Guest House

The Guest House

The Guest House

This is our fourth yearly visit to The Village Angels of Tanzania. In a way, this visit is very different. Instead of living at the FSSB (Franciscan Sisters is St. Bernadette) Novitiate, we are staying on our campus. Thanks to generous, pointed donations from a few donors, we were able to erect a simple Guest House, to provide rooms for present and future volunteers helping The Village Angels of Tanzania. The building consists of a dining room, a simple kitchen, four bedrooms and, of course, a tiny chapel. Wonderful accommodations, allowing us to be on the ground 24 hours a day, with no time wasted in commuting. 

Table for six in the dining area

Table for six in the dining area

And a comfortable place to sleep

And a comfortable place to sleep

In Kigali, shopping for the Christmas Market

We have landed in Kigali, Rwanda. On Friday, July 5 we are spending a little time shopping for African crafts. Some of you may remember the great stuff that we sell at the Christmas Market. Lots of them come from Kigali. We visit a local cooperative where crafters sell their merchandise. They sell us their goods and it’s good for them. We buy their goods and bring them back, to sell them at the Christmas Market and raise money for our program. Everybody wins.

Ready to leave...

Johanna, Sergio and Eric, plus 300 lbs. of baggage, left for Tanzania on July 1. A long trip that will take them to Doha, Qatar, then on to Kigali, Rwanda, where they will finally see Sr. Dativa. The bags are full of clothing, shoes , supplies for our elders and youths, but also for the other missions of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Bernadette: orphanage, school, etc. A heavy, precious load, filled with the generosity of the people who have donated the items.

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One more accomplishment: health check

Our 80 elders receive a generous delivery of food every week. Good food on a steady basis is certainly contributing to their improved health. But some of them suffer from chronic diseases and health ailments.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance in Morristown, we have recently conducted a personal medical assessment of each of our elders. What started as foot care examinations eventually became a total health review, conducted by two local doctors.

Next step: take corrective actions to address identified diagnoses.

These elders, if they previously have not been brought to a hospital for some serious illness, have never been examined by a medical doctor in their entire lives! The Village Angels of Tanzania program has now provided this level of healthcare to them. Thank you to Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance.

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.