October has been a very busy month. We started off by receiving 17 visitors from the UK through the Cicely Foundation who came to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro mountain with Kaaya our Director, and Lucy our Project Coordinator. Altogether 19 of them climbed Kilimanjaro on the Mchame route over 6 days and raised over $60’000 US dollars for our new children’s home! A big ahsante sana to them all. To find out more about the climb why not read Lucy’s blog for the story: www.cicelypeacematunda.blogspot.com
Picture of Cicely group at the end of the climb
Sadly we had to say goodbye to Melanie from the USA who volunteered with us from 3rd September to the 13th October. Melanie was a great help and provided the kids with a lot of fun times. We also received volunteers from Cananda and the USA; Kayleigh Hortop who is with us for her university internship in Canada (Carelton University), Jenna Peltier and Ashton Thomas from Canada, Maura McGrath from the USA. They have all been doing fantastic work within the school supporting after school tuition sessions and play activities.
It was Alex Forgeth’s 10th birthday in October and we celebrated with a chocolate cake and tuna pasta! The cake went down very well but maybe not the tuna pasta…. not very African.
The weather here has been very hot but we have a short ‘rainy season’ starting from around October – November. This means that the roads will be a mud slide once again!
We received further generous donations including one from Kitty Oldfield in the UK who donated her sixth birthday money and Barclay’s Bank in Arusha who visited us and donated many food items for the orphanage such as maize, beans and rice. Tamu!
Dorice was staying up at the house in October along with Corfield, Joyce and Kaaya’s eldest son and Lovine who will be permanently staying with us at the orphanage. Lovine is from Arusha and arrived in September to Meru.
The new children’s home is developing very fast and we hope to find 3 more beds become available for children in desperate need of accommodation within the area. We will let you know who these will be nearer to the time! The completion month is December and we hope to have all the children move in before Christmas day. The fundis ‘workmen’ are doing an excellent job. All work is sourced within the local region; the construction by a Tengeru contractor, the furniture by an excellent woodcraft company based in USA River and the soft furnishings from a ‘mama’s group’ in Arusha.
Right. That’s it for now. If you need any further information please ask and we will send you our monthly newsletter for October. We are hoping to make this available to you all via our website soon. Please keep looking for future updates!
Jackie and the team