August 2017 Newsletter
Since June, our grade 7 kids have been at school 24/7 mornings, afternoons and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at night every day of the week including Saturdays and Sundays. It has been difficult, but our new Tanzanian president, Mr. Magufuli, insists on higher primary school results. The routine is unacceptable to me. There are 46 kids in grade 7, and they have been sleeping and eating at the school and will continue until Sept. 7 when they take the National Exams. We refused to allow our kids to sleep at the school because it is not a boarding school and not equipped. So that means I drive the mile at 7 p.m. with our kids in the pick-up from the orphanage after they eat to the school. Then I go to my house, which is next to the primary school, and then pick up the kids at 9 pm.. The school has never done this before. Last year it was just one month, but this year 3 months living at the school. We have 8 orphans in Grade 7, and we just refused to allow them to sleep at school…..not a healthy environment.
Some of you remember Joina who lost her hands when she fell into the fire when she was a toddler. I sent her to a vocational school after primary school. Then she moved to Iringa to live with an aunt. I had not seen her for 5 years until last Sunday when she showed up at my house with her 1 year old baby. What a surprise for me. Hard to imagine raising a baby with no hands….God does give us what we need. Joina has determination and accepted her disability, but she will not let it stop her from a fulfilling life. Praise the Lord!
My friend, Chevy, and I had breakfast at a hotel just outside of Njombe. We had coffee on the hotel balcony overlooking Njombe town.
Chevy and her sister, Curry, both from California are dear friends. They have lived in Tanzania about 7 years and own a tree (pine) farm. They live about 1 ½ hours from me.
Please know how much your donations help us here in Uhekule. With 8 orphans going off to private and expensive boarding Secondary Schools for four years, each dollar helps. Thank you.
Peace and joy to all,
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