We are fully committed to the work we do in the community, whether that be through pro bono work, donation or participation. We are proud of our association and involvement with a variety of charities and community programs.
Didier Murcia accepted appointment as the Honorary Consul for Tanzania in 1997 and since that time our office has acted as the Consulate for Tanzania on an honorary basis. Tanzania needs to promote itself to gain much needed tourism and international financial investment in its industries. We work hard to assist and facilitate that economic development.
Working with a number of leading Western Australian health professionals, MPH established Rafiki Australia Tanzania (Rafiki) in 2004. MPH continues to coordinate Rafiki, cover the administration costs and raise funds for its continuing growth. Since its first mission in 2004, a total of 33 surgical trips to Tanzania have changed the lives of thousands of Tanzanians with conditions such as cleft lip, cleft palates and burns contractures. The operations undertaken have not just helped the patients by alleviating the pain and suffering, but they have helped them become accepted members of their communities.
MPH is supporting Rafiki’s newest program; training Tanzanian surgeons to become the country’s first ever fully-qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. The two-year Master’s Degree program will have a huge flow-on effect and is a vital step to help Tanzania become self-sufficient in this surgical specialty.
Volunteers from MPH have also helped Rafiki send more than 55 x 40-foot containers of desperately needed second-hand medical equipment to hospitals in Tanzania, including 15 ambulances. With a replacement value of over $10M this equipment is greatly needed and being put to great use by hospitals, dispensaries and clinics in Tanzania.
Australia Tanzania Society (ATS) supports education and vulnerable children in Tanzania.
We were instrumental in establishing the Australia Tanzania Young Ambassadors, a non-government organisation focused on developing cross-cultural relations between youth in Australia and Tanzania. ATS also plays a major role in assisting underprivileged schools in Tanzania with infrastructure and educational needs. Since its establishment, 17 water wells have been drilled and three water wells have been refurbished at schools in and around Dar es Salaam. Most schools in Tanzania have no access to water, which affects students’ ability to stay at school for the day and has a direct impact on sanitation and health and wellbeing. Providing water wells also alleviates the need for schools to spend much-needed funds on purchasing water, and allows them to focus on purchasing necessities such as text books, paper and pencils; items that are so readily available to students here in Australia.
ATS has also constructed 25 classrooms in overcrowded schools and provided text books and other educational resources to thousands of Tanzanian students.
In addition to attending to these needs, ATS has conducted three professional development courses for Tanzanian teachers, two in Tanzania and one in Western Australia.
ATS funded renovations and a new dorm house for NIRA orphanage in Dar es Salaam, which provides full-time care for 20 children orphans.
Through ATS, a small group provides scholarships to underprivileged primary school children in Kilwa. Many of the children are orphans or living with single parents and by supporting these children with school fees and boarding fees to PEC School they have access to a much better education. ATS also provides support to PEC School through infrastructure projects and recently funded the construction of a cafeteria and library.
MADALAH Limited is a not-for-profit organisation that offers Secondary and Tertiary education scholarships for Indigenous students from remote and regional communities to Western Australia’s leading boarding schools and Australian universities. Far from just providing a bursary, MADALAH wraps around the students to support their journey through mentorship, cultural activities, and empowerment.
MPH has been MADALAH sponsor since 2018, and in 2021, extended sponsorship to the MPH Lawyers Youth Leadership Summit, which empowers emerging leaders within the MADLAH student group.
We share the belief that education is the key to generational change and opportunity.