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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 - KYELA

Lara 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.  

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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