Wonderful welcome …
What a wonderful welcome Leanne & I received when we arrived back to Tarime. It is so wonderful to be back working and helping these impoverished but needy people. Dr Winani is well, and truly grateful for the work, time, money and energy the community of Tasmania with Care for Africa have given him and his people.
Our shipping container has arrived safely in Tarime. Allison Bassano’s students half decorated the container with their hand prints. We have paints eagerly awaiting to anoint the hands of students to create the joining of hands between Tasmania and Tarime.
Allison And Stephen have had the most enlightening experience with education in Tarime. These 2 wonderful teachers have already proved to be invaluable to the people of Tarime, especially the children. To see the children swarm around Allison, all hungry for education and knowledge of the outside world bought tears to my eyes but hope in their eyes. Stephen did his share of education, one day when we were visiting Kiterere Primary school, Stephen walked into a class room with no teacher but students sitting patiently for “whatever” was on offer. Their teacher left 6 sentences of English on the board and left the students for the day. Stephen had much pleasure in teaching the students their only bit of education for the day.
We saw many needy schools with no educational aids, no books, pens or pencils. Many schools had no water or electricity. Some children will walk to school up to 10 kms with no food. We saw some really poor children that could not even afford a piece of sugar cane for lunch. Often children would be squashed 4 to a desk like bananas.
It was really encouraging to hear the children and teachers say that they wanted education more than anything else because education is the only way for them to escape the cycle of poverty.
I must close now, I am just going to look at a hospital in Mwanza (4 hrs from Tarime)