Friends Making Good Things Happen
TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN TANZANIA, THROUGH HANDICRAFTS, TRAINING & EMPLOYMENT
The Centre was founded in 2003 by the Diocese of Ruaha, to provide training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the Iringa region of Tanzania. It also aims to change negative attitudes towards people with disabilities in the local society. There’s a great stigma attached to having a disability in Tanzania, and the centre provides dignity and hope for many people who previously relied on street begging or were hidden away at home. The centre has eight craft workshop areas, a therapy unit for disabled children, an award- winning cafe, a conference centre entirely staffed by deaf people and a welcoming guesthouse jointly run by the local Mother’s Union.
Matumaini Center is a Non-Governmental and non-profit organization registered by the ministry of Home affairs.
The center supports and reintegrates young, unmarried mothers into society, as well as orphaned children and older single mothers. They provide a two-year vocational training program that includes tailoring, weaving, pottery, knitting, English, mathematics, health care, and computer skills.
E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change) is a 501c3 organization that brings safe, clean drinking water to the developing world, while supporting other aspects of community growth.
It is also a movement to encourage other Everyday People to Initiate Positive Change in the worlds around them.