|Support TEMBO and have some lunch|
|Written by Laura Green|
|Friday, 02 December 2011|
Authentic African art and guest speakers highlight luncheon for a good cause
TEMBO the Tanzanian Education and Micro-Business Opportunity program available for young women of northern Tanzania is hosting a fundraising luncheon on Dec. 3 at the First Unitarian Church in Westboro.
The luncheon will provide an African marketplace with hand-crafted African art, a silent auction, guest speeches and traditional Tanzanian food.
The luncheon will also include a presentation from Dr. Gail Webber, a University of Ottawa professor who has worked in Tanzania multiple times.
TEMBO and its contributors base their work in two small villages Longido and Kimokouwa that are the home to many young women and girls that need help to get their lives on track.
[We] run various programs that help to educate girls and empower women based in two areas Longido and Kimokouwa, said Melissa Fennell, a member of the Board of Directors of TEMBO.
Through various fundraising initiatives, TEMBO provides opportunities to help young women go to and complete high school (which costs money in Tanzania), start a business initiative through micro-finance loans and even help the girls learn how to speak English.
The initiatives are developed and maintained by the residents themselves, making them 100 per cent independent.
It gives them a strong sense of commitment, a sense of pride, and generates a sense of income that is enough to support their families, said Fennell.
Along with their current initiatives, they are actively working to build a community library.
[Libraries] are extremely well received amongst kids, said Fennell, adding that the library will double as a learning center. The plans are currently underway and they hope to have the new building up within the next few years.
Other fundraising events have been put on by Algonquin College students over the last year, such as bake sales, pool tournaments and selling Tanzanian art and books. Over $3 900 has been raised so far, and the contributions are continuing to happen through the multi-faceted partnerships that the college and TEMBO have set up.
Projects such as the learning center and the micro-finance loans (which involve the residents raising goats to generate income) are the main recipients of fundraising events like the luncheon this Saturday.