International Development Secretary, Penny Mordant MP supports Project Urafiki, Tanzania
This summer CFID ran the inaugural Project Urafiki, in Tanzania. Led by Jeremy Lefroy MP, Urafkik is the successor to Project Umubano the Conservative international social action project.
Twentyone volunteers, including three MP’s, Cllr’s, Candidates and grass root activists took part in three projects in five locations in Northern Tanzania focusing on Education, Business and Health (detail below). We were delighted that International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt MP endorsed the project and visited us in a personal capacity for the last day of volunteering. She personally took part in the programmes in the University and the Disability Centre.
CFID worked closely with not for profit and charitable partners in Tanzania across three project streams:-
1) Education: Teaching life and employability skills to Years 4-6 in a Secondary School and 1st year University students with charity Training for Life (including VSO and Restless Development students)
2) Business: Providing business skills training and advice to small businesses, including on-site visits in and around Moshi and Arusha, working with (DFID funded) EFTA (Equity for Tanzania)
3) Health: Teaching community health trainers on issues such as Mental Health and volunteering at a local children’s disability centre through KCMC the local hospital and the local Lutheran Diocese
In total, training was given to c370 individuals (students, entrepreneurs, health trainers and staff with the organisations we partnered with), plus 30 small business site visits with one on one advice. Follow up with those who have received training already in the pipeline as a legacy of the project.
Over the last 11 years, the Conservative international Social action projects have organised over 600 volunteer placements in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Burundi and now Tanzania.