Confirmation received from MeTL
After a good 8 weeks, we have now received the release permission from the owner of our leased land, which was still required by the building authorities, in order to be able to begin with the construction work. Now we can proceed with the preparation of the land, more precisely with the terracing for the first children’s houses, with which women and men from the community are helping as day laborers.
Delivery of a cargo tricycle
Donated by fans of MSV Duisburg, a cargo tricycle with a tipping loading area was purchased in mid-April for the upcoming construction work. The diesel-powered vehicle has 22 hp at 1,200 cc and can load up to 3 tons.
Unnecessary delay in construction
The building permit for the children’s houses by the Tanzanian authorities has been granted, but we cannot start construction yet because a simple formality has been missing for weeks. As the owner of the leased land, the MeTL Group has to give a formal approval to the building authorities, but this has still not been received. This means that we are entering the big rainy season, which is not conducive to construction work. We hope that this purely administrative process will be completed in the short term on the basis of our existing contracts within the MeTL Group
Medical equipment for Tanzania
For the construction of an eye clinic in Korogwe we were able to pick up two complete refraction units from donors in Alpen/Niederrhein and Eschweiler ourselves via the Oberhausen Rotarian Michael Bülhoff. Together with a cardiological treatment unit for a clinic in Arusha, which was added later, we prepared them via container for sea transport to Tanzania via our friendly forwarding company AStrans in Bottrop.
The bookkeeper, who was permanently employed until November 2021, is terminating the existing employment relationship for personal reasons. A replacement is being sought.
Our co-opted advisor Michael Bülhoff flies to Tanzania for 1 week to have talks with the head of VETA in Tanga about a possible cooperation in the after-school, vocational training sector. The aim is to build up a training center in Lutindi, where training in two or three trades will be provided under the direction of VETA (solar technology, carpentry and agricultural technology), with ZAC providing the premises and teaching materials. The talks on site are positive. The aim is also to organize a long-term exchange of teachers and students with the Hans-Sachs-Berufskolleg (HSBK) in Oberhausen (learning from each other). Before that, however, the responsible ministries must approve such a pilot project.
At our request, the construction plans for the children’s houses were expanded by our Tanzanian architect to include a kitchen area. The roof construction was also adapted to improve the expected indoor climate.
The responsible Tanzanian ministry, which issues operating licenses for children’s homes, has approved our submitted construction plans.
We have taken over Ombeni Peter Ayo, who has been our coordinator on site for years on a fee basis, into the employment relationship and extended the contract for a further term.
The new contents of the Articles of Association approved by the General Meeting were entered in the Register of Associations by the Duisburg Local Court on January 13, 2022.