Once again Champion Chanzige supporters came out in their hoards to battle over trivia! Such a fantastic turn out, great atmosphere and the icing on the cake £1810 raised! Thank you so much to everyone that supported us yet again.
Chanzige B has not been under the wing of Champion Chanzige for very long and had yet to benefit from any major renovations. It was decided during the October visit that there were three classrooms that urgently needed renovating. Fundraising began in earnest for this project and CC were also lucking enough to win a £5000 grant from the organisation Meeting Needs. Prior to Christmas the sale of candles and reed diffusers produced a good income and by the middle of December there was sufficient money for the work to begin. I think you will agree that the transformation is extraordinary.
Working with partners Plan International we have begun a project to keep bees near the school. We have sent a member of staff from Chanzige B on an intensive bee keeping course and Plan International have donated all the equipment, including ten hives. It is hoped that, if the project is a success, the honey can be sold and reinvested in much needed resources for the schools.
During October both Chanzige schools in Tanzania have been busy with visitors from the UK. A group of eight adults, lead by artist Sarah Pimenta went out to Chanzige to run a screen printing workshop. Children from a number of schools attended the workshops and there was also a teacher training day. It is hoped that the students and teachers that attended will pass their new skills on to others and many people will benefit by using this skill to create some income of their own.
Whilst the visitors were there the new library was officialy opened by a local minister, he was also very interested in the art project that was underway.
Slightly later in the month the schools were visited by 6th Form students from Imberhorne School. The UK travelers taught classes within the school for two days, everybody involved benefited and it is hoped that a different group of students will do a similar thing next year.
Our beautiful friend Mathilde Herbelin Earle has had all her hair cut off to raise money for Champion Chanzige, such a fabulous thing to do and she still looks as gorgeous as ever!
For the second year running CC (Champion Chanzige) held their fund raising camping weekend at Bodiam Boating Station in Kent. £2365 was raised and a fantastic time was had by everyone. A particular " thank you" must go to all the musicians who gave up their time for nothing and made the event so special. Click on the picture to the right to see more photos!
On the 4th of June we held an Art sale including pieces from a local artist, John Scarland, and traditional African artists. Thanks to the generosity of the community we managed to raise an awesome £1370!
Below is a selection of the wonderful art that was on sale!
After some very tricky administration problems, as of today Champion Chanzige is a registered charity in Tanzania. This is an exciting move forward and will hopefully create some fabulous funding opportunities! Thank you our Tanzanian friends for your hard work!
In February we hosted one of our now traditional Quiz Night Fundraisers
We managed to raise an amazing £1,775.00 plus one AK47 five pound note that apparently is worth more than £5!!
A big thank you so much Richard, Caroline, Helen, Will, Rosie, Bruce, Mathilde,Cecilia and Elaine, it would have been an impossible task without your help.
On October 16th Caroline and Phil set off to Tanzania. The flight was uneventful, apart from the cost of three gin and tonics at our stop over in Istanbul, £39!!
We were met by George and Madadia at 3am at Dar es Salaam airport, the early hour did not dampen any of our spirits, only made us all the more excited to be there..
The most important thing to check out, first thing the next morning was the newly renovated community center. The Judy James Community Center. It is conspicuous by its beautifully plastered walls and it's doors and windows. It is better than we could have ever hoped for and as an added bonus we could not go inside as it was being used by 'Feed the Children' for a training event. This is exactly the sort activity we hoped to promote.
Getting into the classrooms is the thing we enjoyed most, as always the children were excited to see us and the welcome we received was colourful and tuneful!
On the afternoon of our first day we were treated to a celebratory lunch. The lunch was in honor of the fact that Champion Chanzige has now taken the neighboring school under its wing. This doubles the amount of children that CC hope to make a difference to.
Working with another charity 'Legs for Africa' we are working towards getting one of the teachers at Chanzige a prosthetic leg. John lost his leg as a result of a long battle with an infection. A prosthetic would change his life. This involved a trip to a hospital in Dar es Salaam. Those of you that think we have a problem in the UK with our amazing free NHS please think again, we really are tremendously lucky. The ball has started rolling and we hope that lovely John will have a new leg in a few weeks!
A highlight of our visit was the two days that sixth form students from Imberhorne secondary school were invited into the school.
Polydron, a UK based, educational resource supplier had donated over £500 worth of their fabulous maths equipment.
The Imberhorne students were tasked with planning and delivering lessons, across the school, from Standard 1 to Standard 7. In some classes there were over 70 children!
This did not phase the students at all and they worked together to deliver interesting and creative lessons. Click on the pictures on the left to see the full slide show.
Whilst at Chanzige this year we introduced a new project for the girls only. We took resources with us that enabled us to show the girls how to make their own, washable sanitary towels. Currently the girls have no access to any sanitary protection and spend up to a week each month at home whilst they have their period. It was very humbling to see the enthusiasm and excitement that was created by this project.
Looking ahead, we have plans to renovate an unused classroom and turn it into a library. The children want to create a garden for growing vegetables and a tree nursery and within the next few weeks we have arranged for some artists to visit the school and complete an art project with the children.
We are already thinking about our visit next year, we will be travelling out in September and spending approximately ten days away. If you fancy an adventure, an experience you would never get from any travel company and you want to see what we have achieved first hand please get in touch ASAP to be considered for the September trip.
What a fabulous weekend we had. The weather was so kind and everyone was in the mood to have a wonderful time and to be generous with their donations. The final figure raised was £1,876.58. We could not be more pleased. Thank you Bodiam Boating Station for hosting such a great event. Click at the side of each pic to move it on!
When we decided to renovate the community centre it was the biggest project we had taken on thus far. The difference, a usable facility within this community could make, was obvious. The task of raising £12,000 to complete the job was quite daunting but your generosity has left us speechless. The pictures speak for themselves. Thank you!
The entire Kolter family, Annabel, Giles, Lucy and Grace undertook a mammoth family challenge in aid of Champion Chanzige. Annabel ran the Brighton marathon whilst her husband and children undertook an incredible swimathon. Between them all they managed to raise over £1000 for Champion Chanzige. We are so grateful, such a huge amount of money will make such a difference. Thank you all so much for the gargantuan effort that you all put in.
Thank you so much Hidden Tiger books for your fantastic fundraising efforts. The charity publication of Avergerworld, Two Against the Underworld, Requiem for Sherlock, was published in March. All the contributors to the book agreed that it should be a charity publication and chose Champion Chanzige as their charity. The book has raised over £600 and has enabled us to buy and install a rainwater harvesting system to the newly renovated community centre. Thank you so much Avengers fans. http://www.hiddentigerbooks.co.uk/
The lovely Kolter family are supporting Champion Chanzige with their amazing challenge. Please click on the picture to read the write up in the local paper.
Champion Chanzige could not be more delighted to announce that they are the beneficiaries of the book Avengerworld-The Avengers in our Lives, edited by Alan Hayes. This is a charity publication with all proceeds going to our charity. So exciting! Come on Avengers fans, order your copy by clicking on the picture below.
The recent fundraising quiz night raised a staggering £1351.00. We are so close to our target that the work can begin on the community center! Thank you so much to everyone that attended and to those that helped. What a fabulous evening!