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The Writing Of Our Own Song!

The Writing Of Our Own Song!
One of the tasks that Fiona had asked me, if I would like to try and do during my time in Africa was to create a new video updating the one from the website. The Christmas video was my practice for the real one! As we were discussing what music we would use for the video and I was a little uncertain about copyright if we used someone else’s music. This prompted the idea of writing our own song! One afternoon of singing and sharing ideas, I recorded all of Fiona’s thoughts and took this away to create a full length song. We wanted a true African sound so enlisted Roman from Agape, Bupee and Domina, Fiona for her flute and of course the children! Now that I am back in New Zealand I will spend some time piecing together our song, as well as creating the video!! From knowing nothing about videoing and recording before I went to Africa, God definitely provided all aspects of the process to allow me to complete my mission!!Kathryn
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Christmas and New Year - Part 2!

Christmas and New Year - Part 2!
One of my most common phrases at Karibu Nyumbani was "I have not done that before but I can give it a go"Blogging and making collages was one such time I used this phrase.I have made another collage of Christmas, such beautiful smiles and showing the magic through the eyes of the children, but I cannot work out how to put them together.So this is part two!Kathryn :0)
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Christmas at Karibu Nyumbani

Christmas at Karibu Nyumbani

It was a very special week over Christmas, with the children being on holiday and everyone getting a little time away from their daily routines. Coming from New Zealand it was very normal for me to have a hot Christmas, but I know very different for the Northern Hemisphere people at Karibu Nyumbani. What was new for me, was the tradition of going to Mass Christmas Eve and opening presents afterwards together with cake and soda! Looking back, I noticed Christmas become more of a way of life for a few days rather than fitting everything into one day, which I very much enjoyed. There were many visitors over this time bringing presents and treats for the children and this created a lovely sense of community and excitement. Ludmila and her sewing ladies made the children a new dress, shirt and pants. The girls were also given beautiful wigs with beads and the boys received each a Masai blanket. The glee and joy coming from the children as they opened these were priceless and everyone looked very smart attending church on Christmas Eve! Christmas Day was lovely and slow and time was spent together in the morning peeling potatoes for the favourite of Tanzania, “Chicken and Chips with Soda”. The afternoon was spent down at the playground relaxing and the girls had their finger nails painted. Between Christmas and New Year everything was definitely in holiday mode at Karibu Nyumbani. The children enjoyed staying up late and watching movies, and so did the Aunties and Uncles. The gift of just spending time together and being thankful for the birth of Jesus will be something I will remember for a very long time. Kathryn

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Karibu Nyumbani Visits Bokomo Orphanage

Karibu Nyumbani Visits Bokomo Orphanage

One evening after worship Mama Ester had a request of the children. She spoke to everyone about how privileged we are here at Karibu Nyumbani, how God has provided so much for us and that there are people less fortunate all around us. With Christmas so close, Mama Ester wanted the children to be thinking of others and their needs when, so easily the focus can be on what they are receiving through presents and special treats. The children were asked to go back to their rooms and bring back a few items they treasured, with excitement the children understood exactly why they were being asked to do this, they too wanted to bless others in need. The Mamas were very touched by how generous the children were and the next day everyone piled into the vehicles to deliver these items to Bokomo Orphanage. There was a joyous feeling in the van as the children sang our way there, and it was a lovely time of building friendship and creating the Christmas spirit as the items were handed over. There was a much quieter feel in the van on the way home, I suspect everyone was reflecting on the afternoon, and how in giving we are actually receiving something so much deeper, experiencing the true meaning of Christmas

Kathryn 

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Merry Christmas from Karibu Nyumbani


 

“ONE THING ONLY”

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NEWS FLASH (From Kathryn)

NEWS FLASH (From Kathryn)
Help Page updated - Take a look!!CHILDREN CELEBRATE ST NICHOLAS.Yesterday, during the children's prayer time, Julian told the story of St Nicolas, how he was a very unhappy rich man. St Nicolas noticed other rich people who were becoming happy by giving away their riches. After the children's excitement that they were going to receive oranges and biscuits in their shoes, Ester reminded them that later in this season of Advent, they too were going to have an opportunity to visit poor people in the village. I felt humbled by seeing these children being asked to give away some of the little they have.I have had some friends asking me how they can help the children here. Although the home and surroundings are beautiful, I am seeing that help is needed for daily expenses, which is why the shopping list idea might encourage even children to see that a little "regular" help can go a long way. http://www.11.0.0.57/help-us
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SURPRISE VISIT FROM LOCALS

SURPRISE VISIT FROM LOCALS
Last Saturday was a full day. At 7am in the morning a large team of people from the NMB Bank arrived. Bringing maize, rice, beans and sugar. Thank you so much. You will never know how much we needed that!
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Invited to Jasmin’s Birthday by her Mother Devota.

Invited to Jasmin’s Birthday by her Mother Devota.
After goodbyes to NMB employees Saturday morning, along came a big bus to pick up our children, Aunties and volunteers to go to a birthday party. I wasn’t there so have no photo’s of the party but the children came back full of wonderful stories about good food and a bouncy castle!! Thank you so much Devota and Jasmine for the invitation to share this special day.
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FRIENDS OF KATHYN

FRIENDS OF KATHYN
Mother and daughter-Michelle and Ellie, have come to stay for three weeks, with a trip to South Africa squeezed in at the end to see Michelle’s sister. They were wanting to have a cross cultural experience before Ellie heads off for Uni.It is so good making new friends! - Thanks so much for coming!!
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WHAT IS FIONA UP TO IN AFRICA?

WHAT IS FIONA UP TO IN AFRICA?
Fiona was in New Zealand for 6 months, 7 years ago. A mutual friend of ours offered her a flight for some timeout and prayer. Fiona said to me recently "I was wondering when some of the friends I met in New Zealand would come and see what I was up to in Africa"....So here I am!!From the moment I heard Karibu Nyumbani was even a possibility I knew that this was my dreams, to come and visit Fiona in her new world.Since arriving two weeks ago, every dream has come true. I have so enjoyed seeing how this place has grown from nothing to what it is today. Seeing Gods provision and hearing so many stories of the right people being here at the right time during every step has touched my heart. Through faith, prayer and hard work Karibu Nyumbai is going to change the lives of so many children, and it's exciting to see the plans God has in store for the future.I have another 6 weeks here, and judging by how amazing each day has been so far, I am going to have a life changing trip and I suspect this will not be my only one. Ester, Ludmila and Fiona make the most amazing Mama's, the Aunties, Uncles and Volunteers have such a genuine heart for the vision of Karibu Nyumbani and a love for the Children that words cannot describe. I am learning not to be limited to my own expectations of what is possible in life. Being in Arica with Fiona, tells me anything is possible through God. So for now, I will finish with.. watch this space!!
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OTHER CARITAS VOLUNTEERS COME FOR A SHORT TIME

OTHER CARITAS VOLUNTEERS COME FOR A SHORT TIME
MARIA AND LARA HAVE COME TO STAY FOR ONE MONTH AND SHARED WITH US A LITTLE TASTE OF THEIR EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH  TANZANIA - KYELALara and I have come from Germany and our new home for 10 months is in Kyela-South of Tanzania. Our kindergarten is closed at the moment so we are at Karibu Nyumbani for a month. In Kyela we have enjoyed working in a kindergarten and also in the house, cooking, washing and cleaning. Water is in a problem there and we had to walk 800 meters taking usually 1 ½ hrs each day after our working day! In the beginning it was hard but we laugh every day and love the fact that the children are learning something from us. They are so funny, jokey and they are becoming like family. I have missed being so far away from my family but have loved getting to know the new culture and to really see how privileged we are in Germany. I has made me see that often what we think we need is not so necessary. The language was the hardest thing in the beginning for us both as it was a barrier not being able to understand or be understood, Language is so key to communication and creating a family. It's been so nice coming to Karibu Nyumbani, the kids have so much choice as to what they can do in their free time. Having their own classroom is so good for extra learning and it's very nice that the children can speak two languages- English and Swahili. We have really enjoyed meeting up with two volunteers also from Germany and being able to eat the produce from karibu own garden has been wonderful.  We love the way the children are really at home here. The facilities are stunning and luxurious in comparison to Kyela and we have felt like we are holiday. It's a wonderful place.
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JANE AND FRIENDS

JANE AND FRIENDS
Bibi (Grandma)Jane our Patron came with her sister and friend Caroline and Angela for a short visit a few weeks ago. I am not sure that Jane likes to be called Bibi but the children certainly have a special place in their heart for her, as she obviously has for them. The three ‘Bibi’s came with all sorts of goodies for the children which members of their family helped them gather. Thank you all- it makes you feel part of our larger family!
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SHOP (BY LUDMILA)

SHOP (BY LUDMILA)
I am so happy to see the different profects in the shop doing so well. Last year I taught two girls from our village how to sew bags, purses, aprons and blouses and now they are able to sew without my assistance! Thanks to them we are selling bags in England, Czech and soon New Zealand. In the middle of November our chickens started to lay so it is great to sell eggs again. Also for the first time the other day we sold 30 kgs of our own pork!
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THANK YOU TO OUR CZECH FRIENDS

THANK YOU TO OUR CZECH FRIENDS
The children have been blessed twice now with the gift of bikes. Once a few years ago by my sister and her children. They decided that Instead of having Christmas gifts they would send money to us and we were able to buy 2 bikes. Recently when Mama Mia returned from Czech, she bought a bike for our little ones and now everyone is getting the chance to ride. This was the first day on the small bike. Thank you Mama Mia
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CARITAS VOLUNTEERS

CARITAS VOLUNTEERS
It is such a joy to get the Caritas students every year for 10 months. This year we have 2 boys! They have come at a time when we have needed a lot of small maintenance jobs so they are proving to be invaluable.DAVID says -“I have learnt many skills here including fixing doors plumbing. It’s been a challenge but I am enjoying it. I work in the garden, watering plants, and sometimes looking after the animals. Most of all I enjoy playing with the kids!”JULIAN – “I have really enjoyed spending time with the kids too. They are very different to kids I have known whilst working in a kindergarten in Germany, from the very beginning they were so open and loving towards us. I have been working with Lucekela doing garden work - planting, harvesting. I help with the animals and ALSO I drive to the school bus to pick up the kids from school.” 
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LORRY NO LONGER

LORRY NO LONGER
Back in October we had to make a big decision about our lorry- we were told that the price of the maintenance was higher than the it’s value and advised to sell it to buy a new one. A new one was beyond our means!. So we’ve taken a big step of faith to forgo the monthly income of our lorry and start another project! You will be hearing more about that very soon!
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MAMA'S REST (ESTER)

MAMA'S REST (ESTER)
It’s the second time our dear friend Brigitte has taken us on a three day holiday to stay in a hotel. This October we were very tired and it was a big blessing to have the break. I so enjoyed the eating and sleeping, while Fi and Ludmila did all the swimming for me. Really I thank Brigitte and her husband Martin for thinking of us, It was a life time treat for us.
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first impressions lasting memories....

In August & September 2016, I was fortunate to visit my birth country Tanzania. Where can I start to tell you about my visit this summer? I guess I should start by first telling you how my heart is filled with admiration for Karibu Nyumbani ophans as well as its co-founders. Who I saw as good examples of God’s many miracles.  I do regret that my visit to them was brief. However, after spending time at the orphanage, it was obvious that I will be returning there. The orphanage first impression, has left a warm, tagging and lasting memories in me that I will forever be drawn back there to see and support them. The warm welcome that even Sarah, my 6 yrs old daughter felt from the children left her with lasting memories and lessons no mother or school could have ever enforced better! The orphanage made all of us feel so welcome and at home. The happiness and acceptance from the children left me feeling loved unconditionally. I keep praying for continuous revelation from God on what he wants me to do to support his wonderful work there. As the visit made it clear that without the support and generous contributions the project receives– whether through volunteer’s time, financial donations, fundraising or emotional support and prayers it won’t be possible to sustain it.

Since my return I have done nothing but think about my visit. I feel like a piece of me remained at the orphanage. After weeks of prayers and personal reflection, it’s clear that my task is to get my local community, friends, family and university to join forces with Karibu Nyumbani and make a huge difference in the lives of the children living there even if it’s just helping them spread the word of the work they do or the support they need.  

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NEW PROJECT!!

NEW PROJECT!!
Just last week we closed a deal with a few of our neighbours and bought 2 plots of land reaching 2 acres in all. It's just a few minutes walk from our home. Even before we came to buy our original land here where we live now, we had a desire not only to build an orphanage, but also a school. It was hard to see then how any of this could be possible, but God has shown us that these are His ideas, and He is our builder and provider. SO we are taking a new step of Faith! Our plan is to start teaching January 2018! We will be teaching our own children there and also children from the village. It will be a small school from Nursery up to Primary each year group just one class. The children are excitedly praying each day with us! Please join us in prayer!
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A VISIT WITH A PURPOSE!

A VISIT WITH A PURPOSE!
Bupe wrote a few months ago to ask if she could visit when she planned to come to Tanzania to visit her family here in September.She has wonderful story! ( Which I will ask her to write herself!) Until then - In short - Her Grand father was an orphan who was cared for by a couple from Scotland. She searched the website for a project that she as President of the Students Unions for the Universities of Liverpool may like to support. She and her daughter Sarah, only six years, and the Vise President of the Student Union Alicia only came for a few hours with Lea, Bupe's sister who lives here in Tanzania. Sarah was so happy to be with the children that she was really upset to go, but I don't think it was the last time they will be here. Bupe, we look forward to hearing from you yourself!Thank you for your heart for Tanzania and the children of Tanzania.
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