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Jessie sent several pictures today of a wonderful visit to a new village ~ that is, new to our work.  I don’t know how to post them either, but I will tell you, the ladies looked happy and so did the pigs!  It appeared they had mellons to eat.  She and her nephew, Hugh will begin the long trek home tomorrow (Sunday) after church and lunch with Ruth Mbennah and her husband.  I’ve made that trip a number of times and it is arduous to say the least.  Long layovers in Dar es Salaam and even longer at Dulles.  She will get home late Monday night and will be greeted by her beloved dogs, Alice and Lisa.  Of course I am eager to see her but won’t call until she calls me.  Talk about jet lag!  As sad as I was not to be able to go, I realize  now  that I could not have done all that Jessie did ~ 15+ hours in a Land Rover on pothole full roads.  I have the greatest admiration for everything she has done.  When the photographer gets all the pictures together, and she said there are thousands, I am sure she will do a presentation and share this adventure with us.  In the meantime pray for their safe return.  Tally

This is so amazing.  Jessie has been sleeping on a bed about the size of an ironing board.  Tonight, to take her nephew to see the majesty and wonder of Africa they will be in Morogoro &  will be up and out at 5:00;  that’s when the animals come out.  It is good that you cannot see my ~  face ~ COLOR.  For an unexpected pleasure to me, she called this morning and said I sounded as if I was in Whispering Pines  Technology!  Pray for Jessie and her grandnephew.  They are a long way home and she comes home with the most heart warming stories & how we can help those who could no help those in the Good Samaritan story.   Blessings and love to our supporters.  Tally

Jessie wrote quite a lengthy report of a meeting she had this morning (Monday, 22 July) with the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) and she asked me to share most of it on the blog.  Typical of the Africans they begin their working day with a song.  They take a chai (tea) break at 11:00 before continuing their meetings.  This also is the practice at the college where we once taught.  In some ways they are more civilized than we in America.

CCT was formed in 1934 and serves as an umbrella organization that brings protestant denominations and church related organizations together.  Our dear friend Moses Matonya is the Secretary General of CCT. Their areas of focus are:  Women’s Development, Children and Gender, Youth Development, Health and HIV/AIDs, Advocacy and Policy Analysis, Climate Change, Environment and Food Security.  Jessie said it is a results-based organization.  It requires correct behaviors to reach the desired goals.

Jessie has been with Ruth Mbennah these first weeks.  Ruth and her staff train village leaders.  They teach about income-producing activities, saving for tomorrow, economic power and micro-credit initiatives.  Jessie has been in Northern Tanzania with Ruth, dealing with Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation.  She has written about that in earlier reports.

Karimutanzania supports the areas mentioned above and we continue to supply solar lights.  We have written of the benefits of the solar kits which we are using to reinforce good behaviors.  Although Karimu has actually given some of the kits to schools, clinics, and a Mosque; the kits can now be purchased by individuals at a price they can afford.  Without having to purchase charcoal and kerosene the individual can pay off the debt of the solar light by weekly installments.   

Jessie has committed Karimu to support the women’s projects proposed by Ruth Mbennah.  We shall provide $8,000 to $10,000 which means we need more grants and more donations.  As we say over and over, any amount makes a difference.  CCT is a game-changer for Tanzania.  Jessie and I are privileged to have a part in their ministry.  Blessings and love to all of our readers.  Tally

Here is Jessie’s grandnephew with some of the children that he has met in villages.  Obviously, they love him and he looks pretty happy too.

Yesterday, we visited Mkumi where the women had new pig projects. After arriving to music (singing and drumming) we learned about their projects and how well they are going. After eating lunch, we toured the various pens. My Grand Nephew, Hugh loves visiting with the children, taking their photos and showing them to them. Some of the young ones do not know what they look like as there are no mirrors around. They point to each other saying “that is you!”

There are 12 parishes in the program now and Hilda counts 3,165 women participating. New groups will be added in the fall when existing, new groups repay their loans.

The goat projects have not done well. The goats are not thriving in the areas (not sure why, will find out more about that) and they are not as prolific as pigs. Too many of the goats had male babies and distributing new goats to new groups just became a logistical headache. So, those groups has switched back to pigs.

One of the projects in Mkumi yesterday is making tie died fabrics which the women sell locally. That seems to be working well.

Thank you all for your prayers and support. Tomorrow will tell you more about the other work we are doing with CCT. Moses is coming to Pinehurst on August 8th, we will have a party so keep the 9th or 10th open in your calendars for an evening cocktail party.

Bye for now, Jessie

Imagine my surprise and delight this morning when Jessie called me using WhatsApp.  Didn’t know you could do that!  She and her nephew, Hugh were getting ready to leave for a village in the Dodoma region where our work initially began.  For the rest of her time in Tanzania I believe she will visit the women in the many villages who began the Wilbur Project.  That was our piglet project.  The African ladies didn’t know who Wilbur was but we did!   Sadly, she said that a pig disease struck the area and many pigs had to be killed.  That is now under control.  Also there was very little rain during their “rainy season” so again there is a shortage of food.  That seems to be the story of their lives.   The internet is dubious there at Msalato Theological College.  They have it for only a short time as they simply don’t have the money to pay the fees.  She and Hugh walked the dirt path to the Bishop Stanway Primary School where she taught art to children who had never seen a crayon or a paint box.  Although different students, Jessie was greeted with joy and “hello Madam.”  They actually have a computer classroom at Bishop Stanway now.  Gradually things improve but at a rate that we Americans would not tolerate.  I think of the year that Jessie and I taught English to a group of secretarial students.  The typewriters were antiques!

 Seche, our House Girl, came to see her, this time with a new baby boy.  The first time we met Seche she came with baby Jane on her back and she would clean our floors and wash our clothes with Jane on her back.  Jane is now 10+ years old.  

This picture is Hugh unpacking a Fire Fly kit to install in a home last week.    This has been an amazing journey for him.  That’s all I know for now but will happily share whatever I hear from her.

 

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