This week in Tanzania 27 Jan 2012

Wevecompletedourfirstfullweekanditsbeenbusywithitschallengesandalsolotsofgoodthingshappening!

OnethingthatstandsoutisourvisittoImaniVocationalTrainingCenterwhere106teensandyoungadultsresideandlearnvaryinglevelsofacademicskillsandatrade.Thirtyofthestudentshavedisabilities.NineofthosestudentsarefromtheBuildingaCaringCommunityProject(BCC),sevenhavingenrolledlastweekandtheothertwoinapreviousyear.

ConsideringthattheBCCstudentshavebeenthereforbarelytwoweeks,havenotattendedschoolpreviously,andhavenotbeenawayfromhome,Iwasamazedathowwelltheyseemtobeacclimatedtotheirnewsurroundings.However,asexpected,theywerehappytoseefamiliaradultsfromBCC.

TheImaniVocationalTrainingCenter,foundedin2001,islocatedaboutaonehourdrivefromthecenterofMoshiinaveryruralarea.ItisoneofonlyafeweducationalsettingsinTanzaniathatcombinesstudentswithandwithoutdisabilitiesinallaspectsofitsprogram.

ThepicturesshowBaraka,astudentfromtheBCCprogram,agirl’sdormitoryroom,andanadvancedstudentmakingsweatersforalargeorder.


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