Railwaychildren: Working with vulnerable children on the streets in Tanzania. Monday, March 26 at 5 PM – 7 PM @ SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London.

Pete Kent from Railway Children will talk about their work with vulnerable children in Tanzania. Railway Children is a leading children’s charity fighting for vulnerable children who live alone at risk on the streets, where they suffer abuse and exploitation. In the UK, society often denies their existence, and in other countries the problem is so prevalent that it has become ‘normal’. Children and young people run away or are forced to leave home where they suffer poverty, violence, abuse and neglect. They find themselves Continue reading →

Tuesday 6th March 2018, Joint meeting with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tanzania. 6.00pm in Committee Room 6 of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster

Tanzania: Making Progress in Agriculture. Over 60 per cent of Tanzania’s population earn their living from agriculture, and while this percentage is reducing slowly the absolute numbers involved are increasing. Yet the importance and potential of the sector is often played down. This event will look at some of the recent successes in the sector, and the ways in which it is likely to develop in future. Speakers will include Antony Ellman, whose field experience of agriculture in Tanzania goes back to the 1960s, Jeremy Continue reading →

Children’s Rights in Tanzania – Monday 29th January 2018, @17:10pm at SOAS Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG.

The main speaker for this seminar will be Kate McAlpine, who has lived in Tanzania for 23 years. When she arrived, she was struck by the plight of street children, and subsequently set up an organisation Mkombozi to help them. She will talk about the world views of Tanzanians who take action to protect children – as a lens on how large scale behavioural change to end violence may occur. Her websites are http://www.doingtherightthing.co and http://www.ccr-tz.org.  Twitter@katemcalpine. For more information contact Janet Chapman on j.chapman@tanzdevtrust.org

Events and Seminars

Events and Seminars which BTS either organised or was very involved include:

Britain-Tanzania Society AGM 28th October 2017

A Pathbreaking AGM for BTS Our AGM ended with the biggest committee ever – 24 – including 13 Tanzanians living and working in this country. The venue was stunning: St.Mary-at-Hill, one of the churches redesigned and rebuilt by Christopher Wren after the Fire of London in 1666. It hosts the Lutheran congregation which meets there for worship in English every week and in Kiswahili every month. Willie Fulton stood down as Vice-Chair and was replaced by Petronilla Mlowe.  Gabriel Mgambwa is our new Treasurer.  Elizabeth Continue reading →

Modern Swahili Poems – Ushairi wa Kiswahili wa Kisasa – a seminar and book launch on 16th October 2017

Modern Swahili Poems – Ushairi wa Kiswahili wa Kisasa – a seminar and book launch on 16 October, SOAS, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG In 2014 a prize for modern swahili poetry was created in Dar es Salaam, using money left by Gerald Belkin. A little of his story is told on page 11 of this Newsletter. The competition was first held in 2014, and attracted a lot of interest. 81 of the poems submitted for the first two competitions have now been published (Diwani Continue reading →

Informal Housing in Dar es Salaam: A Tale of Three Cities – Monday 20 November 2017

Dar es Salaam – A Tale of Many Cities At Independence in 1961, Dar es Salaam was a sleepy little port and administrative centre. Today it is home to upwards of 5 million people, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, projected to reach 10 million in the 2030s and perhaps 20 million in the 2050s. It is a city of contrasts – skyscraper offices and luxury flats, luxurious detached houses in large plots, planned housing and commercial developments, but the majority of Continue reading →

Horticultural Products Export from Tanzania to EU Markets – 19th June 2017

Date : Monday, 19th June 2017 Time : 5pm – 7pm Location : Room 4429, School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, London  WC1H 0XG The Britain Tanzania Society in Partnership with the School of Oriental & African Studies held a seminar on how to link AGRI- businesses in Tanzania with EU markets. PETRONILLA MLOWE  FRSPH MCIEH spoke about the great potential that Tanzania has to produce fruits and vegetables, and to export them to all parts of the world.  But at the present time less Continue reading →

Dentists and Friends Charity Dinner for Musoma – 19th May 2017

Date: Friday May 19th 2017   Time: 6.30 – 7.15pm: Cash Bar, 7.15 pm: Dinner, Raffle and Auction for fundraising Location: Royal National Hotel Russell Sq, London, WC1H 0DG. Co-ordinators: Dr M K Vasant MBE, Dentist in London and Graham McClure, CEO of Go Make a Difference in Tanzania   Beneficiaries: www.gomakeadifference.com, www.lakevictoria disabilitycentre.org                   .      

Leprosy in Rural Tanzania: Detection, Treatment and Overcoming the Stigma -6th March, 2017

Date: 6th March 2017 Time: 5pm to 7pm Location: School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square WC1H 0XG Speaker:  Dr Sarah Feather The Rufiji Leprosy Trust was set up thirty years ago to support the village of Kindwitwi, in Rufiji District, about 80 miles South of Dar es Salaam, which was once a leprosy camp for people affected by leprosy but is now a thriving village concerned to promote the self-sufficiency of people living with leprosy and their families. Many cases are still being diagnosed, Continue reading →