FCS marks the first Giving Tuesday in Dar

The Foundation for Civil Society has marked the first Giving Tuesday in Tanzania by supporting disabled students at Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School in Dar es Salaam.

The event also colored by Bongo flava artists, Barnaba a True Boy singer and Miriam, (a disabled young talented musician and a former student of the school). Teachers and students attended the occasion which marked the unique philanthropic event.

Giving Tuesday is celebrated worldwide, Tuesday after Thanksgiving. “In Tanzania, it has never been celebrated before, “thanks the Foundation for Civil Society for bring it here,” says Ms Anna Mshana, the Uhuru Mchanganyiko Head Teacher.

Presenting his introductory remarks, The FCS Executive Director, Francis Kiwanga, said the foundation recognizes people with special needs and the idea of bringing Giving Tuesday in Tanzania, was to showcase the ideal of philanthropy in the country.

The idea of this event is to tell company owners, organizations and individuals the role of giving back to their community. We as FCS have noticed this room and have tried to fill in the gaps. We are inviting others to do similar events,” he said.

In doing so, all FCS staffs deducted their salary at a rate of 1% each for six month, and the amount was spent in renovating one students toilet at the school. Apart from that, the organization received some contribution from individuals, companies and organization which was also presented yesterday.

The guest of honour, who is the Assistant Director of Administration at the Ministry of Education, Mr Pancras Steven said, the Ministry gives a lot of appreciation to the FCS for conceiving the idea of this years’ Giving Tuesday.

We are happy that you have introduced this great thing in our country. Please let it not be the last. Also, we thank you for considering this school as it needs a lot of attention from our people,” he said meaning that the school has special treatment and it needs some requirements that are very expensive and it is difficult for the government or parents alone to suffice them.

 

The Uhuru Mchanganyiko Head Teacher Ms Anna Mshana used the event to convey her warm gratitude to the management ond staffs of the foundation and other partners who contributed to the event. “You have done a great deal. We real appreciate,” she said adding that, the Uhuru Mchanganyiko community will use the contributed stuffs as planned and they do welcome other organizations to support the school.

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