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Mobility is something able-bodied people take for granted, but if you are physically disabled in Tanzania having access to a mobility aid can mean the difference between being home-bound and being able to see friends, family and even run your own business. Many of our staff at Neema Crafts would not be able to get to work every day were it not for the hand-trikes, bikes and wheel chairs with which they are provided.

By donating towards this project you will be helping:

  • to buy wheelchairs, trikes and mobility aids for Neema Crafts Therapy
  • to buy bikes and trikes for new trainees at Neema Crafts
  • to maintain staff bikes and trikes at the centre.
  • to support our ongoing partnership with PET, MN Twin Cities through which Neema Crafts has already secured 88 PET hand carts (for children and adults) and 17 wheelchairs for people with disabilities across the Iringa Region.
  • Some example costs:

  • To buy a walking frame like the one Neema is using in the picture = $45
  • To maintain all of the Neema Crafts bikes and hand-trikes = $120/month
  • To order a new metal hand trike from Dar es Salaam = $300
  • A new wheelchair = $170

    Click the following link to see what happened when 40 PET carts were distributed at the Neema Crafts Centre in October 2014. PET CART PARADE

  • Many of our staff at Neema have to pay a large part of their income out as rent. Given that they often have wider family members reliant on their income too it is very difficult for them to put enough money aside to build their own home.

    For this reason Neema Crafts has set up its own Housing Committee to look for ways to help staff to buy land and build their own homes so that they can begin to establish more security for their futures. Brick by Brick project aims to encourage personal saving by matching amounts saved by staff with an equal grant from this scheme. Access to larger loans will also be provided by this scheme.

    For example:
    Julia may have already saved $325 towards building his house, Brick by Brick would match this with a further $325 as a grant. It would then allow Julius access to a loan of up to $650 which he would have to pay back to the scheme over a two year period at 5% interest.

    Example costs of building a home are as follows:

  • Currently, the average plot price in Iringa is about $650
  • A further $650 would allow an individual to build a basic three room house with concrete floor and corrugated iron roof.
  • Total project cost approximately: $1300





  • Above:
    Grace built her house with an initial grant of $650 which she used to buy the land. She then managed to build herself a 3 room house by saving the income that she received from Neema Crafts. She’s now adding a shop onto her plot!

    Neema Crafts gives hope to the thousands of people living with a disability in our region, unfortunately we cannot employ everyone who applies for work - we just don’t have enough space!
    Which is why our Dutch volunteer Wim Griep has put together a very practical business training program to help some people on our waiting list start their own enterprises. The course is still in its fledgling stages, but currently consists of 12 half-day lessons given over a six week period. During this time, trainees carry out research and write up their own business plan. These plans are then presented to a panel of judges who award small start-up grants to help kickstart these small enterprises. Our disabled Business Trainer, Paulina is then committed to following up each individual and the progress of their business in the months that follow their graduation from our course.

    Example costs:

  • Bus fare to attend our course each week = $10/person
  • Start-up grant range from $50 - $300/person
  • Neither primary or secondary education is completely free in Tanzania. Parents often don’t to send their disabled child to school because they worry it will be a waste of their resources. This is why very few of our trainees or staff at Neema have studied beyond primary school.

    This has an obvious impact on their employment opportunities later on in life. We would like to see this trend change within our community, which is why Neema Crafts is looking to help children with disabilities from the very poorest families to get an education. Our Neema Therapy department is already treating over 100 children with disabilities and so identifying candidates for school sponsorship is not difficult. Some example costs:

    At primary school:

  • Annual fees = $35
  • Uniform & Shoes = $46
  • Books & stationery = $15
  • Exams = $3
  • Food = $21
  • Total: $120/year