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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Latest News

November 2nd, 2017

GREAT NEWS - PIGLET PROJECT IS UNDERWAY

After a disappointing long delay due to the swine fever outbreak in the area we now have pigs in our pigsties.



Interior of a pigsty before building was completed.   The pigs also have an outside area.



Our vet Yohana Ngoso who is overseeing the project.


12 months pig feed for Chitemo and Nyhinila


Yohana disinfecting the pigsties before installing the pigs.


One of the sows to be purchased.


Looks like one of the boars being checked out by Yohana


The pig in its new home

And another one!

It was decided because of the delay in the project the purchase of   adult pigs would be more sensible than piglets thereby speeding up the  production of piglets.  To start each village with have two sows and one boar.
We have supplied the villages with 12 months of pig feed. Those who are looking after the pig project have been trained and we now have Yohana Ngoso a  vet to oversee the project until it is felt that those in charge are comfortable with their role.
SEEDS will continue to fund the schools and pig project until 2020.   It is then hoped that the villages will have accumulated sufficient funds and together with continued  sale of piglets will become self-supporting and independent.





October 25th, 2017

General informaiton

8 October 2017

SEEDS held its annual Tanzanian service at All Saints, Orpington, Kent.  It was a most colourful and joyful occasion particularly as this year we had Rev Canon Agripa Ndatila as our guest.  Canon Agripa is the Principal of St Phillips Theological College in Kongwa, Mpwapwa Diocese, and also the coordinator of the relationships between Rochester Diocese and Mpwapwa Diocese. 


Resplendent in our Tanzanian costumes


22 October 2017

I was invited to give a presentation in the morning service at Emmanuel United Reform Church, West Wickham, Kent.  Again a wonderful service where I was made most welcome and the church are kindly supporting SEEDS as their overseas charity for 2017/18.

PONCHOS

A number of ladies have kindly agreed to knit ponchos for the little children in Chitemo and Nyhinila pre-schools.  The beauty of the ponchos is that one size fits 3 - 7 year olds.  It may seem odd knitting for children in Africa where for us it is hot all year round but for the locals some months for them are cool so knitted items are most welcome.  We only need 200!!  Keep knitting ladies.

October 25th, 2017

October 2017 Update


Pig Project-Chitemo and Nyhinila
Good news the swine fewer has been eradicated and we are able to move forward with the piglet project.  We have transferred funds to cover all equipment and vaccinations required for the pig breeding and for one years supply of pig feed for both villages.  Also funds have been transferred to purchase 2 adult sows and 1 boar for each village.  It was decided as there had been a delay of a number of months in producing piglets due to the swine fewer adult sows who had already produced one litter of piglets would be the best way forward to get production started as soon as possible. Once the project is seen to been running successfully more adult sows can be added to each village.  We are very pleased to have Yohana Ngoso a young qualified vet to oversea the project on our behalf.

Bore- hole - Nyinila

The bore-hole  has been repaired and the people are now able to access water.  Long may it last.

Schools - Chitemo and Nyhinila

The number of children attending the schools remains steady and we have just transferred the funds to purchase a variety of teaching materials. 

Maasai Orphans - Kiteto area

We are continuing to support these children with food and the opportunity to attend school.  The area is seriously lacking water because of the poor rain fall this year.  The only water available is by digging pits in the dry river beds 20 to 30 feet deep.

Maasai orphans
Accessing water


September 1st, 2017

Update September 2017

My last up- date was some months ago as we have had many challenges to overcome since then.
Thankfully the pre-schools are doing well. The 5 trained teachers, 3 in Chitemo, 2 in Nyhinila are working well together and the children are enjoying their schooling.  2/3rds reached the required level to move onto the government schools at the age of 7.  Those who are a bit slower stay on at the pre-schools until they have improved.  We do have the challenge of continuing to pay the teachers a monthly allowance and supply the schools with teaching materials.  This will continue until the end of 2019 when it is hoped the villages will be able to self-fund.

The bore-hole at Nyhinila continues to have problems maintaining the working of the machinery to pump water.  Yet again the machinery has broken down which means the people have to revert to walking the 7 kilometres to Chitemo to access water which puts a strain on the water supply.  It is hoped that the problems will be overcome.  Water is so precious to the people.  

The 'piglet project' unfortunately has been delayed by a number of months due to swine fever sweeping the area.  All pigs had to be slaughtered.  Thankfully we had not taken delivery of any piglets or paid any funds.  I have recently heard that the swine fever is now clear of the area and we can progress with the project.  During our visit in June we met a young man who is a qualified vet and he has agreed to oversee the project on our behalf which will be a great help. Originally we were going to purchase piglets to start the project but because of the delay we are now going to purchase adult sows.  We will then hasten the process of producing piglets to sell and start accumulating funds over the next two years for when we hand over the project to the villages so that they can become self-supporting and maintain their schools and teachers.  In the meantime until the end of  2019 SEEDS will continue to fund the maintenance of the schools, pay the teachers monthly allowances and of course fund the piglet project.  


Pigsties in Chitemo similar in Nyhinila

Welcome from some of the pre-school children in Chitemo

Time for games


Parachute game is always popular
Inside main classroom at Chitemo
Always sad to say goodbye - Kwaherini!









March 7th, 2017

Support is never ending!!

Some time again I was speaking with a friend, Angela, about the little churches in our villages of Chitemo and Nyhinila and how simple they are in building and interior accessories.  For one thing the altar is but a simple table with a very worn, what was once white, cloth to cover it.  No altar adornment Fontals that we see here in our churches.  Angela asked whether I would like her to make something for the altars.  Of course the answer was yes and I expected her to hem a white sheet that would be large enough to cover the altar table from top to bottom.  On Sunday after our church service Angela handed over her altar Fontals and what a wonderful surprise.  She had made from old curtains two beautifully adorned items for the altar tables in these little churches.  The Pastor,his team and the congregation will be so thrilled when I take them  in June.  Never had they had anything so grand for their churches. There will be much celebration.   It was Angela who also funded the making of baptism fonts for the churches when only a basin was used before.  I am not saying that it is necessary to have these accessories for people to be fulfilled in their worship but we all know that it can be  pleasing to the eye, the heart and lift the spirit. Also a retired priest in our Diocese is now a potter for relaxation and he lead a quite day for lent and used some of his pottery as images.  At the end of the day we took some items home.  I chose a prayer cup and have now been given another cup with two prayer bowls.  These will now go out to the villages churches and can be used for the wine and wafers used in Communion.  I know that the people will really treasure their altar Fontals and the pottery. 

Angela with an altar cloth


A prayer cup and bowl