2017

January

We are awaiting news of completion of the new latrines.  As soon as photos are available they will be inserted here.

February

News from Kongwa was not good at all.  The rains had not come so people had been unable to plant crops. Maize is scarce and when it is available the price is high.  I heard that the children were hungry and sent an email to all ex-Kongwa pupils from the 1960’s.  We raised funds and within two weeks we had enough to organise the distribution of 1500 kg of maize, not only to Mnyakongo Primary School but to the other four primary schools in Kongwa, namely Mlanga, Viganga (Kongwa Maji), Kongwa and Chimlata. This maize will provide school lunches for just a few days but I am hoping to arrange another distribution in March.

Photos from Kongwa show delivery of maize and the preparation (double click on photo to enlarge)

. . . .  and then lunchtime at the various schools

   

(To watch a short video click on the arrow)

March

I received word from Kongwa that rains had begun in late February and people had started planting.  This shows the state of the maize at the moment.  Let’s hope the rains continue so at least a late crop will provide some food for the people there.

April

Thanks to the wonderful response of Project supporters a second distribution of took place during the last week of March – photos below.

Mnyakongo Primary School

Mlanga Primary School

Chimlata Primary School

Viganga Primary School, Kongwa Maji  (photos of lunchtime awaited)

April 10th

News from Kongwa is distressing: “The rainfall stopped at a very crucial stage of maize growth and we don’t know whether it will survive. It’s almost two weeks now with no rain! Pupils are on leave at present so there is a need to continue to support them when they return to school on 24th April”.

June

The people in Kongwa are now harvesting what little crops they have – about 30% of their usual annual maize harvest.  The advice from my contact in Kongwa is thus and as usual, sound advice.    “Concerning another maize distribution, my advice is that since we are at initial stage of harvesting most families will get a little food to feed their children. This should last for almost two to three months. Pupils will start their mid term leave on 2nd June and this break will last for one month.  I think it would be better to wait until the crucial time when maize is needed again (end July/August) and I’m here to check for to make sure the time is right to assist them. “

Any funds already donated for maize are being held in the Project Account until we receive word that the crucial time has come.

September

The school trip to Mikumi is planned and will set off from the school on Saturday, 9th September.  The 74 children and 4 teachers will travel on three buses to stay overnight in the Game Reserve and return to the school on Sunday evening.  Game drives, accommodation  and meals are included.  I have asked one of the teachers to take photos which I will post here when I received them.

Grateful thanks to all who donated to make this annual trip possible.  It is the highlight of the year for those in their final term at primary school.  Apart from the excitement of the children it encourages hard work and good attendance at school for the whole year.

October

Preparations are underway for the tour to the school later this month.  Generous donations of sports kit, footballs, volleyballs, exercise books and clothing for little children in the villages ready to be sorted and packed.  This is just a sample of what we will take.