On Dec. 8. 2018 Sr. Dativa celebrated the 25th anniversary of her vows with the Franciscan Sisters of St. Bernadette. There was a big ceremony and a lot of celebrations at the Motherhouse. May God Bless Sr. Dativa with many more years of service.
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.
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.
Enjoy the slide show below of our crops now that we have our well.
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.
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.
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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)
Good News! The well was dug in August and struck water on the 26th!
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).
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.
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.
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.