October News

Tools For Self Reliance
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News from groups everywhere

Kagera region

Mr Elias Zacharia receiving tools from TFSR Cymru on behalf of the BUDAP – Bukoba Disabled Assistance project.

for more see:  www.budap.org
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Itahwa Blacksmith Mr. Shedrak Daniel displaying products from Itahwa group during a local exhibition in Kagera Region, held in Bukoba. Some of these are the tools we import for sale in Wales

The Nane Nane Exhibition is held every year on the National day for Farmers on eight eight – 8th August.
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Tanga region


Groups opening their kit boxes outside the SIDO Tanga Region offices.   This was the first stop for our recent container. Groups get a days “introduction to their tools” when they learn about any tools they are unfamiliar with.

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Mara region  

Members of Baruti shoe-makers working at their normal activity of making shoes. The group has 6 members; 3 fundis and 3 trainees.  They have already received a shoe repair kit from TFSR Cymru, and they will soon be getting an electric sewing machine – sent in the last container.

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Crickhowell region (Wales)



Wednesdays with the newly painted “Green Box” container in Crickhowell car park. It is now held together for another year with a thick coat of shiny green. At present we use it to store un-refurbished garden tools. Sorry to Andrew who did a lot of the work but missed the photo

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Mwanza region

Mr Abdullah Boma in Mwanza. learning the magic of treadle base making. He is spending 4 weeks at the Mwanza Sewing Machine Training Centre, which is funded by TFS, our brothers and sisters in Belfast.
When he returns home to Tanga he will be able to make treadle bases, not only for the groups for whom we have provided hand machines, but also for the many women in Tanga who would like a robust treadle sewing machine.

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More in Tanga
Robina and Terry Richter visited Tanga region recently. Bina was a chair of TFSR many moons ago. Here they are with the Safina Tailors Group who have received sewing machines from Wales. Bina and Terry were very impressed with how the women, working in a very rural environment, were able to train youngsters and make a wide variety of quality clothing.

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Some Sad News
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It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our Patrons, Dr. William Shija died recently in London at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife and five children. He was a loyal supporter of TFSR Cymru. We send our condolences to his family.
He is seen here visiting our workshop in 2009.

William Shija

More news next month

2016-11-30T09:55:00+00:00 October 8th, 2014|News|