We are fully committed to the work we do in the community, whether that be through pro bono work, donation or participation. We are proud of our association and involvement with a variety of charities and community programs.
Didier Murcia accepted appointment as the Honorary Consul for Tanzania in 1997 and since that time our office has acted as the Consulate for Tanzania on an honorary basis. Tanzania needs to promote itself to gain much needed tourism and international financial investment in its industries. We work hard to assist and facilitate that economic development.
Working with a number of leading Western Australian health professionals, MPH established Rafiki Australia Tanzania in 2004. MPH continues to coordinate Rafiki, cover the administration costs and raise funds for its continuing growth. Since its first mission in 2004, a total of 33 surgical trips to Tanzania have changed the lives of thousands of Tanzanians with conditions such as cleft lip, cleft palates and burns contractures. The operations undertaken have not just helped the patients by alleviating the pain and suffering, but they have helped them become accepted members of their communities.
MPH is supporting Rafiki's newest program; training Tanzanian surgeons to become the country’s first ever fully-qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. The two-year Master’s Degree program will have a huge flow-on effect and is a vital step to help Tanzania become self-sufficient in this surgical specialty.
Volunteers from MPH have also helped Rafiki send more than 50 x 40-foot containers of desperately needed second-hand medical equipment to hospitals in Tanzania. With a replacement value of over $10M this equipment is greatly needed and being put to great use by hospitals, dispensaries and clinics in Tanzania.
We were instrumental in establishing the Australia Tanzania Young Ambassadors, a non-government organisation focused on developing cross-cultural relations between youth in Australia and Tanzania. ATYA also plays a major role in assisting underprivileged schools in Tanzania with infrastructure and educational needs. Since its establishment, 17 water wells have been drilled and three water wells have been refurbished at schools in and around Dar es Salaam. Most schools in Tanzania have no access to water, which affects students’ ability to stay at school for the day and has a direct impact on sanitation and health and wellbeing. Providing water wells also alleviates the need for schools to spend much-needed funds on purchasing water, and allows them to focus on purchasing necessities such as text books, paper and pencils; items that are so readily available to students here in Australia.
ATYA has also constructed 25 classrooms in overcrowded schools and provided text books and other educational resources to thousands of Tanzanian students.
In addition to attending to these needs, ATYA has conducted three professional development courses for Tanzanian teachers, two in Tanzania and one in Western Australia.
A major project for the Foundation has been partnering in the funding and operation of the Safina Foundation, which in turn is providing much needed funds to NIRA. NIRA is a registered orphanage in Tanzania but doesn’t receive any Government funding and operates solely from donations it receives. It is currently extremely rundown and in need of extensive repairs.
NIRA currently provides full-time care for 20 children orphans at the orphanage itself. It also provides food and education support to a further 23 children who are living in extreme poverty due to the death of family members and the inability to provide sufficient basic needs to survive. It is run and managed by Edithrose Moyo, who has received para-social worker training from members of a Twinning Center partnership funded by the American people through PEPFAR and USAID. Edithrose has done a remarkable job, virtually single handed, for over 10 years and with Safina Foundation’s involvement it is hoped to be able to undertake significant capital works to bring the orphanage to a liveable condition for these orphans to feel safe and secure. Safina Foundation’s funding of renovations to the orphanage, as well as the drilling of a water well to provide the children and caregivers with clean water for drinking, cooking and sanitation, have already made a substantial difference to living conditions.