Last week’s guest speaker was our own Rotarian Diana Butler, CEO of the Care for Africa Foundation, which Diana founded in 2006 along with the late Dr Peter Hewitt.
The foundation provides various aid projects to the Tarime district, a particularly impoverished area of northern Tanzania.
Diana said Australia has one doctor per 400 people. Tanzania has an av-erage of one per 50,000 and the Tarime district has one per 125,000 people.
The work which Care for Africa does in Tanzania is aligned with the Unit-ed Nations’ and UNICEF’s Sustainable Development Goals.
On a recent visit, Diana was presented with the Order of the Uhuru Torch, a significant Tanzanian honour, in recognition of the work she and the Care for Africa team has done in the country. Diana has also received support from the Australian High Commissioner in East Africa.
Diana emphasised that all the programs Care for Africa undertakes are community driven, with strong involvement of the local people, so the work can be sustainable without reliance on ex-patriate personnel.
The foundation has recently established a Centre for the Empowerment of Women, based in a newly constructed building with sponsorship from the Rotary Club of South Launceston.
Other projects the foundation has initiated include water wells, child sponsorship, breakfast pro-grams for school children, sanitation projects, provision of sanitary products in partnership with the ‘Days for Girls’ organisation, a mobile health clinic, family planning programs, adult learning schemes and the building of schools in remote areas.
Care for Africa provides a fully integrated program of Water & Sanitation, Health, Education and Social Enterprise.