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visit report April 2014

05-04-2014
 From March 31 to April 5 Matti Emondts, as delegate of the board, visit our project in Tanzania and was accompanied by Wim Smit and Marjolein de Rooij.
 
Wim, specialized in management training and change management, soon returned after his visit in January. Reason for this was to see if the changes that were discussed with the team in January were also implemented. Effectively and upon agreement it turned out to be the case. In a plenary session the team had to present their ‘assignments’. It's incredibly good to see that the team is working well, as lots of things are picked up and carry out by them independently. An important step towards a mature and professional African organization that we have in mind. Wim guided the team for the fourth time and was therefore profusely thanked by the team for his efforts.
 
Marjolein, expert in fundraising, joined Matti to Tanzania to work out a strategy with our Walther de Nijs. Together, they visited a number of potential sponsors and contacted an organization in Moshi who is more experienced and already successful in local fundraising. It became clear that many companies in Tanzania have a ' social responsibility' program. With a good approach we should be able to fulfil part of our financial needs in Tanzania. Marjolein will continue guiding Walther from the Netherlands.
 
Matti spoke with all the members of the management team for three days and spent time with Edward. Edward has rapidly adopted to and integrated in his new director role . Mathew, our  financial officer, makes a good duo with Edward and it is pleasant to see how things work out smoothly and to your liking.
 
Matti visited the secondary schools with whom we collaborate and have seen ‘our’ children at these schools ( see photo ). Both Henry Gogarty Memorial Girls School and Tengeru Boys Secondary School are, with the performance of their students in recent years, one of the best secondary schools in Tanzania. With financial support from an befriend foundation we can offer both schools a helping hand to the (re)construction of their facilities. Our intermediary efforts and excellent relationship with both school boards have led to a reduction in school fees for 'our' children and thus a structural reduction in the costs. Meanwhile, our new school bus (see photo) provides daily transport for 21 full paying children to and from Ngorika, which also positively contributes to the budget.
 
During the week, Matti guided four Dutch friends at the project and he met with Joyce Sagala to inform us about the development of 'our' oldest children (from the pre Ngorika period). Next year we have within this group a graduated teacher, accountant, HR manager and a wildlife ranger. How great would it be if we can employ some of our former SVVT children in our organization. That would be, after the African leadership that we have since October 2013, another milestone !
 
Matti Emondts, Ngorika , April 5 
 
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