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 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




November 27th, 2019

October 2019 cont (1)


Handing out tennis balls

My tennis ball!

Rebecca is very brave and goes in to pat 'Rebecca' sow!



Delivering baby blankets,teddies, bed sheets and funds to St Luke's Clinic



November 27th, 2019

A decade later - A time of celebrations- Oct 2019

Ten years have passed since my first visit to Tanzania and they have been such a blessing to me, my family and many friends who have shared in the experience of this wonderful country and its people.

Our October 2019 visit was a time of celebrations and in some ways sadness.  We were handing over the ownership of the  three main projects (schools, bore-hole & piglet breeding)  to the people of Chitemo and Nyhinila villages.  As I have mentioned before it was so important that the villages became self-supporting and independent.  My sadness was like a mother giving freedom to the child she had nurtured for many years.  

My relationship with Chitemo, Nyhinila and Mpwapwa Diocese has not come to an end but has reached another chapter and will continue as we have become not only firm friends but family. None of our projects would have been achievable without the support of  the Bishop of Mpwapwa, Bishop Jacob Chimeledya, the Diocesan staff, the commitment of the villagers, family, friends, individuals and many organisations.  Importantly the strong faith, dedication and foundation of prayer generated by those intimately involved  has under pinned all that has been achieved.

The past ten years have been life changing for so many people particularly myself and my family.  I have been privileged to work with God's people who have opened my eyes and heart to their strength in faith and trust in the Lord and I  have also been honoured to become a Canon of All Saints' Cathedral Mpwapwa.  

Memories of  October 2019

Suitcases packed with items to be distributed

Our  lovely driver and 'Son number 1' Rajabu with myserlf, husband Trevor and daughter Rebecca.
Rajabu has been our driver and kept us safe for the past 9 years.

The long journey of 12 hours from Dar es Salaam to Mpwapwa begins!

It has been many hours since we left England and Rebecca has given in to a needy doze!

It is wonderful to be back to the colour, the sounds and smells of Tanzania

Chichi Lodge,Mpwapwa, accommodation has greatly improved over the years. A far cry fro years of the most simple of rooms with only buckets of water used for washing and flushing  the loo!


5 star Breakfast day 1 - pancakes,oranges, bananas, tea or coffee. Wonderful

Day 2 arriving at Chitemo village



So happy to be back


Catching up with Pastor Festo and his wife Sarah
The start of the day must be singing

Many hours discussing the future

The many village representatives, committee members, teachers are present
What is going on in there?

We must have some games and songs

Time for 'pipis' sweets for the children

Members of the Diocesan Office
                                                                                

Agape cafe for lunch with many flies!
Time to visit the schools


Chitemo school the children are waiting welcoming us with songs
Chitemo school - both schools have been re-painted inside and out.

Great fun chasing balloons and creating clouds of dust!

We visit the pigsties at both villages- production is going well