During the RfL UK trip to Tanzania in September 2019, Annamaria , who has been working as a volunteer with Valita for several years, came to us to ask whether it might be possible for the Charity to consider sponsoring a Batik course that she had discovered . She had been considering what to do with her life after finishing school and really wanted to train in something practical that would give her skills which she could pass on and teach to others- especially those she had met during her time with Valita.
On returning to the UK, the RfL UK board were very keen to support this venture and following the receipt of back up information from the College itself and a appeal to our supporters, the whole amount of £600 was raised and sent to Tanzania in time for Annamaria to start the course in March 2020.
The latest news is that the course started very well and Annamaria was really enjoying the experience. She had sent us these initial photos and was looking forward to moving on to the next stages of her training when Covid 19 came to Tanzania and all the colleges were closed. Prior to this time, Annamaria had been able to stay with a friend of hers whilst she was training and her board and lodgings were covered by the funds we had raised. Unfortunately, this situation has changed post Covid and she has had to move into the college lodging so that she can complete her training. RfL UK has sent her the additional funds needed as she would otherwise have had to leave the course - we look forward to receiving further photos of her achievements in the coming weeks. Please see the link here to see how you can help the us to support other such enterprises.