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Hot News from Wales  –  container arrives in Mwanza
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After three months at sea and on the road, plus a quick pit-stop at the port in Dar es Salaam, our eleventh container has arrived at our workshop in Mwanza.
Seen here are Emmanuel and Saidi unloading.  Hoping they had some help, as there were 18 tonnes of equipment and tools inside.
Included were lathes and sewing machines for the two villages in our Rural Clusters Project. Many thanks to SIDO HQ staff in Dar for their speedy port clearance.
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Tailors training at MSTC
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Fourteen tailors from the Rural Clusters project attended a three week training course at the Mwanza Sewing Machine and Training Centre.  MSTC was established by our friends at Tools for Solidarity in Belfast, and is next door to our tool refurbishing workshop on the SIDO compound in Mwanza.
On completion of their training each woman returned to her village with a treadle sewing machine.
Included in our container were some electric zig zag machines in response to requests from the tailors groups. Although the two villages have electricity the supply is not reliable, so treadle machines are much valued.

Namagondo village
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Jitihada Carpentry group at work  in Namagonda with some of their new tools.
See our new website for more details of the project and the village
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Dickson attends training in machine maintenance
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Dickson Shenkalwa, Technical Officer from Tanga region, attended training in Mwanza to learn about advanced maintenance of sewing machines.
On returning to Tanga he will be passing on some of his new-found knowledge to women’s tailors groups in Pangani and other groups in the region.
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The Careys visit the Cares

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Christopher and Helen Carey visited our workshop last month, shown with co-ordinator Tony Care.
Helen is back in the UK raising funds for the project she works for in Tanzania; the Safe House Project.
This is run by Rhobi Samwelly and provides a safe place for young women fleeing from the threat of FMG.  We have sent ten sewing machines, and a batch of garden tools to help them.
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Sue Gray

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It is with great sadness that we are writing to tell you that Sue Gray has died. She had been ill for some time but has shown incredible strength and resilience during her illness, defying predictions of her longevity on numerous occasions and facing her last days with great humour and dignity.

Sue was a long-time member of TFSR Cymru. She was a Board member from 1999 to 2010, and our Chair in 2002.  She visited Tanzania with Tony Care in 2004 and made many friends there as she did everywhere.

We will miss you Sue, you will be long remembered by all at TFSR Cymru.
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The Eisteddfod comes to Abergavenny

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We spent eight great days at the Eisteddfod just down the road from our workshop. Here Andrew Helme demonstrates fixing handles to Fair Trade tools.  He was one of fifteen volunteers who helped on the stall over the week.
The stall was courtesy of HUB Cymru Africa who invited us and four other local organisations to join them.
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We raised over £1,000 selling Fair Trade tools and asking for sponsorship for tool kits.
This all helps to make up the funding we have received from the HUB and other generous donors for the current project. BUT we still need another £6,000 to cover the whole cost of the project which runs until January 2018.

If you would like to help us to help the working people in Kiabakari and Namagondo villages together with their families, over 750 people:
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Please send us a donation
or send a cheque to TFSR Cymru at our workshop in Crickhowell

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Jeff Thomas our Chair talking with Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales at the Eisteddfod
2016-11-30T09:54:58+00:00 August 10th, 2016|News|