The Tuende Pamoja Charity was started by the Barbour family when they were running Kisampa Camp.
Kisampa, built in 2004, is a private, family run, community conservation sanctuary in the Kisampa Conservation Area which adjoins Saadani National Park.
Kisampa is run as a socially responsible, eco friendly business managing the Kisampa Conservation Area on behalf of the people of Matipwili village, in order to preserve the unique riverine and coastal forest and wildlife for future generations and to bring money and resources directly to the community and thus empower the people of the area.
Our philosophy is one of a mutually beneficial partnership with our village community in an effort to ensure their sustainable development and well-being. To this end we started a charity fund called Tuende Pamoja Charity which is a conduit for funds sent to us by ‘Friends of Kisampa’, a loose term describing those who donate to Tuende Pamoja.
There are many facets of the assistance facilitated by the charity:
Our major thrust is education
At the time of writing Tuende Pamoja is sponsoring the secondary education of 38 needy students who would be unable to attend school without this help. Most of thes
e young people are from the village of Matipwili, while the rest are from nearby communities.
In the past we have sponsored up to 162 students in a year.
The sponsors of these students committed their assistance for all the five years of secondary education and some have continued to sponsor their further education.
Fourteen students have completed their further education studies and are now qualified. While there are ten still being sponsored at Colleges and Universities.
While only a small family business we currently employ 19 people all of whom are from Matipwili.
Since we have been at Kisampa we have (and these are only the major projects) :
- Assisted with the building of two classrooms at the new (six years old) Secondary School in Matipwili.
- Provided a complete water system for the secondary school and the village medical clinic completely renovated eight classrooms and the school office in the Primary School
- Built a new village office and library for Matipwili. Both ‘buildings’ are containers, which are placed apart with a large roof covering them both. The floor space between the two provides an excellent meeting area for the community.
- Repainted and renovated the medical clinic
- A microscope has been donated to the clinic as well as a solar system to power it enabling tests for malaria and other tests to be performed on the spot
- Completed the building of a staff house at the primary school thus enabling an additional teacher to be housed in the village.
- A little girl has had an operation for a severe squint and can now see properly
- A man whose leg was severely damaged by a crocodile has received a prosthesis and funds to start a business.
- A student with epilepsy receives medication daily without which he would be unable to attend school and lead a meaningful life. He has now graduated as a teacher.
A student who had to leave secondary school early was given training in a trade and excelled at dressmaking. She was then given a sewing machine and now runs a thriving business in the village.
- A man born with a cleft lip and palate was able to go to Dar es Salaam for an operation (by the Rafiki team from Western Australia) and now leads a normal life with a changed appearance. He has since married….quite a change from the shy life he once led.
- A young lad whose arm was severely burned in an accident had skin grafts in Dar es Salaam to enable him to straighten his arm and use it. He is now thriving and, though still young, is one of the voluntary helpers in the Resource Centre
- We facilitated an operation in Dar es Salaam for the removal of a large growth on the neck of one of the villagers in Matipwili. Without our help her condition would have deteriorated very quickly.
- A little boy who lost his hearing as a very young baby has had an operation to ‘fix’ his eardrums to prevent him from getting continuous ear infections. He is now at a special school for the deaf in Dar es Salaam and his sponsor pays for his education and also for his mother to visit him every month. He is making amazing progress
- We have over 1500 books in our embryonic library. We continually try to add to our library stock
- We have donated several hundred books to Kiwangwa Secondary School, Gongo Primary School, Matipwili Secondary School and Matipwili Primary School
- Every orphan …there are 75 in our village of varying ages…has a mosquito net ….as do all the Kisampa staff
- Every sponsored student has been presented with a mosquito net and most also have a small solar lamp to help them to see to do their homework at night.
- We conducted an experimental fishing project in two ox bow lakes of the Wami River. Sadly, this project is not continuing.
- We have experimented with the growing of Jatropha as a bio fuel. Villagers were given Jatropha seed, educated with regard to the cultivation of the trees and the production of oil. They were paid a small increment at various stages of the growth of their trees as an encouragement and we guaranteed to buy any seed they produce. We distributed more than 200 kgs of seed in the community but this project was not successful and has been dropped.
- We have forty Langstroff beehives in Matipwili, Gongo and Kiwangwa to encourage farmers to keep bees in an environmentally friendly way. We guaranteed to purchase any honey produced by them but find that they never have any honey to sell as they enjoy eating it too much!!
- We have recently built a new house for the Matipwili Clinical Officer.
We have renovated a small house in the village run by the committee for the Most Vulnerable Children. The MVC committee rents this house to earn funds for the orphans they care for.
- We installed a borehole equipped with a submersible pump and generator and water tower in the village of Gongo to provide a water system for the village
- We have donated 7 computers and a printer to the village Committee and to the headmasters of the Primary and Secondary Schools in Matipwili. We also donated two computers and a printer to Kiwangwa Secondary School as well as over 300 books for their library
- We have so far funded seven students through University and College in various centers in Tanzania. These young people are now qualified and in the workforce.
- Currently we are funding 27 students through Colleges and Institutions and look forward to them completing their courses soon.
- Through us and our contacts a prototype Solar Grid has been constructed in Matipwili (the first of many to be developed by Devergy in Tanzania). This grid enables the community to access power for light, phone charging, TV sets, radios etc
We have built a Resource Centre in the village. This is stocked with 30 OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) computers and is a major learning hub for the entire community, becoming more popular every day.
Two villagers who would otherwise be unemployed supervise the running of both the Library and the Resource Centre.
This is only possible because of the solar grid system which enables us to charge the computers.
Having the centre in the village is already having a definite positive impact…..the exam results at both the Primary School and the Secondary School last year were the best ever showing considerable improvement on all previous years.
Projects not in Matipwili:
Our company previously also had camps in Ruaha, Serengeti Mara and Chole Mjini, as well as Matipwili. To this end we have
- Contributed to the secondary school at Idodi, near Ruaha
- Built a new teachers house at Gibaso, just outside Serengeti and also sponsored several secondary students in the Gibaso area
- Regularly contributed to the Social and Economic Development Fund of the Chole Mjini village
We have also assisted our other neighbouring village, Gongo in that we
- Provided a water pump for the land locked community about 15 kilometres from Kisampa. We first employed a geologist to survey the site and then a contractor to drill the borehole. The people of Gongo now enjoy a water supply close to their homes rather than having to transport water from a distant gully.
- Donated two large water tanks to the Gongo Primary School along with all the guttering and piping necessary.
It is worth mentioning that every single cent donated to the fund is spent on the charity……we at Kisampa donate our time and energy to ‘making it happen’.