Tanzanian Outreach – Two ministries
The first of these ministries seeks to ‘reach out’ to the extremely poor in the Diocese of Morogoro in Tanzania, East Africa. Typically, assistance is given to very poor, remote parishes / villages with the aim of initiating small, self sustaining projects such as chicken farms, piggeries, fish farms, treadle sewing machine projects and safe water projects where possible. Other established projects include computer projects in schools, assistance to orphanage as well as many others. Funds for these projects are raised over many months prior to each trip. The funds raised come from activities such as letter writing, emails, trivia nights, garage sales, selling chocolates, ongoing support from our parish family and also from many regular, external supporters.
- The support and feedback from parishioners and the parish is inspiring.
Find out more about this work by viewing https://youtu.be/prPD_nkHqVk
A three-year ‘Twinning’ relationship with The Amani Centre for People with Disabilities in Morogoro, Tanzania and St Paul’s Parish, Albion Park was launched in September 2014 at all Parish Masses. The relationship continues until September 2017.
The Amani (meaning ‘Peace’) Centre for People with Disability
The second ministry relates to the Amani Centre. A three year ‘Twinning’ friendship (which will continue until September 2017) with The Amani Centre for People with Disability in Morogoro, Tanzania and St Paul’s Parish, Albion Park was launched at the 9.30am Mass on 14th September, 2014. One of the objectives of our 2014 trip to Tanzania was to identify a new parish in the Diocese of Morogoro which could become our next Sister Parish. After visiting two possible parishes we were drawn into a different direction. We had already visited The Amani Centre for People with Disability in Morogoro Town, along with its two campuses. Our hearts went out to the children we encountered at these Centres especially when Fr Beatus, the Director told us that parents in Tanzania hide their disabled children indoors and hope they will die early. We were also very impressed with the great work being carried out at the three Centres and wondered how they managed to remain open considering the ever present costs and overheads associated with running the Centres. The twinning friendship was launched on our return and consists of regular communication and mutual prayer support, practical support e.g. over 200 beanies have been lovingly knitted by parishioners and sent to Amani, as well as our parish offering financial support from time to time to aid the practical needs of the Centre and its two campuses. The image of Our Lady of Africa which hangs on the back wall in the main body of our Church is a constant reminder of the special friendship we share with the Amani Centre and of the prayerful and practical support we offer to them.
Find out more by viewing this video: https://youtu.be/Sw4tzOm2iH4
Report from the August 2016 visit to Tanzania:
Sheelagh and Tony Abela
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