New Peace Matunda Campsite

As  the Director of the project Mr. Kaaya was jogging his mind on how to get more funds, as each year things are getting tougher and tougher (expenses increase) on running the project. Finally he came up with the idea of constructing a campsite which is now ready. You are welcomed to be among the first lucky people to spend your time at our camp site. Keeping in mind that you will be donating to the project because 15% of campsite profits will go directly to Peace Matunda School and Orphanage.  We are kindly requesting everyone to help us spread the word for our new fund generating activity.

The aesthetically enclosed, gated campsite is aesthetically in a rural area at the foot of Mt Meru opposite Peace Matunda School and Orphanage. Situated near the village of Kimundo, it includes: a washroom fitted with several toilets, showers and sinks, several seating areas, an open sided marquee, a volley ball net and a large open space suitable for a range of activities varying from games to dining.

Gated entrance to the campsite
Gated entrance to the campsite

 

Green open space at entrance to campsite.
Green open space at entrance to campsite.
Green open space for camping
Green open space for camping
Green open space at entrance to campsite.
Green open space at entrance to campsite.
Spacious campsite aesthetically enclosed by trees – plenty of open space for activities as well as seating areas and a marquee
Spacious campsite aesthetically enclosed by trees – plenty of open space for activities as well as seating areas and a marquee
Open area suitable to play games such as football or volleyball.
Open area suitable to play games such as football or volleyball.
Open space suitable for games such as football or volleyball (with a removable volleyball net) and spacious, open marquee suitable for picnics, meetings, celebrations or any other desired sheltered activities both during the day and at night with fitted lighting.
Open space suitable for games such as football or volleyball (with a removable volleyball net) and spacious, open marquee suitable for picnics, meetings, celebrations or any other desired sheltered activities both during the day and at night with fitted lighting.
Sheltered open sided marquee – perfect for meetings, celebrations, eating etc. both during the day and at night with fitted lighting.
Sheltered open sided marquee – perfect for meetings, celebrations, eating etc. both during the day and at night with fitted lighting.
 Cozy covered seating areas with tables – allowing a space to relax and play games or to sit down for a meal.
Cozy covered seating areas with tables – allowing a space to relax and play games or to sit down for a meal.
Cozy covered seating areas with tables – allowing a space to relax and play games or to sit down for a meal.
Cozy covered seating areas with tables – allowing a space to relax and play games or to sit down for a meal.
Recently built washroom fitted with toilets, showers and sinks with both hot and cold water for campsite residence use.
Recently built washroom fitted with toilets, showers and sinks with both hot and cold water for campsite residence use.

Biogas and Water Tower

We again say THANK YOU to all our donors for assisting us to finish the construction of the Bio-gas.

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Peace Matunda is currently having a Biogas system built. Once completed, the waste from Peace Matunda’s cows will be processed into renewable gas, which is then fed through underground pipes back into the new school kitchen to power the cookers required to feed the students and staff. The work began just one month ago and look at the size of this hole already!

This Biogas system will help to eliminate our need for gas and firewood, which is both expensive and harmful to the environment. The cost of building this system is $4500 so in order to complete this construction and make it a success we need your help and support. Please help us make this happen, you can contact director@peacematunda.org to find out how to donate to this cause and get the Biogas at Peace Matunda up and running!

Ahsante Sana.

Thank you so much  all our supporters for their donations in finishing the construction of the Water Tower, so now there is flow of water everywhere!!

Thank you!

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For those of you who have visited Peace Matunda before will know that the water supply can often face shortages, therefore Peace Matunda is also having a water tower installed to ensure a constant supply of water to all the staff, orphans and vistors to Peace Matunda.

If you are interested in helping us out with either of these development projects please email: director@peacematunda.org.

Again Ahsante Sana.

2012 so far…

The first few months of 2012 at the base of Mount Meru have flown by! Peace Matunda Pre and Primary school is delighted to have a new baby class of 31 students bringing our total school population to 212. Thanks to a generous donation from Specific Media and the Cicely foundation in the UK we have been able to complete the construction of the classrooms for Standards 5,6, and 7 that started last year with help from the New International School of Thailand. The final construction has been progressing well with plans to be finished around the end of May, thank you Specific Media!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have introduced a new lunch program for the school pupils. Lots of fundraising and hard work from previous volunteers has financed the start up costs of the program but we are still looking for sponsors to assist with the monthly support of the program. The children will have Makande (maize and beans) with vegetables everyday cooked by Mama Onesmo who has 2 children at Peace Matunda as well as two bananas each at break from Mama Monique.

We have hired several new teachers for the school, please see the Staff page for their information. The new Peace Matunda Library has also recently been finished. Each class will now have a supervised silent reading period in the library! Thank you to everyone who has donated books and to the NIST students for organizing the library.

Construction of classes

We are currently doing the construction of classes  five, six, and seven. These are the last classes in primary school. Class four is our oldest class this year , so we are happy that next year  God willing our pupils are going to have new class five class ready for them.

We would like to sincerely thank the NIST school in Thailand, FPMT   in Germany and the Cicely foundation in UK for the support that they have given us in the construction of the three classes.

Lots of luck from Jackie

Amani House

Jambo! Everyone

Good news! The new Amani house is in its last stages of being finished. The name of the house was chosen by the orphanage kids ,where there were different names given out by the kids then they did the voting and  lucky enough the Amani name won which means ‘PEACE HOUSE”. The furniture for the Amani house are being made locally. The kitchen shelves and cupboards are being made in Usa river not far from the orphanage. Other things for the kids beds like pillow cases are being made by a group in Arusha town called KNM mama association group. About the sofa for the playing room which we are still going around in Arusha town and other places  hope we’re going to get the best which and the kids are going to like it!

We will keep you posted.

Jackie

October News Update

Jambo everyone!

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

 

I’m back

Wow – I’m back, yet it feels like I never left. Although so much has changed; the orphanage is 3 weeks to being finished, new bathrooms/showers, we have grass!, the kids have more personality than ever and speaking very good English. I truly believe we have thee coolest kids in the village. I’m so happy to call Mt. Meru “home”. The beauty is unreal. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I can’t remember the last time I worked this hard – I’m constantly needed whether it be in the kitchen (cooking or dishes, so many dishes), with the kids, at the school teaching, helping volunteers or teaching English to Kaaya’s cousin. But I love every minute of it. I admit I get a bit frustrated cooking dinner by candle light, using one propane burner and hauled water for 20 people 3 times a day… But this experience is priceless and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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