Heather Macfarlan, volunteer in Tanzania
Everyone should do this!
Hearts for Africa (Amani) Foundation is one of those rare charities that really does see the donations getting through to the people in Tanzania.
My three weeks at Amani was an experience of a lifetime. I had volunteered to help install a new accounting system. During that time I saw first-hand how donations from Australia were used. I was also very impressed with the local people I worked with, who were keen to share and learn. I remain Facebook friends with 2 people there
The most confronting part of my visit was to the local district hospital, where $100,000 is pledged over 5 years to the Eye Department. I met a young man dying of AIDS. He was first admitted because of eye problems. The hospital was caring for him through his final days because of that Eye Dept grant. The young man was so grateful to be there and to have someone from Australia visit him. I was very humbled.
I also visited the Prince of Peace School and The Children of Peace School (the latter is for homeless and orphaned children). Hearts for Africa has established both schools on land given by local Tanzanians, and CoP is also supported by the local people who care for the children, and volunteer work at the school. These people are very proud to work towards self-sustainability in every way they can.
Fr John Naumann, who established Amani, has remained steadfast in his vision to ‘Plant a tree that will bear fruit’. I saw the benefits of much that he has sown.
If you wish to support a true humanitarian organisation that changes lives, or would like a volunteer experience, I would recommend Hearts for Africa (Amani) Foundation.