Youth of the Abundant Blessing Center (ABC) Church of Tabata Mandela in Dar es Salaam and Mandela Local Government officials in a joint photo before going to present assistance to 20 flood victims and vulnerable elderly people living in the area. On the right is the Archbishop of ABC Churches, Flaston Ndabila. They provided assistance during the training of community-based charity by Tamari Mwakakonyole Shunda who lives in the United States. PHOTO/DOTTO MWAIBALE.

By Dotto Mwaibale
Dar es Salaam

YOUTHS of the Tabata Abundant Blessing Center (ABC) Church in Dar es Salaam have begun training to help the community, health, and prevent themselves from the effects of disasters.

The training is offered to young people within the Community Health Workers (CHW) program established through the counsel of the church’s member, Ms. Tamari Mwakakonyole Shunda, who lives in the United States.

Trainer trainer, Tamari Shunda, speaking online from the United States, said Community Health Workers is an important lesson to teach people especially young people who love learning.

“I would like to teach this CHW lesson because as well as helping people understand the symptoms, the symptoms and exactly what causes people to suffer from various illnesses and self-control, they are not just young people and students but brothers, neighbors, communities, and even places where they worship,” she said.

She said, the ABC Church under the leadership of Bishop Flaston Ndabila after counseling have shown a desire to learn and all we can do is put them in two groups.

She said, the first group is ‘Train the Trainer’, and the second is all those who can learn.

She said that, despite the course being offered online, the students had shown a great deal of enthusiasm for learning, which is positive.
She added that, since CHW is at the forefront of community affairs and they live in the areas in which they provide services, they are very important in any developing society, as the doctor cannot be a part of it and even nurses are not sufficient to respond to people’s needs.

“At the beginning of January we conducted practical training for those students to provide them with education to serve the community where they went to help victims of the Tabata Mandela flood and this added them to an understanding of how to respond when an emergency occurs and to be at the forefront of providing assistance.

“These practical lessons have shown how students really understood them after writing their reports,” said Shunda.

She said the training was important because he has been doing the volunteer work for the community in the United States for over a decade including teaching how to prevent diseases and people changing the conditions and habits that cause harm to their health.

He said he would like to continue teaching such courses and graduate students will be handed their certificates by the end of the year this year and that for those who wish to continue studying in different health professions the opportunity is there.

Shunda said our country needs CHWs to help prevent the effects of disease before it comes more cautious and people will learn how to keep their environment clean.

CHW chairman Gad Ndabila said the training provided them with a great deal of understanding and learning to help communities in health issues and how to prevent harm and protect themselves.