The last few weeks have seen much for which we can be thankful.
Christmas has truly been, and we have seen good gifts galore. The poor in the villages around Tabora have not been forgotten by you or by God.
And the greatest gift is the gift of life!
Firstly we want to thank all of you who have been so generous in providing us with the financial resources that we need to carry on this work. We are grateful both to those who give regularly and also to those who send us larger donations. Since November we have received over £14,000 in donations. Thank you to the generous donors who give regularly. Thank you to the two donors who also made personal gifts of £1000 each. And thank you for the several large donations from supporting churches in Nottingham, Yeovil and Stevenage. [I 1hope I haven’t forgotten anyone – thanks to you if I have!!]
Your generous donations are helping the people of Tabora in many many ways! Thank you.
Over the past few years your generosity has enabled the building of numerous ponds including the two dug in 2021 – one of which was the biggest so far being twice the normal capacity. And just look how green the area is around this water source!!
We are also thankful to God for rain to fill them this year. This will hopefully provide water for about 10 months of crops in a land where there is normally only water for eight to ten weeks a year
It is planned that we will build at least two more in 2022.
Your generosity also enables us to provide food, medicine and care to over 70 clients and their families.
Here we see some the food stores bought before prices got too high and also some of our clients receiving special Christmas food parcels that supplement the normal provision.
Your generosity also enables us to support about two dozen children from our families to go to school. For this they need to have clothes, shoes and exercise books etc.
And very occasionally your generosity allows us to go the extra mile and spend a bit more on turning an individual life around. Juma Swalehe is a 15 year old boy with a broken leg. You may have read about him if you downloaded the November newsletter.
Juma is one of four children in a single parent family. Not only does he come from a very poor family, he has also sickle cell anaemia, which makes him generally poorer health. That is why he looks so small. Miraculously he was able go to primary school. But after the last exam he broke his shin bone playing football. His mother could only pay for minimal healthcare and this open wound became infected, causing a lot of pain. The only option is an operation to remove the dead bone and replace it with an artificial section made of a special ‘bone cement’.
In the UK this would cost many thousands. In Tanzania it is much cheaper [a few hundred pounds] but also out of the reach of the family. So the wider family – Familia Moja – have stepped in and he has now had that operation and his family is being supported with extra food to aid his recovery.
These photos show him before the operation and afterwards. We must continue to pray that he recovers properly and that the leg heals properly. But we know God can perform miracles. [At the bottom of the 15Aug20 entry of this website you will see the story of Luka – you can watch it on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMacnKqgN3E ]