For some time Fr. Simon has felt that his calling is to do parish work and he has not appeared happy at the centre and found it difficult to advance the work there. In January Bishop Maimbo moved Fr. Simon to Tanga as the area dean and appointed Fr. Noel administrator. Fr Noel has experience of running projects having worked with World Vision for 25 years. In the picture Fr. Noel is on the left, Nasoro, the carpenter in the centre, and James are in front of the new wall and gates at the front of the centre.
The perimeter of the centre is over 400 metres and although the fence has been repaired over the years in December large parts of it collapsed and it needed to be renewed. We thank Polio Children, the CSP Sisters and Hereford Cathedral as well as a number of small donations from individuals for their help funding the new fences.
This year 4 students are living away from the centre. Adam is a first year student at Hegongo secondary school. Omari is doing a carpentry course; Sauda and Veronica are studying tailoring, all three are at Sindeni vocational college. We hope they are happy and working hard and we look forward to hearing from them.
The kitchen is in need of improvement and a better way of cooking is required that uses less wood and has a chimney so the ladies are not working in the smoke all the time. Our thanks to Polio Children who are helping us with the funding of this project. The kitchen is being moved away from the side of the mini class (the common room). A new building is being constructed with storerooms for food and a covered cooking area. The stoves we hope to install are Instoves which use just 25% of the wood used by the current fire but can also burn sawdust and some woody vegetable waste if it is pressed into bricks. The stoves are made in America and although we can purchase them the problem is shipping them to Tanzania.
When the centre has moved the kitchen they will be able to enlarge the mini class so all the children can get in both to eat when it is raining and to do homework in the evenings. Here some of the boys are watching Nasoro’s men as they finish the foundations and start the block work wall.
Four children have joined the centre two girls Ester Robert, Penina Mwanyemi Luze and two boys Benjamin Clement Mhando, Yasin Miraji Mbwana, they will all attend the Kindergarden class that is held in the mini class at the centre until they are used to school life. It costs just over £1 a day for each child at the centre so with 47 children currently there plus the 4 children we support away from the centre we have to raise £18,000 each year to keep the centre open. If you are able to sponsor a child or make a donation towards the running costs of the centre go to our web site http://www.kwamkono.org.uk for details of how to donate.
Other ways you can to help raise money without extra cost to you:
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- When ordering things on line log on to www.easyfundraising.org.uk, register Kwamkono Disabled Children’s Trust as your charity, then go to your favourite online stores. You still shop directly with each retailer as you would normally, but simply by using the links from easyfundraising first, each purchase you make will generate a donation to Kwa Mkono Disabled Children's Trust.
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