June 2013

June 2013 Newsletter

Hello to All,

This is my 9th winter in Tanzania, and this June has been the coldest month I have ever experienced. We even had a few days with patches of frost….so you see not all of Africa is hot.

One of the traditions here is that the children attending our primary school are not allowed to wear jackets to school. They must have the school sweater as their outer garment…..how foolish. We try to layer them under the school sweater, but they are still very cold going to school at 6:30 a.m.. Then when the sun shines brightly, usually by 10 or 11 in the morning, we all start to warm up.

My cousin once e-mailed me asking what kind of heat I have in my house. I answered “blankets”, and I know many of the villagers do not have more than one blanket. At least our children at Sunrise have several blankets, enough to keep warm. Besides, good friends in Mn. crocheted hats for them to wear and socks have been sent to us, so they are comfortable with our cold nights.

Our newest member is a goat named Daisy (note the pictures). She is suppose to be pregnant and is considered a milk goat.  The problem with Daisy is that she has a very strong mind of her own. I call her the “run-away”. Not only is she strong in mind but also very clever in escaping our campus. We have had her for one week, and she has escaped twice.  Several others and I spend a great deal of time looking for her. Just a few days ago while I was looking for her, a farmer I met on the road said she was at his home…..he captured her.  Then I drove to his house which probably was a couple miles away and there she was tied to a tree. I gave the man 1,000/= Tanzanian shillings (equal to about 70 cents) and his wife my work gloves. She fell to her knees with gratitude.  At first, the farmer refused the money, but I insisted.  Daisy is a naughty goat, but I believe she misses her herd of cows, sheep and goats where I bought her. Poor Daisy!

In the next couple months, I hope to buy one or two more young, pregnant milk goats. We need the milk for our orphans and hope to sell some to the villagers.

The children are doing so well. Some of them are speaking good English and are way ahead of the other village students at school. Courtney, the manager of Sunrise, and Angel, our new volunteer, keep busy with activities with the children including teaching math and English when they return to Sunrise after school.

Life is simple here but always presents daily problems for me. God continues to guide us and give us strength. We are blessed.

Karibu Uhekule. If you wish for a change and a simple life, come.  Karibu means welcome, but you must be able to work. We have 6 acres of corn to harvest by hand the end of July. Also, we have more than ½ acre of wheat to harvest BY HAND. We still have about ½ acre of potatoes to dig up. Lots of physical work here!!!!

Blessings to all,

Bibi Kay

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