2020

January:    Before this new year began we set the wheels in motion to make sure the children have a lunch at school every day when the new term begins on 6th January.  The lack of maize due to the continuing drought means that everyone in Kongwa is now reduced to one meal a day.

A good friend and adviser in Kongwa was able to locate the best maize price in the area and he made several journeys to fetch the maize, beans and oil and make the deliveries to the school.  

1 sack of maize (6 x 20L) provides approx 10 meals for 45 children. The cost of a sack is £43 (120,000 Tanzania Shillingi).  There are 560 children at the school and they will all have a school lunch every day until the end of February . . . thanks to all who have contributed to make this possible.  

 

February:   The maize and beans we delivered to the school in January is still providing lunches for the children . . .  the only meal of the day for them at the moment.  One sack of maize provides 45 children with 10 meals each.  Thanks to all who contributed we were able to provide lunch for the 560 children on all school days and this is ongoing.  See below preparation of lunch for so many little ones. . . from delivery of the sacks, offloading and on to preparation and serving.  

 

 

 

They had rains in Kongwa in mid February and just look at how everything is turning green.  A vegetable garden has been prepared at the school and although the rains have stopped there is plenty of water  from the borehole to water the garden.  These vegetables (mboga) are fast growers and very nutritious.  How wonderful that the children can have vegetables with their school lunch now.  Thanks to all who contributed to make this possible.​

 

March:  I have heard from Kongwa that they are closing the school for 30 days due to the Corona Virus.  I am assured that there are no cases at the school or in the villages at this time and this is a precaution.  What troubling times for this world.