Keep on moving
Mobility is something able-bodied people take for granted, but if you are physically disabled in Tanzania having access to a mobility aid can mean the difference between being home-bound and being able to see friends, family and even run your own business. Many of our staff at Neema Crafts would not be able to get to work every day were it not for the hand-trikes, bikes and wheel chairs with which they are provided.
Watch to see what happened when 40 hand-trike carts were distributed at the Neema Crafts Centre in October 2014.
How it works
Your donation could...
Buy a walking frame = $45
Maintain all of the bikes and hand-trikes = $120/month
Pay for a new metal hand trike from Dar-es-Salaam = $300
Order a new wheelchair = $170
Brick by Brick
Many of our staff at Neema have to pay a large part of their income out as rent. Given that they often have wider family members reliant on their income too it is very difficult for them to put enough money aside to build their own home.
For this reason Neema Crafts has set up its own Housing Committee to look for ways to help staff to buy land and build their own homes so that they can begin to establish more security for their futures. Brick by Brick project aims to encourage personal saving by matching amounts saved by staff with an equal grant from this scheme. Access to larger loans will also be provided by this scheme.
Julias may have already saved $325 towards building his house, Brick by Brick would match this with a further $325 as a grant. It would then allow Julias access to a loan of up to $650 which he would have to pay back to the scheme over a two year period at 5% interest.
HOW IT WORKS
A HOUSE COSTS
Currently, the average plot price in Iringa is about $650, a further $650 would allow an individual to build a basic three room house with concrete floor and corrugated iron roof.
Total project cost approximately: $1300
Help us build a further 20 staff homes.
Neither primary or secondary education is completely free in Tanzania. Parents often don’t send their disabled child to school because they worry it will be a waste of their resources. This is why very few of our trainees or staff at Neema have studied beyond primary school.
This has an obvious impact on their employment opportunities later on in life.
We would like to see this trend change within our community, which is why Neema Crafts is looking to help children with disabilities from the very poorest families to get an education.
Our Neema Therapy department is already treating over 100 children with disabilities and so identifying candidates for school sponsorship is not difficult.