St Andrew's, Stapleford - Nachingwea Link

Stapleford Nachingwea Link log

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Activities are divided between Agriculture and Technical, Church, Education, Fundraising and Medical. In each area parallel committees in both parishes decide actions and oversee results. While resources are inevitably limited, it has been possible to support a wide range of projects, usually on a shared cost basis: money from the UK being partly matched by funds raised locally in Nachingwea. Audit and reporting systems have been developed to ensure effective use of funds and to measure results.

The aim of all projects has been to improve the quality of life in Nachingwea, bearing in mind not only available resources, but the sustainability of any activity. While not all projects have been successful, both communities have learned, and continue to learn, the art of collaborative development.

A leaflet on recent work of the Link is available here.

The following are examples of past and current projects. 

Agricultural and Technical

  • Rainwater tank construction
  • Corn grinding equipment supply
  • Cashew crop fungicide sprayers
  • Motorbike and bicycles supplied for parish visiting
  • Solar oven supply
  • Sewing machines for clergy wives
  • Seed supply to cope with crop failure
  • Supply of pigs and enclosures to establish an ongoing source of income
  • Strategic study of sustainable agricultural approaches for Nachingwea (a major project involving a demonstrator farm to cope with climate change is in development)


  • Supply of books and vestments (ongoing project)
  • Support for clergy further education
  • Redevelopment of the Church site, including building a large hostel for visitors (ongoing project)

EducationCooking course

  • Supply of primary school textbooks and equipment
  • Support for secondary education for over 50 girls
  • Mentoring for improvement of English
  • Courses for primary teachers
  • Building a day care centre for 50 children at the Church
  • Developing and equipping a special needs class
  • Developing and equipping secondary school library
  • Supplying Science books for three secondary schools
  • Support for higher education and vocational courses (ongoing project)
  • Teacher exchanges (ongoing project)


The Link operates as a sub-committee of the PCC of St Andrew’s, Stapleford, and under its auspices, and is eligible for Gift Aid. Current turnover is around £11,000 per annum. Funds are generated by:

  • A regular giving scheme
  • Collections at Church
  • Donations from the PCC
  • Open gardens and village events
  • A Christmas Fair


  • Organisation of elective visits by UK medical students
  • Supply of operating table, refrigeration, lighting, emergency generators, autoclave spares, digital blood pressure monitors,  oxygen concentrator for neonatal unit, mosquito netting and medical and dental equipment for Nachingwea hospital
  • Schistosomiasis elimination programme to protect children
  • Training for traditional birth attendants
  • HIV/AIDS awareness training