Water and Firewood Delivery

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We couldn’t find a better way to celebrate Christmas with our elders this year. Now that we have water, we deliver it to them, at least to the ones who are at reasonable distance from our campus. We are also delivering firewood, relieving them of the toil of having to find their own firewood.

 

One of our youths hauling firewood from the truck to the elders

One of our youths hauling firewood from the truck to the elders

One of the elderly men in our program happily receiving water and firewood

One of the elderly men in our program happily receiving water and firewood

Gardening With Water

Happiness and smiles on the faces of our youth after they harvest some of the crops that are now growing abundantly due to having water on site from our well.

Happiness and smiles on the faces of our youth after they harvest some of the crops that are now growing abundantly due to having water on site from our well.

Since water has become available in our 16-acre piece of land, our youths are working hard to raise crops to be distributed to our elders, and to sell in the local market as a way to make our program more self sufficient. This is what our garden looks like now that water is plentiful. What was a garden of small plants struggling to survive. has become a lush garden with plants growing in abundance.

It is amazing how much difference having a well on site makes in the ability to grow crops. Here is a “before” picture of crops struggling to survive with limited hand watering, using water hauled in from a distance.

It is amazing how much difference having a well on site makes in the ability to grow crops. Here is a “before” picture of crops struggling to survive with limited hand watering, using water hauled in from a distance.

Enjoy the slide show below of our crops now that we have our well.

Christmas Market

Items woven by the youth in our program. Each item came with a picture and short bio of the weaver.

Items woven by the youth in our program. Each item came with a picture and short bio of the weaver.

On Dec. 8 & 9, 2018 we held our 9th Annual Christmas Market at Assumption Church in Morristown NJ, providing the community with the opportunity to purchase inexpensive tasteful Christmas presents while benefitting the needy. Many of the items sold are from Africa, some made by our youths in Tanzania. For the first time this year, 50% went to The Village Angels of Tanzania, and 50% to Africa Surgery, our Morristown based sister charity, that provides healthcare solutions to the very needy in Sierra Leone. Thanks to the generosity of all our patrons, we raised $12000 for the two charities, an outstanding result and all time record. Thank you to all volunteers, vendors, and Assumption Parish for helping this event come to life.

Some of the home-made items contributed by our many volunteer bakers for sale at the event.

Some of the home-made items contributed by our many volunteer bakers for sale at the event.

A New House for Andrew Magwanile

The house building in progress. The house is a stick frame with mud walls

The house building in progress. The house is a stick frame with mud walls

Andrew Magwanile is one of the elders in our program. He needed a new house, but due to the combination of his age and hernia surgery, Andrew needed help building the house. We were also able to help him pay for his surgery by filling in the gap between the funds he could provide and the total cost, allowing him to receive the surgery before the hernia caused more serious issues. Andrew is very happy with his new house and greatly appreciates our assistance.

The young men in the foreground are mixing mud for the house. It is simply the existing soil mixed with water that was hauled in for the building project

The young men in the foreground are mixing mud for the house. It is simply the existing soil mixed with water that was hauled in for the building project

Some of the young women and men, along with Sr. Dativa, are applying mud to the frame.

Some of the young women and men, along with Sr. Dativa, are applying mud to the frame.

Amazon Smile: this can help us BIG!

Once a quarter The Village Angels of Tanzania receive a nice check from Amazon Smile. This represents a 0.5% commission from all purchases that our donors make through Amazon Smile.

FROM OCT. 29 TO NOV. 2, AMAZON SMILE IS INCREASING THEIR COMMISSION TENFOLD, TO 5%. THIS HIGH COMMISSION WOULD TOTALLY BENEFIT THE VILLAGE ANGELS OF TANZANIA, AT NO EXPENSE TO YOU.

Perhaps this is the time to make that special purchase through Amazon, for an item that you need or want, but have long procrastinated. If you are already signed up for Amazon Smile, just go to your shopping account. If you are new to Amazon Smile, just CLICK HERE.

Eye Surgery

Some of the elderly with bandages after eye surgery, while others are still awaiting their turn.

Some of the elderly with bandages after eye surgery, while others are still awaiting their turn.

It was the three days of excitement for seven of our elderly who traveled to Rulenga for eye surgery at the hospital there. Accompanying them were two of our youth, Kisuka and Editha, who not only assisted with the logistics of getting the elderly to the hospital, but also provided much needed encouragement and companionship.

The day before the surgery, the elderly were talking about how they could no longer see much (or not at all). After the surgery, they were excited to see clearly for the first time in many years.

Nicodem, who was completely blind, was excited to be able to see his house, clothing, and everything. Aurelia, also completely blind, exclaimed on arriving home that she could now see the glass, the pig, and her grandson!

The elderly all very much appreciate the generous support that made this day possible.
Asante sana! (Thank You very much)

Mother General of the FSSB visited the elderly in the hospital following their eye surgeries. The Franciscan Sisters of Saint Bernadette is Sr. Dativa’s religious order. It meant a lot to the elderly to have the Mother General visit them.

Mother General of the FSSB visited the elderly in the hospital following their eye surgeries. The Franciscan Sisters of Saint Bernadette is Sr. Dativa’s religious order. It meant a lot to the elderly to have the Mother General visit them.

One of our youth, Kisuka, provides encouragement to the elderly as they await their turn for bandage removal.

One of our youth, Kisuka, provides encouragement to the elderly as they await their turn for bandage removal.

The doctors are removing the bandages. The woman on the end is excited to find her eyesight restored when the bandage was removed.

The doctors are removing the bandages. The woman on the end is excited to find her eyesight restored when the bandage was removed.

Water Project Update - We Have Water!

Good News! The well was dug in August and struck water on the 26th!

The equipment to drill the well was brought in from Dar es Salaam (over 1000 kilometers from our site).

The equipment to drill the well was brought in from Dar es Salaam (over 1000 kilometers from our site).

Sr. Dativa and others help send the pump down to the well.

Sr. Dativa and others help send the pump down to the well.

Solar panel installation on the roof of the main building on the site (Rauscher Hall) will provide the energy to run the well pump as well as electricity for the building.

Solar panel installation on the roof of the main building on the site (Rauscher Hall) will provide the energy to run the well pump as well as electricity for the building.

One of the youths waters the crops with a hose. Pipes are being laid to provide irrigation to the fields. Water for irrigation will be stored in a large tank that is under construction.

One of the youths waters the crops with a hose. Pipes are being laid to provide irrigation to the fields. Water for irrigation will be stored in a large tank that is under construction.

A glass of water from the well. A secondary storage tank will hold water for drinking, cooking, etc.

A glass of water from the well. A secondary storage tank will hold water for drinking, cooking, etc.

Donations to our water project are welcome and much appreciated. You can use the “donate” button at the top of the page to donate online (please specify water project when asked).

Water Project: Bringing water to our site

Water is currently fetched from a distant site and stored in a basin

Water is currently fetched from a distant site and stored in a basin

The water supply situtation at the TVAT site in Tanzania is tragic. Water is currently hauled in barrels from a public source 10 kilometers away from their center. Two to five trips are made every week. Now that they have 40 chickens (and want to bring in more), and now that the youths have prepared the ground for cultivating crops for the elders, the lack of a water source on the premises is holding them back.

Mr. Ramadan Mugenyi (center) drills wells and is highly recommended by his customers. He has recently supplied two schools and the Bishop's house in areas surrounding Benaco.

Mr. Ramadan Mugenyi (center) drills wells and is highly recommended by his customers. He has recently supplied two schools and the Bishop's house in areas surrounding Benaco.

The chicken coop funded by the Mendham (NJ) Rotary Club has a capacity of 100 hens and several roosters. Until there is water on the site, the number of chickens that can be properly supported is severely restricted. Eggs from the chickens will supply the elderly with a much needed source of protein in their diet.

The chicken coop funded by the Mendham (NJ) Rotary Club has a capacity of 100 hens and several roosters. Until there is water on the site, the number of chickens that can be properly supported is severely restricted. Eggs from the chickens will supply the elderly with a much needed source of protein in their diet.

Without water, these plants will wither and die. The past two years, the monsoon rains were late and the crops were lost. On site water will allow for sufficient irrigation.

Without water, these plants will wither and die. The past two years, the monsoon rains were late and the crops were lost. On site water will allow for sufficient irrigation.

Well drilling is set to begin this month (August 2018).There will be a solar panel operated pump, two storage tanks, and piping for both irrigation and running water to the main building on the site.

The Village Angels of Tanzania are currently fundraising to cover the costs. Please consider donating to our water project. Any size donation is greatly appreciated. Please specify that your donation is for our water project.

Sr. Dativa Visits Our Oldest Donor

Sr. Dativa and Lucy, our oldest donor

Sr. Dativa and Lucy, our oldest donor

During her month-long visit to the States this Summer, Sr. Dativa had the opportunity to visit Lucy Palladino at the Waterview Hills Rehabilitation Center in Purdy, NY. At 100, Lucy is the oldest donor on our books! Like all who know Lucy, Sr. Dativa was impressed with her upbeat personality: “Despite her age, Lucy is in high spirits and has a positive outlook. She also has a strong faith.” She thanked Sr. Dativa for her work with the elderly poor and Sr. Dativa thanked Lucy for her support. There are angels in and outside of Tanzania. This picture portrays two of them. And so that everyone reading this knows, in just a few weeks Lucy will be 101 years young.