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SAD GOODBYES! AND HAPPY RETURNS!

We were sorry to be saying good- bye to Julian and David who were with us for 10 months. They both became very much part of our family here. Julian wrote in the April blog and here’s a short excert of David’s report.

……My ten months in Tanzania have changed me surely a lot. But how profound and long-lasting these changes will be, will be shown only by time. But I am sure, that I will go with a more positive attitude, self-confident in my future, and that the time in Tanzania will always stay with me as a jewel in my memory. If I could decide again tomorrow to break up for my voluntary service in Tanzania, I would not wait and answer with a loud “Yes”.

We would have you back any time!!

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In fact we are having a visit from Tabea and Lina (our last years Caritas Volunteers) and Lina’s mum, for 3 weeks

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CIARA LEAVES US AFTER A THREE MONTH STAY. 

It feels like I left England for Africa years ago, yet I can't believe my time at Karibu Nyumbani is over already, so maybe it has only been three months and I just wish it could be years. I arrived in the evening, so was greeted with dinner which is always followed by family time, involving lively worship songs, shared prayer and a Bible reading. I was touched by the hospitality of the Tanzanians and their very apparent love of God; gladly these two things have been consistent throughout my stay. 

Learning to count to 100 in Swahili before coming proved useful. Drawing with the children created good opportunities for shared learning too as I could speak English to them and they would teach me the Swahili. I hoped to pick up more through conversation, but it doesn't matter that I did not because I am going home with something far more valuable than knowledge and a reminder of the greatest lesson. 

The lesson is that love is the key to life. When we love God and we love others as ourselves we receive the fullness of life. Sometimes we clearly see that the things we believe are true because we experience them and I have experienced these truths in my stay. 

I could feel pity or despair visiting such a poor area surrounded by children whose circumstances have led them to reside in an orphanage but it would be inappropriate. These children are filled with the Holy Spirit- they are loving, kind, obedient, funny, they listen, they are patient and they enjoy their lives. They have the fullness of life! 

I really believe the hard-working and faithful Mamas and Aunties who run the orphanage are providing these children with a better life than many rich children in Europe. I also believe that the key to their success is the fact that the foundation of their own lives, and of Karibu Nyumbani, is faith in Jesus Christ. 

The kindness of the people here and their thankfulness to the God who they acknowledge as blessing every part of their lives inspires me and gives the simple home life here an irresistable magnetism. 

What will I miss most? Patrick's amazing drawing skills, Gertrude's eccentric giggling fits, Sabina and Shangwe's cheeky laughter, Samweli's JOY-filled smile, Queenie's gentle curiosity, Adventi and Onesimo's insistent efforts to (successfully) make me jump on my way to and from my room, Isaya's comical mini-performances at dinner, during football, in my stolen shoes or anywhere else he happens to be. 

In short I will miss time spent with the lovely people who live here. I love everybody here and I feel loved by them.

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MORE THANKS DUE!

 

Whilst on holiday in Pembrokeshire Ludmila and I met some of Jane’s friends- Viv and Gareth, who told many of their friends to gather together cloths and shoes for the children. They came all the way to Worcestershire to HOD Community to give us all they had collected. We were happy to be able to bring a big percentage back with us. God bless you all for your love.

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BLOGGING IN THE QUEUE!

I am standing in a queue in the bank in our near town- Kibaha. It’s the seventh time I’ve returned to Tanzania from England. You would think I’d be used to it by now. If you were to stand with me here  you would know why there is a smile on my face right now.

The dust, humidity, bumpy road, cars driving the wrong way, people jumping in front of you, are always a shock after landing. After a 2 hour drive our gates opened to 30 smiling faces. It was so much better than the dreams I’d been having for the past 3 weeks thinking about my return. Ludmila and I were holding 2 or 3 children at a time, lots of hugs and kisses. I expected them to all be inches taller, my 2 months in England had seemed so long, but they were the same beautiful children. Florian only, our youngest had grown taller and filled out, and it seemed at first that he had forgotten all his English but maybe not.

Since starting to writing I’m sure you’d be interested to know that my queue hasn’t moved at all! - Best just to keep smiling, everyone else is. It’s a wonderful gift the people of Tanzania have.

We’ve partied with chicken, chips and soda!!

The children have received shoes and clothes from friends in England and Czech.

Exchanging stories late into the night!

Being amazed at the wonderful new house- almost finished – ready for our 8 visitors over the summer- 

We’ve sang songs and prayed together- giving thanks for our reunion.

I’ve just had a long conversation with someone in the queue! He’s been in the bank since 9 am nearly 3 hours. It’s a good job Ester, Ludmila and I split up to do the different chores in town or we would be here all day. I’m strangely happy for this time just to stand still, and what a joy to have time to share with the young man my testimony of the loving, faithful heart of our Heavenly Father.

It’s good to be home- thank you all for your hospitality and love to all I met while I was in England. For me it was my best return to England in all the seven years and its looking like best return home too.

God bless you all.

I’ve reached the counter!

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WORD FROM LUDMILA

This year, my holiday was different. I travelled with Fiona to England to visit the Community HOD (The House of the Open-Door Community) who I haven’t seen for a long time. I want to thank all of them for their support and prayers.

Then we went to visit Jane our good friend who invited us to come and spend time in her new house in Pembrokeshire, we spent 6 days together there and really enjoyed very much this time.

After this heavenly time, I started my journeying in Czech for 6 weeks.

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I give thanks to God for all the people I met, because they really blessed me and our children in our home in Tanzania. I was travelling a lot and giving my testimony. Thanks to God and all of you who caught the vision to help us, because without your support we cannot do anything. I wish you all well and God bless you all, you are in our prayers also.

 

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A WORD FROM ESTER

I thank God for Fi and Ludmila who have come back safely. During the last few months there was many things going on. Building as well as looking after the family here.

The rains were heavy- roads were blocked, at the same time as delivering things for the building it was hard. Normally the rains finish at the beginning of May, but this year it went up to the end of the month.

According to our road it was a big problem to take the children to school. Sometimes I was stopping them to don’t go to school.

I missed Fi and Ludmila, but I thank God for my sister Harness who came to help me, and all the Aunties, Uncles and volunteers who were working together and praying together.

The builders didn’t give me a hard time, they were humble and helped me so much. They also joined us in our prayer times, and this really blessed us. I saw us like one family.

Now we are all together again- Thank you God

  

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Sponsored Walk - by Hilary Gray , Holy Family church

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Back in March, my sister Clare came up with the fantastic idea of doing a sponsored walk to raise funds for the volunteer house at Karibu Nyumbani. I had to get fit , as her idea of a fun holiday is to climb up mountains in the Himalayas . I feel blessed having this time to enjoy the beautiful countryside that God has created. 

A young person ,Christina, from our parish also joined us for the walk. Our walk took place on Saturday May 27th. We woke up on the morning of the walk to a thunderstorm. Thankfully  by the time we reached our start point, it had stopped raining, although that didn't stop us getting our wet feet! 

 

Our 25 walk started at Alresford and finished in Farnham , following the St Swithun's way. Christina unfortunately got a migraine and had to leave us half way. The sun cam out in the afternoon, although didn't help dry my feet at all. We had a few tricky bits in the walk, trying to follow the route and did a dance and a shrill ululation, African style every time we managed to find a way marker. 

We arrived at the Royal Oak pub after 10 hours of walking, and after a shower and soak of feet were able to enjoy a well deserved glass of wine. 

 

Thank you to all who donated on our page on line. http://www.goldengiving.com/f/taking-steps-for-Karibu-Nyumbani where we have managed to raised over £4900 , and to our parish who  raised £400 in cash, and kept us in their prayers. 

I would also like to thank the family and friends of Royston Dorsa, for all their donations. Royston sadly died in a tragic accident in Dar es Salaam before he was able to join Karibu Nyumbani as a volunteer and share all his amazing talents. R.I.P Royston. 

The volunteers house is going to be named in his memory

 

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OUR HOUSE FOR GUESTS AND VOLUNTEERS

OUR HOUSE FOR GUESTS AND VOLUNTEERS
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PENTECOST SUNDAY IN WELINGTON

PENTECOST SUNDAY IN WELINGTON
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ON THE ROAD!

ON THE ROAD!
I've been in touch with Ludmila in Czech, she is having a great time over there with her friends. Last week I heard that she was on the radio!
I had a lovely 12 day in Cornwall and am now working my way up country. This weekend I am with Jan and Patrick, they have been busy again and had Open Garden for all their neighbours and friends. A good friend of mine came all the way from New Zealand to help too!! The cream cake and coffee was accompanied by the "Grandchildren" on Violin.
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BEFORE MOVING ON....

BEFORE MOVING ON....
...from HOD Community, Ludmila and I had a lovely afternoon with Community members and friends.
Including a group who have been praying and supporting us for some time- the Monday group.
Ludmila also sold some of her Tanzanian tops and bags!!
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Home from Home

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 Ludmila and I flew on the first of May and arrived late evening in Heathrow. A great flight, and lovely to travel together!

We are staying for a few days at the House of the Open-Door Community the home of both of us before we made home in Tanzania. It is so good to be here, and such a joy to be welcomed Home again here in England.

The Psalm on our Logo is “The Lord places the Lonely in homes” Ps –

Karibu Nyumbani, some of you may not know means “Welcome Home”. It gives me so much joy that it is not only home for me the other Mamas and the children, but for volunteers and friends who come to visit, some for only 3 weeks and others for 6 months and more.

Please pray for Ludmila and me, who will be away for the next 2 months moving-moving!! Ludmila flies to Czech in a few weeks. Pray too for Ester who will be heading up the building of a small house for our volunteers and guests!! It will probably be finished before we return!!

This month enjoy reading Julian’s blog- Our Volunteer from Germany.

God, bless you

 

Fi

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My Stay at Karibu Nyumbani - Julian Kohl

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It has been now seven month since I first stepped into the gates of this orphanage. Didn't know what I can expect and only knowing a little swahili from a two week language course. But these seven months were so amazing and I will never forget them. it seems like I have already lived here for ages and am a part of this family with 17 small siblings. I want to write a little bit about the kids because they grew so close to my heart. 

It starts with the words kaka (brother) and dada (sister) that are automatically put in front of your name as soon as you get here. That means that I am not Julian anymore but kaka Julian or just kaka. You can't do anything against the feeling of feeling home as soon as you step through the gate of Karibu Nyumbani and hearing that.

What surprised me at the beginning was the willingness of the children to work. You would never find this is Germany. The first question you would probably hear by a eight year old kid would be: "Why do I have to clean the stable of the cows? Why don't you ask my brother?" But here it is different. Whenever you ask a kid to help you working there is no matter what time or which work it is, they will help you. I started calling the four big boys "the crew", so every time I call for the crew Onesimo, Patrick, Isaya and Advent are running to me and know there is work to do and we are going to have some fun doing it. 

Besides working we are of course playing a lot together. The big kids are playing with the small ones and it just feels like they really grew together as a family and you are seeing brothers and sisters having fun together. If then someone is crying, one of the older ones comes to them, give a hug and a kiss and suddenly the world is fine again. Seeing this from the outside makes you just feel happy. There is nothing filling you more with joy then the kids running towards you after the evening prayer and want you to play snap or memory with them or they want you to read a book or tell them a story. 

I once ask Queenie (nine year old "miss sunshine") to just say the first thing that comes in her mind about Karibu Nyumbani and all she said was: "Nawapenda watoto wote, mama wote, kila auntie na kaka na moyo wangu wote!" It means that she loves all the kids, mamas aunties and kakas with all her heart.

To make it short: all 17 children with all their heart give you the feeling of Karibu Nyumbani (welcome home).

 

This small video I made is about how I see the every day life of the children here in Karibu Nyumbani. The kids really know how to help working and i learned a lot of them. But there is also time for playing and laughing which you can do for hours with them without getting tired. I can't imagine how it is going to be saying "good bye" in three months because it will be like leaving your second family.

I am just so glad getting the opportunity to be part of this great family. Every day is a blessing and I am so thankful to the people that welcomed me here.

 

This is the only picture I found with me and some of the kids.

 

Greetings from Tanzania 

Julian

 

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“WAIT A LITTLE” FOR RESURRECTION JOY.

“WAIT A LITTLE” FOR RESURRECTION JOY.

Helen, our volunteer from England only has a few more days with us! We will miss her gentle, friendly, loving, faithfulness. A few weeks ago, I couldn’t sit by her to translate, so she had to sit through a service not understanding a word. She however was very happy to tell me later that she understood one sentence; - “Subiri Kidogo” which means “Wait a little!”. I however, had heard and understood almost everything but when she said those 2 words, they went straight to my heart. So often we need to “wait a little”- it is part of life. Our Heavenly Father also asks us to “WAIT with TRUST”.

We are only a few weeks away from Easter, and we pray that all you are waiting for you can trust to your Heavenly Father to answer as he wills. He is a God who can turn every situation, heals our wounds, raises the dead. He wants us to see HIM in everything and be filled with Resurrection Joy. Thank you all for your prayers too as we “Wait a little” for the promises of our Heavenly Father.

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BiG THANKS TO British Humane Society!!

BiG THANKS TO British Humane Society!!
We want to thank Anthony, Bob and all the team who made it possible for us to receive this new
vehicle. For some time, our HiAce bus has been too small to carry the whole family and our little
Cami Toyota has got very tired. The Cami will retire but will probably carry the grass for the cows!!
And do other heavy loads nearby!! You have brought us great joy- Thank you
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MY STAY ( WRITTEN BY HELEN GALVIN)

MY STAY ( WRITTEN BY HELEN GALVIN)
I didn't know what to expect when I first arrived. As my first time really travelling and with being on my own it was all rather daunting. As much as I tried to avoid it, all the images that are conjured up by the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding the words 'orphanage' and even 'Africa' were rushing through my mind. Yet I am so glad to say that I have never felt more at home and my ill informed misconceptions were exactly that.

Even with a big language barrier and being surprisingly incapable of simple household tasks I really feel like I belong in this family. And it truly is a family, a rather large one at that. It is a place overflowing with love and laughter that has completely brought out the inner child in me.

It is also truly inspiring to see someone's love-centred vision become a reality for so many and to see first hand the impact that it has. The fact that the vision is constantly expanding and they're tirelessly seeking more for the children, reinforces the selfless nature of the people in this organisation. It's so refreshing and heart warming to see/be a small part of.

Being here has given me some invaluable experiences and taught me so much from how to milk a cow, Gertrude's wavy dance moves and even giving me a acute sense of rhythm! We're still working on washing clothes, basic Swahili and kanga tying but we'll get there!

I don't say this lightly but the embrace I've received at Karibu Nyumbani, by the adults and children alike, is one that I will always cherish and I hope that I can bring this warmth and love I have felt to people I encounter in my life. I feel that a part of me will always be here and I hope and pray I have the opportunity to return. I couldn't be more thankful.
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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT.

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT.
Some of you will know that some time ago I was on the hunt for a good Solar Water Heater system. I phoned one of the leading companies to come and give us a quote but I felt it was a bit costly. Months passed and at the back of my mind I knew that it would save so much money if we could invest in this equipment. At the beginning of this month I decided to make it my top priority to go on line and phone all the dealers in the Dar es Salaam region who make solar water heaters. When I introduced myself to a man at “Solar Planet” and told him about the orphanage, he said that he would like to send a tank, solar panel and accessories with a man- today- and he would install it for us.
I said, “No, please don’t do that, all I want is a quote!” But he insisted and just this week he phoned again saying that his men were on the way. I began again to explain that first we needed a quote as we were unable to buy it without fundraising first. He then said” Madam, you have so many questions, please accept this is a gift for the children!”
It is so beautiful to see the genericity of God’s people.

You may remember too that we were broken into twice recently and we were advised to put up an electric fence. Last week an electric fence was put up surrounding our land protecting our children, animals and property. We would like to thank to Sabrina and her family in Italy, we would not have managed to do this without the gift you sent this month, thank you so much.
And a BIG THANK YOU to all our friends in England, Czech, New Zealand, Germany and all over the world, who are praying for us regularly, and supporting us. May you find too that the Lord is your shepherd and that you lack nothing!

Thanks too to Fr Benno our parish Priest here in Tanzania who this last weekend arranged for us all to go to a Retreat Centre in Dar es Salaam to receive from a prayer fellowship food to help us for the next month.

The Lord certainly is our Shepherd!

With love from us all at Karibu Nyumbani
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PREPARING THE LAND and praying!

PREPARING THE LAND and praying!

You may remember that we bought land at the end of last year for a school. Building a school is a big project and for now we ask if you can join us in prayer. We have 2 acres of land and to register a school we need 3 or 3 1/2 acres!! While praying, though, we have started to clear the land.
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SCHOOL LAND PROVIDING CHARCOAL

SCHOOL LAND PROVIDING CHARCOAL

Our men have been cutting trees and learning to making charcoal on our school site.
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SMALL BUSINESSES

SMALL BUSINESSES

A big thanks to Ludmila this month who organized the selling of double the amount of milk (because of our new cow!) yoghurt, eggs and chicken, so the cost of feeding our animals was completely covered!!

Not only that, but our young ladies in the shop have been busy sewing and have made over 200 purses to sell to our parish ladies, to go with the Parish uniform!
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