Actionable suggestions on how to use our existing photographs to more effectively tell our story
As a 10+ year old organization, Twende has accomplished a fair amount. However, we have never created an annual report. We're keen to share our work to our past, current, and future donors, as well as with our past, current, and future community of participants, innovators, Tanzanian & international volunteers, government officials, and other partners who play critical roles in Twende's work. Our approach of collaboration and partnership makes clear and effective materials to communicate what we do and what we're planning to do, absolutely critical.
We have already written some basic copy that summarizes the different trainings and aggregates the quantitative side of FY2018 (ended in March), and we have started a booklet of technology prototypes (physical outputs) from our trainings. We have worked with a professional accountant volunteer to close out our FY2018 year, and we have plans laid out for FY2019. We are currently working on a new website. We are happy to help support in copy-editing but we need some direction and assistance as most of our team speaks English as a 2nd/3rd+ language.
Our team values diversity & learning. We're made up of 5 Tanzanians, a Brit, and an American - and right now, we're also working with 2 Tanzanian and 1 Austrian volunteers. Our ages span more than 50 years, and we share about ourselves every Wednesday during lunch presentations.
Empowering people to design and make their own technologies that solve community challenges in Tanzania
We're known for our welcoming maker-space with hammers, welding machines, drills, and a lathe, as well as our project-based, hands-on design and creativity workshops, where participants from all sorts of backgrounds identify challenges they see in their communities and make a physical prototype of a possible solution. Examples include a bicycle-powered washing machine, soap cutter machine, and vegetable cutting machine. Over the past few years, we have worked with 1,000+ people in 25+ primary & secondary schools, women's organizations, farmer's groups, and youth organizations in Arusha and surrounding communities. Our approach: 1) SHAWISHIKA (be inspired): raising awareness of how technologies can improve lives in communities and inspiring people to solve their own challenges. 2) JARIBU (try): giving opportunities for people to try innovating and build their confidence as problem-solvers. 3) ENDELEZA (continue): providing support for those who want to continue as entrepreneurs and disseminate their innovations more widely across Tanzania and beyond.