JANUARY 2020

 We're delighted to be ready with this New Year News about Welcome Home School 2020

As some of you will remember we started January 2019 with our first Nursery Class of 20 children.

The year went well and finished in the first week of December with a Parents meeting where we were so happy to have nearly all the parents, with the new head Teacher Evans chairing. The parents blessed the teachers with a small gift each and all the children were taken by their parents' home with their reports.

 It was a very busy December for our builders finishing their work, for the teachers preparing lessons, and on the day before we started it was all hands-on deck.

We thank our Donors who provided for this year's building project Missio in Germany and Jane Rose our Patron of Karibu Nyumbani. The project included 3 New Classes and Toilet Block one for girls and one for boys. Also new furniture- desks for teachers, and tables and chairs for the children.

All was ready just in time!

First day jan 2020…
Kat our English Teacher flew in from England ready to teach after a few days' rest. She hit the ground running - not having a word of Swahili- she has been amazing.

The 46 children attending the school are coming from our village and nearest town. The small school fee is almost impossible for some of the families and some have arranged to bring small amounts each week, so they can pay.

THE NEXT PROJECT

We already have our Primary One class, so we can take in our next class in 2021. We would like to start to build the 7 other classes, the dining room and hall.
We ask for your continued prayers that this Project will continue to bless our neighbours' children and bring Glory to God.
Glory to God

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Our family welcoming 10 days old David

On the 25th of February we had a joy and privilege to welcome 10 days old David who had been found in a ditch close to a bus stop in Maili Moja and had been taken to the hospital by a man on a motor bike. After Social Services had contacted us, we praised the Lord for saving his life and for entrusting him to us as a precious gift. He is a healthy calm baby and has a good appetite. We are praying that our new February children, David and Isaya, may experience with us the Love that our heavenly Father has for each and every one of His children.

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Our family is growing – Welcome Isaya!

 In the first week of January we had a privilege to welcome 2 years old Isaya into our home. This lovely boy was left in a hospital after his mother died giving birth to triplets. We are very happy to have him as a part of our growing family.

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Welcome dada Katerina !

  We are blessed with a new volunteer from the Czech Republic! Katerina arrived on the 18th February and is staying with us for 3 months.

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A Big Thank you to Roger and Liney for Christmas Cards

The children were excited to read the beautiful Christmas Cards from Roger and Liney that we got with a tiny delay of 2 months. They made us very happy though! Thank you and God bless you.  

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Father Etienne – Blessing of the school land

  On the 6th of February we welcomed Fr Etienne From Agape Community to bless our school land and our school building.

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Parish Feast

  Our Parish which is consecrated to St John Bosco celebrated it's feast day at the beginning of February. Mass was followed by a competition between all the parish choirs, games and a festive meal. We are so blessed to be part of this beautiful parish.

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TIMES OF CHANGE-CHARITY NEWS

  WHMT (Welcome Home Ministries Tanzania)Charity, in May last year, whilst praying for their way forward, felt that it was time for them to hand over their work. I love the fact that when change is in God's timing, even though it may not be what you expected, He always has plans that can surprise you. Without realizing it a new group of Trustees was already being raised up. I am so thankful that my dear friends in the WHMT Trust were sensitive to God's voice and knew when to let go.

I am also grateful that the two teams have been working well together over these last months to make the change-over as smooth as possible. Some of you may already have been in touch with the New Trust WHTT. (Welcome Home Trust Tanzania) The link to WHTT is https://whtt.org.uk

Please visit their site.

Today I would especially like to thank WHMT for all their hard work in running the Charity for the past 5 years. To thank them for their hearts for KN, for taking time to come out to visit us, and for their promise to continue to be close, without the hard work of running the Charity!!

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OUR NURSERY SCHOOL VISION COMES ALIVE AND TAKES SEED

When we visited our local Parish Priest to tell him about our vision to build an Orphanage in his parish 6 years ago, he promptly confirmed our own thoughts that we would need to build a school.

Starting an Orphanage was enough for us then and we left the school to God's perfect timing!

Four years ago, we opened our classroom here at KN to all the children playing on the streets because there is no Nursery in the village. We had up to 18 children come in to play, and to learn in English 123 and ABC.

It went very well, but we felt it was not right to have the orphanage and Nursery in the same place, however it revealed to us more clearly how big the need was in the village for a Nursery and Primary School.

Ludmila a few years ago shared our vision for a school with her friends in the Czech Republic and one family gave a donation which encouraged us to move forward to buy land that was for sale 3 minutes away by foot.

The land was bought and fenced by last April.

WAIT- Secure first.

When talking to our New Charity Trustees, WHTT, their concern was that if we started to fund-raise for a school we might not manage to survive as an Orphanage. Agreeing with their concern we were happy to wait until the funds for the Orphanage were more stable.

Our needs in the Orphanage are £2500 a month for 20 children and 3 mothers and 8 helpers. And the regular donations are less than half that amount now. Although one-off donations cover the shortfall, it is not a stable situation to start a school.


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WELCOME HOME COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Whilst waiting, I had a letter from a group in Germany who wrote saying that they wanted to give a donation for our school. Simultaneously we received another donation from Czech.

 In November of last year, whilst looking for a school for our five young children I wrote to WHTT and they agreed that,since the funds were coming from the Czech Republic, we go ahead with the first few classrooms of our Nursery school-so that we start this January!!!

This is what we have since December of last year to this day. On the 7th of January we had 27 children registered for our Nursery. We have started in our Classroom in the Orphanage, but will move into the school building as soon as we have finished, probably the end of February. 

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KARIBU NYUMBANI AMBASSODORS IN ENGLAND

  "Mama" Hilary (Right) who has stayed with us every one of our 6 years and "Mama" Gloria who came this year, have said that they will be our Ambassadors in England. They will be working very closely with our new Charity Trust, with a specific task of raising awareness of Karibu Nyumbani in England and communicating with others who have visited us and feel part of our "wider family".

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OUR OWN CHILDREN-tuition

All the children with their new Christmas bags (given to them by Sr Fedelis were off to school on the 7th! Two children Bianca and Samueli to our Parish Catholic English Medium School 5 km away– and thirteen of our children to the Government school in our nearest town. Our school bus picks up another thirty children through the day to go out of the village to local schools.

Since we started six years ago, either myself, Ester, or volunteers have done all we can to walk closely with our children doing homework with them, trying to fill in the gaps that we know are there due to the crowded classes and lack of funds. However, this year we are so happy to have found a young teacher in our village who since December has begun giving tuition to most of the children- especially the older ones.

Teacher Flaviana, a just out of University Secondary School Teacher has copied the Syllabus of all the subjects of Pre- School up to Primary 4. She has her work cut out, so she is now being helped by our two new volunteers from Czech Republic.

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Introductions

At the start of this year I want to introduce to you our wonderful team of Aunties and Uncles. All our Aunties, and Mama Mdogo - Harness, have been with us for some time: Early last year we were joined by Aunty Joyce, Aunty Lily and Aunty Sabina. Uncle Augen, our driver has been one of the family for over a year now and as well as being a driver over sees maintenance. We also had the joy of having Lusekelo return with his wife-Kristina and child. Lusekelo over sees the growing of crops, farming, and garden. Raphael who came 4 months ago works closely with Lusekelo, and both are wonderful Uncles to the children. 

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