Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund has been supporting projects in Tanzania since 2006.
In 2016, the Overseas Relief Fund teamed up with Neema Crafts – an organisation that works to create opportunities for people who have been considered a burden by society and change societies negative attitudes towards them. With the support of the company EG and Australian Paralympian Adam Kellerman We were able to build new homes for a number Neema staff, helping them and their communities overcome adversity and break down some of the barriers and stereo types that had left them with immense life struggles.
Adam Kellerman ,along with reps from eg visited the sites in Iringa, central Tanzania and gave a heartfelt and incredibly inspiring presentation on his story – A story of overcoming his own battles, including cancer that almost killed him and resulted in him losing his hip, to achieve greatness by discovering his own abilities again. We will continue to work with Adam, EG and Neema Crafts to provide low cost and sustainable housing for truly inspirational people in Tanzania.
Since 2006 in partnership with local Tanzanian organisation, Orphans and Social Development Organisation (OSDO), Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund has recognised that education is key to giving children the best possibilities in life and breaking the cycle of poverty. With Tanzania having the lowest rate of secondary school attendance in Africa (around 7%), the two organisations saw a huge need for secondary education to be accessible for all children in Tanzania. From here, the idea of building a secondary school started to become a reality. In 2007 contruction started on St James Kilolo Secondary School. St James School is located in a remote area of the Iringa region. This remote site was chosen to accommodate orphans and children from the surrounding local villages, as they previously had no access to secondary school education.
Through OSDO, Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund has also been able to support other projects in the Iringa region of Tanzania. Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief provides assistance at St Johns Orphanage for school fees and food. As well as St Johns Orphanage, Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund has partnered with Migoli Hospital to assist with capital works. Migoli Hospital serves remote villages and in particular, provides treatment and respite for people suffering from HIV and malaria.