Testimonials: Key Lessons and Testimonies from Classroom Sessions on Local Fundraising and Advocacy for Change, Tanzania
ADVOCACY FOR CHANGE TRAINING TESTIMONIES
Mr. Obadia from She Can Foundation says;
Through this training I have learned new ways of engaging authorities and community. This knowledge will improve the standard of work tremendously especially in my role as a change agent. I also learnt skills for managing projects.
Ms. Irene Calist from Diocese of Same says;
The training was an eye opener for me as I have gained a lot of new tools and skills that I am going to share with colleagues at work. Most of our projects are donor depended and cannot exist without support from foreign sources.
Mr. Charles Mmbando from Longido Primary School says;
I would like to extend my gratitude to our facilitators Ms. Evelyne and Mr. Uhadi. They have opened my eyes on proper ways to prepare an action plan. Before attending this training, I had little understanding of what an action plan is and how to prepare it. I believe a good action plan leads to successful attainment of project objectives and goals.
The participants were asked to identify what they saw as the most useful part of the workshop. In response, various themes emerged. The first was gaining clarity on what mobilizing support actually is:
'Learning what mobilizing support really is, and am happy that I now know that I have been doing it all wrong and that it led me to miss a lot of opportunities to partner with potential stakeholders.’ Now I know CLASP principles that will lead me to proper internal-reflection.(James Kalinga from Malaika orphanage)
The second was providing guidance on different ways to solve issues in the community. In particular, Theories of Change session was seen as useful and it broadened peoples mind on different ways to make changes. Other key lessons observed by participants were:
- Proper engagement of stakeholders in projects requires proper communication of the project.(Sr. Cecilia – CAMALDOLES NUNS)
- Project goals are attained through the creation of open strategy, action plan as well as personal behavioral change and commitment.(Mr Deus Munishi DIOCESE OF SAME)
- Being political neutral to ensure sustainable project goals.(Mr. Obadia Mwaipalu- SHE CAN FOUNDATION)
- Integrity and accountability are important virtues towards good governance. To achieve this, institutions need to put in place proper internal check and balances. (Joyce Hinjo- MWENYEHERI ANUARITE SECONDARY SCHOOL)
LOCAL FUNDRAISING TRAINING TESTIMONIALS
“Every day brought new experiences and fresh ideas to me regarding local fundraising . All presentations were very clear and insightful such that they enabled me view things from a different angle . I’m going to use skills and knowledge gained from this training to transform our fundraising strategies and to empower my colleagues at work with the same." Mr Yusuph D Mtobela – Upendo daima
"Before this training I did not believe on the whole idea of local fundraising as an alternative source of funds for my organisation. As we are accustomed to fundraise from foreign and international donors only. It has been such an insightful week for me, as I have learnt new methods and tricks on how to fundraise from domestic sources. I was much more intrigued by different approaches for engaging a donor for the purposes of matching interests from both sides." R. Ng’ambi - Mwenyeheri Anuarite Secondary School
“This was my first time to attend a local fundraising workshop. I have learnt communication skills, team work and how to present a proposal and pitch for support. I have made friends also who are potential for my work. The most interesting topic was poster making and I will share hints to our IT specialist when preparing posters on what to include and what not to include.” Sister Dostea Msenga - from Holy Union Sisters.
“Knowledge on pitching for support has helped me to be more precise and competent in defending my proposal; I’m now capable to approach local donors for their support not only financial support but materials and consultation support for sustainability of our projects.” Mr Ernest Marandu, Angaza Women Centre