In this post I want to share some of the good things that your support of Familia Moja has brought to the people of Tabora.
Food and water are key to survival – and the ponds and the gardens and smallholdings that surround them are central to the survival of many families. FMI has gardens where food is grown for the workers and the clients that we serve. Not only do these provide food but they model farming practices that are enriching the soil and increasing the yield significantly. By sharing this learning with the local community, many more are able to benefit from this.
The abundance of water has allowed the growth of rice [seen being planted here is the water], velvet beans [not really a food crop but a crop that fixes nitrogen into the soil and is a good source of greenery for making compost ready for growing onions], and of course the maize crop. The presence of the ponds will be key to irrigating these crops. The need to grow crops is so great that even Spiderman gets involved – see https://youtu.be/DqnM3OTf6M8 !!
Not only does FMI grow food but they also distribute food that has been purchased by donations. Providing medical care is no good if people are starving or malnourished so this is essential to saving lives.
In order to deliver medical care, staff need transport. The motorbikes that they have been using over the last few years have failed and FMI staff have been visiting using pushbikes. Obviously this is time consuming, especially when there are fields to be tended. So we have invited FMI to bid for some new motorbikes. At about £700 each, this is something we have been able to fund. Staff are shown here at the motorbike shop choosing the bikes that will save them so much time. Of course unless the road are OK these might not be much use. Three truckloads of red earth and broken bricks were delivered to repair their local road so FMI can continue to use vehicles
Going to school is an essential part of life. In Tanzania, access to school is dependent on having a uniform and exercise books etc. Not every family can afford these – so where needed, FMI provide these.
The services that FMI are rather like those offered by the NHS – ‘from cradle to grave’. Maria was one of our long term clients. She lived her last year or so in one of the FMI ‘homes’ built especially for our older clients.
Maria Salum became very weak over the week following Christmas and started to develop bedsores. She passed away on 29th December at 9 pm. Her only known relatives were one grandniece and an equally old sister-in-law. Due to having no-one who could afford a funeral, FMI stepped in as her adoptive family. A coffin was bought and the funeral was held at 3 pm the following afternoon with the FMI team being the main mourners.
Thank you for your support.
“Lord, when did we ever see you naked and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?”Jesus of Nazareth
And the king will say, “I tell you the truth, when you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters, you were doing it to me!”