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.
Catching up on the posts: It’s Monday morning and we are ready to undertake our list of tasks. But first of all, let us share with the welcome that our 16 youths greeted us with in our driveway on Monday morning.. Second in Rauscher Hall. We are off to a great start!
We have finally arrived in Benaco. Sunday was a day of rest after the long trip. We went to Mass in the local church. Always very moving. Women wear their best clothes, colorful and elegant. The music is outstanding.
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.
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.
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.
It has been a while since our last blog post. We have been busy getting our house in order. We just want you to know that we are back and ready to post again. Stay tuned…
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 email@example.com
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.
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.