|Our tenth container arrives at last
Four months after leaving Crickhowell, our tenth container has eventually arrived in Tanga. We use colour coding to make sure that crates and boxes are easily identified - here are the Tanga blue boxes. The truck continued on to Mwanza where the bulk of the tools are going. Now technical officer Dickson Shenkalwa has the job of distributing the 12 tool kits and 120 sewing machines to all those groups who have been waiting up to twelve months for their tools. Just heard that the container has now been finally unloaded in Mwanza.
Cardiff and Llanishen Rotary Clubs . . .
These two clubs have been collecting tools for us for many years now, and they store them in their own shipping container.
Back in May they brought their massive collection direct to our new storage unit. A big thank you to both clubs - it really helps us keep the tools flowing. Our new store is taking shape and we have already had next year's container delivered.
The Joseph Mashinji Memorial Prize
On the left is the prize-winning vice made by Mkeremi Group for the Shinyanga Exhibition. Next to it is a sash cramp made using an old scissor jack from Wales. This year we increased our prize money for the Mashinji memorial prize for innovative blacksmithing. This meant that there were increased entries and all of a high standard. Each year we offer this prize in memory of our old friend Joseph Mashinji, who forged and fabricated all sorts of amazing products.
On the right is Anthony Safarey with one of his wonderful pumps. His work gets more intricate every year. In the background is our pop-up Fair Trade display - many thanks to Jon Dunkley of Netley Marsh who took this out to Dar es Salaam for us.
Goodbye to Lynne
We are sad to report that Lynne Stanniforth is leaving us after nearly eight years of managing our sewing machine workshop. In that time she has overseen the refurbishing of well over 1000 sewing machines.
Here she is visiting a leather group in Shinyanga, together with Bahati Mkopi from SIDO on the left. Lynne's place is being taken by Alec Rix who has spent the past two months being shown the ropes by Lynne. We wish her the very best in her new job.
"Supporting Village Clusters"
We have just heard that Hub Cymru Africa will be funding our exciting new project - with funding from the Welsh Government.
This is a two year project which provides tools and training to all the artisan groups within the areas of two large villages. An integral part of the project is to closely measure the impact of our work, and the training carried out by our partner SIDO. More news on this later.
Our Fridays group in a welcome patch of sunshine earlier today
Many thanks to all our supporters for your help and donations