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!

For unto us a Saviour has been Born....Emmanuel -God with Us!

God bless you all, from Fiona, Ester and Ludmila

It's just a few days before we break for a week to Celebrate Christmas (and also give Ester a rest!) We have not managed to finish sufficiently to be able to move in, as we have taken on more than we expected such as a well and all the septic system for the whole site.But we shall celebrate "Kijijini"(in the village) Boko Temboni (our new home!)

This is where we will decorate for Christmas day!

Here on the Left is our beautiful veranda, yet to be tiled and have ceiling put in. We hope to decorate here for Christmas and also Celebrate our watchman's Birthday(it just so happens to be the same day!) We have no idea who else will join us- it will be a surprise.

Manager of site- Ester! Needs a rest!

Ludmila, Ester and I send you our greetings and wish you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year! Also we thank again all our Friends, Prayers and Supporters- You are partners with us in this project for God's needy Children.God bless you all.



  867 Hits
867 Hits

Celebrating Ludmila's 50th Birthday!

Ludmila had a suprise 50th birthday party with a handful of friends including Roman and Emma,Anna,Elizabeth and Agnes!



  853 Hits
853 Hits

Our first young lady working with us at Karibu Nyumbani.

I, Ester, want to share with you the story of our first young lady from the village who has come to work here in the last week. When I reached the site I was surprised to see this young lady working with her father and I asked her who she was.

] Mother and baby together for Christmas!


She explained that her husband died last year leaving her with a two week old baby. She continued to say whilst in tears, that she has to leave her baby with her mother as she needs to work for herself and the baby.

It has been our joy to be able to find work for her here on our land, carrying logs and branches so that she and her baby can spend Christmas together. We are hoping that the two of them will be our guests for Christmas!

  846 Hits
846 Hits

Foundation to roof in THREE WEEKS!

Ester having a go at laying bricks

It has been a wonderful November. Our building team have worked so fast and faithfully. (We had been promised in Isaiah)








[caption id="attachment_571" align="alignright" width="300"] We have a posh roof!

"Faithful is He who


has called you


and He


will do it!"


(1Thess 2)


I have been driving Ester all over Dar es Salaam, shopping for the builders. Carrying all sorts of things on the roof of the car, even six meter pipes, for the plumbing!

Driving has been another experience all together, there are no rules on the road at all. Once I was in the middle of a jam with three Lorries all tooting loudly- and then 10 men ran to push me off the road when I could not start the car! ( when I first arrived in Tanzania I thought I would never drive!)

[caption id="attachment_564" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fi at the Reception window.

Now we are at the stage


of plastering, painting,


tiling, electricity fitting,


 plumbing, windows and doors.


So there is still a lot of work.

[caption id="attachment_565" align="alignright" width="300"] Ludmila making plans in the Kitchen.




 During this time, Ludmila has been busy – it seems as if everyone is realizing that we are going and she has been inundated with sewing for the students and community members at Agape.



[caption id="attachment_575" align="alignleft" width="151"] Augustino with Bonadventure, Isadori's son.

I must mention a very important person, Augustino- the grounds man at Agape. He has  been our watchman for the last month, and his presence on our land has been invaluable ! Last week, because of lack of water in our village, villagers were coming to see if we had water and Augustino had to remove the taps from our water tanks Anything could go walking if you don't keep a close eye!

[caption id="attachment_566" align="alignright" width="300"] Harvester and other guests from England for village lunch on our land!



Last week we  also had the joy of receiving the Harvesters    ( a group of men who have been doing ministry in East Africa for the last 10 years) to Karibu Nyumbani- including my dad!  On the same day we had a visit from two guys from England, friends of Sabastian, who have chosen our little village to set up a chicken business. They were here for only one week and built a chicken hut. They met with some of the women of our village and have set them up to run the business themselves. So we will not need to go far for our eggs! (Until we start growing them ourselves of course!) We are looking forward to the mutual support we will have from this team from England.

[caption id="attachment_569" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fi can't believe it is really happening.

PLEASE PRAY! That the building will continue to move swiftly, we would love to be in for Christmas!

With the move we will need to be secure- Please pray that we find our own Watchmen.

As soon as we move in we will be open to receiving children. Please pray for this too.

God bless you - Fi

  984 Hits
984 Hits

Quick update – things are moving!!

Brigita enjoying time with the children of Agape Brigitta enjoying time with the children of Agape


It was so good to see Brigitta and Ester back from their trip to Mbeya, after dropping off the students from Germany to their prospective orphanages. We had a lovely week with Brigitta before she went back to Germany, but unfortunately  Ester needed time to get over Malaria.




[caption id="attachment_549" align="alignleft" width="300"] Look at our new car!


[caption id="attachment_553" align="alignright" width="300"] Men from the village employed to dig foundations!

We had thought that we would wait  a bit to buy a car, but a lovely lady turned up to Agape asking Isidori to pray for the sale of her car! Since we knew that we would soon be battling to get to our land in the rainy season with Pikipiki (motorbike) we saw this as a wonderful opportunity- We took our Toyota Cami on its first journey to kibaha yesterday!


Building has begun!

With the final plans drawn up for the building, this week we have started. At the front of our land we will build a Reception, office, shop, sewing- classroom, three rooms for guests     (initially to be used by Ester, Ludmilla and myself). Our builder, plus 2 helpers and a watch guard will be on the land 24/7 ! Sleeping in tents! Ester is working very hard  buying all of the materials for the building, and stays each day to oversee the building.

Ludmilla and I have to take a low profile, or the workers try to up their pay!!

In the picture here on the left the men are building a shelter for the cement - we are expecting the rain any day now!

It looks like we will be in our new home by Christmas. We are so excited! Thank you all for your prayers,

Fiona, Ludmilla , a big smile from Ester too!!

[caption id="attachment_554" align="alignright" width="339"] Ester having a break from all her buying!

  945 Hits
945 Hits


Ludmila using her tailoring skills to measure the land!

This last month has been full of activity.

A surveyor came to measure our land to make sure that the town council have no future plans to build a road through it at a later date. Good news - our land is now on the map as “religious” land and cannot be touched in the future. Some not so brilliant news is that it only measures 2 acres- not 3!  We love it even still! We have a great design for our houses and now Kahindi is finishing the plan for the whole site.  With this completed we can start.

Please pray with us that the building starts in the next month!!


Since the last post Ester, Ludmila and I spent a week in Tanga with the sisters of Charity. A week to catch vision, and to have time to pray for the project.  Tanga is a beautiful place a bit like the midlands and Ludmila said rather like her home in Czech too. So it was a very a refreshing time and the sisters fed us really well.

After a busy 12 days, visiting Social welfare, visits to land etc. Ester was needed by Agape to help out with students from Germany who had come to do voluntary work in orphanages all over Tanzania.


[caption id="attachment_534" align="alignleft" width="150"] Ludmila with Tumaini and Maria Stella

Ludmila and I took advantage of this time to visit an orphanage in Dodoma run by the Ursuline Sisters. Another eye-opening experience! Eight sisters with about 45 children aged 3 - 15yrs.  The relationship between Sr.Modesta (Sister over all in charge of the children) and the children was so beautiful; it made for a peaceful atmosphere. The children had their own rhythm of prayer and work alongside the nuns. Sixteen of the children are HIV+ but all are well and happy. While we were there we made particular friends with the youngest as we were asked to teach the “chukachia”- preschool children each morning.

[caption id="attachment_528" align="alignright" width="150"]fiona reading to children Fiona telling Cinderella in Swahili!

Maria Stella, one of the children was quite a character.  She is one of three sisters, all with the same father, different mother and when the father died they were left with Grandma. Living in a mud hut with no bed made it impossible for them to sleep in a bed when they arrived at the orphanage. Sr. Modesta said that they had to share a bed together for some time before they could get used to sleeping as the other children in their own bed.

Our journey home this last Wednesday was one of our worst journeys! We were pleasantly surprised with the comfort of our seats on our bus, but being one row from the back meant that we were right on top of the wheel! It was like being on a bumper car for 6 hours.

[caption id="attachment_531" align="alignleft" width="300"]Sr. Modesta with children All the children with Sr Modesta in the background!

That reminds me of a very important word I heard before leaving for Africa a few years ago.

Learn to enjoy the ride!  I’ve never been one for enjoying that gut feeling of sliding down a helter skelter. I find walking by faith is a little like that. There are moments when you just don’t know what is going to happen next and having Faith is learning to scream with joy, not fear!!-  Enjoy the ride! We are in HIS Hands!


  1176 Hits
1176 Hits

Isidori and Kahindi visit Kibaha!

Isidori, one of the leaders of Agape Community made his first visit to see the land. He was a great support as we tried to measure the plot where we want our first home. The next day Kahindi, our architect traveled out with us to see us on the land so he could get a good idea of our vision for the site.

 Isidori, Ester and Fi spotting the best place for the house!

Architect Kahindi looking over plans.










We have a number of things we are waiting for at the moment which  need prayer

    • Kahindi has had a few goes at designing a house, and typically we women have not quite agreed, and since he is working for us in his free time (a good friend of Agape!) he can only see us on Saturday mornings.  We are praying that tomorrow we will have the drawing we are waiting for!!


    • Once we have our plans, we are waiting for a surveyor to measure the land so we can put our boundaries in the right place.


    • Then we want to have the land registered.


    • We plan to see the Parish Priest at Kibaha to formally introduce ourselves to him.


    • Also to see the Social Welfare Office with our plans so that we have good relations with them from the start.


    • Finally we have a few builders in mind to approach when we have the plans and the land measured.

The Lord’s word to us at the moment is Be united in Love! Eph 4 v 3

Ludmila read to us this morning. “Make every effort to keep among you unity of Spirit through bonds of peace”

God bless all those who are supporting us, we hold you in prayer. Fiona


  1041 Hits
1041 Hits

"Hatua kwa hatua"- Swahili for "Step by step"!

"Hatua kwa hatua ukiwa na Yesu kila jambo lina wezekana!"- "Step by step with Jesus everything is possible!" How many times have we seen the hand of God at work in our lives and yet we still have a hard time to trust everything to Him.

Since we stepped out to buy the land in Kibaha we have seen the provision of the Lord. Ester, Ludmila and I know quite well that the task ahead of us is in the hands of the Lord. We were so encouraged to read together last week from Isaiah 62 v4- "No longer will your land be called Forsaken; but you will be called My Delight and your land Espoused. For Yahweh delights in you and will make your land his spouse. As a young man  marries a virgin so will your builder marry you!" This is such an encouragement - the Lord is doing the building!

We visited our land last week and it has been  cleared single handedly by one of our neighbors.

In the photo you can see Ester and I looking over the land- It is the dry season so everything is very dry.

We believe there is water on the lower part of our land so we will be digging to find it as soon as possible.

We want to thank a friend of Ludmila for the purchase of our new fridge. It will make all the difference being able to shop for a month and keep things frozen. We are praying that there are not too many power cuts!

[caption id="attachment_509" align="alignleft" width="300"] arriving at Agape in the back the truck with our new fridge!

This week we also met with our Architect to talk about our house and he is starting to draw this week. He is has done a lot of work in the past for Agape. Please pray for him.

A friend of Sabastian and Verodiana has also agreed to let us rent a few rooms so we will be moving to a few minutes walk away from our land. This will make things much easier to over see the building when it starts.

God bless you all,  Fiona




  961 Hits
961 Hits

Back in Tanzania!

Ludmila and I returned on the 10th after a good overnight flight.  Ester had a good time in Germany teaching students there Swahili and preparing them to come and do voluntary work in different orphanages here. We are so grateful that the weather is not as hot as we were expecting.We decided to spend our first week mostly in prayer.

But thank you to all our Karibu Nyumbani friends and supporters, we are especially praying for you.

God bless you all - " With Our God all things are possible" - "Be not afraid".




  872 Hits
872 Hits

Newsletter - "Fruitful Land"

We have sent out a newsletter to friends - see Newsletter June 2012: "Fruitful land"

We have land and we are starting to clear and build!

If you have come to this site as a result of reading the newsletter, remember to come back as this page will be updated with news as the story moves on!

If you would like to help in any way, please see How you can Help

God bless

  811 Hits
811 Hits

Fiona and Ludmila away from Tanzania until the 9th of August!


Busy at work! Before visiting friends and family!

"I'm really feeling the cold- and it is June!"

] "Making chalices and plates for Holy Trinity Brompton"


  903 Hits
903 Hits

Prayer Requests


    • Ester Myself (Fiona) and Ludmila are all going to be away, please pray for protection for the Land in our absence as it is being cleared.


    • Please Pray for wisdom as we plan the site for building.


    • Please pray that we have sufficient funds.


  908 Hits
908 Hits

Soaking the Land in prayer

Taking pikipiki to Boko Temboni with Roman

After having an initial time of prayer on the Land with Roman the Founder of Agape, we headed off again to bless the Land with Fr. Ettiane The Co. Founder. Our three acres of land is in the small village of Boko Temboni just one hour from Agape Community including a ten minutes motorbike ride on rough road.

0 ...with our special Muslim Neighbour present to pray

This is the house already on the Land just at the entrance of the plot. As you can see many of the villagers live in mud houses, but some are now making their own bricks to build brick homes- just what we will be doing!


[caption id="attachment_154" align="aligncenter" width="300"] “I would love to live here" says Fiona!

The more we soak the Land in prayer the better. WE are sitting in the middle of our plot of land here after planting our first banana tree.

Already, our neighbours, some of them Muslim have asked us when we will come again to sing – they want to join us!


  1073 Hits
1073 Hits

Signing papers for the Land

Our neighbour standing in for the owner of the Land.

Signing papers for the Land in Boko Temboni

  945 Hits
945 Hits

EasyBlog - Quick Post Module