As of 1st May 2020, Tanzania has reported 480 cases of Covid-19. 167 people are reported to have recovered while 16 others have died. [Source BBC News ] The government has suspended social gatherings, concerts and ordered the closure of schools and colleges. However, places of worship remain open. [President Magufuli has been encouraging people to pray communally in churches saying the virus could not thrive in the body of Christ. We admire his faith in our supernatural God but might question his wisdom!] All international passenger flights are suspended. The recorded cases are mostly in Dar es Salaam and Arusha.
But there are greater issues than this. Climate change has not gone away and heavier than expected rainfalls have caused chaos across Africa as well as in the Tabora Region of Tanzania.
With lots of water come mosquitos and with them comes malaria. And of course TB is still a major problem in the area. These diseases kill many many, more each year.
But there is hope. The flood waters are possibly keeping the locusts and Covid-19 away from Tabora and the work of Familia Moja still goes on, bringing care, food and medicine to the poorest in the region.
The excessive amounts of rain may well cause the maize harvest to fail but the rice harvest may yet survive. And Familia Moja will be there working to help improve yields wherever possible and to provide food assistance where it is needed. And Familia Moja Itetemia has rice crops growing in the fields!
And the work being done to ensure that there is water for the rest of the year is helping to create more and more green land that can be used for growing crops and also breaking the cycle of climate change. It may be a small corner, but the world is looking at such projects and seeing just how key they are to the regeneration of arid lands. And you as supporters of Familia Moja are playing your part in this movement; not only to save lives in Tabora, but also across the world.
If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD— and he will repay you!Proverbs 19:17
As I’ve been writing our first Annual Report to be submitted to the Charities Commission, I’ve been pleased to see what has been done. We will share this with you soon. [We have only been a registered charity for 6 months but as our financial year ends on 31st March, we are required to produce an ‘annual’ report]
In the last 6 months we have sent seventeen and a half thousand pounds out to Tabora, about six thousand of which has been spent on pond digging. The rest has been spent on visits to families providing them with food, medicine and hope.
Thank you to Bunyan Baptist Church, St John the Baptist Church in Carlton, Nottingham, Holy Trinity Church, Stevenage and St John’s Church in Yeovil for significant donations totalling nearly £30,000. And thank you also to our individual donors for have helped us raise an additional £790 in the last few months.
In the next year we will need significant financial help from you to carry on this work. It is anticipated that we will need to raise about £18,000 to keep this work going at the current rate. Will you play your part?
We set up our bank account with CAFBank [part of CAF – the Charities Aid Foundation] and they offer a service called CAFDonate. They use this to collect and process our donations and also deal with Gift Aid [for a tiny fee].
Our main donation page => www.cafdonate.cafonline.org/11331
With CAFDonate you will be able to set up a regular donation if you wish, make a one off donation and help us claim Gift Aid if you are a tax payer.
We also need your prayers!
Please pray for the health of those involved in this venture:
- for the staff in Tabora that they will remain healthy and not fall ill with Covid-19, malaria and other illness
- for the safety, health and wellbeing of Dr Ruth Hulser as she works as a GP in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, very much on the front line of the fight against the Corona Virus
- for the Trustees, some who are in long term ‘lockdown’ due to this pandemic.
Please pray also that
- Covid-19 will be kept away from the interior of the county as many roads are blocked
- locust larvae will be washed away as they hatch
- local food will not be sold off at high prices to exporters thus leaving food shortages in Tanzania
- the local floods will subside enough to allow good crops to be grown in Tabora