NATIONAL MISSION PROJECT
and Val Peters from Laidley, Queensland have been travelling
to Tanzania each year to assist Val’s brother The
Rev’d John Naumann develop the Amani Centre. This
is a Church based Mission which is developing agriculture
to enable the Centre to become self sufficient and thus
enable children to attend the school which is also part
of the scheme. Ivan particular skill is in growing fruit
and vegetables having been a market gardener in the Laidley
area while Val is a trained teacher.
recent years old water bores have been revitalised and grapes
and fruits trees (Bananas, Cashew nuts, Paw Paws, Citrus
and Mangos) established using drip irrigation. A school
and orphanage built. Other crops include Sunflowers, beans,
passionfruits and maize. Another development is the Grain
& Oil seed mill which employs operators and the profits
pay for three teachers at the school. The waste from the
mill is used to feed the pigs.
school has Kindergarten/preschool, Primary and Secondary
grades while some teacher training is being developed. The
Mission has become a magnet for people in the district during
the dry seasons as they run out of food and arrive at the
Centre seeking assistance.
National commenced this Mission Project in 2006 with a donation
of $1,000 towards the orphanage. The year ending June, 2011
AMS branches and Diocesan groups donated $3,260 to the Amani
Centre. Since then AMS National has donated thousands to the Amani Centre Projects.