February 2004

News reported during January 2004
Once again the Tanzanian team have been in regular contact by E-mail and have been assisted by Brian Bancroft and John Fisher (our Treasurer making sure the money is being well spent!). Brian and John are safely back and Sheila and Graham Pountain (the producer of this web site) are leaving Monday the 9th Feb. So sadly this will only be a short report until our return in two weeks time.
New Children:

Last month we reported the following:

We are overjoyed to tell you that we now have 38 children in our care (26 boys and 12 girls).

The latest two to join did so on the 8th January 2004 and Daniel writes:
“New children: We received new two girls in our family Bethany on 08/01/04 from Busagara in Mwanza whose both of their parents died of H.I.V. according to the details given to us from the person who brought them to us who is the older sister of their grandmother. The following are their names:
1. Agatha Charles born on 6th of December 1995.
2. Josephine Amos born on 22nd of October 1995.
Their mothers are sisters which means in our culture they are sisters too but I guess in your culture they are cousins.”
(Dates of birth will have been estimated.)

THIS MONTH we have the photos - Click here
Secondary education for our 6 primary school leavers:
Great news as 4 of our children started secondary school this month. Unfortunately Emmakuatha is waiting for a new government school to open which may take a few months yet and Angelina has been asked to wait a few weeks before the school will allow her to join. Also, one of our regular financial supporters has offered to  sponsor any one of our children through secondary education. This would mean up to 6 years support (probably increasing slightly each year) starting at £250 (this figure includes fees, board, clothes, bedding, books etc). We are considering devising a scheme to make it possible for this to happen.
Click here to see their new school uniforms.

Health: No problems reported at present

Clinic & Water: The clinic and water systems are working well.

Brian Bancroft and John Fisher: traveled out to Tanzania on Wednesday the 14th and returned on the 5th February with many photos and much news.  Brian and John had almost completed the conversion of the old dining room and kitchen to a temporary girls dormitory which will give the boys more room. 

Children’s trip to the UK: This is now making slow progress and we hope to have some good news in a short while. We will let everyone know when we have something positive to report.

Home news:

UK Team: Everyone fine Brian Bancroft and John Fisher return safely from their 3 week trip.

Future Trips: Graham and Sheila Pountain are visiting in February (2004).

New vehicle grant: No further news.

New style web site:
Hope you all like the new web pages - whilst there’s still a lot more to be included - at least a start has been made. I would particularly like comments and suggestions from first time users who can tell me how it could be improved (i.e. what information they were looking for and was the information easy to find etc.).  Perhaps regular users can let me know what else or what other facilities we could add. (email me)


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Agatha & Josephine

New Secondary School

Team Work

Banana cultivating