Vocational training

Funding required: $73,000

This project will help: 250 young people

Estimated completion date: September 30, 2020

In Mpwawa, Tanzania, many young people never have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. The area has very few job opportunities, so teenagers often give up hope.

At the All Saints Anglican Compassion centre, staff members do their best to equip students with job skills. But with a limited budget, they can only offer a few vocational classes like sewing, carpentry and welding. Since many students aren’t interested in these fields, they drop out of the program. Sadly, the attendance rate at centres in this area is less than 80 per cent.

The staff and church leaders would love to offer students a special skill that would give them a bright future—the art of shoemaking. They are eager to open a factory, where students could learn how to make leather shoes and handbags. Students would be able to start their own businesses or obtain employment at the factory in the near future. The community of Mpwawa doesn’t have a shoe factory, so this is a unique opportunity for students to achieve amazing success!

But starting a shoe factory costs money—funds that the centre simply doesn’t have. Church leaders have tried to raise funds for the equipment, but since most people in the area live in extreme poverty, they haven’t been able to raise nearly enough.

You can help this centre start a shoe factory, where 250 young people will acquire valuable skills and improve their lives! Your gift will help purchase machines and training tools, so students can learn how to make leather shoes and handbags, as well as other marketable products. These affordable products will be sold in Mpwawa and across Tanzania. You’ll also help provide skilled instructors for students. Centre staff and our Frontline Church Partner are eager to show these students that with God, all things are possible!

Give the gift of vocational training, so students can overcome poverty and have a bright future!

The problem

Staff at the All Saints Anglican Compassion centre will work with organizations and local government to start a shoe factory and provide professional training to students on how to make leather shoes, handbags and other marketable products. This is a unique opportunity for students to learn income-generating skills to prepare them to be economically self-reliant in the future.

Child development centres impacted: TZ0340

What is provided through this gift:

  • Training for 250 students (ages 12 to 18) on crafting leather products such as shoes and handbags (over three years)
  • Professional instructor (three years)
  • Construction of two classrooms
  • Tools, materials and equipment to start a shoe factory:
    • Skiving machine; post bed machine; cylinder bed machine; repair machine; pressing machine; heat activator machine; direct molded machine; toe, heel and side lasting machines; a heavy-duty flatbed and leather materials
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Training on the management and maintenance of equipment


  • Local contribution: US$13,037.16; the Frontline Church Partner will also collaborate with vocational training organizations and local government to maximize resources and obtain technical support.
  • Monitoring: Church leaders will form a special committee to oversee implementation and its plans for growth.
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Tanzania will handle the funds.
  • Follow-up: Centre staff and church leaders hope to see an 80 per cent increase in Compassion centre attendance levels. Students will also receive updated training to gain new skills and keep up with competition and trends in the marketplace.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.