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Karibu Nyumbani is constantly developing, with new infrastructure and diverse projects to enhance the life of our children and our wider community. This section includes all our latest ideas. 

29th JUNE...

  THE FIRST DAY BACK AT SCHOOL

This week our school started up after a three and a half month break because of the Covid 19 virus.

All our 7 young ones who go to the school were desperate to go back, and all the village children too.

So all 50 of them turned up beautifully and ready to learn and play.

It was great to walk around the school and see everyone so happy.

A WORD FROM THE HEAD TEACHER.... 

 A WORD FROM MADAM KAT....

On Monday it will be six months since I arrived in Tanzania. My time teaching here has been varied. I have enjoyed the slower pace of life and the possibility to be creative making my own resources to use in my lessons with the nursery and pre-unit children and preparing homework for the children to do (this is done by hand because we don't have a photocopier) I taught the nursery and pre-school class for ten weeks before lockdown started. For the last month of teaching at the school I had two fantastic volunteers to help me prepare teaching aids and to help the children with their writing. After lockdown, the school closed and the volunteers returned home. I began to home school the seven younger children at the orphanage ( one from nursery class and six from the pre-unit class) Teaching the children at home was a new challenge and at times it was difficult for the children to have school in their own home. Now, after three and a half months we have returned to school again. I am very glad to be back with all the children and have missed them very much.

On one hand, it has been a challenge for me to teach here. The way of teaching is very different to what I have been used to teaching pre-schoolers in Poland and The UK. The children sit at desks learning formally and with limited resources. However, on the other hand I have never met such joyful children in my life. Every day I am greeted by children with beaming smiles who are so happy to be at school, to have a school uniform and school bag and who delight to play on the slides we have on our school grounds at play time. Here the children teach me to find joy in such simple things. For example, the children in my classes are so delighted when they get to use a pencil with a rubber on the top and colouring pencils are treasured items used for special work. This is in great contrast to how things are in Europe where children have everything available to them from Duplo blocks to interactive whiteboards. My dream is to have a laminator and laminating pouches so I can prepare resources that can last  I am learning a lot from teaching here. I look forward to the next season of teaching. We have two new teachers who are very lovely and it's great to work as a team. I hope together we can help every child learn successfully.

COOKING PORRIDGE....

As we wait for donations to continue to build the next block of classrooms, we would like to build a small kitchen. As you can see in the 2 pictures we have progressed from a log fire to a gas stove, a shack to a small store. We would like to build a small kitchen store, which can eventually be a used for teachers accommodation when we are able to build the school dining hall.

We would like to thank a family in Germany- friends of Karibu Nyumbani, whose donation will cover this project. God bless you.

PARENTS IN THE VILLAGE....

During the last year some of our poorer parents from the village have found new ways of raising school fees. We want to congratulate them for all their hard work. One mother has started to sell shoes and she is able to pay each week for her little girl.

The gentleman in the picture below is our neighbour and he has been able to expand his shop which has meant better business. The other lady in the picture is making chapatis to help pay for her little girl. We are continuing to pray that we can bless many more children from our village as the school grows- please continue to pray for this growing project.

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EASTER - PENTECOST

For the last 3 months in "lock down" as well as our normal life together it has been a time of drawing very near to the Lord, to allow him to shine His love to cleanse and heal our hearts.

If anyone has been following the news concerning The Corona Virus in Tanzania, Magofuli our President has had a lot of criticism from inside and outside the country, encouraging us as a country to TRUST IN GOD, PRAY, AND NOT FEAR. It has not been clear at times exactly what state the Country has been in, but I believe now we can be sure to say that we are thankful to God that the prophecies made by WHO have not come to pass. God has been merciful to Tanzania.

We remain in prayer for those who have suffered greatly around the world, especially in my home country, including personal friends of mine, but for all those we don't know who have lost loved ones.

Lord Jesus, I pray that we give you our undivided hearts at this time so that we can rise up to be your perfect Bride through that same power of your Holy Spirit who raised up Jesus from the dead.

A WEEKS RETREAT 

It had been on Ester's heart for many years to lead our children in a time of inner healing. What a better time than now! We invited Hotensia from Agape Community to come to stay with us and lead us for a week.

It was a full on time for us all, with teaching morning and afternoon and individual ministry for any who wanted. I know that the children found time to chat to Hotensia about things on their heart, and the Aunties and Uncles all expressed great joy after times of individual prayer.

The little ones over this time were having fun with Dada Kat and on the last day they had a morning of singing and dancing with a special time of prayer.

Advent David - 12 years

Shares with us that "From my heart, I see the Corona Virus has been a desert time, not only for us in Tanzania, but all over the world people have suffered. We have been praying for all the Nations every day. I see that the place here where I live is beautiful and we have not been effected here by Corona, and I thank God for that. I also thank God that we were able to have school lessons at home here during this time. We also had a very blessed week of teaching on inner healing and it was very MEANINGFUL TO ME. THANK YOU GOD, AND THANK YOU TO OUR FRIENDS WHO HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR US TOO."

Hi, my name is Daflosa, Whist we have been home, I have been so happy to learn how to sew with a sewing machine. I have been helping Mama Mia mending cloths and even making new cloths for other children. I continue to pray for our nation of Tanzania along with other nations that God takes away this sickness.

I want to thank all our friends for praying for us and loving us. If you were here we would share our biscuits with you.

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FOR MY MOTHER

 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.

 WITHIN THE VIEL.

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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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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