Street Children at Iringa, Tanzania
FISCH = Future for Iringa Street Children
19 November 2019
Speaking of our grants, Rich Gercke (FISCH's Co-Founder) says, "These were such a blessing, particularly the uniforms and stationery which we had a real need for at that time. It's been amazing to see how God has blessed and grown FISCH. Although the needs continue to grow, we have seen God continue to provide and we are so thankful to people such as you who have supported us to change so many lives!"
Here are a few highlights:
These have been extremely useful. During the past year a small group of 3 girls have been receiving training three days a week from Eva, and one of the original FISCH girls they trained up and is now self-employed).
The plan is that when ready, FISCH will support these girls to set up a business together. This may happen in the new year.
At present, this group is currently being paid by FISCH to make some of the items of uniform for the new school year in January.
Uniform and Stationery
As mentioned above, this had been a real pressing need. For kids in Tanzania, Primary and Secondary school is now free in government schools. However the big hurdles for kids living in poverty are the hidden barriers, which are uniform and stationary. Without these items kids are turned away.
Education - Promina
At the time of our grant, Promina was in her last year of education and had shown potential for making it to university.
We are delighted to hear that she was successful in getting into University, and has completed her first year! She is doing a Bachelor degree in Human Resources Planning Management and has done pretty well so far.
FISCH Church & Bibles
The sounds system equipment that we provided has transformed the services, and FISCH Church has been blessed significantly as a result. The team at Iringa are always proud to show off the sound system!
See attached film clip and listen for yourself!
The bibles are shared out at the beginning and returned at the end of each service.
There is always a steady stream of medical needs to attend to, arising from a variety of injuries and illnesses.
The toilet at the drop in centre was in desperate need of repair, and our support enabled FISCH to achieve that. A big thank-you from many grateful kids during the wet season!
Vocational Training - Taxi Drivers
FISCH tries to support vocational training, as continuing in education is not the answer for a number of the kids. The big increase in cars in Iringa, and also especially motorbikes and tuk-tuks, is providing a source of income for many young adults. FISCH has supported about 6 kids a year to complete their driving licence and make use of this opportunity. In fact just this last month 2 more boys qualified.
Vocational Training continues to be an area that FISCH are looking to grow.
Gifts from Natalya's Fund
The first grant given to FISCH was £2,835.
This sum is providing the following:
3 sewing machines
keyboard, microphone and speaker/amplifier
6 months' supply of washing powder
180 bars of soap
43 pairs of shoes
41 school jumpers
school stationery for 39 children
school socks for 42 children
tracksuits for 24 children
204 school exercise books
medicine and first aid supplies for nurse to administer
repairs to computers to allow use in teaching computer skills to the children
training for boy to become a taxi driver
On behalf of the Iringa Street Children and those working to help them, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!