Sunday, 30 April 2017

Muvuma Carers

Until recently Muvuma house-mothers volunteered their time to look after the 30 children, but as you can imagine it is a major undertaking, so we started paying a small stipend to Mama Nikri. We were advised that a male presence was needed for the boys, so Boniface joined the Muvuma family. 

Using our sponsorship money we provide the funds for beans and charcoal each month, and each month the delivery is cause for celebration and photographs! 

Thank you to everyone who sponsors a child or sponsors the orphanage as a whole. Do contact us if you too wish to sponsor and help transform lives. 

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Muvuma" The Wall (Part Two)

Mama Nakri and the children are grateful for the gated walls around the orphanage. It's amazing to think that with the support of our community here in Canada, we have built an orphanage and safe haven for children and youth in Kahama! 

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Monday, 24 April 2017

The Shipping Container has Arrived!

Finally! This shipping container, which left at the end of October, has arrived at the Kahama District Hospital! You can imagine our frustration at the container being delayed for so long at the port in Dar-es-Salaam, especially when the port and storage costs were rising daily! 

Thanks to the joint efforts of our agent Emmanuel, and Barry T. here in Canada, who put us in touch with Max who was able to visit the port on a regular basis, a large proportion of the accumulated fees were waived and we were able to have the container released. 
A great reminder of the amazing support we have received over the years from Big Steel Box, Penticton.

Joseph helping hospital staff to unload medical resources.

The motorbike wasn't a part of the shipment! 

Thank you so much to everyone who donated resources, funds, time and skills towards filling and shipping our fifth forty-foot shipping container! 

We had already decided not to ship anymore containers for the foreseeable future, and given the angst of this experience it was a great decision!  

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Muvuma 2017: The Water Tower

Ron Ryde from Penticton took part in his second volunteer trip to Kahama. He had planned to set up the new brick machines that are in the shipping container - but of course there are delays at the port in Tanzania and the container hasn't arrived yet! 

So Ron set in motion the plans for a water tower and provided the initial funding! The water tower will provide a place for the children to shower, a separate are for washing dishes, and the run off will water the garden that Brenda and the team planted on the previous trip! 

     The pipe frame being constructed in the township of Kahama
The frame is carried over a mile to the orphanage
Ron thanks the workers
Set into place with the brick working added for showers

Thank you Ron for starting this project that will transform daily living in the orphanage! 

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

The 2016 Volunteers

This is Peter's second trip to Kahama. He also volunteers tirelessly throughout the year. This is Brenda's tenth visit to Kahama! Just a reminder here that everyone pays their own way on these trips.   

The Muvuma ladies presented Brenda with gifts as a thank you for all she has done for the orphanage and the community of Kahama. 
(Brenda came up with the idea of helping in rural Tanzania and co-founded The One Person Project. As President of the organization she dedicates a huge percentage of her time and energies to One Person.) 
The harder the work the better 
as far as Peter is concerned! 

As long-time volunteers you will see the Barkley family from Peachland B.C. mentioned a number of times throughout this blog!

Over the years the family has also raised funds, collected soccer uniforms and equipment, and sponsored children in Kahama. Finally they have achieved their goal of visiting our sponsor-community and making a difference at the Muvuma Orphanage.

Matthew, Bryan and Nathan at Muvuma, taking a break from painting, building steps, helping build a chicken coop 
and much more! 
Becca and Maureen sorting donated resources in the old shipping containerThe new shipment should arrive soon! Meanwhile there are a lot of tasks to help with around the orphanage. 
And one of the most important aspects of our volunteer trips  -  spending time with the children! 
Learning through play
Soccer - the universal language!

Monica Miller keeping the children enthralled! 

Preparing Christmas dinner

The second wave of volunteers on the 2016/2017 trip

This is Ron's second trip to Kahama. Ron and his friends Bill and Lawrence have donated a number of brick machines for us to provide employment locally; we buy the bricks back to use at Muvuma. Ron is organizing and partially funding the construction of a water tower for the orphanage

Margaret, Gloria and Jeannie are nurses from Redwater, Alberta. They volunteered at the orphanage and Kahama Hospital, and hosted the Amani Christmas party. Amani is the name of the children's clubhouse that we set up at the hospital for the children receiving long-term weekly care. 

Each volunteer took donated resources in their suitcases!

The ladies taking donated items to the tailoring store that we have set up for Mwanaidi (second left) and Deo (second right).

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Asante Sana - Thank You! 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Muvuma 2017: Building the wall (Part One)

Peter helps to prep the ground
We still have lots of work to do to finish the inside of the orphanage but security is paramount so we have started work on a wall to surround the building.

Everyone pitches in! 

Our Agent Emmanuel

We will be using bricks made locally with our brick machine! 

Contact us if you wish to sponsor the orphanage and see your dollars at work! 

You can donate on line or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 

Asante Sana!
Thank you!

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

2016/17 Volunteer Trip: Muvuma Orphanage

As you can imagine, the children are always delighted to welcome Brenda back to Muvuma! She always brings such fun volunteers with her too!

Read here for details of how we came to build and help run the orphanage. We couldn't have achieved what have without the aid of our Agent Emmanuel and the Canadian sponsors who help us support the orphans. 
Brenda presented Emmanuel with a clock; the plaque reads -

Asante Sana
Emmanuel Mlau
From The One Person Project

Asante Sana means thank you of course! Emmanuel has been with us for three years now, and it really helps to have a committed, passionate agent on the ground!

This is the invaluable Mama Nakri, who looks after the 30 children and youth. As you can tell, she is overjoyed to see Brenda again! 

Brenda, Monica, Maureen and Bryan are pictured here with Dr Flora. When we first met this wonderful woman at the Amani Clinic at the Kahama Hospital, she was Nurse Flora - and now she has graduated!  Dr Flora is on the Muvuma Committee and still runs the clinic. 

Contact us if you wish to sponsor the orphanage and see your dollars at work! 

You can donate on line or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 

Asante Sana!
Thank you!

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