January :    Torrential rains washed away bridges and roads and caused damage to houses.  In the weeks following the flooding there was some rain and people were confident enough to plant their maize crops.   These crops grew and folk were encouraged.

March  :  Hopes were high that good soaking rains were to follow but sadly no more rain fell and the crops are drying out and the maize is just not forming cobs at all.   This means severe hunger later in the year when present stocks run out.  

April :  The Latrine Project 

This Project is complete apart from the installation of the SIM tanks (still in storage) and the water supply for hand washing.   The disabled cubicles have been modified to comply with the plans supplied by the Charitable Trust which supplied the funding for this project and everyone is pleased with the outcome.

WATER:    The worrying shortage of water has prompted thoughts of installing a borehole and hand pump at the school. This has been investigated and a quotation for the work has been received. I have submitted an application to a Charitable Trust for funding and am awaiting approval.

June:   In June this year I took my family members who had not seen where we went to school for a short visit to Kongwa.   As we turned off the main Dodoma road onto the red sand road towards Kongwa there was evidence of the severe drought in the area.  The maize crop has failed and we are on standby to provide maize to the school children towards the end of the year.                                                                                   

We saw villagers dragging homemade trolleys with containers of water on them.  How far had they walked for that water?


The children were waiting for us as we arrived at the school – what a welcome considering it was half term and they had all come in specially to greet us!

A meeting was arranged with the engineer who will oversee the work on the proposed borehole. The quotation was updated and discussions followed regarding the way forward with the plans.   We await the decision from the Trust in England to whom I have applied for a Grant to help with the cost of the borehole.

Later in the morning a great programme of dancing was held.  Singing and performances by the children and the drummers from the village whilst we sat under a rather smart red canopy in the shade.

This was followed by lunch for everyone – guests and children – funded by the family and prepared by the teachers in huge pots over a fire. The family helped to serve the children who queued patiently waving their plates.

They then found a shady spot and joined with friends to eat their lunch.

SCHOOL TRIP TO MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK:  The annual school trip this year will take place on 11th and 12th of September.  84 children and 4 teachers will travel to Mikumi to view the animals of their country.  It’s a four-hour drive in buses so an overnight stay is essential.  Thanks to all who have sponsored a child on this trip or donated to the Project to make it possible.  Photos will be included here in late September.

August :  BOREHOLE

 In late August we received confirmation that our application for funding for a borehole had been approved by Kitchen Table Charities Trust.  The wheels were set in motion immediately and discussions with the Borehole Engineer and the school followed.

September:  Work began on the borehole during the week beginning 23rd September. The land was surveyed and a site chosen for the drilling and on Wednesday 25th the mobilisation of equipment began with the heavy machinery arriving at the school.  On the Thursday the drilling rig was set up .

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         Friday, after school hours,                              drilling begins  

Saturday, 28th September, early afternoon, they reached water

Reaching the water so quickly was very exciting and completing the installation of the tanks, pipes and pipework to the latrines began immediately. A date was set for completion of the borehole and the engineer and his men worked hard to get everything done in time.

October: On Saturday, 12th October a grand Opening Ceremony was held at the school and attended by Teachers, Education Department officials, Elders of the village, the school children, the village drummers and villagers from nearby. I was there to represent the Project . . accompanied by my granddaughter who I appointed photographer.

The borehole site
10,000 litre tank
Connecting the water to the latrine blocks for handwashing
First water!
Engineer, Mr. Wilson Mgombela