Enterprise and Education

In October Julian, from the Livingstone Tanzania Trust, attended a conference in Uganda, hosted by Teach a Man to Fish and paid for by them as part of our Award for Best Entrepreneur in Education Programme in Tanzania and 2nd best in Africa. The conference focused on how secondary schools can improve their self-sufficiency by adopting a more entrepreneurial approach. Schools from around the world explained how they were able to generate funds while improving the education of their students. This has given us a lot to think about to see if their models made can be applied to primary … [Read more...]

Our very own “Leading Lady”

Anyone who knows PEPAIDS' founder and CEO Helen Allen may have had to look twice when M&S went 'live' with its Autumn/Winter advertising campaign last month. Helen, also one of T4A's founding members, stars alongside a range of women who have tasted success in their field including actress Dame Helen Mirren and ballerina Darcey Bussell. Helen was chosen because of her achievements in nursing which include being voted "nurse of the year" by the British Journal of Nursing in 2011. But she could easily have been chosen for her volunteer work for PEPAIDS or her great ability to bring life … [Read more...]

A new school for KYGN in Mabogini

One of the outcomes of the Oxford meeting of T4A members was the formation of a new partnership between the kanga project and  Kilimanjaro Young Girls In Need (KYGN).  the kanga project is working with KYGN to help them finish construction of a new school which will accommodate up to 250, 3-11 year old children for pre-primary and primary education in the rural village of Mabogini, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. the kanga project is fully behind this project as KYGN is not just concerned with getting ‘bums on seats’  –  the most common measure of success – but is about providing … [Read more...]

Oxford meet – your feedback

Our last meet in Oxford was a great success and as before we like to leave it to those who attended to share their thoughts on the day. “I would  like to say a massive thank you to all of you for making yesterday worth getting up at 4am. The input from your various perspectives and experiences added to the great presentations of all our speakers of the day made this meet a very productive and enjoyable day. I noticed a great willingness to share and collaborate further. T4A is our open widow to the world and a great way of showing everyone out there who wants to know, what small charities … [Read more...]

Oxford, here we come

Together 4 Africa will be holding his next members' meet in Oxford on Saturday 13th April. So far 15 member charities have registered and we look forward to seeing some old friends and meeting new ones. Members will get to meet the Frontiers Foundation who have funded 2 projects put forward by T4A and will listen / discuss / argue / learn / laugh / make new connections throughout the day. We are still working on the Agenda as ideas are flying in. Looks like we will need another meet sooner rather than later to satisfy everyone. It is not too late for members to put their name down and for … [Read more...]

Thank you Frontiers Foundation

Several moons ago, T4A got to know Oxford based Property Frontiers, one of Europe’s leading firms specialising in the international property investment market. They were interested in setting up a charitable arm to their business because as Ray Withers said, “working in the international property arena, we are acutely aware of the impact that our investments can have at the local level and (of our) corporate social responsibility." Unsure of how to go about it and in particular in evaluating possible projects, they approached T4A for advice. A trip to Oxford later by a few T4A founding … [Read more...]

An alternative to JustGiving that is FREE

Betterplace.org don’t just want to change the world. They also want to improve how world-changing is done.Through betterplace.org not only do more people engage, but they do it more effectively than ever before. Anybody can help on betterplace.org – as an individual or as a group. And equally, anybody can receive help not just large well-known charitable organisations, but also small grassroots initiatives round the corner from you, or anywhere in the world. The main thing is: everything is transparent. You might want to give it a go. Betterplace.org … [Read more...]

Link up & Learn 2012

The Small Charities Coalition is organising a Link Up & Learn event in Liverpool (22nd May) and Newcastle in June. They are “bringing our own mix of skills sharing, information and networking to small charities - all for only £20 per person. It’ll be a packed day of practical workshops covering a diverse range of subjects such as fundraising, communications and business planning delivered by the likes of Institute of Fundraising and Media Trust, with a host of other interesting ways for you to gain new skills, new insights and new contacts.” All details here. … [Read more...]

Sight & Hearing test in Tanzania – can you help?

Today we are publishing a special request recently received. Perhaps you can help. This is an example of the enquiries we get through our contact page. We endeavour to transfer most of them onto the forum, so please check there from time to time. "Hello, my daughter Michelle, has been out in Moshi, Tanzania for more than 18months working for the Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need http://www.KYGN.org . They care for and educate up to 75 preschool children, mainly girls, in the very poor village of Mabogini. She is needing someone to check the sight and hearing of the children and I wondered if you … [Read more...]

A member’s perspective

Essential tips I picked up at the latest T4A event - by Martin Smedley of Act4Africa This Saturday I went to a T4A training meeting together with other small charities working in Africa to learn, share expertise and network together. I am a great believer in networking and in the benefits which can derive from charities working together wherever possible, particularly when working internationally.  I am sure we all know the anecdotal stories of villages where several charities discover they are duplicating efforts. I know from my own experience of African towns that have twinned with … [Read more...]