Sanga Sanga Retreat Centre
Original project proposal
Artist's impression of one of the accommodation blocks
Mission Statement: The Institute exists to enable, mobilize and inspire its pastors through life long learning.
All the recognized pastors and evangelists of the Coastal Diocese along with their wives are automatically enrolled in the Institute; at this time it has a growing student body of approximately 140 pastors and evangelists who lead 72 pastorates across the Coastal Diocese.
The Institute engages the students through seminar-based continuing education with a mixture of small group discussion, some traditional lectures and hands-on practical visits.
The proposal is for the development of the Institute’s land at Sanga Sanga including the construction of a conference hall for 250 people with office, seminar room and library facilities; 100 bed accommodation, workshop, demonstration farm, coffee/craft shop and rest facilities for travellers.
The complex will provide a strategic platform to encourage and support the pastors /evangelists sending them back to their churches refreshed and re-envisioned.
It will also provide a forum in which to engage with indigenous theological, cultural and development issues that confront them.
(Artist's impression of the rear of the accommodation block)
The Institute is seeking support from its partners at several levels:
- Expertise in project planning and management.
- Financial support in achieving its capital development goals.
- Agricultural expertise in developing the demonstration farm.
|| The anticipated budget for the complete development will be £500,000 GBPs (updated Nov 2013) spread over a five year period.
Artist's impression of the staff housing
||It is proposed that the ‘Sanga Sanga Retreat Centre’ be a model self-sustaining facility generating its own food produce, pumping its own water, as well as being financially self-sustaining. The aim is to create a model for continuing education that can be replicated across the country and continent.
Sanga Sanga site plan
The development of Sanga Sanga Retreat Centre is a direct response to challenges that have faced the Institute since its inception.
Identity: the importance of a physical presence. In Tanzanian culture it doesn’t matter how good your programme is, and how effective it is in reaching its goals, if it doesn’t have a physical presence with buildings it doesn’t receive the recognition it needs from the Church or government. This then impinges on the long term sustainability of the programme.
Costs: because of the increased costs of renting accommodation and seminar facilities, in some cases doubling from one year to the next, the Institute has had to reduce the length as well as the number of seminars it runs. If the present trend continues this will have a negative influence on the Institute activities.
Income: we are thankful for the income that has been received, either through the sale of water, contributions from the AICT or from supporters in the UK. However, the long term sustainability is in question if we cannot provide local sources of income for the Institute. The centre will act as a source of income through the renting out of facilities, overnight accommodation, weddings and a road side gift/coffee shopand camp site catering for the tourist traffic from South Africa and the southern game parks.
Suitable accommodation: as we rent our seminar accommodation we are at the whim of the various institutions or hostels. Bookings have been cancelled at the last moment causing considerable disruption and inconvenience.
Suitable seminar and retreat space: finding locations that are secure, accessible and at the same time reasonably quiet for retreats/seminars/teaching is also a lingering issue that we hope will be solved with the building of the Retreat Centre.
Sanga Sanga village: needs and opportunities. The village where the land is located is close to both the main town of Morogoro and Mzumbe University. It is, however, little touched by modern development. There is no running water or electricity. There is also no visible Church in the village. The main occupation is the brewing and consumption of a local beer, the outcome of which is seen in the limited development of the village. The Institute would be in a strong position to make a positive impact on the village.
Limited opportunity for specialized academic programmes and research. One aim of the Institute is to encourage specialized research programmes into the challenges facing the Church in Tanzania. The lack of permanent facilities at present prevents this from happening effectively.
Hands on practical teaching: it is apparent that the most effective learning strategy is for the delegates to visualise the possible. The idea of a demonstration farm is to show how the pastors and evangelists can use their own small scale plots of land to create sustainable sources of family income, good nutrition as well as making a positive impact on the environment.
An alternative model of continuing education: at present there are very few examples of continuing education programmes across the continent. The emphasis is on primary theological education through Bible Schools and Seminaries. Sanga Sanga will provide a direct answer to this challenge.
Example of planned palm thatched cafe and gift shop
Goal 1: Within five years the Sanga Sanga Retreat Centre aims to provide good quality accommodation, seminar facilities and offices. The centre will provide an environment conducive to realizing the goals of the Institute in enabling, mobilizing and inspiring the pastors through life long learning.
Goal 2: The Centre through its training programmes and facilities will have an impact on the wider church and community. The centre will act as a catalyst empowering the church to engage with indigenous theological, cultural and development issues that confront it in the 21st Century.
Goal 3: The centre will be a self sustaining, self financing model of continuing theological education that can be replicated elsewhere in Tanzania and beyond.
- The above goals will be accomplished through the construction of a 150 seat auditorium.
- Research and library facilities, including a computer and media suite.
- Two 20 seat seminar rooms.
- Four offices that could be rented to NGO’s or like minded organizations.
- An Accommodation block that will sleep 100, together with a smaller staff/retreat house
- A show farm and gift/coffee shop and camp site.
In achieving the above goals and objectives it is planned that the already stated needs will be met and the various challenges overcome.
(NB: Images are of VETA training centre Mtwara: a good example of what we hope to build. They are not pictures of Sanga Sanga!)
Phase 1 - completed
The Building Oversight Committee (BOC) spent 9 months researching suitable locations. The criteria for the site purchase included:
- Easy access for delegates arriving from up country.
- Easy access from the main highway for construction purposes.
- Availability of water.
- Mobile phone network availability.
Once the land was purchased the Institute employed a full time caretaker to clear the boundaries, building areas and roads. His presence on a daily basis also protects the site.
The Institute’s coordinator was tasked with organising the survey of the land together with the site plan and architectural drawings.
A fence has beeen erected around the site to provide security and prevent cattle migration onto the site.
Phase 2 - completed
The construction was overseen by one of our AIM mission partners who, together with the BOC, works with local contractors.
A reinforced concrete culvert was constructed at the entrance providing easy access onto the site. A deep water well has been drilled along with a shallow season well. Water is pumped by generator to the 5000 litre storage tower, which in turn feeds the lower half of the site.
The caretaker's house has been constructed from shipping containers and provides storage facilities, office, workshop and a temporary classroom (seating 70).
A retreat house has been built from locally burnt brick. The house accommodates 13 in en-suite twin-bedded rooms.
Camping facilities developed for those wishing to overnight in tents together with simple overnight bunking rooms.
The provision of a reliable electricity supply - completed January 2015.
The conference hall and offices will be a double storey building with a separate canteen.
Adequate car parking space will surround the building.
Gift/coffee shop, car parking and toilet facilities will be constructed near the entrance.
The first hostel will be a double storey building providing 48 double rooms.
The second hostel will be constructed providing better quality accommodation than the first. The second hostel will be adjacent to the first.
The landscaping and cultivation of the demonstration farm. This will be taking place concurrently with the various phases of construction.
Description of Work
- Purchase land, 8 acres
- Clear land
- Clear roads
- Survey and register land/boundaries/plan
- Architectural drawings
- Erect a fence around the property
- Construct entrance
- Dig wells
- Water storage
- Build staff/retreat house
- Build caretakers house/store/toilet/classroom
- Connect elctricity
- Campsite Shower/toilets
- Construct conference hall and meeting rooms
- Gift/coffee shop and facilities
Detailed survey being undertaken
||Construct first hotel
Detailed survey being undertaken
||Construct second hotel
Detailed survey being undertaken
Landscape and demonstration farm
Total anticipated Budget £500,000 GBP