Karibu Nyumbani Blog

Welcome to our blog.
The blog details daily life at Karibu Nyumbani and has regular updates on our work in helping out children, the progress of the project and all our new developments.
Check back here for regular updates, or subscribe to the blog to get posts delivered to your inbox as they are published.
You can view all our posts below, or click on categories for posts on specific topics.
We hope you like it!

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

 

  1076 Hits
1076 Hits

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

  1091 Hits
1091 Hits

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

  1023 Hits
1023 Hits

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

  950 Hits
950 Hits

New life

Two more litters of pigs born this week!

pigs

  1069 Hits
1069 Hits

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!

february website 20161
  1023 Hits
1023 Hits

INTRODUCING OUR NEW TEAM OF AUNTIES

february website 2016
  1102 Hits
1102 Hits

VISIT FROM THE HARVESTERS

   (Gerard, Tom and Roy- men who have been coming to East Africa for at least 10 years to support men through prayer and teaching.- Harvesters.)Harvesters - Copy

 

“WOW” written by Roy Hendy

The 'in' word at our men’s conferences while we were at Karibu Nyumbani was 'WOW'.   Men just kept repeating it 'wow'. And all that the three of us could say at Karibu was 'wow...Lord'   Wow to the beauty of the little pathways and the pink flowers...Wow to the friendliest of children. ..wow to what God has done here...Wow to the three mums Fi, Ludmila and Ester.   Wow to their future plans ...Wow to the love we experienced there...and from me personally...Wow to Fiona my daughter.  Thanks for the most beautiful five days.

 

GIFTSP1020258

Tom, Roy and Gerard brought with them love gifts of many kinds. A big thank you to all who were responsible for these gifts - Ann, friend of Gerard, all who gave to Tom and a very special thanks to my Aunty Monica for pencils that took the children’s breathe away!

  1061 Hits
1061 Hits

"GIVINGS THANKS FOR ALL THESE THINGS DAILY"

P1020154

We are amazed at all the Lord has done for us and is continuing to do through HIS love us and through Friends who allow HIS LOVE to touch us through them.

Over the past few months of coarse I have been overjoyed with little Florian, he is a wonderful gift and he is teaching me so much. Recently I was on my way with Florian to be with all the children. I was talking away to him; " You are so beautiful, amazing,. like no other. ....." I couldn't contain the words and heart full of joy as I looked into his eyes. Then the Lord spoke to me so clearly about worship. Do I look into His eyes and see His beauty, His love for me? And is my heart full of thanks and joy in my relationship with Him.

Not only for what he has done, but purely for WHO HE IS!

Sometimes our need exceeds our love. Just to sit and look into his face and to say- " I love You!"

Lord, lift us up in Worship of You.

Thank you.

  961 Hits
961 Hits

RECENT PROJECTS

NEW OUTSIDE KITCHEN FOR CHARCOAL AND WOOD

building the new Kitchen COLLAGE - Copy

NEW BARN FOR PIGS AND COWS

COW BARN

TREE PLANTING WITH FRIENDS

TREE PLANTING

 

  1102 Hits
1102 Hits

BUY A BAG!

Three young ladies from our village after a rigorous month of teaching from Ludmila, are now busily making bags for us and earning a small wage for their families. Since November they have made 100 bags and last week they made there way to England. If you are interested to help us to sell these bags and others in the future please write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Bags - Copy

  1142 Hits
1142 Hits

FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL

"Hi everyone, we are off to school again, we are a bit bright here, but unless we brighten the picture you cannot see our beautiful faces. Thanks to Mama Mia for all our new uniforms, yes she made them all along with all the other things she does here! AND Emy and Shangwe also started school but we don't have a picture of them yet as they were a few days later than us!!"P1010158-001

  964 Hits
964 Hits

HAPPY NEW YEAR- 2016

God bless all those of you who sent greetings by email or through visitors. We feel very loved by you all and part of a bigger family. As you can see here we had much joy and laughter. We were sorry not to have Domina ( a previous Aunty, now studying to be a teacher). However our recent volunteer Michelle Clewett, New Aunties, Bupe and Usta, new Uncle Lucecelo, and Ester's sister Harnes brought our numbers here up to 25! The children opened their Christmas stockings containing some boots and toys that we had been sent by some of you. Thank you so much. Even Florian got a pair of little red boots!! We enjoyed Chicken and chips for lunch!!Christmas - CopyCHRISTMAS NIGHT VIGIL- FLORIAN'S BAPTISM

Florian was Baptized with 2 other children at the Christmas Vigil Celebration.

baptism1 - Copy

  945 Hits
945 Hits

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Christmascard_2015_small

ALL OUR LOVE, ESTER, LUDMILA, FIONA  AND ALL THE CHILDREN.

  1004 Hits
1004 Hits

TAMARA'S FLEETING VISIT!

Portraits and Tamara
  916 Hits
916 Hits

ADVENT GREETINGS- " FATHER'S EYES"

Fi and FlorianA few months ago we had a phone call from a family in distress, a dear woman died giving birth to a son. We were being asked if we could take the little boy.

With one so little he needs the full attention of one of us “Mums” and Ester asked if I would I like to look after little Florian. After a moment’s apprehension and fear that with all else going on it could be hard, I was suddenly excited at the thought. He was meant to come the next day, so I was up all night moving things in my room for his cot, cloths and bottles etc. All was ready in the morning when we got a call that he could not leave the hospital because he had become anaemic.

Waiting

Then began the long wait. Every time we expected him there was a delay. Every night an empty cot. Every passing day wondering if he would come. Without seeing him I already missed and loved him.

We heard that his father was visiting the hospital every day but was unable to hold his boy for more than a moment but watched him from a distance. He also witnessed the poor treatment that his son was getting. This poor man, who had lost his wife and was not in a position to look after this new born son, was devastated. All he could do was pray.(Father bellow)

“ Fathers eyes” P1000395I felt really sad until the Lord started to show me that not only Florian’s earthly father was watching over him with love, but His heavenly Father cared more than I or anyone else could. Florian, weak and vulnerable survived his 6 weeks hardship and arrived safely with us.

He is a real gift, and it is such a comfort to know that my love will fall short as it does for all us “mums” here but His Fathers eyes and heart of love will never fail for Florian and all our children here. It was a special time of waiting and even more joy to receive him.

We pray for all who read our blog that you find  Hope and Joy in every situation that you are waiting for at the moment. Jesus came to make the impossible possible. Our Father is close, He watches over us with Joy. Have a very blessed Advent.

 

 

  954 Hits
954 Hits

SEWING CLASSES BEGIN

P1000787 - Copy

As many of you will know at the end of April we opened our little shop and it has been busy every day with our customers coming to buy milk and yoghurt. Ludmila’s heart has always been to teach women from the village with no income. This too is something that has had to wait it’s time. Now she has 3 very lovely young girls who are learning to make bags and different items that we can export in order to raise funds for the children. We would appreciate your prayers for this venture.

 

  957 Hits
957 Hits

DESKS ARRIVE FOR THE CHILDREN

A BIG THANK YOU TO LINDA (from England) for the desks you bought us “we are able to put our own things in the drawers!” says Queenie!DSC09006

  968 Hits
968 Hits

DOMINA IS LEAVING US!!

DSC07397 - Copy

 

It is with great sadness that Domina is leaving us after nearly 3 years of being an Aunty. She has loved the children as if they were her own. At the end of this month she will start her studies to be a teacher. Her desire is to come back and teach our children at “Our School” she says!

  1073 Hits
1073 Hits

TRUSTEES OF WHMT CHARITY VISIT US FOR THE FIRST TIME

website oct2Tim, Elise and myself were given a very warm and traditional Tanzanian welcome as soon as we walked through the airport doors and that sense of warmth continued throughout our stay. It was wonderful to see Fiona so at home and to finally meet Esther and Ludmila. The journey from the airport was a revelation as my European eyes tried to understand what I was seeing: cars and lorries overtaking and undertaking within inches of each other, traffic coming together from every angle, a bajaji, a dala-dala crammed with passengers, palm trees, people carrying firewood on their heads, on bikes, on bicycles, goats roaming and the general mayhem of a city. When we arrived at Karibu Nyumbani, it was like walking into the Garden of Eden, an oasis of peace and calm. We were greeted unreservedly by the children and offered a cup of tea and slice of Ludmila’s cake.

This was a totally unexpected and delightful treat and an indication of the week to come. We were totally taken care of throughout the week and every need anticipated. The commitment, faith and dedication of Fiona, Ester and Ludmila to the shared vision, is perceptible in everything they have achieved. It’s wonderful to see the cow, calf, pigs and piglets and all the fruit and vegetables that are being grown and taken care of.website oct1

This is truly a blessed place and a beautiful environment for the children. You can see their appreciation in their eyes and hear it in their laughter. The children are so full of love, peace and joy and it’s such a boost to see that. They are relaxed and eager to participate in the activities we brought: the airplanes and the sticker books which kept them occupied for quite a while. They are also very entertaining and charmed us with their praise singing in both Swahili and English and their prayers for each other. Amidst the lack of material things here, there is a tangible richness of human relationships. These children have been baptised in the name of the Lord and know that they are loved and important to God. They are unique and special and have the potential for greatness in the future. Mama, Mama Pipi, Mama Mia are guiding and protecting them from a life of poverty and hardship and this takes a great deal of strength and determination to overcome the many challenges facing them.

In our week together we went back to basics: washing by hand, showering in cold water, enduring power cuts, waking naturally to the joyous sounds of the children going to school and eating home grown and homemade food including kachumbali and ugali.

What a wonderful experience. We felt that we were on retreat, surrounded by orange and mango trees and bougainvillea. It’s our intention to visit every year to watch the children grow and meet the new arrivals (Jill-Chair of Trustees)20151005_141822

We also want to take this opportunity to thank all those who sent cloths and toys to us via our Trustees. The above picture shows Elise giving the children little presents from her friend at work.

  995 Hits
995 Hits

EasyBlog - Quick Post Module