You are invited to The Friends of Cedar Tanzania Gala 2018

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The Cedar Foundation Tanzania delivers projects that change lives in communities across northern Tanzania.  We focus on improving health and education and promoting equality and life prospects.

In January 2018, after raising over 1.5 million CHF we opened a Health Centre in Kamanga, Tanzania to serve the 30,000 people living there.  In just the first 6 months of operation, over 5,000 patients have been treated and 2,000 children under the age of 5 have seen a doctor for the first time! 

We are also running a Community Based Rehabilitation Programme to help treat people with disabilities, a women empowerment programme called SASA and a programme called Tackle Africa that uses football to teach young people about HIV prevention.

You cannot tackle a problem in isolation, you must engage with all of the problem areas and work with the entire community.” Mark O’Sullivan, Founder of The Cedar Foundation

The Friends of The Cedar Foundation Tanzania is a legal non profit Swiss entity governed by Swiss law whose purpose is to raise awareness and funds to support the projects of Cedar Tanzania. 

We are hosting our 2nd Annual Gala on October 6th and would be delighted for you to join us in giving Kamanga kids and families a brighter future!

We would like to thank our Platinum Sponsor Prime Property Lounge for their generosity.

If you would like to become a sponsor of our 2018 Gala then please contact us at kara@cedarfoundation.org. Thank you!


 

A CBR Success story: the tricycle

Ms. KEFLEN SOGORA, is 30 Years old. Her hands had begun to ache quite painfully from the pressure of trying to maneuver the broken tricycle. The disabled mother of two, who lives in Mkolani village with her second husband, said ‘Hii baiskel ndo ilikuwa miguu yangu,’ that is, ‘the tricycle had been my legs!’

Her first husband had left her to look after herself and her two small children. But her neighbours rallied to her aid and gave her support whenever she needed it. She obtained the donated tricycle through Cedar Tanzania's partners CHAWATA, the local advocacy group for people with disabilities. And with it she was able to earn herself a modest living by distributing drinks that she made at her home, to the local community. 

With the aid of her tricycle, Keflen was also able to take part in community events, both happy and sad; weddings and funerals and she was a regular attendee of village meetings. But then the cogs and chains of the tricycle began to lock together and it became harder and harder for Keflen to maneuver it; so much so that in the end she stopped using it. All of a sudden her involvement in community activities came to an end. She said, ‘Tangu imeharibika nimekuwa mtu wa nyumbani tu!’ that is ‘When the tricycle broke I became home bound,’ because she simply could not afford to get it repaired.

The Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) team got to hear of Keflen’s plight. They were amazed at how much she had been part of the community, and how since her immobility she had not been able to earn as much money for her family. The CBR team decided to pay for the expenses of having Keflen’s tricycle repaired.  It was taken to a local bicycle repair shop to be serviced. 

Her Smile says it all.

Keflen has got her 'legs' back. "May God bless you all as you continue serving this community!" she says. Keflen is hopeful for the future and is looking forward to resuming her business and to being part of community activities once again. 

The Community Based Rehabilitation program continues to function on the donations of our partners Interteam.

Please donate here to ensure that Cedar Tanzania is able to continue serving the community of Nyamatongo in these amazing ways. Thank you.

 

A CBR Success Story: 'I can see agan!'

SEMBE RWANGIRA is a 60 year old man, who lives in Kabusuri village with his son and his daughter in law.  Mr. Rwangira is among the people with disabilities first identified during the research that was done by Cedar Tanzania and CHAWATA, the local advocacy group for people with disabilities. The Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) medical staff introduced themselves to him as part of their regular rounds and he began receiving treatment from them soon after.    

The CBR medical officer came to Mr. Rwangira's home and diagnosed him with Diabetes mellitus and blepharitis (eye-lid inflammation). They found that he had had cataract in his right eye years earlier. But that it had remained untreated for such a long time and subsequently had caused complete blindness to that one eye. It was the left eye now that the CBR medical officer had to try and save and quickly. The eye-lid inflammation on the left eye was so severe however that it had caused the eye to shut completely.

Mr. Rwangira is a farmer, but for weeks he hadn’t been able to go to the fields. He couldn’t walk by himself but with the help of his son and grandchildren. The CBR medical officer noted that in earlier visit Mr. Rwangira was often to be found alone and unattended. He would complain about the lack of care from his family. The CBR staff have been able to mediate between Mr Rwangira and his son, and now they see small but positive changes in his overall care.  

For the diabetes mellitus, as it’s a chronic disease, the CBR medical officer normally measures Mr. Rwangira's blood sugar levels and gives him a prescription according to the results. He and the rest of his family have been given advice on the kinds of food he needs to eat and needs to avoid but these instructions have been a challenge for them to follow as the son and daughter in law often reply that he can only be given whatever food is available. The CBR medical officer continues to encourage them to make minor changes to his diet, like adding more spinach, and other leafy vegetables, or like adding some fish, which is more affordable than meat, and to reduce the overly carb-rich staple food ugali (corn/cassava mash) from Mr. Rwangira's diet.  They have promised to try harder to implement these changes for him.

For the blepharitis, he was given medication. The CBR medical officer’s regular attentive treatments have brought relief to Mr. Rwangira who can now see once again from his left eye.

Mr. Rwangira is very thankful for the treatment he has received. He feels happy and cared for by the  CBR medical staff.  Whenever the team goes to see him, he shows joy, and since he has medical officer Neema’s number, he calls her whenever he feels unwell and makes an appointment for her to visit him.

Jackie Matandiko, is Cedar Tanzania’s Field Officer who works closely with the CBR medical staff. She says, ‘I feel more motivated as I see that the work we are doing in the community is worthwhile and that it is making a difference.  Apart from the joy of achieving the project objectives there is the pleasure of seeing that we are bringing changes to people’s lives by wiping away their tears and by bringing back their smiles. This all gives me more energy to continue serving them!’

Support the CBR project by donating here.

Kamanga Health Centre and Maternal Health

Marie Stopes Tanzania is the country’s largest specialised sexual and reproductive health and family planning organisation. They deliver,  ‘…approximately 33% of contraception in Tanzania, and focus on reaching under-served women who are predominantly young, living in poverty, residing in hard-to-reach rural locations and urban slums - or a combination of all three.’

On Wednesday 22nd August 2018 Marie Stopes visited Kamanga Health Centre. Here Paulina Urassa, Kamanga Health Centre Manager, tells us more about this very exciting visit;

‘Maria stopes has built a partnership with our facility through the health department of our mutual partner Sengerema District Council. The Kamanga Health Centre’s RCH  staff and members of the Kamangan community (who were mostly women), took part in this information day.

Marie Stopes shared information on issues regarding family planning. They offered family planning education on different family planning methods including the pros and cons of each method and they offered the services to those who were ready to begin, that very day, using a family planning method of their choice.  Marie Stopes were also able to rectify some of the false beliefs that the community members had regarding the use of family planning methods.

Our patients benefited a lot from Marie Stopes’ clear instructions. My hope is that they will be able to share with other women in the community what they learned about the different methods of family planning, about how to raise their children in healthier ways, about the importance of maternal health and also about the economic benefits that family planning could have on the entire family.

I look forward to Kamanga Health Centre and Marie Stopes’ continuing collaboration in the future, in serving the Nyamatongo ward on maternal health matters, especially as one of the Government priorities is to educate communities, particularly in rural areas, about family planning and maternal health.  Marie Stopes are such a strong health partner in this country. I believe that together and with other interested health partners, we can serve our community in both educating and providing quality health care services.’

Donate Here to support Kamanga Health Centre. Thank you.