SEEDS4Tanzania – “We are hoping that through education the children will develop skills that will benefit them and empower them to move forward in their lives, communities and country.”


Four years ago I travelled for the first time to Tanzania, East Africa. Amongst my many travels around the Diocese of Mpwapwa, I visited the villages of Chitemo and Nyhinila. I was welcomed by a large group of singing children, approximately 300, tots to 7 years of age. I later found out that they were orphans. Their parents had died mainly from Aids, dysentery, malaria or childbirth. Africa can be a cruel country when it comes to orphans or those with physical or mental disabilities because there is no infrastructure to deal with them. In many areas of Africa orphans will have a tough life often left to fend for themselves from a very young age. However, in these two villages the church has taken it upon itself to care for these children asking the villagers who themselves are very poor, to give them a home and four times a year at a special service donate what they can towards their care. The children have nothing to call their own, few clothes, no toys, and no school facilities apart from what volunteers are able to do for them. Their activities are always held outdoors the only shade being a tree.


SEEDS4Tanzania wants to change this.


When I left Chitemo that year I took a picture of the orphans under that tree and it has remained on my laptop as a screensaver and in my heart. After much thought and discussion with Chitemo and Nyhinila I felt I had to do something for them. I believe that if they are to have a future it will be through education. Education will hopefully give them the skills that will enable them to move forward in their lives and contribute to their communities, moving them out of poverty and dependency. At 7 the children attend government school which may have 100 children to a class with one teacher and no other facilities other than a blackboard. If the children have the opportunity of developing the basics in the three R’s between the ages of 3 and 7 years of age they will hopefully be in a stronger position to deal with the challenges of their next school. The pre-school will also be used on Saturdays by the community for various activities such as developing craft skills, mother and baby groups, scout and guide groups for older children, the opportunities are endless.


During my last visit in October 2011 I was taken to 50 acres of land which lies in between the two villages and was donated by the government. This will be the ideal location to build the pre-school. The villagers have understood that they must take ownership of this project and with the church continuing to act as overseer they have organised a project committee, building committee and opened a bank account. The villagers will do all the hard work building the units classroom units and toilet facilities. SEEDS4Tanzania will fund the training of women from the villagers as pre-school teacher and fund items such as cement, roof structures and the necessary school equipment. The teachers will be remunerated through the supplying of animals. These will provide the opportunity for the teachers to become self-sufficient and independent.


This is a long term project with many challenges ahead but with your support these young children will have the future they deserve. SEEDS4Tanzania believes it will happen; we need you to help it happen.


ASANTA SANA – THANK YOU


Rev Canon Yolande Marcussen
Chairman

Schooling,Education,Empowerment,Development,Sustainability4Tanzania

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The beginning – In 2008 I travelled for the first time to Tanzania, East Africa. Amongst my many travels around the Diocese of Mpwapwa, I visited the villages of Chitemo and Nyhinila. I was welcomed by a large group of singing children, approximately 300, tots to 7 years of age. I later found out that they were orphans. Their parents had died mainly from Aids, dysentery, malaria or childbirth. Many areas of Africa can be cruel when it comes to the care of orphans and those with physical or mental disabilities because there is no infrastructure to deal with them. Orphans will have a tough life, often left to fend for themselves from a very young age. However, in these two villages the church has taken it upon itself to care for them asking the villagers who themselves are very poor, to give them a home and four times a year at a special service, donate what they can towards their care. The children have nothing to call their own, few clothes, no toys, and no school facilities apart from what volunteers are able to do for them. Their activities are always held outdoors, the only shade being a tree.


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December 12th, 2019

Our final Sunday service at Chitemo church 13.10.19


Lets start the service with dance and joyful song

There has to be baptisms

Only 13 today!

There is always laughter
Gifts have been presented to Pastor Festo and Rev Mkali


The 5 hour service is over and we wait to greet  the members of the congregation as they leave

Keep singing

Our cheeky children


The end of a beautiful day





December 12th, 2019

A time to Celebrate 10 years together

October 12 2019 - The official handing over of the projects to the people of Chitemo and Nyhinila villages - 
COME ON AND CELEBRATE



The children awaiting our arrival for the celebration


An awning erected to keep us out of the sun

Celebrations must include music, dance and song a member of the GoGo tribe leads the choir

The GoGo women entertain us


Unveiling the plaque on the Chitemo school

Bishop Jacob, Pastor Festo, Rev Canon Yolande, Rebecca and Chris

Presenting some of our school children with achievement certificates

The very young are part of the musical entertainments




The drums are an important instrument when creating music

And he has his whistle!

Presenting the handover certificates to Bishop Jacob Chimeledya

Teachers present me with a gift of material for a skirt

Trevor is presented with his robe!

Chris is presented with a Maasai robe and staff

Now it is Rebecca's turn

More song and dance

Our five teachers, Ruthu, Elizabeth, Mika, Hagali, & Selina

No it is not the Bishops turn to sing - he is addressing the people about the future 

Some final words


Bishop Jacob presents me with a certificate of appreciation


A child of the future

May the people of Chitemo and Nyhinila villages continue to work together for the future of their children.

ASANTE SANA


December 4th, 2019

Random photographs October 2019

Preparation of food
Boys from Compassion International presented with full football kit
Its raining what a suprise!
A clean classroom to welcome the children
Can I go to school?
The children that capture our hearts

Some of our school children



Who needs a shopping bag?


December 4th, 2019

Help to sponsor a Maasai orphan child


Rev Baraka,Maasai Anglican priest who leads the work with orphans.
his wife Ester and son Matthew
James Maasai leader presents Chris with a goat a great honour 

Presenting us with Maasai robes and bead work

Maasai home
Head Maasai woman
Maasai  
A beautiful Maasai child












Maasai elders

SEEDS is hoping to continue to work with the Maasai people to enable them to have the funds to send the orphan children to school.  The people are very poor and live in a very challenging area with no water bore-holes only what the river provides when there is water.  When the river dries they have to dig down 40 feet or more to find water that is unclean and often leads to water related diseases.  We have given some water filters to help with this problem.  There is often great hunger  because of lack of crops  and SEEDS have donated funds to buy grain.  We hope that we can find sponsorship for the children to enable them to attend school and through education have hope for the future.  The people are working hard to help themselves but need a helping hand until their situation improves.


























































November 27th, 2019

October 2019 cont (2)

Classroom newly painted

Sunday service at The Good Shepherd church Mpwapwa - 21 baptisms not all were amused!




The children presented us with flower pots for the garden