Here we have a short overview and progress update on St. Timothy's School in Moshi, Tanzania. Construction began in September of this year and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30th, with children attending in January 2010. I can't tell you how exciting it's been to see this project rise from the fields of Newland village! The efficiency and care our local community partner Tanzania Children Concern has been giving this project is a shining example of how communities know best. From local knowledge of land rights, power and water to the best vendors and manufactures. Again and again, it's made me believe that communities need to be helped to help themselves!
What started out as a Q and A about thoughts on the new school turned into a "What I want to be.." fest. It really seems to me that kids throughout the world generally have the same aspirations. Whether it's about excitement or connecting with people, the occupations are usually somehow related with the people who take care or us. And, of course, there's always one kid who wants to be president.
Our plans were to ask a few of the students what they thought of the school. Thanks to their vigor we ended up with a mob of children ready to tell us how excited they were about the number of toilets. Amazing since it was mere bricks when they saw it! Afterward, James was telling us that some of them wanted to have class in it before it was even completed. A few wanted to go live in the construction site. Wow.
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This was a treat to behold. On October 14th, all the current St. Timothy Students got to visit the construction site of the new school. What's not included in the video is the jostling and kid climbing the kids did to get into the buses that brought them to the school! Hope you find it as ridiculouly cute as I did.
Here's a video of Tanzania Children Concern Founder, James Nathaniel getting a lesson about what the heck Facebook Causes is from Lucia. I also had it explained to me about 3 minutes before this video was shot.
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A student from the Pepo La Tumaini Early Childhood Development school bravely refuses to cry while recieving a measles vaccination at the Mama Tumaini Clinic.
During September 19th-25th, the Mama Tumaini Health Clinic took part in a nation wide campaign to vaccinate children between the ages of 1 and 5 for measles. Mama Hope’s partner Wind of Hope in the Arid served the surrounding communities as well as several local Early Childhood Development and Primary schools.
By the end of the campaign, 485 children were vaccinated and 514 given vitamin A supplements. Administering the vaccinations were Naiomi Meme, Harriet Gatakaa and Wind of Hope Programme Nurse, Stella Okello.
We’re so proud that our clinic took part in this! Hope you enjoy the pics.
Nearly 150 children were vaccinated on September 23rd.
Children were lead by teachers from local primary schools. Others came on their mother's backs.
Children under the age of 1 came for vitamin A suppliments to help with the development of their eyes.
Late in the day anxious mother's began entering the clinic worried their children would miss the essential vaccinations. Order was eventually restored!
Naiomi Meme (right) administers a Vitamin A supplement