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FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL

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"Hi everyone, we are off to school again, we are a bit bright here, but unless we brighten the picture you cannot see our beautiful faces. Thanks to Mama Mia for all our new uniforms, yes she made them all along with all the other things she does here! AND Emy and Shangwe also started school but we don't have a picture of them yet as they were a few days later than us!!"

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HAPPY NEW YEAR- 2016

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God bless all those of you who sent greetings by email or through visitors. We feel very loved by you all and part of a bigger family. As you can see here we had much joy and laughter. We were sorry not to have Domina ( a previous Aunty, now studying to be a teacher). However our recent volunteer Michelle Clewett, New Aunties, Bupe and Usta, new Uncle Lucecelo, and Ester's sister Harnes brought our numbers here up to 25! The children opened their Christmas stockings containing some boots and toys that we had been sent by some of you. Thank you so much. Even Florian got a pair of little red boots!! We enjoyed Chicken and chips for lunch!!CHRISTMAS NIGHT VIGIL- FLORIAN'S BAPTISM Florian was Baptized with 2 other children at the Christmas Vigil Celebration.

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS

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ALL OUR LOVE, ESTER, LUDMILA, FIONA  AND ALL THE CHILDREN.

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TAMARA'S FLEETING VISIT!

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ADVENT GREETINGS- " FATHER'S EYES"

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A few months ago we had a phone call from a family in distress, a dear woman died giving birth to a son. We were being asked if we could take the little boy. With one so little he needs the full attention of one of us “Mums” and Ester asked if I would I like to look after little Florian. After a moment’s apprehension and fear that with all else going on it could be hard, I was suddenly excited at the thought. He was meant to come the next day, so I was up all night moving things in my room for his cot, cloths and bottles etc. All was ready in the morning when we got a call that he could not leave the hospital because he had become anaemic. “Waiting” Then began the long wait. Every time we expected him there was a delay. Every night an empty cot. Every passing day wondering if he would come. Without seeing him I already missed and loved him. We heard that his father was visiting the hospital every day but was unable to hold his boy for more than a moment but watched him from a distance. He also witnessed the poor treatment that his son was getting. This poor man, who had lost his wife and was not in a position to look after this new born son, was devastated. All he could do was pray.(Father bellow) “ Fathers eyes” I felt really sad until the Lord started to show me that not only Florian’s earthly father was watching over him with love, but His heavenly Father cared more than I or anyone else could. Florian, weak and vulnerable survived his 6 weeks hardship and arrived safely with us. He is a real gift, and it is such a comfort to know that my love will fall short as it does for all us “mums” here but His Fathers eyes and heart of love will never fail for Florian and all our children here. It was a special time of waiting and even more joy to receive him. We pray for all who read our blog that you find  Hope and Joy in every situation that you are waiting for at the moment. Jesus came to make the impossible possible. Our Father is close, He watches over us with Joy. Have a very blessed Advent.    

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SEWING CLASSES BEGIN

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As many of you will know at the end of April we opened our little shop and it has been busy every day with our customers coming to buy milk and yoghurt. Ludmila’s heart has always been to teach women from the village with no income. This too is something that has had to wait it’s time. Now she has 3 very lovely young girls who are learning to make bags and different items that we can export in order to raise funds for the children. We would appreciate your prayers for this venture.  

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DESKS ARRIVE FOR THE CHILDREN

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A BIG THANK YOU TO LINDA (from England) for the desks you bought us “we are able to put our own things in the drawers!” says Queenie!

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DOMINA IS LEAVING US!!

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  It is with great sadness that Domina is leaving us after nearly 3 years of being an Aunty. She has loved the children as if they were her own. At the end of this month she will start her studies to be a teacher. Her desire is to come back and teach our children at “Our School” she says!

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TRUSTEES OF WHMT CHARITY VISIT US FOR THE FIRST TIME

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Tim, Elise and myself were given a very warm and traditional Tanzanian welcome as soon as we walked through the airport doors and that sense of warmth continued throughout our stay. It was wonderful to see Fiona so at home and to finally meet Esther and Ludmila. The journey from the airport was a revelation as my European eyes tried to understand what I was seeing: cars and lorries overtaking and undertaking within inches of each other, traffic coming together from every angle, a bajaji, a dala-dala crammed with passengers, palm trees, people carrying firewood on their heads, on bikes, on bicycles, goats roaming and the general mayhem of a city. When we arrived at Karibu Nyumbani, it was like walking into the Garden of Eden, an oasis of peace and calm. We were greeted unreservedly by the children and offered a cup of tea and slice of Ludmila’s cake. This was a totally unexpected and delightful treat and an indication of the week to come. We were totally taken care of throughout the week and every need anticipated. The commitment, faith and dedication of Fiona, Ester and Ludmila to the shared vision, is perceptible in everything they have achieved. It’s wonderful to see the cow, calf, pigs and piglets and all the fruit and vegetables that are being grown and taken care of. This is truly a blessed place and a beautiful environment for the children. You can see their appreciation in their eyes and hear it in their laughter. The children are so full of love, peace and joy and it’s such a boost to see that. They are relaxed and eager to participate in the activities we brought: the airplanes and the sticker books which kept them occupied for quite a while. They are also very entertaining and charmed us with their praise singing in both Swahili and English and their prayers for each other. Amidst the lack of material things here, there is a tangible richness of human relationships. These children have been baptised in the name of the Lord and know that they are loved and important to God. They are unique and special and have the potential for greatness in the future. Mama, Mama Pipi, Mama Mia are guiding and protecting them from a life of poverty and hardship and this takes a great deal of strength and determination to overcome the many challenges facing them. In our week together we went back to basics: washing by hand, showering in cold water, enduring power cuts, waking naturally to the joyous sounds of the children going to school and eating home grown and homemade food including kachumbali and ugali. What a wonderful experience. We felt that we were on retreat, surrounded by orange and mango trees and bougainvillea. It’s our intention to visit every year to watch the children grow and meet the new arrivals (Jill-Chair of Trustees) We also want to take this opportunity to thank all those who sent cloths and toys to us via our Trustees. The above picture shows Elise giving the children little presents from her friend at work.

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"BIBI" JANE

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We have had the joy of Jane our Patron visiting us for her second time. She is truly a humble woman of God’s own heart. You can really sense a deep connection between her and the children. The children have found a “bibi” – Grandma in her and she has gained 14 grandchildren.

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BIO- GAS

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In a few days we will be lighting our own Bio Gas! It is a very simple system using things we already had here and a little more.We are hoping to save at least the price of 2 gas bottles a month by using our cow, and pig manure to make gas. (picture shows Cosmas and Lusakelo filling the tank with manure.)

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PROUD MOTHERS

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We are proud to introduce you to our first mother pig. She surprised us with 8 piglets at the end of August. Her sister followed a week later by giving birth to a further 7 piglets!

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ESTER AND BIANCA HOME AGAIN!

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"MAMA MIA" - we will miss you!

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I will leave for Czech on the 30th of Aug for one month!  I am looking forward to seeing friends and family and having a good holiday. God has been so good to give me a home here in Tanzania and through the life we live here together the Lord is always teaching me. At the moment he is telling me to stop from my business, to stop and be, JUST BE. Always in life there are many things to distract us from the main purpose, and my main purpose is to be MUM to the kids. Lord help me not to be so busy!!  

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LORRY NEWS!

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This month we have had a new driver for our Lorry business. He has been able to get work every day- For us this is near to a miracle! NO, EMMANUEL IS NOT THE NEW DRIVER !

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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER FROM CZECH

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Mum, Marta says- “Thinking about what to say to you, I thought of John the Baptist. Many people were following him but he clearly told the people that the One to come was the One that would give them Eternal Life. These children are following the example of their Mamas and Aunties and Uncles. I can see that in their worship as a family together they know that the One who holds all of them is their heavenly Father in Heaven. He is the source of their Joy and Life. JANA- DAUGHTER SAYS-“I have loved it here, especially the way that everyone gave so fully of themselves whether they were singing or playing, they did everything with all their strength. Also the animals and birds, they are so beautiful. Not speaking English or Swahili was a bit of a barrier, but not one that could not be overcome!”

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JESSICA

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We were very happy to have Jessica come and join us last month. She is the first young lady to come and join the Aunties with the possibility to later join the “Mamas” She has spent one year doing Bible Study at Fr Ettiene’s youth community (another offshoot of Agape Community, as we are!) She feels a call to work with Orphans and has a wonderful heart for our kids, as do all the other aunties who so work so hard with us. Jessica says " I had no idea that Agape Community had an Orphanage affiliated with them, so I was so pleased to be able to come here and be part of a Community"

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NEEMA'S GOOD NEWS!

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Neema  is really walking well. When she came in Feb. this year, the doctors said she may not walk until she is four. Now she is getting herself into all sorts of trouble but you can see from her smile that she is really happy.  

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SHANGWE'S 3RD BIRTHDAY

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Greetings from Shangwe on her 3rd birthday. We had a lunch out together just after our friends left for England so it was a good distraction for the children! Shangwe greets you all and says" I love you!" God bless you all x  

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A SAD GOOD BYE TO OUR FRIENDS FROM ENGLAND

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