Priest from Tanzania travels to St Patrick’s Maghera to praise fundraising

Tanzania fundraising
Tanzania fundraising

A SOUTH Derry college has been praised for its ongoing charitable work in Moshi, Tanzania, which has included the building of a school and the renovation of unused classrooms.

Father William Maningi, Parish Priest of Moshi, visited St. Patrick’s College, Maghera, recently to express his personal gratitude and that of his parishioners for the work and funds offered by the college charity since 2007. He also encouraged the college to persist in its altruistic work.

Known as ‘Rafiki Tanzania,’ with ‘Rafiki’ being ‘friend’ in Swahili, the charity has been aptly named and has resulted in the establishment of special relationships between the teachers and students from both countries.

This summer, a group of 12 Year 13 and 14 students will return to Tanzania to continue their charitable work, under the leadership of Mr Colum Lavery and accompanied by three teachers.

With more than one-third of the population of Tanzania living below the poverty line, most parents cannot afford to send their children to school so attendance can be erratic and progress slow.

St. Patrick’s has invested in projects such as supplying a primary school with electricity and helping to build toilet blocks and a shower block. Ongoing projects include improving the fabric of a kindergarten and enhancing the facilities of a technical college.

The local college is currently fundraising to ensure that the investment in educational projects can be continued and extended - all contributions to the Tanzanian fundraising effort will be most gratefully received. Details of events can be found on the college’s facebook and Twitter pages.