"Tailoring activity has kept me close to the community, through tailoring I get customers who come from outside the area where I live and provide me with income. For the future, I wish to become a businesswoman and been recognized in different areas. Youth Business Centre is important for me because I have successfully learned various trainings including business coaching where I have been able to identify variable and fixed costs. I have also learned Sexual Reproductive Health education where I realized that youth should be safe and healthy both physically and mentally." Paschazia Joseph, tailoring entrepreneur at YBC

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Donation Programme 2024

To support our new Youth Business Centre project in the  mining village Nyangarata, you can donate in three ways! Read here some testimonials from participants since 2023

1)  Any amount of donation via below bank details or paypal (mail@forironigavegold.com)
2)  Purchase of a gold/iron product - find them listed here.
3)  Donation of gold that you don’t need anymore and that we can recycle and use for making new products. If  you have old gold pieces that you wish to donate, please get in contact via mail@forironigavegold.com

Triodos Bank
Stichting For Iron I Gave Gold
IBAN: NL28 TRIO 0379 3364 64

We are very thankful for your support!

With your support, we can provide the necessary funding to build-up in the coming years a save place for young tailors. Your donation is fully and directly used to give the youths a chance to become independent in a healthier environment and a better future. 

What will happen in 2024:
  • Rafiki SDO, our project partner NGO, will continue to coordinate and supervise the project, its workshops in tailoring, batik, decoration, basket making and sexual reproductive health. YEP Tanzania will further conduct workshops in business, life and empowerment skills. 
  • 4 youths starting a vocational training in electrical installation in a nearby college.
  • 5 - 7 participants will learn different design and tailoring techniques, as well as following business, life skills and empowerment trainings.
  • All participants will pay contribution of rent and running costs for YBC from July on.
  • YBC is a place for youth to experience and develop collective business in tailoring and further learn how to teach to other youths basics of tailoring, basket making or batik.
  • YBC will strengthen and include all members in a environment of working and learning together. 

In 2025, the YBC will be fully in hands of the young tailors, supported by the local government, parents and members of the community. 

Our foundation has the Dutch ANBI stichting status, meaning that donations can be deducted from taxes. For more information about the advantages of ANBI donations, please see here.

May 2023, new YBC in Nyangarata. The building is for training and workshop facility for tailoring, business and soft skills as well as a shop. The plan is to make it fully running by the users by the end of 2025. (photo credit: Queen Gerald, Rafiki SDO)

Donation Programme for 2021/22

With donations from 2021/22 we could implement:
- To end child labour and give another group of children (12-17 years) working in small gold mines a vocational training in either tailoring, electricity or mechanics.
- To support the students after their vocational trainings with workshop facilities, tools and materials necessary to start their work as tailors or electricians.
- NEW: we will support workshops for children after the training to acquire necessary business and soft skills to run their business.
This is made possible in collaboration with Dutch foundation Sengerema/YEP in Tanzania who will organise the workshops and with whom we are planning a larger collaboration in 2022.
- To cover the costs of a part-time social worker from the local NGO Rafiki SDO who works for us on the implementation of the programme. Among others, she discusses with children and families if a vocational training is suitable, visits them while they are in the school programme, organises their journeys, monitors the development of the project and writes reports for us.

Donation Programme 2020/21 

With donations from 2020 we could implement:
- Another group of 10 students to do a vocational training in 2021.  
- Tools needed for start-up (so far electrical and tailoring equipment)  
- To further support the alumni of former years and check regularly that their business continues, evt. supporting them with tools.
- To cover the costs for a part-time socialworker of the local NGO Rafiki SDO. 
- We could not support a second year vocational training to some of the children, those showing most commitment and motivation. But one tailor student finished the vocational training as the best and received a scholarship from the Tanzanian government to study a second year. 

Donations were given by either:
- Private donations supporting the project.
- Through purchase of a bracelet or recycled gold and iron ring, designed by Antoinette Vonder Muehll. You can find more information here. The full amount of these purchases is used for the vocational training programme. 

tailoring workshop for the students who graduated from vocational training programme 2019.

Donation Programme 2019/20

Thanks to generous donations and through purchases of the rings, we were able to collect enough funds needed for another group of 10 students to start their vocational trainingin January 2020. Also we could cover a part-time social worker of the local tanzanian NGO Rafiki-SDO. The person will be responsible for the implementation of the programme. She selects the children and discusses with families and local authority, visits them while they are in the school programme, writes reports and monitors the project for us. 

Children selected for the 2020 programme on their way to College. In total 7 girls,  Anitha, Naomi, Margreth,Joyce, Suzana,Justina and Dotto and 3 boys - Efrend, Francis and Daud will follow the training programme in tailoring, electrical installation and masonry at Mwanhala College, Tanzania. 

Donation Programme 2018/19

Through generous donations, 10 children (14 - 17 years old) working in the gold mines Kalole or Nyangarata near Kahama, Tanzania, could follow the one-year vocational training at Mwanhala Focal Development College from January - December 2019. They could chose a profession that is locally needed (such as tailoring (for girls), electricity, motor vehicle mechanics, masonry) enabling them to sustain and live under better conditions instead of being exposed to the extremely poor, exploitative, dangerous and unheathy life in the gold mines. There were 8 girls and 2 boys taking the tailoring course. 

The donations went fully and directly to the children’s needs, including: school fees, uniforms, school material and/or start up tools (f.ex. sewing machine), food and accommodation during their stay at the College. This is monitored and coordinated locally by the NGO Rafiki SDO (see Collaborations).

graduated children from vocational training in tailoring, Dec 2019 

visiting the children in tailoring course at Mwanhala Focal Development College, Aug/Sep 2019

 Boy working at Mwakitoloyo gold mine, close to Kahama, Tanzania. 

Children from Mwakitoloyo gold mines during their vocational training in June 2018.