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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.  

It’s not a secret the orphanage has already given a small group of Tanzanian highly vulnerable children the chance to a bright new life. A life based on care and Gods love, healthy bodies, and minds crammed with knowledge and excitement. I truly do hope I can find purpose in my own life by helping children in desperate need for support. The co-founders- Fiona Hendy, Mama Easter and the other ladies working at the orphanage have given up their lives selflessly to help the children daily needs. However, they can’t do this job alone! They need volunteers to go there and help with the children, they also need financial donations and fundraising support to keep the project developing to help more children. It’s evident that work already done at Karibu Nyumbani is impressive! The fantastic facilities that the children sleep in, live, eat and play are clean and safe. The future need is now a decent school for them.

 

From the many generosities extended to them combined by hard work invested by Fiona and Ester -  A new plot has been purchased and they are looking for support building a small school for the children. the new school that will not only educate orphans but hopefully open its doors to children at the nearby village. I believe this is a fantastic vision. One that needs prayer support and fundraising. Please I urge you if you have never considered supporting a worthily cause. I urge you to consider Karibu Nyumbani orphans to be the benefactor of your kind charity….

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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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FLEETING BUT BEAUTIFUL VISIT

FLEETING BUT BEAUTIFUL VISIT

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BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!
What a wonderful name for a group. Although their stay was only 5 days, they certainly had an impact
and we look forward to next April !
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OUR FIRST "GATHERED"BIRTHDAY PARTY

OUR FIRST "GATHERED"BIRTHDAY PARTY
Meet another very special lady. Her name is Bonita. In August she came with soda, and birthday cake to enhance our birthday party for Bianca's 2nd, and Emmanuel's 6th, Shangwe's 5th, Sabina's 6th Patrick's 6th, and Advent's 8th. It was such a special time. Standing next to Bonita in the middle picture is our Parish Priest who also made the children feel special by just taking the time to visit as he often does.
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MAMA HILARY

MAMA HILARY
I am so grateful to get to know this wonderful lady. The children are getting to know her well. As not only has she visited twice, but is becoming MUM to all.
She sends a birthday present for every child. We have now started to just give Mama Hilary's gift on their "actual" Birthday and then we plan to to Celebrate at least 5 birthdays together where they will get their second gift from us:)
Mama Hilary Tunakupenda sana, asante kwa upendo wako!
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SIAN AND MOLLY FROM ENGLAND- 2ND VISIT FOR SIAN AND SHE SAYS-

SIAN AND MOLLY FROM ENGLAND- 2ND VISIT FOR SIAN AND SHE SAYS-
Having been to Karibu Nyumbani for three weeks last year as part of a small group of 6 young people and two adult group leaders I couldn’t wait to return and it took me just under a year to come back to this incredible place. This year I stayed for just over a month bringing a new friend with me (Molly) who couldn’t wait to come out and share in the experience after my non-stop talking about Karibu Nyumbani throughout the past year. It truly is an amazing place which really does feel like a second home. The immediate feeling of being part of one big family you experience from the moment you arrive is truly heartwarming. It was amazing to see how the children have grown and changed over the past year and was particularly lovely to see the Neema’s huge development. Karibu Nyumabni is truly a place filled with love and thanks for all that they have and a place I will always keep close to my heart.

Sian and Molly, thank you so much for all you brought to our Home!
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SAD GOODBYES ):

SAD GOODBYES ):
At the end of July, we were sorry to say good bye to our wonderful “Caritas Volunteers” Lina and Tabea. They both gave of themselves completely in very different ways. Lina was like Florian’s “Aunty” for at least half of her ten months with us. I could not have gone away to England without her help. She was also a great help with accounts in the office. Her greatest gift was singing almost every day, and leading the children in worship. They learned so many English songs.
Tabea, threw herself into anything she could see that needed doing. Mostly with the children. Daily in the class room being teacher, and also a close friend to the Aunties helping in the kitchen, washing etc. She was truly a friend to all!
We miss them very much and are looking forward to the next 2 “Caritas Volunteers” 2 boys!!
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BIG THANKS AGAIN TO THE KNIGHT FAMILY IN TAUNTON

BIG THANKS AGAIN TO THE KNIGHT FAMILY IN TAUNTON
Actually it was the 3rd garden party Jan and Patrick have run for us. I had a wonderful few days with them in their beautiful Garden and it was so good to meet all their family and friends.
Also Angela White and her family whose parish has been extremely generous to us in the last few years. God bless you all.
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BABY FRANCIS -NEWS

While I was in England Ludmila took Baby Francis to be tested for HIV and he was found to be positive. Sadly he needed to be moved to a hospital in Dodoma.
It was a big shock for everyone especially Ludmila who mothered him for 6 weeks. The children continue to pray with us for his healing.
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Hi Everyone

Hi Everyone

Hi everyone, at last I am back into blogging! I had a great 6 weeks in England at the beginning of May till mid June and the last few months have just flown by but have been full of exciting news so I will try and fill you in in the next few days. Thank you all for keeping in touch.

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Working on the Website

Working on the Website
Here's Fiona and Liz working on the website in the UK.
Now Fiona is back in TZ, we're working together over the internet!
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New Website, How Exciting!

New Website, How Exciting!

We have a new website! 

We hope you really like it. 

Why not contact us to let us know what you think?

 

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NEW COMERS

Joy on both faces as baby Francis meets Ludmila- Mama Mia! Little Francis's mother died  one month after he was born. He came in a state of shock, and Ludmila had no sleep for at least 3 nights. He has settled and is very happy in his new home! Click "continue reading" for more pictures and details.

 

website March 2016

 

Continue reading
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VISITORS AND VISITS OVER EASTER

visitors

Our Easter weekend was full of visitors! Every Catholic Parish has small Community groups and during Lent the Communities decide what and where they can do their "works of Mercy!".- "VISIT THE ORPHANAGE! So we had all the youth from our parish -3 coach loads of children. Meanwhile Ester was already hosting another small group from a village near by. They brought with them gifts of soap, flour, sugar etc. Not only on the Easter Saturday but all through the week we had families coming to bless us with gifts. We felt overwhelmed by the love and generosity that these very precious people showed.

Our children during a time of prayer also decided themselves that they wanted to do some visiting. Daflosa one of our oldest girls has 2 brothers living with her aunty and grandma and their conditions are very poor. So we gave them 2 mattresses. Bellow is a picture of Goddie very proud of his new mattress, you can actually see that his previous mattress was non existent.. One of the oldest  members of our small church lost his wife this year and the children wanted to take him some food too

easter toaP1010706A VISITOR FROM GERMANY !!


We had the joy of having Lina's mum too for the Easter week. Lina from "Caritas" has been with us since October 2015 very much part of the family now, and her mum felt just part of us too even though it was a very short stay.

grandma teashirtsMASSAI COME AND DO ESTER'S HAIR!


One wonderful cultural thing here is that the ladies sit around doing each others hair. However the finest plaiting is usually done by the Massai, so Ester went for the best for Easter!!

massai

 

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DOMINA RETURNS IN TIME TO FILL MANY GAPS!

Our dear Ex- Aunty Domina, who will always be an Aunty, came just when 2 or our Aunties needed to return to their home for different reasons. Domina not only helped us, but we say in Swahili, "Aliwatia Moyo" She gave courage and heart to the other 2 aunties as we awaited new help. Domina, apart from being close to the Mama's and helping us but every day used her new skills as a trainee teacher. She taught in English and the children's English spelling improved in leaps and bounds! We all love you DominaP1010697

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MEET SAMUELI AND Imani

Samueli and Imani came early March as you can see in the photo (left)- hesitant, tired from their long 12 hour journey from  a Hospital in Mbeya. Both had lived there since birth, not without relatives at all, but with no- one able to look after them. The hospital is poor and we have found that as with Neema who came not able to walk, these two had problems with their legs- both extremely bowed! Now they are settling and soon to be getting treatment for their legs. They are both smilers!new boys

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AMELIA AND CATHERINE STAY FOR 5 WEEKS IN MARCH- APRIL

Some time ago Amelia's Grandma  mentioned  that she had a wonderful Grand daughter who might one day like to come and volunteer. Before volunteers arrive I always wonder what area they will most like to help with. Amelia and her friend Catherine arrived and fitted in immediately and helped in ways I think they did not expect!! They not only took good care of our little children, but also our animals! They were up early most mornings cleaning or mucking out  the animals!! Our German Volunteers from Caritas had a break from sweeping the courtyard! They both also just had  the knack of asking me if I needed help at just the right time, so Florian had many evening meals with them and they often gave him his bath! Truly Amelia and Catherine made our home their home in such a short time. We look forward to having YOU back. God bless you both.

cat and amelia

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New life

Two more litters of pigs born this week!

pigs

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