Busega Scotland was founded in 2014 by John and Christine Carney, to support work with vulnerable children and families in Tanzania. Early retirement enabled the Carneys to volunteer with Christians Abroad, travelling to Tanzania In January 2014 to work in the city of Mwanza, and in the Lake Zone, on the southern shore of Lake Victoria.
The tremendous support John and Christine received from family, friends and former colleagues inspired the establishment of Busega Scotland. It was very clear so much could be achieved by enthusiastic people working together in Scotland and in partnership with Tanzanian colleagues. Busega Scotland supporters can be found in many countries of the world including England, Switzerland, Germany and the USA.
The Support Group in Moray, Scotland became a Board of Trustees in November 2015 when the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) approved Busega Scotland as Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The organisation’s charitable purposes are the prevention or relief of poverty or disadvantage, and the advancement of health, education, citizenship and community development in Tanzania.
Busega Scotland currently supports five main projects and is active in recruiting volunteers.
Mayega Children’s Centre – accommodates up to twenty-eight children and young people, whose circumstances do not allow them to live at home (e.g. they have lost parents due to AIDS). The work is to improve nutrition, health, education and living standards.
Moving-on Project – provides educational, practical, social and emotional support for young people leaving the Mayega Centre. In 2018 there are 12 Moving-on students in college, following various vocational training courses.
Family Support Project – supports around thirty families badly affected by HIV/AIDS, leaving them extremely poor. The project provides business start-up grants, health education and health insurance plus a women’s group, to promote self-help and business growth.
Mayega Water Project – working with the Rotary Clubs of Elgin and Igoma, Mwanza and Busega District Council, water distribution points (DPs) have been set up in each of Mayega’s seven sub villages along, with the primary school, dispensary and children’s centre. Mayega now has clean piped water for the first time in the last 30 years.
Mayega Primary School – in order to further spread the benefit of Busega Scotland being in Mayega, we are supporting the local primary school in different ways. Sports equipment and reading schemes have been provided and a teacher employed, shared between the school and the children’s centre. Lhanbryde Primary School in Moray is a partner in this project.
Volunteers – Busega Scotland is also keen to promote volunteering in the Mwanza area of Tanzania and at home in the UK. We can support volunteers into a number of different projects run by local non-governmental organisations (NGO’s). Anyone interested is encouraged to contact John and Christine through firstname.lastname@example.org .