Tools for vocational training in Manyoni, Tanzania
Manyoni, Tanzania

The RC Mission workshop and training centre in Manyoni wants to expand their workshop into a recognized vocational training centre and wants to purchase additional teaching materials for practical lessons. A lack of machines and tools does not yet make it possible for trainees to learn the skills with which they can be directly employed, find work, or earn a livelihood for themselves.

An amount of € 3,900 is required for the delivery of the most needed machines and tools by VAI (Vraag en Aanbod International). The Van Doorn Foundation is looking for sponsors to support this project!

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Project information
The situation

The RC Mission Vocational Training Centre in Manyoni district – Singida region will offer vocational training to young people in the Singida region. Singida is located in the middle of Tanzania between the capital Dodoma and Lake Victoria. The region is largely rural and 95% of the population are subsistence farmers who cultivate their land. Agriculture represents 60% of the region’s total income. Other important productive sectors are animal husbandry, mining, and trade.

The socio-economic situation in Singida is reasonable, in most cases better than the national average in terms of infant mortality, maternal mortality and per capita health services. In terms of education however, the region has a shortage of primary and secondary education facilities.

Employment in Singida generally consists of self-employment. Most of the workers are farmers.

The importance of the project

The economy of the Singida region is predominantly rural with more than 95% of the population engaged in subsistence farming and animal husbandry. At the same time, the region is poor in primary and secondary education, with an illiteracy rate of 25.6 percent. Unemployment and illiteracy are the root causes of the problems affecting the community.

Education in any society is fundamental and a prerequisite for socio-economic development. The government has launched an adult education program to reduce illiteracy, but because of limited resources, this had limited results.

There are very few vocational training institutions, while vocational skills provide access to employment. The project aims to ensure that young people have the opportunity to learn skills that will help them find work or become self-employed.

The implementing organisation

The RC Mission in Manyoni built in 1973 a workshop, where furniture was made, and vehicles were maintained. Gradually, trainees from the region learned the trade in this workshop and the workshop slowly develops into a recognized training centre.

VAI (Vraag en Aanbod International) will provide this training centre with the tools and machines for the training courses for tailors, furnituremakers, and car mechanics.

The Caritas centre in Mbeya (Tanzania) will monitor the implementation of the project.

The envisaged project results

Vocational training is crucial in alleviating poverty as it enables young adults to enter the labour market where there are job opportunities.

As soon as the monastery’s workshop has been expanded into a recognized vocational training centre, short and long courses will be given in car mechanics, electrical installation, carpentry and furniture making, and textile processing.

The products and services created during the training are offered on the local market. This generates revenues, together with the tuition of the trainees. In the past ten years, an average of 20 young people per year have received training. This number will double with the additional learning materials purchased.


The machines and tools financed by the Foundation and supplied by Vraag en Aanbod International Foundation were delivered in September 2023 and have since been used in practical lessons.