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Tanzania

Population:  53,950,935

Percent Below Poverty Line:  22.8%

Located in Eastern Africa, Tanzania is the region's most populated country. It borders the Indian Ocean and is situated between Kenya and Mozambique. Two-thirds of Tanzania's population is under 25. About 61% of the population is Christian. In terms of per capita income, Tanzania is one the world's poorest countries. The economy depends on agriculture, leaving Tanzanians particularly vulnerable to drought and other weather-related maladies. For decades, Tanzania was the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, primarily hosting Burundian refugees, until repatriation efforts began in Burundi.

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Holy Ghost Fathers Vocational Training Center

Founded in 1703, the Holy Ghost Fathers (known as Spiritans) work in education, parishes, refugee camps, and several other areas.

Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center was established in 1994 in Tengeru, Arusha, Tanzania. Its original mission was to alleviate poverty by teaching basic carpentry skills. In learning a trade, local residents could find jobs, earn wages, and improve their lives.

At its inception in 1994, the VTC started with 60 male students. Today, it now has 250 students, male and female, who are learning skills in a variety of trades:

  • Carpentry
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanics
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Electrical Installation
  • Masonry and Brick Laying
  • Secretarial and Commercial Industries
  • Tailoring
  • Information Computing Technology

After graduating and passing their boards, most students are able to start their own businesses and help provide for their families!


Entry to Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center campus Sometimes, the only meal a student receives all day is while at school at the VTC.

Father Arnold Baijuka, C.S.Sp., was ordained in 2003. His first appointment was in East Pokot in Kenya. In 2008 he was assigned to open a new postulancy house in Kilimambogo in the Spiritans' Nairobi Province in Kenya, where he worked for two years. In 2010, he returned to Tanzania where he managed St. Rinaldo and Rufino Secondary School. In 2014, he was assigned to the Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center in Arusha, Tanzania.

Most students at Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center are orphans or come from very poor families. For those families who can afford it, tuition is Tsh. 750,000 ($394.82 USD). However, Fr. Arnold tells us that only about 45% of the students can afford tuition. The majority of students depend completely on scholarships to attend classes.

The Center has some income from its carpentry and metal works workshops. The goods sold pay for things like electricity, water, and medication when a student gets sick.

Trades students can learn at the VTC include metal fabrication.
Carpentry was the first trade offered at the VTC in 1994 and continues to be a mainstay to this day.
Students can also learn trades such as masonry, electrical work, tailoring, and more!

Average crop production vs. 2017 productionThe mainstay of the Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center is its small farm. In good years, enough food grows to feed the whole school community--students, teachers, and staff. A normal harvest typically includes 4,220 kgs (9,303 lbs) of maize (corn) and 1,234 kgs (2,720 lbs) of bananas, among other crops.

Drought has crippled Tanzania. There is simply not enough food. Even cows are dying.

In 2017, the VTC farm produced only 1,146 pounds of corn and 361 pounds of bananas, a mere fraction of normal production. This is simply not enough to feed all the students, teachers, and staff at the Arusha campus.

78% of people in Tanzania's rural and urban areas have experienced food shortage. There is constant worry and fear throughout the country, and it is not uncommon for a family member to go without food for a whole day. The price of food has skyrocketed, making food unaffordable for poor families to buy food when their own crops fail. 

 

Livestock throughout Tanzania is dying as a result of the drought.
The Spiritans' banana crop is usually bountiful but in the past year has only produced a fraction of the typical yield.
Another crop that is usually plentiful is corn. Hopefully in future years, rain will be plentiful!
Part of the VTC's mission has always been to provide its students with food but this year they are in danger of running out of food!

Although the situation is dire, hope is alive.

Short-Term

Fr. Arnold has found a shipment of corn and beans for an incredible price. 15,432 pounds of corn and 6,613 pounds of beans are available for A shipment of beans and corn has been made available for a tremendously low price!immediate shipping to Tanzania for just $8,790 (just $.40 per pound!).

The 250 students and their 137 families need your immediate help if they're going to survive this drought. Click the "How You Can Help" tab below to give today.

Long-Term

Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center needs your help to feed its students and build a system for a secure future!Fr. Arnold also has his eyes set on the future, and a long-term solution so that the VTC never has to worry about drought again.

A geological survey has been completed on the Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center's 23 acres of farmland. The result: water has been found!

Once the immediate need for food has been met, and needed resources are available, Fr. Arnold and his community plan to dig a well. This will be a reliable source of water if the rains ever fail again.

This is a brand new project, so there are no updates at this time. Check back often for the latest on our friends in Tanzania!

Check back soon for future updates!

Act now. The need in Tanzania is urgent and the excellent price on this shipment of beans and corn won't last forever!

Your gift today will ensure that the students at the Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center will have enough to eat to fuel their minds and bodies while they learn vital skills and trades. When you feed one of these students, you're not only helping them in their fight against hunger, you're helping them in their fight for a hopeful future!

Any amount helps, but here are some options:

  • $30 sends 75 pounds of beans and corn to Tanzania!
  • $55 pays for 137.5 pounds of food!
  • $100 funds 250 pounds of food--enough to feed every student at the Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center for one day.
  • $250 sends 625 pounds of food to Tanzania.  

All it takes is 35 people to give a gift of $250 to send this shipment of beans and corn to Tanzania. Will you be one of the 35? If not, will you share this story with someone who can be one of the 35? It is easy to change the world when we work together!

Click the green button below to send a life-saving gift to our brothers and sisters in Tanzania today!

Give now to send invaluable food and hope to students and priests in Tanzania!

Founded in 1703, the Holy Ghost Fathers (known as Spiritans) work in education, parishes, refugee camps, and several other areas.

Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center was established in 1994 in Tengeru, Arusha, Tanzania. Its original mission was to alleviate poverty by teaching basic carpentry skills. In learning a trade, local residents could find jobs, earn wages, and improve their lives.

At its inception in 1994, the VTC started with 60 male students. Today, it now has 250 students, male and female, who are learning skills in a variety of trades:

  • Carpentry
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanics
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Electrical Installation
  • Masonry and Brick Laying
  • Secretarial and Commercial Industries
  • Tailoring
  • Information Computing Technology

After graduating and passing their boards, most students are able to start their own businesses and help provide for their families!


Entry to Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center campus Sometimes, the only meal a student receives all day is while at school at the VTC.

Father Arnold Baijuka, C.S.Sp., was ordained in 2003. His first appointment was in East Pokot in Kenya. In 2008 he was assigned to open a new postulancy house in Kilimambogo in the Spiritans' Nairobi Province in Kenya, where he worked for two years. In 2010, he returned to Tanzania where he managed St. Rinaldo and Rufino Secondary School. In 2014, he was assigned to the Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center in Arusha, Tanzania.

Most students at Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center are orphans or come from very poor families. For those families who can afford it, tuition is Tsh. 750,000 ($394.82 USD). However, Fr. Arnold tells us that only about 45% of the students can afford tuition. The majority of students depend completely on scholarships to attend classes.

The Center has some income from its carpentry and metal works workshops. The goods sold pay for things like electricity, water, and medication when a student gets sick.

Trades students can learn at the VTC include metal fabrication.
Carpentry was the first trade offered at the VTC in 1994 and continues to be a mainstay to this day.
Students can also learn trades such as masonry, electrical work, tailoring, and more!

Average crop production vs. 2017 productionThe mainstay of the Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center is its small farm. In good years, enough food grows to feed the whole school community--students, teachers, and staff. A normal harvest typically includes 4,220 kgs (9,303 lbs) of maize (corn) and 1,234 kgs (2,720 lbs) of bananas, among other crops.

Drought has crippled Tanzania. There is simply not enough food. Even cows are dying.

In 2017, the VTC farm produced only 1,146 pounds of corn and 361 pounds of bananas, a mere fraction of normal production. This is simply not enough to feed all the students, teachers, and staff at the Arusha campus.

78% of people in Tanzania's rural and urban areas have experienced food shortage. There is constant worry and fear throughout the country, and it is not uncommon for a family member to go without food for a whole day. The price of food has skyrocketed, making food unaffordable for poor families to buy food when their own crops fail. 

 

Livestock throughout Tanzania is dying as a result of the drought.
The Spiritans' banana crop is usually bountiful but in the past year has only produced a fraction of the typical yield.
Another crop that is usually plentiful is corn. Hopefully in future years, rain will be plentiful!
Part of the VTC's mission has always been to provide its students with food but this year they are in danger of running out of food!

Although the situation is dire, hope is alive.

Short-Term

Fr. Arnold has found a shipment of corn and beans for an incredible price. 15,432 pounds of corn and 6,613 pounds of beans are available for A shipment of beans and corn has been made available for a tremendously low price!immediate shipping to Tanzania for just $8,790 (just $.40 per pound!).

The 250 students and their 137 families need your immediate help if they're going to survive this drought. Click the "How You Can Help" tab below to give today.

Long-Term

Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center needs your help to feed its students and build a system for a secure future!Fr. Arnold also has his eyes set on the future, and a long-term solution so that the VTC never has to worry about drought again.

A geological survey has been completed on the Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center's 23 acres of farmland. The result: water has been found!

Once the immediate need for food has been met, and needed resources are available, Fr. Arnold and his community plan to dig a well. This will be a reliable source of water if the rains ever fail again.

This is a brand new project, so there are no updates at this time. Check back often for the latest on our friends in Tanzania!

Check back soon for future updates!

Act now. The need in Tanzania is urgent and the excellent price on this shipment of beans and corn won't last forever!

Your gift today will ensure that the students at the Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center will have enough to eat to fuel their minds and bodies while they learn vital skills and trades. When you feed one of these students, you're not only helping them in their fight against hunger, you're helping them in their fight for a hopeful future!

Any amount helps, but here are some options:

  • $30 sends 75 pounds of beans and corn to Tanzania!
  • $55 pays for 137.5 pounds of food!
  • $100 funds 250 pounds of food--enough to feed every student at the Holy Ghost Vocational Training Center for one day.
  • $250 sends 625 pounds of food to Tanzania.  

All it takes is 35 people to give a gift of $250 to send this shipment of beans and corn to Tanzania. Will you be one of the 35? If not, will you share this story with someone who can be one of the 35? It is easy to change the world when we work together!

Click the green button below to send a life-saving gift to our brothers and sisters in Tanzania today!

Give now to send invaluable food and hope to students and priests in Tanzania!