We have a new young and enthusiastic ED (7 or so months into her position) and we are currently making our projected budget for our next fiscal year 2019/2020. This will be presented in our AGM meeting in May.
This will really help us as an organisation decipher how much funding we need this year, what to focus on in terms of our programs facilitating, creating and build upon. We are a small organisation but work with a lot of children as well as communities that benefit greatly from our outreach and programs, so knowing how to do this best is important.
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.
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.