Street Children at Iringa, Tanzania
FISCH = Future for Iringa Street Children
School, Vocation, Start-Up ... and Football
January - March 2020
We sent a cheque for £4,683 to FISCH to enable 67 children to attend school, ten to receive vocational training, three girls to begin a sewing business together, and 32 kids to play in one of the FISCH United teams. Part of the money paid for provision of uniform and stationery, without which children could not take up their free school places (ten secondary and 57 primary). The vocational training is to provide opportunities to become taxi drivers, electricians, mechanics, and other trades. Football boots will enable the kids to play against other local teams.
The sewing group made the school uniform - 238 items in all - shirts, skirts and trousers. Adelina, Johari and Lucy have now started their business.
Thank you so much for your donations, which have enabled all this to happen!
24 July 2017
This girl had missed her chance years ago to attend government school, and so FISCH has been supporting her to attend a private school (her only option). She has done well to progress each year, and is now entering her final year (effectively A-Level 6th form). The total school fees for the year = 975,000tsh which is approximately £310 at today's rate.
We provided a grant of £340 to cover the final-year fees and other expenditure.
Our Initial Support
The initial grant given to FISCH was £2,835.
This sum was for 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
Natasha, the daughter of a friend of ours, visited East Africa, helped with the building of an orphanage, and spent time with the orphans. Tragically however, back home in 2013, she died from Toxic Shock Syndrome at the age of 14. As a positive legacy, her family have been supporting FISCH, a local charity which works in Tanzania. FISCH raised money for a permanent Drop-in-Centre - a place where vulnerable children can go to find love and support. The charity is also engaged in a number of other activities:
The FISCH Sewing Club teaches girls to learn the trade of sewing and provides sewing machines with a view to them being able to set up in business to provide for themselves and, as their income grows, to repay the cost of their machine. To continue the project FISCH needs more sewing machines.
FISCH Church meets at the Drop-in-Centre, where tea and bread is provided and the children can praise God together and receive teaching. To that end they have requested Bibles and musical instruments.
The FISCH United football team builds confidence in the youngsters. Last year the team, all under 18, was invited to join the Easter League for players aged 23‑25. One thing the team needs is laundry soap for washing their kit.
To find out more about FISCH, see www.gofisch.org
To find out more about Toxic Shock Syndrome, see www.tssaware.org.uk
Count Your Blessings
During Lent 2017 we supported FISCH by counting our blessings and raising money with a view to purchasing some of the items they needed: sewing machines, musical instruments, Bibles and laundry detergent.
How Did it Work?
A 'Count Your Blessings' calendar was available for download. Every day during Lent the calendar directed participants to count up something they had available - things which we usually take for granted - like electric sockets or doctors' surgeries - and pay a certain small sum for each item they counted. They collected the money, and donated it to our Iringa Street Children Fund after Easter.
Money is still coming in, but the total raised so far is:
Walking the Yorkshire Wolds Way
Heather, one of our trustees, walked the Yorkshire Wolds Way over Easter, raising money through sponsorship to add to the Iringa Street Children Fund. Read more here. Net of fees taken by Stewardship, the charity which runs our fundraising web pages, she raised:
Other donations we have received for the Iringa Fund have been so generous that we have been able to exceed our target and include many other items that we had not initially considered.
On behalf of the Iringa Street Children and those working to help them, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!