Working in conjunction with Tanzania Optimist Dinghy Association (TODA) the trustees of Orlando Rogers Foundation are pleased to inform you that we have made a grant to the benefit of Imamu Sahala.
Imamu was 15 years old in May 2013. He was born in Tanga, Tanzania. Sadly his single mother passed away two years ago leaving Imamu alone and unsupported and he had to withdraw from schooling. He lives in the Msasani fishing village in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania where he is allowed access to an office after 5pm where he can sleep on the floor with a roll mat. Fortunately he met up with the good staff at TODA who taught him how to sail a dinghy – this enables him to earn a living by fishing. He earns about $2 per day when he is able to sell his catch at the local market. He has shown great spirit and determination despite his disadvantages. His ambition is to become Tanzania’s National Sailing Champion. In August 2012 Imamu was selected as one of the nationals sailing for Team Tanzania and was 3rd Tanzanian overall and in 34th position out of 73 sailors. He is a very intelligent and serious young man who never misses his sail training. With the limited education he has had the rules of sailing are not easy to comprehend although his practical skills are great.
The grant made to the benefit of Imamu will enable him to resume his formal education for the next year and allow him to continue his sail training enabling him to fulfill and achieve in a way he otherwise could not. He will also be provided with bedding and a few of the essentials for basic living that we might take for granted. He is very excited to receive this help which comes about thanks to each and every donation made to Orlando Rogers Foundation. Sincere thanks to all fundraisers and all donors who supported them. This young man now has a chance to achieve and we feel sure of his determination to succeed to the best of his ability.
Here are some photos of Imamu and friends.
We look forward to hearing of his progress.