My name is Connie and I was born in Tanzania (Iringa). Iringa region is located in the Southern part of Tanzania. I left Tanzania to New Zealand one year after I completed High School. I have three boys-John Mark (18yrs), Timothy (15yrs) & Christian (4yrs) whom I love so much.
My passion comes from God and my parents (Timothy & Rose) who taught me and my 12 siblings to put God first and embrace education. I remember my dad lightly told us (13 children) “I have no other inheritance to give you but education”. Since then, both mum (Rose) and dad (Timothy) have worked hard to ensure sure that all the 13 children achieve some form of education and skills to help us gain financial independence and fight against poverty.
My Bible verses behind this vision are:
Isaiah 40:1 -"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God"
Micah 6:8 -"What does the LORD require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God".
Jeremiah 29:11-"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".
I have come from humble beginnings with difficult upbringing but with God’s help, I worked hard from primary to high school education and was able to go to a ‘Selective Girls High School’ and later gained scholarship through The Lutheran World Federation (Geneva) to travel to New Zealand (Auckland) to do a Bachelor of Ministries Degree at Bible College of New Zealand (1996-1998). In October 2000, my family and I migrated to Australia (Sydney) and we now call Australia home.
With God’s help, passion for justice and motivation from my parents, I now have the following qualifications: MPhil in Education (WSU), Master’s degree in Educational Leadership (UWS) and Masters Degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management (Sydney University). In addition, I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Ministries
(Bachelor of Arts), Diploma in Case Management and Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment respectively. I am also currently enrolled in a PhD Program with Monash University. My topic is “Down-Skilling African Migrants Down under: A Case for Economic Participation” It’s an investigation into ways in which African Migrants negotiate cultural differences, inequalities, racializing practices & amp; their reconversion strategies in transitioning into training & employment opportunities in Australia.
Whilst I was in High School (Msalato Girls Selective High) located in Central part of Tanzania (Dodoma). I was elected as the National Secretary for the Christian Fellowship in Tanzania (UKWATA). I represented Tanzania to a few countries in Africa including Kenya, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe and was elected into the African subcommittee which made me represent my Christian youth organisation at the head office in Nairobi Kenya a few times. It was at this time that my passion to serve the LORD and young people was put in my heart.
However, my life journey to this date has been a long and difficult one indeed. Before and whilst at Bible College, I was very much involved with the Lord and was involved in preaching, pastoral care, home group and church but things changed after my marriage in 1998. I must admit that I have made some poor decisions especially in area past relationships (my marriage ended in 2003) and other relationships that almost destroyed me. I have experienced serious domestic violence that ended me in women’s refuge with young kids. However, I have learnt to trust in the Lord and the prophesy that come out of a Home group (Bible study group) I attended in Auckland New Zealand through a man of God called Graham Keys who stated that “my real ministry is still long way to go and I will go through another-life Bible college before God will raise me again for ministry” at that time, I didn’t like the prophesy but it was true and came to pass!
Furthermore, on several occasions, I have wanted to give up but my boys (John Mark, Timothy and Christian) are the greatest gift from God and they are my heroes as they have kept me going until today and I will never give up on me, the boys and social justice!
I would like to see the young people coming to Comfort High School equipped mentally, spiritually and socially. Comfort High School is aimed at providing quality education with the principles of God, social justice and love for all mankind.
Our Vision is to bring comfort, hope & benevolent relief to disadvantaged groups including young people, women, children & people with disabilities in Australia & Tanzania
I have always had the passion to serve God. I believe that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7) I believe through “Comfort High School” project- I will not only provide opportunity for education but will also be extending the “Good news/the Gospel and complying to the Great Commission “Making disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). I have had the vision to build a high school in the past few years and this has been supported and blessed by my dad, family, and my local (Lutheran) church in Tanzania and friends in Australia.
In 2018, CCF has expanded to support disadvantaged groups in Australia as follows:
We run programs for men, women and children.
We run Support Groups- “CCF Motivation Corner”
We run Play Groups for children & encourage social connections for mums & children
We run Transitional Homeless Home in Wyndham
We sponsor a child
In Tanzania, the goal is to provide formal and technical education to disadvantaged young people. There is no doubt that Tanzania needs well educated men and women equipped with the armour of God to fight against sin, corruption, poverty, disease, ignorance and many others.
Comfort High/Tech School will also provide employment opportunities to both skilled and non-skilled people around Kalenga, Iringa, Tanzania, and other countries.
On 29/07/11, my Christian work Colleague (Ricky) was curious why I choose Comfort as the name for the High School, he then did a research on words “Comfort “and “Iringa” and found the following: The name comfort is derived from “com” (with) and “fort” (strength), carrying the idea of imparting strength. God’s comfort imparts strength to His people. After Isaiah 40:1 are 3blessings from v.2. Iringa is a word from Hehe (main tribe in Iringa region) and it means “fort”. Comfort would have a second meaning of ‘Coming to Fort’.
Comfort High/Tech School
In 2010, my boys and I went to Tanzania and I purchased about 14.50 acres of land in Iringa region in a place called Kalenga which is not very far from Ruaha National Park and 10 acres has been earmarked for the purpose of building “Comfort High School
The aim is building a high school with 12 classes and total of 1000 students, but this will be a gradual process. Next year, we will start with 2 classes (Art and Business classes totalling 50 students). Tanzania follows the British education system (4 years -O Level and 2 years- A Level-High school).
There is also a plan to attach Vocational training (e.g., plumbing, electrical, mechanical, clerical, hospitality work etc) to comfort High School in order to help students with less academic ability or who missed out on points to join higher institutions like Universities and Colleges.
Comfort High School will be day and boarding school for both girls and boys and there will be 50% fee paying students and 50% sponsored students (the poor and orphans). In addition, funds will come from all sources including my own income and contributions from family and friends. Also, the board members will come from both Australia and Tanzania.
The goal is to link the poor/orphan students with friends in Australia and around the world for support.
In the future, there will be plans to seek permission and include displaced Young Refugees from nearby countries (currently living in Tanzania) to join the High school.
The vision has grown since 2010, around 2016 CCF vision has expanded to include projects for young people, women, children, people with disability and the poor/disadvantaged in Tanzania.
Where are we Now?
Plan for school is being developed by an Architect (Fares Tarimo) and discussion with other Engineers and government departments in Tanzania is in progress.
I confirm that the permission to build Comfort High school is in the application process through the Ministry of Education and I will be going to Tanzania every 6 months to check on progress of the project. A detailed business/project plan is in process of being developed.
Registration with government bodies in Australia is completed. Plans to include Tax deductible donations is currently in progress.
What Comfort Care Foundation needs from you?
We need prayers, encouragement, financial support and organisations to assist with funds rising and accountability.
Comfort High/tech also needs you to visit the school and provide assistance of any practical form (e.g. teaching the Gospel, sports, subjects and other expertise including plumbing, electrical, engineering, medicine etc) when the school is in the process of being built and during its operational stage. In the future there will be arrangements for student exchange and teacher’s placement programs.
Visitors to comfort High School will be provided with accommodation near the High/tech school and will be linked to a “Safari Tour Company” owned by my brother (Ernest) to visit Ruaha National Park (at your own cost). Visitors will also get a “tour” around the village and meet the locals and community organisations including local churches and the village council.
I would like to Thank God for giving me life, forgiveness, the gift of salvation and the vision and passion to serve Him through Comfort Care Foundation (CCF and High School Project.
I would like to acknowledge my dad (Timothy) and mum (Rose) for raising me up in the ways of God, I would like to thank them for giving basic education that opened many doors and opportunities, I would like to thank them for their prayers and encouragement to serve God and others through CCF and the school project.
I would also like to thank my boys, John Mark, Timothy and Christian, for keeping me going, for their on-going, support, encouragement and their thoughtful long and sometime very short prayers!
I would like to thank my brother Enock who helped in purchasing the land and is still assisting in the ownership processes. I would like to thank my sister Deborah who has always been there with me from deciding on the vision, searching for the possible land. I would like to thank my brother Ernest who has developed most documents and continuing to follow- up with government departments to date. I would like to thank my sister Rehema for always being there when needed. I would like to thank you Alain Mpoyi for joining the vision and assisting with graphic design, web development and many others.
I would like to thank my local church in Tanzania and Australia, Pastor Paul Mtakimwa for their prayers and support.
I would like to thank all my friends in Australia, special thanks to Connie Bee for their love, support, encouragement and prayers.
Thank you for taking your time to read our vision and God bless
With lots of love & and care
“Because We Care”