June 2017 Newsletter
‘Welcome to Njombe’
Many of you have sent me packages to my Posta address which is Njombe. I believe you need to be introduced to our closest town where we buy supplies for Sunrise , our orphanage, and where we receive mail. Njombe is about 20 miles on a dirt road that at the moment is fairly decent, but in the rainy season can be total mud and a nightmare to drive. Soon, we are told the road will be tarmacked.
Njombe has a population of more than 20,000 and is now considered a Region versa a District. That simply means more government people have been transferred here and construction is at a peak building homes, offices and a new government hospital. The main tarmac road twelve years ago had few vehicles and motorbikes, but now it is flooded with both along with people walking partially on the streets making driving hazardous.
I will describe the town with pictures. Our wonderful Hilux Toyota pick-up truck, a 1995 that I bought in 2oo8 has been a fantastic vehicle. It cost a great deal of money but has served us well with very little repairs. It had 69,000 km. (approx.. 47,000 miles) and now has 149,000 km. around 100,000 miles.
In the picture please notice the shop called Duka la Dawa, the name for the store that sells medicine and medical supplies. There are many in Njombe. I have been told even valium is an ‘over the counter’ drug.
The next picture is some homemade furniture in front of my banana duka (a duka is a shop).
Ladies sell all kinds of fruit along the main road side going through town; papai, grapes, watermelon, oranges, avocadoes and pineapples. I stopped along the roadside to take their pictures, and many run over to my truck window asking me to buy their fruit.
Many, many dukas in Njombe selling clothes, tools, kitchen supplies, auto supplies, etc. Unfortunately, it is not like Walmart. Here you walk from duka to duka looking for what you need….not always easy to find certain items. Sometimes I walk many blocks looking for needed supplies.
Now you have seen some of Njombe.
Blessings to all,
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