May/June 2014 Newsletter
The children are now visiting with their extended families; aunts, uncles, cousins. Our feeling is they need to remember their roots and when they return July 6th, they will be happy to have the three good meals a day along with a warm bed and lots of love.
While they have been gone, our new volunteer, Gerusa Ilha from Brazil, has worked so very hard along with our staff to clean walls, windows, towels, blankets, sheets and clothes. Also, as a surprise for me returning from a U.S. visit, she investigated wells available in Tanzania and determined the Rope Pump was the best to install. As I arrived, she had the equipment and the workers ready to start just waiting on my OK.
Of course, we need a well, actually three, but I am happy to have just one now. While I was in the U.S., Gerusa and Courtney, both volunteers, had more than two weeks with no water. This usually does not happen until late in the dry season (Sept. Oct., and Nov.) Can you imagine all that time with no water for 16 orphans and staff for bathing, cooking, cleaning, etc. They finally started getting water from the river a ways away.
About the well, four to five men at a time drilled MANUALLY with a special sharp pointed instrument, homemade, and bored down 27 meters which is more than 81 feet. No engines, generators or motors were used, just physical strength…..terribly hard work because they had to break through hard soil, rock, clay and then sand. Please note the pictures.
Winter has arrived and along with it, very cold days, especially when there is no sun.
Please continue to pray for all of us here, especially the orphans who need an education beyond Grade 7.
Thank you for your concern and donations.
Blessings and peace,
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