THE AMANI CENTRE
You say- ''What is this centre thing anyway?''
The Amani centre is for handicapped children in Tanzania, in South Africa.
The before-mentioned Mrs. Bhatia is a good friend of the founder of the
centre, Mrs. (ill get back to you on that), whose own son has a disability.
The Tanzanian government is in heavy debt and also had very little money
to spare in the first place so handicapped children were often abandoned
and left to die. Not liking this at all, Mrs. ('' '') started her, originally
very small, centre which has now benefited from donations that are not
just from F.A.C.E and is now quite a large centre. All our proceeds from our
in school events, sponsored events and the much loved Friday sweet shop
go straight to the centre, no exceptions. The centre is currently undergoing
an extension which should allow more children to attend. Even though our
funding is a great help to the centre the money is often in short supply
so the children are short on the small pleasures that make up a lot
of our lives. A very limited number of children can be taken in, and the
centre can only cater to its local area. Even through these downsides
the centre has stood firm for many years and hopefully will last many more.