|The African Modern Arts Park (AMAP)|
History and Background:
Founded in 2006 by talented local artist Saidi Mbungu in Bagamoyo, the historical town located north of the capital, Tanzania AMAP serves as Bagamoyo’s first community based learning center. The township of Bagamoyo is no alien to art and has been an integral part of a rich artistic history throughout the past centuries. It has recently been considered a world heritage site by the UNESCO and many of its historic buildings are currently under restoration by the UN organization. The AMAP headquarters are located at the beachfront adjacent to “Posta Zamani”, the prior location of Bagamoyo’s post office and right in the heart of the downtown area.
The center’s mission is to guide and harbor local talents, help them polish their artistic skills to flourish as professional artists in order to gain a living.
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man how to fish;and you have fed him for a lifetime”
Background of Key Members:
(The African Modern Art Park and Training Centre for Street Children)
Pili H Mtonga – Director – On-Site Manager and Sewing Teacher
Saidi Mbungu – Director – On-Site Manager and Art Teacher
Tarek S. El-Shayal - Founder- East Africa Aid Foundation.
Our primary activities centres around caring for the children in our care. We supply the following basic needs; health, nutrition, education, love and attention. There will be a teaching staff of a ratio of approximately one teacher to six students at all times. Lunch will be made every day for all children and staff. Reports and newsletters will be compiled at regular intervals and the Website will be kept active and current. Fundraising, tendering for grants and soliciting sponsorship will be a continual labor. We will also do our best to secure the children’s future, by keeping in touch with their existing family and regular home visits.