January 2014

January 2014 Newsletter

The rains continue and our potatoes are doing well. Unfortunately, our corn is lagging behind.  Oh, for a cultivator for our tractor. Cultivating 6 acres by hand is so much work.

Our 16 children are doing well. They are good workers in the fields and in the classroom, too.  I do have problems with bed-wetters, especially the boys. I keep thinking they will outgrow the problem, but it doesn’t happen.

If you notice the pictures, you will see one of my Tz. daughters, Leida, who is working at the orphanage waiting to get her results from finishing Secondary School. She is now on our payroll and spends 1,500/= shillings (U.S. 90 cents) every few weeks to have her hair done. (Note the picture.) Her hair is only about an inch long and somehow these gals can braid it….amazing.

Noeli, my Tz. son, was home for the holidays and returned to school January 18th. Early in January I received a puppy from friends. Maybe I was slightly out of my mind when I took in the pup. Noeli begged for a dog. He had never had one. Shadow is a cute three month old but has rickets and likes to chew on my cats, the kids, shoes and me.  He broke his leg shortly after we received him, and I thought he had a leg problem. Sure enough, he has rickets. So I give him my vitamins daily along with milk and extra vitamin D.  He eats ugali and dagaa (small dried fish). They do not have dog food here. In fact, dogs are eaten in some villages as are cats.

I decided to visit Noeli at Lyanika Secondary School. He is in Form 1 (U.S. 8th grade)and likes it. So I took a taxi to Njombe, a bus to Mbalamaziwa Vlg., another taxi to another village and from there I sat on the back of a motorbike for 5 K. to the school. Note the picture of the taxi. The driver first takes a hammer and wrench under the hood and starts to pound something. Then he gets into the car and the ignition switch hangs down about 1 ½ feet below the steering wheel.  He actually got the car started and we made 16k. without a problem.  Praise the Lord!

Our little lawnmower is broken, so now we “slash” the grass. I cannot do it very well, but our kids sure can though the work is hard. How I miss that lawnmower.

The children also work in the gardens. We grow many vegetables.

Thank you for your support of Sunrise Children’s Home.

Blessings and peace,

Bibi Kay

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