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Baba Paul and Mama Hilary return

Baba Paul and Mama Hilary return
In July we once again we had the privilege of being part of the wonderful family at Karibu Nyumbani. Upon our arrival at the airport , we were greeted by shouts and hugs from some of the children. What a wonderful surprise that was.
We arrived at the beginning of July, in the middle of the preparations for their celebrations to officially open the Chapel and bless the orphanage. The day of celebration was an amazing experience, the orphanage was buzzing with love, life and the Holy Spirit and being a part of it was awesome.
As usual, spending time with the children was our primary purpose of our visit, with a little bit of painting and decorating thrown in! We enjoyed every minute of our stay, three weeks just wasn’t long enough but we can now start planning next year’s visit.
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In June and July we were blessed with a large group of eight volunteers from Slovakia. Their numbers brought with them great energy, enthusiasm and love. They took on their jobs tirelessly and showered the children with love. Thank you all.
Below are quotes from each of them

I am really grateful for this experience, Karibu Nyumbani is a home full of love and laugh. Thank you for an opportunity to be here.
Anna S.

Thank you that I could feel like at home. Karibu Nyumbani is a beautiful place and I hope I can come back here. This place gave a lot to my soul.
Maria R.

I am thankful for the opportunity to be in such a beautiful place with the amazing people. I hope I will come back one day. Karibu Nyumbani filled my heart with love.
. Maja Z.

I thank to Karibu Nyumbani they welcomed me and for some time I could be a member of this beautiful big family. I am grateful for this experience.
Let the God bless you and save you, let Him give you the peace, fills your hearts with love and let Him be always with you.

Karibu Nyumbani became my African home. I am really thankful for three weeks I spent here. I like African culture and I hope I will come back here.


Thank you for an opportunity to come here for your welcome. The moments I could spent with you enriched me a lot. My heart was filled with a feeling that I was at the place right for me. Simona

I found here a place full of love, joyfulness, humility, patience and unselfishness. I always dreamed about going to Africa to help as a volunteer and in Karibu Nyumbani my dream came true. I am thankful for an opportunity to come here. I could learn a lot. God bless you!
I came to Karibu Nyumbani to help as a volunteer but actually this place helped me. I brought some gifts but I got one of the nicest gifts I have ever got. God has its plans with everybody and I am glad I could follow Him right here.. THANK YOU.


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We had the joy of having Bishop Ruwai'chi come and Celebrate Mass in our chapel, with Fr. Ettiene the co-Founder of Agape Community, our --- and Parish Priest Fr. Benno Concelebrating. Around 300 people shared the day with us; members of our village parish and friends to give thanks for all the Lord has done.

  The children sang beautifully during the mass –"Father God, I wonder how I managed to exist without the knowledge of your parenthood and your loving care" They know that God is their Father. The message the Bishop brought to them was quite different, - God was also their Mother! Bishop Ruwai'chi spoke so beautifully of the tender heart of God and how he never forgets his children.

Our village choir sang like angels, our visitors from Slovakia and England and Germany helped us prepare for the day, Aunties and Uncles had been working hard to make the place as beautiful as it could be.

  – Truly the Lord has created an Oasis in the desert, and many came to drink of the goodness of the Lord with us on this special day. A big thank you to all our friends around the world who have supported us especially our Patron Jane, who we would have so loved to have had with us.

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 I have had a very precious time with little baby David. He is really a gift from God. His presence has completely changed my usual ritual of the day.

He has already 5 months and he makes us all laugh. All the children come every day too play with him. And the older children love to carry him on their backs, especially Gertrude.

I am very thankful for the volunteers from Czech and Slovakia, they have been very helpful.

May God bless all of you! 

  I am now on holiday in the Czech Republic seeing all my family and friends. I will arrived on the 4/8/2019 and stay for 6 weeks. Love to all Ludmila.

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 Col 3 v 1-3

"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God." 

  When I wrote my last blog called "A Mother's heart," I had no idea what my next few months would hold and that on my return to Tanzania I would be saying my final goodbye to my own mother. My last 3 months have held moments when I have felt touches of Heaven followed by great loss. I would like to share some thoughts to encourage any others going through loss of a dear one. God bless you and give you courage in your grief. In Jesus, we are close.


It's never been easy to say good bye,

But this time, I knew it might be the last.

Earlier, on silent retreat, in the stillness.

As if being prepared,

Heaven took my breath away-

Peering through the veil.

My plans changed, hearing you were weak

And I had the joy of a whole month by your side

You were quieter than before

As if already gazing into heaven

Knowing that the one

Whose "banner

over you is love."

Was calling you,

You were fragile and yet inwardly strong

Peaceful and Calm.

Never wanting to be a burden

"I'm sorry "You'd say

And yet for me it was joy,

To hold you and love you.

Not wanting to leave your bed-side,

But the one calling you was calling me too.

He urged "Let go, she's in my arms"

So, trusting, I kissed you,

So beautiful and smiling

A grace moment

Peace in knowing

He loves you more.

Not two weeks passed

Now across the world

Happy children playing

Preparations for celebrations.

I ran to receive a call-

My brother's voice and his tears.

You slipped through the veil

At Peace- at Rest

Deep tears welled up, as well as grace

Knowing you're his.

In a world of orchids, bougainvillea

Mangoes and melons

As a child you left your familiar world

and still a child at heart

You've left ours

You're in His everlasting garden-

Complete Joy,

In His presence,

Where I am too, when I come away with Him

Within the veil.

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Prayer Request


While I travel during the next month, I will be talking to a number of parishes and individuals to thank them for their support in the past, but also to ask for more help.

Our new flyer says:-
£5 a MONTH
(from as few as 400 supporters)

This is a priority for us at the moment!!


email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please pray for me as I set off from Cornwall tomorrow.

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A Walk Along the Beach

Last week  I was walking with my Father and his dogs along the Falmouth seafront when we met a woman who asked if we could pick up one of the dogs for her to stroke. She then explained that she had had a car accident and was suffering from severe whip lash which left her unable to bend. So typical of my father he said, “We know someone who can heal you”. Within a minute or so the lady was healed, bending to touch the ground, telling the passersby that she had been healed. 

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Leap Out


Nearby I saw these words graffitied on a wall :-“Leap into the void”  and they echo what I am thinking about  just now. 

God called Abraham before he knew where he was going and promised him descendants as many as the sands on the seashore- humanly impossible!


It seems that unless we are called out of the “What’s Possible” we will never see the” Impossible” workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives.


My initial call to Tanzania seemed just as impossible to me. “Leave everything for a land that I will show you”  

 The Lord turned fears into faith, weaknesses into strength and led both Ester and me to step out together, so that the Lord himself could build HIS home for his children.


Whilst finding my feet in Tanzania, there was a very lovely song being sung, “Oceans Deep” It was a prophetic song for many in its time. It’s a call to us to step out upon the waters. The words of the chorus continue:-

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Saviour”


With each new step of faith, there is a testing – a void, but as we jump -the Lord turns fear into faith, stress into rest, weakness into strength. People are healed on the streets, Children find homes, and the kingdom of heaven comes on earth. 


Please continue to pray for us that we can hear the Lord’s voice and be obedient. 


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One of the lovely things about our Karibu Nyumbani family is that we are blessed to have members of different churches.

This week we had a visit from Harness and Rehema’s church, they came with gifts and also to talk and pray with the children. One of them, the wife of a man we sold some pigs to before we had a tragic death of all our pigs, came to tell us that she and her husband wanted to gift us with a female pig. SO, we will start or pig farming again, as this week we also heard from Fr Ettiene at Agape Community that they too wanted to bless us with another Male and Female pig!!!

God bless you all.

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We are so grateful for everyone who sends gifts via volunteers, of visitors or with me or Ludmila when we travel. Last year when I was leaving the “Terefenko family” they gave me the gift of their pencils.

They are only used for special occasions! -THANK YOU!

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For the last few weeks I have been sitting in on the children’s Saturday afternoon “Sunday “School in the village church, just to help with ideas.


This week Florian and Max have been busy preparing pictures to inspire the children to do their own pictures to be used to pray the Rosary.


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Our chapel has not had its official opening, but we have been blessed to have Fr. Mkandara come and celebrate Mass and baptize 2 children.

Nearly half of our small village church (not yet a parish!) came to celebrate with us.

It was a wonderful celebration.



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Fr. Benno

We thank Fr. Benno our Parish Priest who during his busy schedule always has time to come and support us when we need and encourage us in with in our call and vision.

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Only six years ago Ester and I came to pray on this land when it was all bush!

Now we are standing in the same part of the land in our lovely chapel! I can hardly believe how much the Lord has done! 

Just to feel the Glory of the Lord in this place lifts your heart to sing! Lord we pray for your vision to be revealed and unwrapped in your perfect timing. AMEN!

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This is a project that we have needed to move forward as quickly as we could due to safety.

However, expert advice was sought to ensure that heavy rains will not carry it away again! As you can see, it is looking like a castle!

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Bianca and Samueli started school this month too.

They are going to our Private Parish School – Don Bosco 20 mins away.

We want to thank Mr. Mishili a good friend, who has been receiving orphans into his own school for many years. Knowing how we did not want our young ones to have to go to boarding school at this early stage he agreed to support 2 children at a nearby school.

So, Bianca and Samueli are now at an English Medium school. He has also said that if we are to start a school in the future he would like to pay for them to go there!

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Neema came to us at the age of nearly 3 and when she came she could not walk or speak. Her mother died when she was born from an epileptic fit during delivery, and Neema was affected by a lack of oxygen.

She spent the first part of her life in hospital limited to sitting in a cot. When she arrived with us we took her to a doctor who said that she may walk but probably not until she reached 5 years old, and speech would be slow too.


Neema has been so loved by all the children and all our Aunties and volunteers. We had a very special group of volunteers from England – Holy Angels-Surrey, a group of 8, who they came for 3 weeks. They spent every moment of their time with the children and Neema was lifted on her legs all the time for exercise. 

When she first came if she fell over from the sitting position she could not get up.

When she started to get up herself, the children would clap and cheer her. She then made herself fall so that she would make everyone cheer.

Then she started to stand to more clapping and cheering, so she was eventually walking within six months of us taking her to the doctor!  This month she has just had her 5th birthday and has started school. We are sending her to a small private school so she has more care. She herself has epilepsy, but rarely falls because of her medicine.

We want to thank all who have been praying for Neema and who love her dearly. She is truly a treasure, and a testimony of how prayer, love and joy can change a person. God bless you all.

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I Want to Help!! Laura's Blog


"I want to help!“

Like for most of the young people deciding to volunteer, this was the main reason for me to come to Tanzania four years ago. Of course I wanted to see another country and a different culture. And not yet knowing what kind of profession I would like to perform later on, I wanted to experience as much as possible. But the main reason was helping. 

At this time, I was not sure what “Helping” exactly meant in this context. Maybe showing them the German way of teaching or raising children? Or showing them the German way of working, because what we usually learn in Germany is that our way is the most efficient and most accurate way of doing things. Encouraged by several friends and family members, who have never been to Africa, but who knew for sure that by going to Tanzania, I would help (there it is again) lots of people there, I started my journey with a very vague idea of what I was going to do over the next ten month.

Now, four years later, and recently having returned to Karibu Nyumbani for the third time, I am happy to say that for me, the meaning of Helping has changed completely. And this changing started with understanding that every culture has its own advantages and disadvantages. 

As a German girl, I always appreciated punctuality and accuracy. I was used to work eight hours without diversion and as fast as possible. And to be honest, I was always a bit stressed. In Tanzania, things are different. Everything is slowlier and more relaxed. You might wait hours for your bus to go home, and when choir practice is supposed to start at 5pm, you don’t need to stress yourself out, because the other singers will be there at 6pm. In the beginning, waiting really drove me crazy, but later, I started to use these times for reflecting and thinking about what I had experienced all day long. It was always a good opportunity to calm down a bit. Another, at first bothering, part was, that whatever kind of work we did, it took so much time. Cooking took hours, as well as watering the garden or getting a parcel at the post office. I was continuously counting how much time you could save if work routines were planned properly and workers would not chat all the time. But little by little, I started to understand, that for Tanzanians, this is not wasted time at all. While waiting for the water to boil, you can have a little chat with your colleagues asking about their families or share news about your village. And when you find out, that someone is having a problem, you comfort him or her, which is very different to our country, where you always try to sort your things out on your own and where you can feel very isolated from time to time

There are lots of other differences between Europe and Tanzania, and there is one thing that they all have in common. In the beginning, everything is unfamiliar and seems strange. You often have the feeling that nothing makes sense. But when you are open-minded and venture to get into the culture, you might find lots of positive sides in it. Funnily enough, what I personally miss the most since I’m back to Germany is the point that annoyed me the most in the beginning. Taking enough time for conversations in your daily routine, even if it means that you might need one more hour for doing whatever you are doing. Because I think that this is an important reason for why people in Africa are so full of joy and satisfaction.

To come back to my changed understanding of Helping: You don’t need to help Tanzanians to become more European, as their way of living, although different, is as good as ours. What you can do is being yourself and supporting the community of Karibu Nyumbani with your own gifts. If you’re a good teacher, come and help the children to learn Maths or English. If you are good at comforting, come and hug the kids when they hurt themselves. If you are good at gardening, come and help Aaron and Lucas with the vegetables. You will be appreciated and the children will love getting to know your culture as well as they love theirs.

I think that Ester, Fiona and Ludmila have found a really good way of bringing their children up in the typical Tanzanian way, which is so important, as that’s the country where they are going to stay and spend their future life. As the main aim is to help them being able to be part of the Tanzanian people, there is no need to raise them like European children. But still they stand to benefit from the amount of storybooks, craft supplies, games and educational books, which visitors bring regularly, and which gives them the possibility to test their abilities and to find out what they are interested in.

I enjoyed my time at Karibu Nyumbani so much, because having spent such a long time with all the Mamas, Aunties and Children made them a second family for me. I hope, that they’ll keep their joyful, colourful and relaxed way of living until I’ll find the time to come back for a fourth time. And I’m praying, that they will always keep their unrivalled mixture and acceptance of different cultures, because it’s this diversity which makes our world so beautiful and interesting.


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Holidays in Mbeya

The volunteers did a wonderful video of their holiday with us and the children in Mbeya. Take a look at their video!

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IMANI who has been with us now 2 years had his first day at school last week.He was one of our little ones who spent the first few years in hospital and came to us with bowed legs. Please pray for him as he starts school.He goes every day with Emmy who is 4 and a half too.He came home to Happy Birthday songs and a beautiful Dinosaur from Mama Hilary☺

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