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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.

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Spending a couple of weeks at Amani was a growing experience for me adding depth to my understanding of what Fr John is achieving in Tanzania.

Amani is a place of goodness and sharing, open to all-comers.  I feel lucky being part of it.

There is a positive vibe and everyone always seems to be smiling.  Whilst I saw real pain on some faces I was struck by the gentle and genuine appreciation for any helping hand that we can offer.

I came home with joyful memories of breaking through the language barrier by acting out the message!  This ranged from running across the room like an emu or kangaroo for the entertainment of small children to collapsing flat out on the dirt floor as the patient in a first-aid demonstration.  On both occasions the children and/or adult observers wanted to join in.  What fun it was shaking off the demeanour of the 50 year old woman I normally portray in Australia.

If you are thinking about visiting or supporting Amani, don’t think twice.

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Dinner Dance to be held on 25 October 2014

The Hearts for Africa Dinner Dance will be held at the Tattersall’s Club Brisbane on 25 October 2014

Details are available here:  Dinner Dance

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One man’s vision: Revd John Nauman, Managing Director of The Amani Centre

One man’s vision: Revd John Nauman, Managing Director of The Amani Centre

John Naumann grew up in an Anglican family on a farm near Toowoomba. After leaving school he studied at St Francis’ Theological Seminary in Brisbane graduating in 1966. After his ordination, he worked in several parishes in Brisbane and other parts of Queensland before moving to take up the position at St Stephen’s in Billings, Montana USA in 1989. In 1992, St. Stephen’s invited a Tanzanian minister and his wife to visit. Both were schoolteachers doing postgraduate work. Subsequently, St. Stephen’s began helping sponsor students who couldn’t afford an education and in 2000, John spent part of his sabbatical leave in Tanzania.

It was then he realised how desperately the people there needed water. On his return to the USA he started raising money to build deep-water wells to supply uncontaminated water. Gradually it became possible to introduce drip irrigation to help families and the local community raise vegetables to improve their nutrition, and so began the vision for the THE AMANI CENTRE. In 2005 John left the USA to settle permanently in Tanzania to dedicate himself to supporting and continuing his work with the community there. While he hopes to remain active for many years to come, he is now training local people to be able to take his place after his eventual retirement.

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