The history of Mission Tanzania

The Mission Tanzania programme was initiated by Father Jean-Pascal LOMBART, a Spiritan missionary. After completing his training as a Spiritan in Tanzania among the Massais in the 1990s, he was sent on a mission to Taiwan. From there he led groups of Taiwanese students in Tanzania, allowing the construction of computer facilities in schools since 2008. But also the electrification of bush schools, the training of traditional midwives among the Maasai, and the construction of a dispensary in Massai territory. Established as the Taiwan Africa International Service Association, after Jean-Pascal's return to France, the Taiwanese teams continue their actions in Tanzania in complete independence.

After returning to Paris in 2014, Jean-Pascal decided to proceed with the same approach with French volunteers, as part of the International Volunteer Association Operation Amos. For the past four years he has been training, preparing and accompanying French teams in the Massai community, this time for the purpose of supporting people with disabilities. Before coordinating the Pastoral Spiritaine des Jeunes, presiding over the association Operation Amos and assisting the spiritualist provincial superior of France, he leaves his place as coordinator of Mission Tanzania to Lucie MOISSONNIER, educator specialized and former volunteer of the 2018 team, with Father Calvin MASSAWE, Tanzanian spiritan on a mission in France at Apprentices d'Auteuil.

In 2015

  •  Field survey of Christian and village communities, schools and institutions serving people with disabilities
  • Establishing a parish committee for the disabled and a student club to promote disability-related issues in the sector

In 2016

  • Census of 250 people with disabilities in the Maasai sector
  • Disability awareness with primary and secondary school students (mutual presentations, meals, games, relaxation, joint work, etc.)
  • Funding to complete construction of a Gathering Place for The Maasai

In 2017

  • Medical visits to Maasai country, physical evaluation and advice in the accompaniment of children with motor disabilities
  • Linking the local clinic with health and education institutions
  • Micro-project of planting trees and low-consumption stove
  • Workshops and major awareness games on disability and hygiene
  • Setting up sponsorships
  • Funding for toilets in Engaruka Primary School
  • Seeking funding for the construction of a dormitory per Kilometers of the Sun and obtaining funding of 10,000 euros by the children of Kilometer of the Sun

En 2018

  • in the Massai region of Engaruka: Continued medical visits and diagnoses of people with disabilities in isolated areas with the help of Dr. Massawe. Pediatrician of national reputation (balance: many problems of blindness, because of dust, and deformities of the feet, due to the semi-nomadic way of life). Continued outreach programs in schools, religious communities and markets (travelling exhibition, conferences, activities). Continued collaboration with disability-affected student clubs (workshop, remittance). Introducing first aid in schools. Creation of a year-round monitoring committee with members of the four local institutions/authorities (churches, doctors, teachers, village government). Checking the construction of toilet sinks in Engaruka Primary School and the use of energy-saving furnaces (however the construction and use of energy-saving furnaces was not followed).
  • in the Massai region of Nainokanoka: Field survey on the situation of the region and its inhabitants (through interviews with members of the four local institutions, mentioned above) / Pulse of a handicap student club in the school Nainokanoka Secondary / Setting up medical visits with Dr. Massawe to diagnose the handicaps of the inhabitants (many ear infections due to the wet and cold climate, respiratory problems due to confinement of dwellings, and epilepsy, very present gene) / Early awareness in religious communities
  • in the Moshi and Arusha region: visit and interview with the leaders of institutions specializing in either the professionalization of persons with disabilities (VTC Imani, VTC USA river, VTC Olkokola), or in rehabilitation, surgery and convalescence of persons with mental or physical disabilities (Plaster House, Huduma Munduli, Sibusiso) to accommodate Massais diagnosed as disabled and seeking care

The Spiritans

Spiritans, the Congregation of the Spirit Missionains, history of the Congregation in the world, in France, its activities in Europe.

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The congregation of the Holy Ghost was founded in 1703 in Paris and revitalized in 1848, by the merger with the society of the Holy Heart of Mary. The Spiritans formed a missionary congregation particularly present in Africa.

Today, however, the proclamation of the gospel incorporates a real social role. Spiritans strive to foster great openness, sharing and respect, the fight for justice and poverty by engaging at the local level in agriculture, education and health. They thus supplement certain limits of public structures and mobilize communities for the reasonable and sustainable development of the most isolated places in the world.

The missions in Tanzania are thus part of these bases of exchange, meeting and listening. The project is therefore aimed not only at volunteers or exclusively Catholic communities but also at people of all faiths or non-believers.