This is the place where we will keep you posted about the development in our partner projects.
As with everything on the move, there are times when alot happens as well as times without much news. You most likely won't find weekly updates here, but rather irregular reports on small and big steps we take with our partners regarding our work in Tanzania.
Whenever there are news to tell, you will find them here - so feel free to keep checking this site :)!
Cooperation with the
Deaf and Community Progress Organization
In mid-March, Corona also arrived in Tanzania, and as a result, all educational institutions in the country have been closed indefinitely for over four weeks now. What consequences this will have concerning the final examinations and other scheduled school activities this year cannot yet be foreseen. The economic and social consequences of the Corona Pandemic for the entire country cannot be predicted either. Many people are dependent on tourism, which has come to a complete standstill due to the global situation. So far - in contrast to some neighbouring countries - there is no lockdown yet, but various measures have been and will be gradually ordered, such as the banning of international flights, an obligation to wear masks in Dar es Salaam or the cancellation of state celebrations.
During this time, the Deaf and Community Progress Organization (DCPO) in Arusha also sees its task in the educational work on the coronavirus and Covid-19. We were able to establish contacts with the small, locally managed organization last summer. It is committed to and advocates for the needs and interests of the deaf community, which makes up at least 1.2% of the population (see Tanzania Integrated Labour Force Survey 2014 Analytical Report). This includes the promotion of mutual understanding and openness as well as anti-discrimination work, the promotion of equal participation in society, economy and education and the promotion of sign language. The DCPO is well networked in the region and also knows which members of the regional deaf community can be found in which place.
During the Corona Pandemic, the organization is sending a small team with soap, community masks and information material into the rural areas around Arusha, going from house to house and providing education about the virus, protection from infection and appropriate measures in sign language. It is very difficult for the target group to obtain reliable information on this, as there is often no translation of, for example, TV news into sign language and illiteracy is also an issue. The radio as the most widespread medium, especially in rural structures, is also no help for deaf people in obtaining information.
We are very happy to be able to support the DCPO in financing this important work, which is highly appreciated by the people reached. We are grateful to be able to contribute to a bit of education even in these times of extreme challenges and school closures.
Christmas market in Immendingen – Reischachschule sells items for a good cause
The Reischachschule Immendingen has been supporting the Good Hope Primary School since 2011 and has been an educational patron for three pupils in Arusha for
several years. In order to pay the school fees for the next school year, the pupils of the Reischachschule sell home-made items at the Christmas Market 2019 in Immendingen (Saturday, 30.11
& Sunday, 01.12, Schlossplatz, 78194 Immendingen) - the proceeds of the stand go to the class tills and to Arusha.
We would like to thank all participants for their long-standing commitment!
Good Hope register with Labdoo e.V.
Labdoo.org e.V. is a non-profit association that provides access to IT and education for educational projects in Germany and abroad through IT donations. IT donations can be sent to
Labdoo, where they are cleaned up by volunteers and new, child-friendly learning and game software is installed. So-called flight patrons (travellers who are travelling to the target countries anyways) will then take the donations along to the respective projects,
so-called Edoovillages, in the target country. By using flight patrons, the donated items find their way to their new homes in a CO2-neutral way.
Since November 2019 the Good Hope Pre- & Primary School is registered as an Edoovillage with Labdoo. Travellers have the possibility to bring Labdoo laptops to Arusha to the school and thus make the dream of a computer room come true. So if anyone of you is planning a trip to Tanzania and can take along laptop donations, please contact us or Labdoo.org !
amini visiting the Good Hope School
In summer 2019 Ursula and Franziska Riedel from amini e.V. were in Tanzania and could visit the projects amini is working with. This year they spent a lot of time at the Good Hope Pre- & Primary School, where they stayed in the boarding ward and experienced the daily life of the students. Thus, new activities could be initiated: through a generous donation, the Schlossschule Immendingen made it possible to equip the school library and a computer room. Until now, there was one room at the Good Hope School that was intended to be used as a school library, but the financial means for the equipment were lacking. So far, shelves, 4 large tables and 40 chairs could be manufactured and a basic equipment of books, magazines and learning posters could be purchased. Furthermore, the computer room could be equipped with a basic set of 40 tables, 40 chairs and the first four computers. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the students and teachers of Schlossschule Immendingen for their commitment!
At the end of September Franziska was invited to attend the annual graduation ceremony of the Good Hope Pre- & Primary School. The seventh-graders were bid farewell with a celebration full of performances and speeches lasting several hours, among them a pupil who had been accompanied on her way by an amini education patron for the last years. At the end of the celebration the graduation certificates were awarded, which allows the students to proceed with their secondary education.
Begegnungsfest 2019 in Tuttlingen
Just like last year, amini e.V. will be present again at the Internationales Begegnugsfest in Tuttlingen! On June 23, 2019 the colourful festival will take place on the courtyard of the Karlsschule. At our booth you will find information about amini, sewn treasures made of Tanzanian fabrics and a sand picture handicraft offer for.
We are looking forward to a great day with hopefully good weather, lots of music,
dance, food and great company :)!
Come by, we are looking forward to seeing you!
HERI YA MWAKA MPYA - HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We are very thankful for all the love and support we received in 2018 and want to wish all our friends a blessed, happy
and healthy new year 2019!
Fundraising for Meridian School
For the second time young musicians of the Neuapostolische Kirche Westdeutschland played two fundraising concerts in
favour of the Meridian School in Nduruma. The two children's choirs and the children's orchestra North Rhine-Westphalia performed in Hagen and Bochum according to the
motto "Being on the way together". The audience loved the performances and the children were eventually able to raise 2.600€. This amount will be used to support the building of much needed
sanitary facilities at Meridian.
We are overwhelmed by the commitment of everybody involved in the concerts! A huge thank you to the conductors, the audience, the donors and the young musicians!
Asanteni sana – thank you very much!
Cooperation with the Schlossschule Immendingen
The Schlossschule Elementary School in Immendingen becomes an educational sponsor!
This spring we got a message from Immendingen saying "we, the Schlossschule, want to take action for others and take over
responsibility" - so we talked to the Good Hope management and Mr. Mohamed knew of a mum who struggled with raising the school fees of her daughter. As two of our members were in
Tanzania, they met with the young student and her mum.
On July 10, 2018, the Immendingen Elementary School will be organizing a charity race in order to raise funds for the school fees of the girl we met in Arusha. The Schlossschule is, beside the Reischach RSWRS Secondary School, the second school in Immendingen whose students are getting actively involved in supporting Tanzanian students and taking over responsibility for others through sponsorships organized by amini e.V. .
Together with our partners in Tanzania we want to thank the children, parents, teachers and everybody involved at the schools for their love and effort - your commitment is highly appreciated!
Begegnungsfest in Tuttlingen
On June 24, 2018 amini e.V. is taking part in the 14th international Begegnungsfest (="Fiest of encounters", a celebration of cultures and togetherness) on the premises of the Karlsschule Elementary School in Tuttlingen. We will bring along information on amini and our work, little treasures made of Tanzanian fabric and arts and crafts for the young ones!
We are looking forward to a great day, sunshine, music, performances, yummy international food and awesome company!
Come join us!
We had a wonderful day filled with interesting and fun encounters at our stand, great performances, lovely weather and enthusiastically crafting kids! A huge thank you goes out to the organizing team around Hans-Martin Schwarz and Martina Gröne (Initiative Internationale Begegnung Tuttlingen), which invests a lot of time and energy year by year in this wonderful day, to our guests and to every helping hand.
We are looking forward to being a part of this again next year :)!
Tanzania round trip
We (Leonie Mattes & Franziska Riedel) made good use of spring break at university and travelled to Tanzania in March / April 2018. It was a first time experience for Leonie, and beside exploring the country we of course paid various visits to the partner projects of amini e.V. .
Shortly after arriving in Arusha, we met Joseph who is part of the Meridian School management team. All together we went through plans, documents, receipts and project proposals, and it was a pleasure seeing how the work in Nduruma precedes! We took the bumpy ride to Nduruma in the next days and were able to see the progress on-site. The first two classrooms are finished and in use, an official GPS map was created, big parts of the school premises were cultivated (corn and beans for school meals, planted by the parents, as the current building so far only takes a small space on the school's plot), and a part of the buliding materials for the next classroom already arrived! Although the school was closed for mid-term holidays, a few pupils came to say hi with their teacher. After a while, we found ourselves spending the afternoon singing songs, telling stories and learning new games, all in English and Swahili.
Our next visit took us to the Good Hope Primary School in Ngusero, Arusha. As Good
Hope was closed as well for mid-term, we could not meet most of the students, but spent the time with the manager Mr. Mohamed who proudly showed us around. Since last summer, they were
adding five new classrooms! Franzi, who came to Good Hope for the first time in 2010 when it was a small school with four classrooms on a big plot, is always overwhelmed to see the
progress the school makes continously.
Leonie was impressed by the differences of the two schools we visited - and is keen to see what the Meridian School will be like in a couple of years.
We also met the college student supported by amini e.V. , were able to pay his school fees personally on-site and were also able to organize another sponsorship at Good Hope at short notice (we will report at a later time).
At the end of our travels we met the first teacher and co-founder of Meridian Lucy in Dar es Salaam, who has travelled to the coast for continuing education purposes.
Leonie was overwhelmed by the openness and kindness of the Tanzanian people we met during our travels. She recognised our partners and partner projects of which she has only seen pictures so far, and it was very special to her to finally see and experience "all of that".
After four weeks in Tanzania we boarded the plane back to Germany full of new and refreshed impressions. It was a special journey, especially for Leonie - because "seeing is different than being told" (Kenyan proverb) :)!
February 23, 2018
Paint in Nduruma
We got news from the Meridian School in Nduruma: the current first construction phase is completed, i.e. that all windows, inside and outside paint as well as the black boards are there and installed!
Now it is time for the next phase, which has to include two more classes, sanitary facilities and a teacher's room according to legal requirements.
February 2, 2018
Academic year 2018 :)!
The new academic year in Tanzania started mid-January, and the students at Good Hope and Meridian are back to their desks and start off to
We wish the children in our partner projects as well as all students in Tanzania all the best in their studies and a successful, educational and happy new academic year :)!
Heri ya Krismasi – merry christmas!
We wish all our supporters and friends a merry christmas
from the bottom of our hearts!
Have a peaceful festive
season and a happy new year 2018!
December 23, 2017
Water pump for Meridian
A new water pump was bought for the school premises in Nduruma after having problems with water access the last days. The new pump is stronger and therefore able to pump water from the deep borehole more reliably. Water is crucial for the construction side, the sanitary facilities and for daily activities at the school.
December 14, 2017
News from Nduruma
The missing windows for the second classroom could be ordered and installed and the construction of a 20,000-litre-tank was started, which will provide water
for the construction side, the day-to-day activities at school and the sanitary facilities.
In addition to that, an expert worker started the process of creating an official GPS map of the school premises which will be needed for the registration process.
Joseph and Lucy were able to conduct various talks with the village community. The villagers are ready to offer their help and contribute physical labour to the building process. This will be a big help for the local team and we are very happy to hear those news, as projects like Meridian can only be truly successful when they are accepted and supported by the local community.
October 30, 2017
Fundraising concert in support of the Meridian School
The children's choir and children's orchestra of the New Apostolic Church North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) staged a fundraising concert in support of the Meridian School in Nduruma on October 15, 2017. The concert was carried out by 60 young musicians and took place in Bochum according to the motto "giving brings joy". The children passed their enthusiasm on to the audience, and with the support of the church management NRW an amount of 4.000€ could be handed over to amini e.V.
We are amazed and overwhelmed by the effort of the children and want to thank them as well as their choir and orchestra directors and the management of the NAC NRW from the bottom of our heart!
September 8, 2017
amini e.V. in Tanzania!
This summer, Ursula Riedel, Franziska Riedel and Jutta Friedrich spent about two weeks in Tanzania (August 20 - September 5, 2017). Franziska stayed in-country for her summer break, and together we learned alot about the country and it's people, experienced Tanzanian hospitality and of course visited our local partners.
We were welcomed warmly in Nduruma and were able to get to know about the current situation at the school. We could hand over a donation and sat down for long and
intense talks with Lucy and Joseph, the local team at Meridian. Together we developed and collected ideas for the next steps in the development of the school. Those will be the building of
one to two more classrooms, a techer's room and the extension of the sanitary facilities. After all that being done, the school can apply for the registration as a privately managed primary
In Ngusero we visited the Good Hope School and accomplished an important task: the yearly payment of the school fees for our supported students.
Also, an official meeting with the local management team, the mothers and caretakers of the supported children and us took place. For Ursel and Jutta it was the first time to meet all the legal
guardians in person, and we got the chance to get to know each other better, conduct good conversations and hand over the receipts for the school fees 2018.
As three of the so far supported students graduate this year, we sat down with the management team to evaluate who else needs support. As a result and thanks to our sponsors, we can pay the school fees for five more children, making it nine supported students in total in 2018.
amini e.V. is also able to cover the fees for a young college student in Arusha. His family lives far away and cannot support him anymore in his last year of studies. We met him at church where he is an active member of the congregation and learned about his struggle to continue with his studies.
We want to thank again all our donors and sponsors, also on behalf of our partners - we could not do our work without you!
We are - again - deeply moved by those two weeks in Tanzania. It is overwhelming to see progress happening on-site, to work closely with our Tanzanian partners, to experience their hospitality and to simply immerse in Tanzanian life!
Foundation of amini
On May 26, 2017, we met in Tuttlingen, Germany, to put our idea of a non-profit charitable NGO that will bundle up our various engagements in
Tanzania into action. It was our first meeting, we determined our constitution, held elections and therefore founded amini!
We were recognized as non-profit by the local tax authority, and on June 19 we got registered at the county court - amini e.V. is officially born!