News letter July 2021
Thank you to everyone who have continued to support us during the last year it has enabled us to continue to send the quarterly grant to help pay for the children’s food and the centres other expenses. The charity has also received a number of donations for improvements at the centre and we thank those individuals and groups for their help and support enabling us to continue to make improvements.
Covid-19 appears to be increasing in Tanzania with some areas having increased numbers of people having respiratory problems but so far it has not affecting Kwa Mkono. Fr. John is teaching the children how to protect themselves by regularly washing hands and keeping away from people not part of the Centre. Like here the centre is finding that donors are not as generous as people are worried about Covid and the cost if they need to go into hospital.
The staff spend a lot of time carrying water around the Centre so they were very pleased when two of our supporters paid for a pump and to have a water tower built, so showers, flushing toilets and a kitchen tap could be installed. Fr. John has had stopcocks fitted outside the children’s showers so staff can turn the water off after everyone has showered in the morning and evening to stop the children playing and leaving the taps on wasting water.
Having a house at the shamba enabled the centre to get a much better harvest in February and it was hoped that the main harvest this July and August would be good and provide maize for the next 6 months and excess to sell. Unfortunately, although the rains came and the crops started to grow well the rain stopped early and the crops failed. Maize prices have doubled and to ensure the centre has food the trust sent extra funds so they can buy supplies to last until the end of the year.
The Centre has started to get funds locally in December they invited business people to celebrate International Disability Day the children entertained the visitors and asked for donations of funds or food. The District Commissioner (the government representative) has visited brining with him sacks of rice he stayed and celebrated Eid with everyone. The number of chickens have at last started to increase and bring in money with the sales of eggs and cickens to the villagers.
When the Centre was inspected last year, the inspector said the original dormitories should have larger windows to increase ventilation and ceilings boards fitted to reduce the heat that builds up because of the metal roof. Although the Trusts income has reduced due to the Covid the Trustees have been able to send £3,000 to fund the refurbishment of one of the four dormitories.
This year the trustees are unable to send anyone to visit the Centre to see how they are getting on and to talk with the administrator about how we can help and where we should focus our fund raising. Fortunately, Fr. John is much better at communicating by email and whatsapp so we are getting up to date news and pictures.
Adam has just completed his first year of 6th form college he has performed well and is looking forward to returning in September to complete his A level studies. He thanks Polio Children for continuing to sponsor his education. The five children who are at Hegongo Secondary School are progressing well with their studies and preparing for exams in November their school year runs from January to December. They also thank Polio Children for supporting them.
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