Contemporary Art Auction
One Solution hosted their very first art event at One Blythswood Square in 2009 to help fund the Ntimbanjayo Memorial School of Excellence Project in Namanditi working with RUDA Tanzania, a small Scottish based charity that supports projects in Tanzania to help improve the lives of families. One 4 Kids also provided pristine, new school uniforms for every student with badges embroidered in Scotland.
Approximately 200 guests attended the auction and, following a champagne reception, over 100 pieces of art were sold – each of which were kindly donated by the artists – making in excess of £30,000. Every penny of which goes direct to charity.
We appreciate hugely the efforts of all our staff and advisers, of those who attended and, of course, the artists.
RUDA Tanzania is a small charity based in Central Scotland. The charity’s secretary and his wife lived and brought up their children in the village of Litowa in the Ruvuma area of Tanzania during the sixties. Ralph and Noreen were both active in an advisory capacity, during the foundation and development of the first Ujaama villages run on the principle of co-operation and community-led organisation.
The charity is interested in developing and supporting projects, which can over a period of time improve the lives of families in this area of NE Tanzania.
An earlier project, which started in 2000, was the development of the Magima Roof Tile Project near Songea. The potter Alice MacFarlane took her expertise to Tanzania and over a series of trips and advised the workers and helped to develop the pottery project.
Alice was then asked to support the building of a Nursery and Primary school in the Namanditi area; the project also supported by One 4 Kids. The headmaster of the school, Baraka, had a clear vision of the school he wanted to build. The local community is worked together on the school’s construction and the school opened its first phase in 2011 to 20 sponsored children. The Namanditi school aims to offer an excellent education to the children of the area and crucially the teaching is done through the medium of English.
Jeely Piece Club
The Jeely Piece Club is a registered Scottish charity that provides numerous services to children and their families including nursery, play, learning and volunteering services as well as parent and toddler groups.
Their Nursery and PlayZone cater specifically for children and provide a range of support, activities and services to parents and carers too.
They have a dedicated Learning & Training Centre that offers a quality learning service to adults, community groups as well as SMEs.
By the end of December 2009, the total donated to children’s charities at home and abroad was £257,000.