5th Annual Lenten Fish Bake

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For the 5th year in a row, the Assumption Church Men’s group is sponsoring a Lenten Fish Bake to benefit The Village Angels of Tanzania. All proceeds from this event benefit the organization.

For those of you local to Morristown, NJ, please, join us for a fun evening at the Kellogg Club.

  • Dinner, dessert, beer, wine, soft drinks, live entertainment (all included)

  • Auction table and raffles

Tickets are $75 per person, $50 for seniors (65+)

and can be purchased through the the Assumption Church website

Please, contact Paul Boehler with any questions, or to donate items for the auction table

(973) 722 4994 or paul.boehler@verizon.net

Gardening With Water

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Wow! What a difference in our garden now that we have our well. With plenty of water for our crops, they are not just surviving, but thriving and growing into a bountiful harvest. We are growing carrots (shown above), chinese cabbage, corn, green peppers, onions, and tomatoes. We can now deliver lots of vegetables to our Elderly along with Water and Firewood. Our main on-site building (Rauscher Hall) now has working indoor plumbing. There is water not only for the garden, but for all the needs of the people on-site.

Enjoy the slideshow showing our garden and delivery of vegetables and water to our Elderly.

Christmas Party for the Elders

Our Elderly enjoy dancing with our Youth at the Christmas Party

Our Elderly enjoy dancing with our Youth at the Christmas Party

Each year Sr. Dativa and our youth have a Christmas Party for the Elders. The Annual Christmas Party was held on Jan. 2, 2019. The Celebration consisted of a Mass followed by lots of food and dancing. Our Elders look forward to this communal celebration each year, and our young adults enjoy hosting this fun and festive celebration for our Elders.

Our Youth preparing food (in the background), and Serving and Assisting the Elderly. Now that we have the well on site, there is an abundance of water for washing hands, cooking, and drinking at the gathering.

Our Youth preparing food (in the background), and Serving and Assisting the Elderly. Now that we have the well on site, there is an abundance of water for washing hands, cooking, and drinking at the gathering.

Felix (one of our youth) assisting an elderly gentleman with his food

Felix (one of our youth) assisting an elderly gentleman with his food

Our Elderly enjoying the food that our Youths prepared for them. Good food, good conversation, and a nice sunny day made for a very enjoyable Celebration.

Our Elderly enjoying the food that our Youths prepared for them. Good food, good conversation, and a nice sunny day made for a very enjoyable Celebration.

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.