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Operation Imani is a 57-minute documentary made in 2010 that profiles the Imani Vocational Training Centre (Imani VTC) in Tanzania. It details the innovative efforts that the school is making to achieve self-sufficiency in a poor, rural, resource-limited setting.

You'll meet the incomparable Sister Placida Mosha, founder and director of the organization, who was named a Laureate for Rural Development in 2008. You'll also meet students, teachers, pigs, fish, other nuns, and Greg.  

An edited version (20 minutes) of the documentary can be found here.
To purchase a full DVD copy (57 minutes, $15 including tax & shipping), contact Greg. Online store coming soon.

Scroll down for a preview, quotes, picture galleries, and media links.

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Huge thanks to Les Solis at Solis Animation for this fine preview, as well as the awesome cartoon pictures above.



Greg John has produced vivid and compelling testimony that people taking responsibility for their own lives is a vital element in sustainable development. This documentary is an important resource for all who want to make a lasting difference.
— Dr. Andrew McAlister - Former Canadian High Commissioner to Tanzania
Imani should serve as a model for all vocational schools in developing countries. It teaches its students not some abstract lesson but living lessons in ingenuity, self-reliance and sustainability
— Dr. Don Kilby, MSM - Founder of Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA)
What Sister Placida Mosha and her colleagues have and are accomplishing at Imani deserves celebration, support and shameless copying
— Dr. Robert Gibson - Professor of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo

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Here are some pictures that were taken around the time filming the documentary. For a picture gallery from the cross-Canada screening tour, scroll down or click here.


Cross-Canada Tour

Operation Imani was screened in cities across Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo) during the summer of 2008?. Special thanks to all of my friends and family who volunteered their time, energy and expertise to help develop the documentary and organize the screening tour.



Special thanks to Ruby Smith for the brilliant design of Operation Imani’s branding and marketing materials.



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print media

Operation Imani was profiled in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record and the Waterloo Chronicle leading up to the cross-Canada screening tour. Use the arrows on the picture to read the other article.