|Our darlings Anna and Latifa!|
|Every day is laundry day at Tumaini . . . Dada Katy, fighting a very sore throat, in the rear!!!!|
Our new cow house is nearing completion and will be home for Ranger (for as long as we have her), Tumaini and new Mama to be, Dorris and we have located another pregnant cow which will arrive after construction is complete . . . thank you again, SO much to our donors who so generously provided us with Christmas cattle!!!
|Thank you Kaka Michael . . . thank you . . . sana . . .|
|Tumaini Brothers Michael McCann (l), Gilbert (c) and Mark Lloyd summit under terrible conditions . . .|
Michael (Gerhad's sponsor) and Mark, friends from Australia summited Kilimanjaro in the worst weather Gilbert, their guide, has ever seen in his more than 250 climbs! Horizontal rain and terrific winds made the climb extremely difficult and dangerous for everyone but they succeeded and we couldn’t be more proud of them! Michael and Mom worked hard before the climb fundraising for Tumaini and the local newspaper, The Fremantle Press, has offered to donate in honor of Michael’s success so we’ll keep you informed of his grand total but we’d all like to say Asante Kaka Michael and Mark and Mama please feel better soon!!! The children miss all of you too much!!! So does Mama!!!
|Michael at camp, summit in the rear|
|Safely back at Tumaini, Michael, Mark and Watoto thank donors on our behalf!!! Asante!!!!|
|Mama Lizbeth and her new "daughter" Elizabeth, will look for Tumaini support in Norway! Asante!|
You will remember the Egles family who visited us from Canada and are helping with our solar installation? Dave, his wife, Jackie and their children Jordan and Christopher? I forgot to mention a beautifully innocent question posed to me by one of our children when I shared with them that Baba Dave was bringing his watoto (children) with him . . . “Mama, do you have children in Canada?” Because our volunteers are adults and the children hadn’t been fortunate to meet any, they were unaware that our countries produced any little ones like themselves!!! It was a cute question and Christopher and Jordan’s (although she is a big girl!) answered their query!!!
We had some terribly sad news for Eva, Margaret and Tony who had to go home to give condolences to the family . . . their 24 year old Aunt died of a cocaine and pombe, (a local homebrew) overdose. Hard drugs are everywhere I guess, and are particularly tragic here where there is no social assistance for addiction. I was saddened further to discover she left a nine year old son behind, now without any parent (the father fled as so many do) . . . so, sad.
|Mama Char & a pooped out Pendo!!|
|Our bravest girl Margaret went first to get her ears pierced with Mamas Diane and Rebecca!!|
|Even Pendo and Latifa didn't miss out !!!|
Thanks to Nurse Crotchet, “Diane” and Mama Rebecca for spending the afternoon piercing the girls’ ears earlier this week and thank you Mama Julie for providing us such a safe and efficient piece of equipment for doing so! They are over the moon and not even an “ouch” came out of a single one! I know what’s going on the list for Christmas NEXT year!!!!!!
The container is on its’ way . . . sort of. A mess with the trucking company had our container delayed just long enough for it to miss the boat . . . literally. It is in Brampton, Ontario or Montreal, QC and will leave on January 18th . . . it is STOCK full of goodies for us and we can’t wait for it to arrive!!! Asante Sana again Baba “C” for loving us and to all of our friends in Ohio and Ontario who helped so very much to make this happen! We should expect it the end of February!!!!
|L/R Alex, Ano, Gerhad and John reunited!!|
Let me close with a photo of our precious Mary who just returned from a visit to her Bibi. She has asked to repeat Form I, the equivalent of first level in secondary school. You will remember how sick she was last year, in failure of her antiretroviral medications and that her HIV status had blown up into AIDS.She was so sick and struggled in class and feels she does not possess a strong enough foundation upon which to take the next step academically.I am terribly proud of her choices and with blessings from Aunt Mayre and the Goodman family, we will honour her wishes!
Heri mwaka mpya – Happy New Year! And thank you . . . SOOOOOOOO very much, for loving all of us here at Tumaini!!!