania 2014 project.

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