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African Rains

You won’t believe this but one of our largest bills is our water bill.

But when the rains come we turn off the mains water pipe and allow the rain to fill up our “kisima” -Water container. When the rains fall, our crops grow for free, if you plant them of course!

We have had a wonderful harvest this season and our freezer is full of tomatoes, peppers and aubergines! 

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Visit from Immigration

It’s not so easy to get in and out of Tanzania if you want to stay more than the initial 3 months visitors allowance. So, Ludmila and I, have since last year needed to do extra work getting a work permit as well as visa and we had a surprise visit from the Immigration office as they wanted to see if we really existed!!



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For the last 5 years we have had the blessing of having Caritas Volunteers for 10 months at a time, and they come well trained to volunteer and speaking Swahili. This year we have heard that there will no longer be any more Caritas Volunteers, and one of the leaders who has brought volunteers into Tanzania for the last 10 years came to see us to say good bye!! Brigitte who has become a great friend of us all here visited for a few days- she particularly thanks Ester as she was very involved with looking after the 30 volunteers coming over from Germany each year. Brigitte recently writes!


Oktober 2017 was my 5th visit in Karibu Nyumbani. The physical development is mind-blowing. I did enjoy living in the new guesthouse. The yard is paved, which looks beautiful and cuts down the work as it is reducing the dust in the houses tremendously. AND now the new chapel gets built. I admire the three mamas and how they struggle with the local circumstances, finding the cheapest builders and keeping their joy for the work alive, finding good and cheap material for the buildings and running for a new screw or pipe which is needed. By now they are halfway experts, I also can see their tireless efforts.

As a German (always critical) I asked myself if the outward is growing too rapidly, what is with the inside. But I just can testify it has grown the same way.  The unity and love between the three Mamas has grown very stable and deeply over the last years. It is a joy to experience it and to be together with them. I can see Gods love present in their relationships. And for sure it is not always easy coming from three different cultures and backgrounds.

But thinking of Karibu Nyumbani is my greatest deepest joy, that I can just testify that it has become a “home” for all the children and workers and visitors. But first of all, to the children. Knowing the children now for five years, I can really see, they are loved, and feel loved and behave loved. Karibu Nyumbani is their home and they move freely through all the rooms and places. It is such a sweet picture how the little ones bustle about Mama Mia in her tailoring workshop, and learn how to sew their own dolls. It is a great privilege for the children to be with Mama Pipi in her office and draw a picture, while she is working, they feel very important. And to be with mama Ester while she is organizing things you see the self-esteem of the children rising.

If I see the children of Karibu Nyumbani I do see no orphans but loved and wanted children. How wonderful!


I could go on and on, but let me write one more sentence about all the Uncles and Aunties which are working very diligently in Karibu Nyumbani. Karibu is also their home, they are receiving much more care and love as would be given or received in a European work relationship.  They are in reality one big and loved family, by Fiona, Ester and Ludmilla at first, but behind that you see the love of our saviour Jesus Christ !


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We had a request from a musician, if he could video our children singing with him.

He had written a song about Orphans in Tanzania. 

Our children loved the day and entered-in very happy to think that they could help other more disadvantaged children.

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ZLATICA- is no longer a visitor!

She has already been here now for 3 months, leaving Tanzania for a few weeks to visit friends in Zambia she can come back into the country for another 3 children. God bless you for your help, Zlatica 

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People come to us for different reasons! – Most to be with the children, playing, reading, riding. Some to see us Mama’s, and the children. But our most recent guest from England, felt that she was coming to wash our feet! She asked if we could get fairy lights! Plastic bowls etc. Eventually she arrived with her bags filled with Spa things for washing the Mama’s and Aunties feet. What a very special treat.

Not only that, but somehow it was a timely event as during a time of prayer we had a word that we needed to purify ourselves and not live with anything that is unclean.

After we 3 Mama’s had had our feet washed we went to pray over the foundations of our chapel and the new strip of land alongside it which to date and not yet been prayed over. As we read passages of scripture Ludmila (the fittest of us all!) buried the scripture in the foundations, or around the walls whilst pouring Holy Water.

We 3 in turn then continued to wash the feet of the Aunties, and it was a moving time for them as they knew that the Lord loved them and was washing them clean.

There have been times of repentance, one Uncles left us during this time. So, there was quite a time of shift!

Thank you so much Jan, for the message you brought us. The picture bellow is of Jan reading scripture to the Mamas in “Royston house” sitting room all prepared for the Spa!

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We as so delighted to see the space that has sat waiting for a Chapel for the last 4 years now looking so at home with its new Chapel. It is like it has always been there. The children are longing to have their first time of worship there. I believe it will be an anointed place. Thank you Lord for hearing our prayer. The money used for building the chapel has come mostly from our friends in Czech. God bless you all.

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Prayer for OUR FARM- Please

As with all things in life there is the good and the bad. In the last few months we have had some sad and difficult situations with our small farm. Hannah our first cow died in June giving birth to her calf. She was such a good milking cow. As soon as we could we replaced her with Sarah and she will be calving in the next month.

An even worse situation hit us last month when we realized that with our visiting male Pig, came a disease which killed our 2 sows and 13 babies which were ready for selling at 2 months.

We intend to start up this project again, but will wait until the sickness has completely gone.

Our last chicken project also left us low in spirit as many died suddenly with a sickness that we decided to slaughter all and put them in the freezer.

If you have a special gift to pray for animals please can you pray as we continue these projects, that when working well, really help us with our food budget. Asante Sana ( Thank you so much)

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John Magufuli, the present President of Tanzania has given the country a new saying! “Hapa Kazi tu!”

Here just work! It doesn’t have quite the same kind of ring when it is said in Swahili, and the children love to say it when they are working with all their heart and soul.

In the collage above, not only the children are hard at work, but also Mama Ester. She decided, that day to move all the rubble outside our gates, to fill in the holes in the road. The whole morning, they enjoyed themselves and finished with a soda!!

(For the next few days the children were employed to massage Ester’s back!!)

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God Has Healed My Heart

Everyday I see more and more how God healed my ???? at Karibu Nyumbani. I don't feel full of fear or panic and totally know that I am loved and accepted by my heavenly father.
I also don't have this deep sadness in me which I have had since I was a child. Really the miraculous has happened in my life. God really has healed me of thinking that I am not good, that I am not of worth, he has taken my pain and given me His joy and peace.
You turned my wailing into dancing; 
You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, 
That my heart ???? may sing to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. 
(Psalm 30: 11-12)


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 I want to greet you all and thank God for everything He is doing in His BIG family here.

We are doing well in our shop, selling the milk, and yogurt and fabric and cloths- Thanks to God. God bless you all.

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 About 50 friends of Ester’s including family, members of Agape Community and friends from our village came, filling our sitting room and dining room. Starting with Mass with Italian Priest- Fr. Angelico, we then had a wonderful time of Praise and Worship giving thanks for Ester’s 50 years.

 The children all gathering in the front singing and dancing celebrating with great joy their Mama Ester’s Birthday.

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I love watching the way things evolve here. Prayer has taken many forms over the last 4 years, and now we are having a time of praise and worship every evening. The children usually get the ball rolling with their confident singing and then the Aunties or Mama’s take over bringing us into a time of worship. Someone prepares a short word from the bible and then talks for about 5 minutes before we all take a turn to pray.
Having their own times of prayer, is something that we pray the children grow up into naturally. We have been longing for a Chapel where they can go and find quiet and we are hoping to start the building very soon!! so please pray for this project with us. 
Any Intercessors among you reading this, please join with Mama’s Ester, Ludmila and myself and Auntie’s Rehema and Harness. We are praying every morning for all our children by name and for other things we feel important for the day.
Our lives are busy- as I am sure you find the same but there is only one thing the Lord desires of us all – to be still and Know that He is God. I was sitting still this morning, and this word gave me much food for my day! “FAITH THAT IS FIRM IS ALSO PATIENT! “ Is 28 v 16 In Swahili that is “ Anayeamini hatatishika” He who has faith is not threatened, or frightened. We pray for you that you have “Faith that is firm”, so that you can face every situation fearlessly and with patience.
God Bless you all.
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We keep coming back for more| My sister Clare and I have just returned from Karibu Nyumbani. This is my third visit, and I am completely addicted to this amazing place (despite the malaria!). I cannot begin to describe the love I feel and the Spiritual boost I get from my visits. The strength of their Faith and the vibrancy of their Worship is uplifting, and when some of the children are leading the singing, it’s as if there is an Angel in the room, and on one occasion, this brought me to tears.
During this visit, we were able to help buy furnishings for the new Guest house ‘Royston House.’ One of the days was spent in Dar es Salaam buying curtain material, wardrobes and a fridge, and another day for beds and sofa. Clare then spent many days getting to grips with the treadle sewing machine, helping Ludmila make curtains
Shopping for furniture in Tanzania is an experience in itself. A fun experience, but nothing like a trip to DFS or any other furniture store in England. The furniture shops line the side of the road between the local town and Dar es Salaam. We tried out a few sofas, whilst watching the traffic drive by and at the end of the day, loaded up a truck with beds, sofa, dining table, chairs and mattresses. Not sure I could accomplish that in day at home.                    
As you would have read in another blog, we celebrated the opening of Royston house whilst we were out there. It was a beautiful occasion, one that Royston would have enjoyed. Sadly we found out the following day that his father, Paolo had died on the day the house was opened. Our heart goes out to Royston’s mum and sister and we keep them in our prayers.
We were honoured to be part of the birthday celebrations during our stay and had great fun watching the children open the giant teddy and penguin that had travelled from England. The whole day was full of food, presents, excitement, laughter, and of course finishing off with thanks and praise to God for all the blessings we have received.
As always it was sad to say good bye but it’s more of a ‘tutaonana baadaye’, ‘see you later’ as I am already looking forward to returning next year.
In the meantime we will continue to keep everyone at Karibu Nyumbani in our prayers.


Hilary x
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“All creatures great and small”. Ludmila was asked this month to make a shirt for a customer. As you can see, she ,Agnes and the children had some fun fitting into it before it arrived with its owner. “The Lord God made us ALL!”



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In last month’s blog, some of you may have read the sad news about a prospective Volunteer, Royston, who tragically died. We were in touch via Hilary with Royston’s parents and prayed for them as a family here. On the official opening day of Royston house, we were gathered in front of the new house singing and praying for the family and Hilary sent a few pictures to his parents.

I want to take this opportunity to ask all friends of Karibu Nyumbani to pray for Royston’s Mother and sistser as Royston’s Father passed away that same night. We pray for all of the family, that they will receive comfort during this time of grief.

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We’ve had a special 3 weeks with Mama Hilary and Mama Clare from England. They will be blogging themselves so I won’t say too much, only that we miss them loads.

Hilary’s 3rd time and Clare’s 2nd. They feel very much part of us and it is hard for the children to understand why they have to go!

Hilary for the last 2 years has sent presents for every child on their birthday so it was lovely that they could both be present with us for our once a year Birthday Celebration in July


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When I was in England I had the joy of buying birthday presents for all the children on behalf of all the Mamas. It was more fun to see them opening them up with great speed and see each one fully absorbed in their new toy.  After chicken and chips, we had cake and soda which was kindly given us by Bonita a friend from our parish.  We love celebrations!!

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While Ludmila and I were away, our first Cow- Hannah gave birth to a very large calf and became very weak, dying after about 5 days. It was terrible news, as she was such a lovely cow and gave us the most milk. She alone was almost paying through Yoghurt and Fresh milk for all our other animals. We have already replaced her with a one year cow in calf expecting to give birth within the month. Please pray for Sarai, our new cow, that all will be well.

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UBONIFU DARISANI- (creativity in the classroom!)

Just wanted to give you a little look through our classroom window into the wonderful things going on.

Please pray for teacher Agnes that she will have no problem with renewing her residence permit!!

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