Calendar helping Tanzanian kids get an education

Barcham 30 October 2013 3


St Paul’s Church in Manuka, along with Radford College, have teamed up with the children from the rural village of Matumbulu in Tanzania to create a wall calendar for 2014.

Sales of this Calendar will help children in Tanzania get the chance to go to school.

The calendar is launching this Sunday (2nd of November) at St Paul’s Fete.

All proceeds from sales of the calendar will go to The Carpenter’s Kids Program, which ensures that Tanzanian children whose parents have mostly died of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses can attend school, by providing uniforms, school supplies and other support for a year. Although primary schools are free in Tanzania, without uniforms children can not enrol. The program also gives them breakfast on school days, emergency health care, counselling and support. Overseas Anglican parishes in the US, UK, New Zealand, and in Australia St Paul’s Manuka, provide the funding for the program. The Friends of Carpenter’s Kids group in Canberra now includes supporters from across Canberra and various faith communities.

St Paul’s has supported 50 Carpenter’s Kids since 2008 in Matumbulu, and recently promised to continue this support for another five years.

Children at Radford and in Matumbulu drew what was important to them to share with the other children, and their drawings vividly illustrate the calendar. It is bilingual and will be used in Tanzania as well as Australia. Each participant Carpenter’s Kid has received a colour copy of a drawing done by one of the Radford children, as a memento of the link established between the groups of children. Radford children will also receive a copy of one of the Carpenter’s Kids drawings and will hear the story of how the Carpenter’s Kids did their drawings and how they live in Matumbulu from two members of the parish, Catherine and Les Bohm, who recently visited Matumbulu at their own expense for the annual distribution of uniforms, school supplies and gifts from Canberra.

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3 Responses to Calendar helping Tanzanian kids get an education
astrojax astrojax 12:44 pm 30 Oct 13

whose parents have mostly died of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses

how much more dying do they have left to do? who writes these things..? or more to the point, who doesn’t read these things..?

this is a great initiative, but i wonder what is being done politically to get the tanzanian government to drop the requirement for the dress code and just educate all their children. kudos to the bohms, though.

beejay76 beejay76 11:54 am 30 Oct 13

It’s so wrong, but this just reminds me of Ja’mie King.

Damn you, Chris Lilley.

dtc dtc 11:42 am 30 Oct 13

I think the fete is Saturday 2 November.

I dare say the Radford fete on the same day (but oddly an afternoon fete) will also have calendars

Sounds like a great initiative.

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