It has been our vision to have a permanent physical home in Iringa since the Project was founded in 2007. With the support from TSS Aware, FISCH has been blessed with the funds to purchase a plot of land in Iringa which will house the continued activities of FISCH for a long as God sees fit and the first building has been completed.
Our vision for the future DiC will include all the current activities (FISCH Office, the Sewing Club, Homework Help, FISCH Church, Saturday Feeding Project) and will be a place where the vulnerable children of Iringa can come and find love, friendship, nutritional, financial and educational support, all in the name of Christ Jesus.
TSS Aware is a charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of the potentially fatal condition known as Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). The charity was founded by the family of Natasha who sadly passed away on February 14th 2013 after using a tampon for the first time. Natasha was a sparky young lass involved with church, music, drama and dance and her sudden and unexpected death came as a devastating shock to all who knew her.
After her death Natasha’s family decided that they wanted to raises awareness and promote the symptoms about TSS so that no-one ese need go through the pain and sadness that they have gone, and are still going through.
TSS can be triggered by many things but can also be mistakenly disgnosed as something else, as in the case of Natasha. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, fevers, a sunburn-like rash, muscle aches, dizziness and confusion.
As part of this awareness campaign they wanted to create a positive legacy for Natasha. Natasha had visited East Africa and been involved with building homes for orphans in Uganda, and had spent many a happy hour cuddling and playing with the children there.
Natasha’s family had heard of FISCH and it’s activities in Iringa, Tanzania, and before long a prayerful plan was borne – to raise funds for a drop-in-centre for FISCH that would become Natasha’s legacy.
This has involved months of whacky fundraising activities, such as a 18km sponsored march and a Buy-A- Brick campaign, and culminated in Mandy and Jean, Natasha’s mum and grandmother, throwing themselves out of a plane at 15,000 feet along with 16 other supporters of TSS Aware for a sponsored skydive!
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the TSS Aware Team for this wonderful collaboration, and invite readers of FISCH to learn more about their campaign at tssaware.org. Most of all we’d like to thank God because with Him, all things are possible.
Check out the walk through video of the new drop in centre!
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