The Diplomatic Spouses Group (DSG) has organised a charity bazaar tomorrow to support local initiatives which assist the most vulnerable sections of the society—women, children and people with disabilities.
The bazaar, whose opening ceremony will be performed by the wife of the Vice President, Asha Bilal, will take pace at the International School of Tanganyika Secondary School in Dar es Salaam.
The chair of the Diplomatic Spouses Group, Juliana Parroni, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the major fundraising annual event last year raised 73m/- which were distributed between charity projects and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.
As a result of these initiatives, Parroni said the DSG has been able to finance 15 projects this year of up to 15m/-.
“Our grants are small but carefully targeted. We look for projects that might be too small to be considered by larger donors, but that are well managed and have a chance for high and sustainable impact in communities,” she explained.
She said project criteria include a focus on education, income generation or health, being community based, focusing on vulnerable groups and having strong, dependable leadership.
Some of the recipient projects, according to Parroni, include security fencing around an orphanage at Kidzcare in Bagamoyo, classroom furniture for secondary school girls in Mwanza, textbooks and dictionaries for pastoralist girils at Emusoi Centre in Arusha, supporting street children at Makini in Dar es Salaam, empowering people with disability through offering handicraft training and employment opportunities at Neema Crafts Centre in Iringa and economic empowerment of artisanal women at Women Craft in Kagera region.
Parroni said this year representatives of several project will be present at the annual bazaar showcasing their crafts, performing and providing information on their project they represent.
“In this way, the DSG hopes to raise awareness about the great work being done throughout the country,” Parroni emphasised.
This year’s bazaar, dubbed “A day of fun for Tanzania’s brighter future”, will attract 26 countries and be coloured by dances from Ireland and India. Diplomatic mission will showcase foods, gifts and handicrafts from around the world.