Prompted by the success of the Arran Cycle in 2010, One Solution once again organised another 56 mile cycle challenge on the beautiful Ayrshire island of Arran.
The costs of the event were covered by One Solution, meaning that every penny raised went directly to the Ntimbanjayo Memorial School of Excellence Project.
Approximately thirty staff members, friends and family joined in the challenge and their efforts raised in excess of £10,000.
After the success of our first contemporary art auction in 2009, One Solution hosted another art event at One Blythswood Square in 2011 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.
The art auction was again a huge success attracting hundreds of enthusiastic bidders and some stunning pieces of art all, of course, kindly donated by 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, 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; this 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 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.