Centre of Hope
In December 2018, the Trustees agreed to work with Collective Calling (CC) a non-profit NGO, to help complete of the building of an educational establishment called the Centre of Hopes Village (COH), in Tanzania, Africa. Initially, the COH will provide lodgings for 32 young people – 16 males and 16 females –who will be taught basic literacy and enrolled on the non-formal education programme the government has laid out as its access point to education for those who failed to complete primary school.
COH will provide education, food, shelter, clothing, and basic personal needs to children and adolescents from Kasulu District up to the age of 18. The educational programme is aimed at those who have been locked out of the government school system because they were unable to complete primary school before the age of 12 due to poverty and/or other adverse conditions such as illness, homelessness, orphanage, social exclusion, or domestic violence. Candidates will be assessed according to their motivation and enthusiasm for education, academic and/or creative potential and temperament, as well as their means and personal situation.
The Zen Wealth Charitable Foundation has agreed to support the funding of the following construction projects, all of which must all be completed before the school can open.
i) Wash Block
The wash block will comprise a wet area and a dry change space separated by a dividing wall, as according to designs produced by the ANCO- after consultations with experts in September/October 2016.
ii) Segregated Toilet Blocks
New toilet facilities will be constructed closer to the dormitory building, offset to each side: one for girls, and one for boys. They will each consist of three cubicles, similar to the existing structure close by the classroom building.
iii) Completion of Current Buildings
The dormitory and classroom buildings still require plastering (copula & foundation), hung doors and fitted windows, and painting.
A semi-permanent structure to shelter from the rain will suffice to begin with, considering it is commonplace to cook and eat outside in the region.
v) Water Systems
The existing well will be covered to protect it from contamination and an electric pump will be installed. A guttering system will help to harvest rainwater, which will be stored for the time being in a 33,000L concrete water tank.
vi) Solar Kit
The centre will need electricity and the choice is solar power to provide night-time lighting in the dormitory building, theatres, kitchen, canteen and electricity for staff to charge laptops and mobile phones. Five solar panels with 100W each are to be installed at the centre and the panels are to be made a metal stand and connected.