News Archive

November 2019

Yamba Classrooms Appeal target reached. Many thanks to all who fund raised and donated to this appeal, including a grant from the Zoe Carss Education Trust. There is enough money to replace the two dilapidated classrooms and build a head teacher’s office in the middle.      x         x

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Village Africa Ambulance Service – Joseph Hiaziti safely back home in Yamba. He was given an emergency trip to Tanga because he was unconscious.

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Kingfisher Primary School – Yamba pupils write replies to their penfriends in the UK. Kingfisher is a new school in Yeovil and wanted a link with Village Africa and school children in Tanzania.                                    

Paulina Julius and Minaeli Deogratius from Milingano complete a 5 day farming course in Morogoro Region. The Organic Agriculture Basic course was held by Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT). Many thanks to Kids Helping Kids in the USA for supporting Paulina and Minaeli’s training.                                                                          


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Joseph Lucas had an emergency trip from Yamba when he fell and broke his arm. He is a student at Mibukwe Secondary School.                                     x


Yamba pupils receive leaf rubbing pictures from their friends at Wickford Church of England School.                             x                                                                                      x  X

Village Africa is listed with Action Challenge. Walk, jog or run along a spectacular coastline; through beautiful English countryside with rolling green hills; or following an iconic river and raise money for Village Africa. Sign up for an Ultra Challenge Event.                                       x

October 2019
  • Torrential downpours in Tanga Region greatly affecting our work. The BBC reported that 44 people died in Tanga region. Animals, crops, houses, roads and bridges were also washed away.                                       x                                     x    x
  • Rojas Ismail Ndeha starts a BA in Education at the University of Dar es Salaam. Many thanks to his Simba Club sponsors in Australia. Rojas is from Yamba but went to Milingano Primary School.                                                      x                                      x                                              
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  • William Ng’wanyemi starts a BA in Sociology and Social Work at Mwenge Catholic University in Moshi. Thank you to the sponsors from the UK, Australia and Canada. William went to Yamba Primary School, Mibukwe Secondary School in Milingano and Coastal High School in Tanga.                                                                                                                                                    x                                xx
  • Epimack Francis starts a Diploma in Education in Science Subjects, specialising in biology and geography. He is at Tukuyu college in Mbeya, the southern part of Tanzania. It is a two year course. Many thanks to his Simba Club sponsors in the UK and France. Epimack is from Yamba and has been in Simba Club (Village Africa’s student sponsorship scheme) since he was in primary school.                                                                                          xx
  • Mentoring – University students, Innocent Charles, Francis Marko and Reimond Msumari, came back to the village to guide the younger Simba Club students. They discussed with the parents and guardians how the families can help. They covered many topics, including school attendance, personal hygiene at school, time management, homework study plans, study groups and schoolgirl pregnancies. They did a highly professional job, with a consultation period with local leaders in advance and feedback to Village Africa when they had finished. Maiko Paulo, who qualified as a primary school teacher sponsored by Village Africa, also had an input but could not attend as his child was sick. Here is a picture at the end of the process with Caroline Johnston and Village Africa staff involved with Simba Club.                                                                                                                 X                                                                                                    x   

Left to right (back row) Hilda Shemzigwa, Innocent Charles, Caroline Johnston, Reimond Msumari, Francis Marko (front row) Anjella Edmund, Veronika John (Mama Ade), John Shekuamba and Edmund Senkunde. John Samweli (who is also involved in Simba Club) took the photo.                                                                                                                       x

  • Laura from Germany and Daniela and Stefanie from Austria visit for the weekend. They kindly gave a large donation from their family and friends in Austria. They also brought school stationery, toys and second hand clothes which were distributed at school, to the five youngest babies in the area and to local volunteers who labour to help their community. A big thank you to everyone who so generously contributed.                                                                                                                        x                                                                                     xxX
  • Baby Stefanie born after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance and named after recent visitor Austrian student nurse Stefanie Gruber. The baby is the daughter of Martin Thomas (Village Africa’s watchman) and his wife Philimina.                                                                                                                                                     x                                                                                                                                          xxxX
  • Thanks to Nora, Verena, Ricarda and Simona for collecting money after their visit to Yamba from their family and friends in Austria to help build a library for the children in Yamba. A very big thank you to all who contributed.                                                                                                                                                                               x  x
  • Twins born in hospital in Tanga after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance. The boy is called Iddi and the girl Amina. Congratulations to their father Nurudini Salimu and mother Subira Yusuphu who live in Milingano.

  • Malaria – Hasani was desperately ill and needed a lift in Village Africa’s ambulance to reach hospital. It is a 3 hour trip on rough terrain in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. He has now recovered and is safely home in Kwemsiga, Milingano. A very big thank you to Village Africa supporters who made this journey possible and helped to save his life.

September 2019

  • Village Africa’s ambulance service – Baby girl born in hospital after an emergency trip. The newborn’s name is Aisha Ijumaa. Her mother is Mwajuma Haruna (pictured here) and her father is Ijumaa Ramadhan. They live in Kwemsoso between Yamba and Milingano.                                                                                                                                         x
  • Village Africa’s Director, Caroline Johnston, was guest of honour at Kivilu Primary School Standard VII school leavers’ graduation.                                                                                                                                                       xx
  • Malaria – Hasani Athumani safely home after an emergency trip to hospital in Village Africa’s ambulance. He was seriously ill. He is 13 months old. Malaria is particularly dangerous to those under 5 years old. He lives in Milingano with his father Athumani Miraji and his mother (pictured) Amina Iddi.                                                                   x                                                                  

August 2019

  • Verena, Nora, Ricarda and Simona (left to right), student nurses from Austria, came to Yamba for the weekend to experience village life and to learn about Village Africa’s work. They kindly brought school stationery, toys and clothing from their families and friends back home. These gifts have been distributed to the pupils in Yamba Primary School, the youngest five babies in Yamba and local volunteers. Thank you to all who contributed.

  • Birthday chickens for Caroline Johnston (Village Africa’s Director) presented by staff representatives.

Left to right – Paulo Mbiu (Assistant Head builder/Site Manager), Charles Bernard (Carpenter), Bernard Kihiyo (Office Watchman), Andrea Anthoni (Garage Watchman), Caroline Johnston (Director), Esta Satiel (Cook), Peter Sebastian/Sheshe (Head builder), John Shekuamba (Assistant Director), Emily Joseph (Carpenter) and Richard Anthoni (Builder).

  • Six injured when a lorry’s brakes failed. Village Africa’s ambulance rushed them to hospital in Tanga. A big thank you to Village Africa donors who made this emergency trip possible. Three of the patients were from Kwemsiga in Milingano (including Mohamed Salimu and Rashidi Amiri pictured – left to right) and three from Tanga.

  • Anja and Elisa from Austria visit Village Africa in Yamba. They are student nurses. They love the open-mindedness of the people.

  • Village Africa has just signed up to recycle cartridges at TheRecyclingFactory.In the UK? Please collect and Recycle printer cartridges. Help the environment and Village Africa at the same time!Simply download a FREEPOST label and post.Village Africa will receive a donation for every suitable cartridge you send.Please recycle your own cartridges and even go one step further and collect cartridges from your family and friends, school, college, work, church or social club and send them off. Some charities have raised hundreds and even thousands of pounds doing this. Village Africa needs to find new sources of funding and this is one way.Thank you for whatever you can do.https://www.therecyclingfactory.com/village-africa

July 2019

  • Song and video thanking Village Africa composed, designed and posted online by Fidelis Laurent and Maiko Paulo (both from Yamba). Their mother tongue is Kisambaa, their second language is Kiswahili (the song) and their third language is English (the video). https://www.facebook.com/villageafrica/videos/462325100983231/
  • Epimack Francis passes his A levels and is selected for three months National Service in the army. He went to Yamba Primary School, Mibukwe Secondary School in Milingano, Maweni Secondary School in Kange (just outside Tanga) and Usagara Secondary School in Tanga. A big thank you to his Simba Club sponsor in the UK.

  • Austria and Italy – Six student nurses visit Village Africa in Yamba for the weekend to explore. Here they are at Milingano Viewpoint with John Shekuamba (Village Africa’s Assistant Director) and Yamba children.

    Photo (left to right) Magdalena, Nuria, Lisa, Isabel, Laura and Christiane

  • Maiko Paulo qualifies as a primary school teacher. He studied at Sahare Teacher’s College in Tanga. Maiko was a manager/translator for Village Africa before deciding to become a teacher. A big thank you to his Simba Club sponsors from the UK.

  • Maria Michael from Yamba passes kindergarten teacher training. Maria went to Yamba Primary School, Mibukwe Secondary School in Milingano and Sahare Teacher’s College in Tanga. It was a 3 year teacher training course leading to a certificate and a diploma. Many thanks to her Simba Club sponsor in the UK and her family for supporting her.

  • Congratulations to Jenifa Hokelei from Yamba on her job as Village Executive Officer at Mlalo. This is an important government position, responsible for the security of the villagers and their property. Jenifa went to Yamba Primary School, Lushoto Secondary School and then Tengeru Institute of Community Development in Arusha. She worked in Village Africa’s office as a manager for a few months before her community development course.

  • Moving boulders so that Village Africa’s ambulance can pass day and night in all weather. Thanks to local volunteers who maintain and widen the 7km road on a regular basis.

  • Thanks to the George Salter Academy, West Bromwich, UK who sent sports jerseys for the children in Yamba.

  • Tanzania is putting more systems online. Village Africa managers and office staff need to be computer literate and keep abreast of changes. Thank you to the supporter who kindly sent these books.

Photo – John Shekuamba (Assistant Director) and Anjella Edmund (Accounts Clerk)

  • Austrian student nurses Theresa,Christina and Kathrin visit Yamba to see the amazing scenery and enjoy village life. They kindly brought a large donation for Village Africa from their villages Amras and Schoenberg. To raise the money they held a special mass for Tanzania, made and sold candles after church at Easter and baked cakes and made drinks to sell after the Confirmation service. They were helped by the community, including the young farmers.  A big thank you from Village Africa to them and everyone who helped and contributed.

  • Rehema Edmund received treatment in Tanga after the three hour emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance. She is a pupil in Yamba.

  • HobbyAid in the UK sends knitted hats and sweaters for children in Yamba. Many thanks to those who made and sent them. It is chilly in the village now and likely to get colder until October.

Photos – Bernadeta Richard and Aron Augustino with his mother Jois Augustino.

June 2019

  • Two new classrooms with water tanks for Kwembalazi Primary School built by Village Africa and kindly funded by the Zoe Carss Education Trust in the UK. The school is at the foot of the Yamba mountain and now has five classrooms. The children (age 4-14) no longer have to walk up 2 hours up the steep mountain to reach a primary school.

  • Meeting Needs – A huge thank you to Meeting Needs, the events industry charity, for the grant to run Village Africa’s ambulance service for six months. Here is baby Frowin Charles born in hospital recently after one of the emergency trips.

  • Tom Dickin climbs Mount Kilimanjaro with his friends Kevin Taylor and Maiko Paulo to raise money for Village Africa. Many thanks to them and all who donated.  Tom was a Village Africa teaching volunteer and Maiko was a Manager/Translator for the charity.

(left to right) Kevin, Maiko and Tom

  • Cazza Mantle takes on the Jurassic Coast challenge in aid of Village Africa after visiting Yamba.  Many thanks to her and all who kindly contributed.

(front) Cazza

  • Paulo Mbiu took a lift to the dentist in Village Africa’s ambulance when it was travelling anyway.  Paulo is Village Africa’s Site Manager/Assistant Head Builder. He has helped construct many classrooms and school toilets.

May 2019

  • Village Africa’s ambulance service – Danieli Joseph safely home from hospital. He had an emergency trip from Milingano to Tanga as his body was swollen.

  • Double vision and dizziness gone! Esta Satiel, Village Africa’s cook, back at work after treatment from an eye specialist in Dar es Salaam.  Thank you for all general funds which help us to employ staff and give financial support with medical costs when they are sick.

  • Baby Doug named after Doug Brazenall. The baby is the son of Mzee Bernard Kihiyo (Village Africa watchman) and his wife Subira. Doug Brazenall was a Village Africa teaching volunteer and has fund raised for the charity many times. He has walked from Tanga to Yamba twice in aid of Village Africa.

  • Mama Ade, Village Africa’s nurse, back at work. She is finally better after treatment at various hospitals including the national hospital three times. She had severe pain in her back and leg for one and a half years.

April 2019

  • Village Africa’s ambulance service – Baby boy called Elisha born in Milingano Dispensary after an emergency trip from Yamba. He is pictured here with his mother Krista.

  • Ambulance driver Edmundi recovered after operations in Tanga.  He is able to drive again after several weeks off work due to complications.

  • Baby Mark named after Mark Wilkes who walked 100km  from Tanga to Yamba to raise money for Village Africa.  The baby is the son of Charles Pius and Silvia John (pictured here) who live in Yamba.

  • Dog bite – Robert Satiel safely home from hospital after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance. He was badly bitten by a dog in Yamba.

March 2019

  • Village Africa’s ambulance needed a gearbox repair. Thank you to the two mechanics who came all the way from Tanga to fix it.  Thank you also to Village Africa supporters whose donations keep the ambulance on the road. Your financial support save lives. The villagers are very appreciative of your love and kindness.

  • Caroline Pugh held a charity lunch (two sittings) to raise money for the Yamba Classrooms Appeal.  A big thank you to her for all the hard work.  Caroline was a Yamba teaching volunteer and taught Yamba Catholic Church choir.https://mydonate.bt.com/events/yambaclassroomsappeal

  • Yamba Primary School pupils write an Easter letter to their pen pals at Wickford Church of England School in the UK.

  • Goats and chickens – Anthoni Paulo returns from the SAT organic farming course in Morogoro and starts to keep livestock. Thank you to Kids Helping Kids for paying for him to attend the course and for providing a small capital grant to implement some of the ideas.

  • Baby Alex named after Alex Tarrant of Pod. The baby boy was born after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance.  The baby is pictured here with his mother Bertila. His father, Onesmo Gaudence, went to Yamba Primary School and Mibukwe Secondary School and was in Simba Club (Village Africa’s student sponsorship scheme).Pod recruited volunteers for Village Africa when we ran a volunteer programme (2006-2012).  Onesmo remembers Alex being ‘the first Village Africa visitor’.

February 2019

  • Student nurses from Austria and Italy visit Village Africa in Yamba. They are pictured here with Hilda, Village Africa’s nurse, and some of the local children.

Left to right – Back row Magdalena, Sarah, Lara, Nadja, Christina, Front row Nina and Verena.

HobbyAid sends knitted clothes for newborn babies and children in Yamba. Here is Claud with his new cardigan and hat. He is pictured here with his mother Veronika Abasi. Thank you to everyone at HobbyAid.

Sylvester Ndeha injured his leg when farming in Yamba and needed an emergency trip to Milingano Dispensary in Village Africa’s ambulance.  Thank you to all donors who support the ambulance service.

Baby Bryson named after Jennie  and Colin Bryson.  He is pictured here with his mother Patricia Anthoni.  Patricia went to Yamba Primary School and Mibukwe Secondary School and was in Village Africa’s Simba Club.  Jennie was a Yamba volunteer.

January 2019

  • Tina Freeman returns to Yamba and catches up with the knitting group. Mama Tina was a volunteer in Yamba Primary School in 2007 and 2008 and taught the women how to knit. She then ran the UK office on a voluntary basis for a few years.The women love knitting. It is cold in the village from July-September and it is difficult to buy warm clothes for the babies and children.

  • Baby boy born in Milingano Dispensary ward after an emergency trip from Yamba in Village Africa’s ambulance.  His name is Claud and he is pictured here with his mother Veronika Abasi.  A big thank you to Village Africa donors who made this urgent journey possible.

  • Yakob Hokelai broke his leg in Yamba and needed an emergency trip to Tanga in Village Africa’s ambulance. He has now made a full recovery and has had the plaster cast removed.

  • Baby Florian named after Florian Schneider, an Austrian carpenter, who visited the charity in Yamba. The baby is pictured here with his mother Ester. Ester is the daughter of Village Africa’s nurse Hilda Shemzigwa.

  • Liam Marsh runs a birthday fundraiser on Facebook in aid of Village Africa.
  • Thanks to George Salter Academy, West Bromwich, UK for sending sports jerseys.

December 2018

  • Garage completed for Village Africa’s ambulance at the top of the mountain in Yamba. What a feat of construction! The doors were welded in Tanga and 24 villagers were needed to carry the doors up the very steep mountain from the lorry at the junction (75 mins walk).

  • Thank you to the Pod charity for giving a grant for the water harvesting system and towards the doors and watchman’s hut.
  • Village Africa starts the construction of two classrooms for Kwembalazi, kindly funded by the Zoe Carss Education Trust.

  • Queen’s Inclosure Primary School in the UK kindly raises money for the Yamba Classrooms Appeal at its Christmas performances.  It has been regularly assisting Village Africa since the Ambulance Appeal in 2010.
  • Sarah Mayne (Village Africa’s Chairman) runs a fundraiser on Facebook to celebrate her birthday.
  • Village Africa runs a Christmas auction on Facebook selling items made from African fabric, knitted items and books signed by the authors.  A big thank you to one of our trustees, Bee Taylor, for organising this and to her sister for making many of the crafts.

  • The Brazenall family very kindly makes donations to the charity again in lieu of Christmas presents to one another.
  • Baby Karen named after Karen Nivala, a past Village Africa teaching volunteer. Flora and Elias, the baby’s parents, live in Yamba.

November 2018

  • Congratulations to Telesphory Shekinyuma who has passed his degree in Production and Operation Management at Mzumbe University in Morogoro.  He is the first Simba Club student to pass university. Many thanks to his Village Africa Simba Club sponsors in Australia and his family who contributed to his university education.Telesphory started his schooling at Yamba Primary School, went to Mibukwe Secondary School in Milingano and did Form 5 and 6 (A levels) in Arusha.

  • Kids Helping Kids visits Village Africa.  Salie Rossen and her niece Rahel Kima visited 7 primary schools to see the school toilets and water tanks kindly funded by Kids Helping Kids. They also met 3 agricultural students Kids Helping Kids is sponsoring at Kiwanda College near Amani, 3 secondary school students at Mibukwe Secondary School in Milingano and 4 participants they sent on the SAT organic farming course in Morogoro.  This assistance by Kids Helping Kids is managed by Village Africa in Tanzania.

Salie Rossen and Rahel Kima (fourth and fifth from right respectively)

  • Yamba pupils write to their new pen pals at Thornton Creek Elementary in the USA,  This link was kindly made by Kids Helping Kids.

  • Football pump presented to Yamba Primary School.  Thank you to the group of 9 Austrian student nurses for leaving the money to buy it.

Teacher Athumani (right) receives the gift from John Shekuamba, Village Africa’s Assistant Director.

  • Buy Christmas cards in aid of Village Africa.  Choose a card from a wide range, choose a greeting, then choose Village Africa.  https://charitycards.co.uk/

October 2018

  • QAD Europe Ltd kindly donates to Village Africa to help our life-saving health and important education work.
  • Heathcote Parish Church holds a bake sale. Thanks to Tina Freeman (past Village Africa volunteer) and all who baked, bought cakes and made donations.

  • Nicolaus Lameki born in hospital after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance. He is pictured here with his mother Riziki Joseph from Milingano.

  • Farming course – Simon Daniel (left) and Anthoni Paulo from Yamba attend a five-day programme at Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) in Morogoro, the neighbouring region. Thank you to Kids Helping Kids in the USA for suggesting this idea and for providing the funding.

  • World Cup sweepstake winnings buy footballs for Milingano and Yamba primary schools and a netball for Milingano. Thanks to the past Village Africa building volunteer who sent the money.

  • Italian student nurses Miriam, Pia and Victoria and Austrian carpenter Florian visit Yamba and give gifts to Yamba Primary School. Thanks to them and their family and friends for the presents which include chalk, blackboard dusters, wall clocks, a globe, calculators, pens, footballs, skipping ropes, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and sweets.

Maiko, Miriam, Florian, Pia and Victoria (left to right)

Miriam, Pia and Victoria (left to right)

  • Caroline Mantle (recent visitor to Yamba) starts a birthday fundraiser for Village Africa.
  • Good luck to the following students who are starting higher education, part-sponsored by Village Africa’s Simba Club.  Many thanks to their sponsors in the UK and Germany.Innocent Charles, Law at Mzumbe University (Mbeya campus).  He was a pupil at Yamba Primary School and went on to pass Form 6 (A levels) at Tabora Boys.

Francis Marko, BA in Social Sciences at Mwenge Catholic University in Moshi (Kilimanjaro Region).  He studied at Yamba Primary School, Mibukwe Secondary School in Milingano and then Shambalai High School in Lushoto.

Ade John, BSc in Food Science and Technology at the University of Dar es Salaam.  She studied at Amani Primary School, Yamba Primary School, Mibukwe Secondary School in Milingano, Kongei Secondary School in Lushoto (Form 1-4), St Christina Girls’ Secondary School in Tanga (Form 5-6) and the Ministry of Agriculture Training Institute Uyole in Mbeya (Diploma).

Raymond Msumari, BA in Education, St Augustine University of Tanzania in Mwanza. He studied at Yamba Primary School, Mibukwe Secondary School (Form 1-4) and then Mwanga Secondary School (Form 5-6).

Valentina Edmundi, Diploma in Agriculture and Livestock at Ilonga College in Morogoro.  She has already passed A levels (Form 6).

September 2018

  • Adam, age 9, sells apples and pears from his garden to raise money for Yamba classrooms. He raised £12.50 which is enough for 215 bricks @ 5.8p per brick. 10 people have kindly matched his fundraising.

  • Village Africa finishes building 6 school toilets and 3 water tanks for Kijungumoto Primary School. They will be handed over to the school in November when the donor, Kids Helping Kids, makes a visit from the USA.
  • Health seminar given by Mama Ade (Village Africa’s Village Health Worker) at Makanya as part of a series of talks. Makanya is a remote village covered by Village Africa’s ambulance service.

  • Solar lamps and blankets for pupils in Simba Club (Village Africa’s student sponsorship scheme).

  • Twins – born after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance. Their mother, Julieta Joseph, lives in Milingano. The boy and the girl haven’t been named/baptized yet.

  • Tom Dickin visits Yamba for a few days with his former work colleague Caroline Mantle. This is Tom’s eighth visit and Caroline’s first.

Photo (left to right) – Yamba Primary School Head teacher Msafiri Ahadi, School Committee Mzee Bernard Kihiyo, Caroline Mantle, Village Executive Officer Omari Almisi Bendera, Tom Dickin, Teacher Fadhili Mpwili, Village Africa nurse and manager Hilda Shemzigwa, Village Africa Director Caroline Johnston (Makihiyo).

  • Congratulations to Roman Peter who has passed his second year at university with high marks. He is training to be a secondary school history teacher. The third and final year starts in November. Thank you to his Simba Club sponsor in the UK.

  • Village Africa’s ambulance – Rashidi Abrahaman was rushed to hospital after a very bad fall. He is now back home in Kwemsiga in Milingano.

  • Atlases for Yamba Primary School thanks to Lawrence View Primary and Nursery School in the UK. Thank you to everyone in Eastwood, Nottingham involved in the fundraising.

  • Village Africa’s ambulance service – Swahibu Salehe, a pupil from Kwembalazi Primary School, was rushed to hospital in Tanga when he broke his arm. Swahibu was referred to Muhimbili, the national hospital in Dar es Salaam, and was treated there. He is now better and back at school.

  • Yamba pupils write to their penfriends at Chapel Allerton Primary School in the UK.

  • Baby boy born after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance. He was delivered in Milingano Dispensary. His name is David. His mother is Margaret, the daughter of Martin Thomas, Village Africa’s watchman.

  • Congratulations to Diwani Peter Lenard and the Milingano Ward Health Committee for opening the Milingano Dispensary ward. This new facility has a labour room for delivering babies, a ward for mothers to rest after giving birth, toilets, a solar panel and a small private ward for government staff. The solar panel was funded by profit from patient fees. Village Africa was pleased to fund the installation of bulbs to light the rooms at night. This was paid for by fundraising by Mark Wilkes who trekked from Tanga to Yamba with Doug Brazenall.

  • Village Africa appeals for sponsors for students going to university or post-A level higher education. The pupils have smashed our expectations and are securing places at university and colleges training professionals. They need approximately £1,200 per year to go. Most courses are for 3 years. Can you generously contribute £25, £50 or £100 a month to make this happen please? If so, please email info@villageafrica.org.uk. University courses start in October each year. The scheme is open to students who went to Yamba Primary School, Milingano Primary School and Village Africa staff children. The students will be part of Village Africa’s existing Simba Club.

August 2018

  • Yamba urgently needs two new classrooms so Village Africa has started an appeal.. Fundraisers and donors are needed.Did you volunteer in the school? Have you visited it? Do you sponsor a child there? Have you supported the school in the past some other way (desks, books, stationery, sports equipment)?We are delighted and proud of the academic success of past pupils and now want to help their younger brothers and sisters.https://mydonate.bt.com/events/yambaclassroomsappeal

  • Tina Freeman has booked to return to Yamba in January after ten years. She has started fundraising for the charity. Tina was a teaching volunteer in Yamba Primary School and taught IT and knitting skills to adults. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/tinaforvillageafrica
  • Village Africa completes 6 school toilets and 3 water tanks for Kwebamba Primary School. The hand over ceremony will be in December when the donor, Kids Helping Kids, visits.
  • Student nurses from Austria visit and bring gifts for Yamba Primary School. They gave footballs, a netball, atlases, reams of paper, red pens for the teachers and school bags, school stationery and toiletries for the children. They also donated to Village Africa’s ambulance service. Seriously ill patients are driven 3 hours in a 4-wheel drive vehicle on rough terrain to Tumaini Health Centre or Bombo Regional Referral Hospital in Tanga. Many thanks to all in Austria who so kindly contributed.

Photo (left to right) David, Elisabeth, Nadine, Hannes, Corinna, Lena, Sophie, Ines and Julia

Photo (left to right) – Elisabeth, Julia, Corinna, David, Hannes, Lena, Nadine, Ines and Sophie

  • Work experience – Epimack Paulo is doing a masonry and bricklaying course at VETA (Vocational Education and Training Authority) in Tanga. He is working on Village Africa’s building sites for 3 months as part of his course. Many thanks to his Simba Club sponsor in the UK.

  • Miraji Yahaya from Kwembalazi needed an emergency trip as he ‘had no blood’ which is a symptom of malaria. He is now better and back home.

  • Healthy cassava, thanks to Peter Shemweta. In the past Peter taught Yamba villagers how to get rid of a cassava disease. They listened and now the plants are doing well. Peter’s visit was kindly funded by Kids Helping Kids and organised by Village Africa.

  • Village Africa’s ambulance service – Saidi Juma Rashidi is home and smiling again after an emergency trip to hospital. He had a road accident and needed to get to a big hospital urgently. He lives in Kwemsiga, Milingano.

July 2018

  • Village Africa thanks Meeting Needs for its generous grant which funded our ambulance service for six months (Jan-Jun 2018).  In this period, there were 25 emergency trips to hospital and 31 non-emergency patients used the vehicle also. www.meetingneeds.org.uk

  • Congratulations to Adelina (Ade) John who has passed her post-Form 6 (A levels) Diploma in Agriculture at the Ministry of Agriculture Training Institute Uyole in Mbeya. She even learnt to drive a tractor as part of the course. She is the daughter of John Samweli, Village Africa’s driver and Mama Ade, Village Africa’s nurse.

  • Baby Moe named after Moe Brazenall, Village Africa’s Simba Club (student sponsorship scheme) coordinator. The baby was born during Moe’s recent visit to Yamba. The baby needed an emergency trip to hospital in Village Africa’s ambulance after catching pneumonia. She is the daughter of Richard Anthony (our builder) and Esturide.

  • HobbyAid in the UK sends knitted clothes for the people of Yamba. Here is Alois Moses with his new sweater. It is unusually cold in the village this year. A big thank you to all those who did the knitting.

  • Kwembalazi Primary School receives a football and pump. Thank you to the Village Africa supporters who kindly sent them.

Photo: Teacher Amru Mngano and pupils.

  • Village Africa’s ambulance – Bakari Hamdani is home in Milingano after an emergency trip. He had had a nasty fall.

  • Congratulations to Francis Marko, Innocent Charles, Raymond Msumari, Valentina Edmund and Prosper Edmund on passing Form 6 (A levels). Francis, Innocent and Raymond were pupils at Yamba Primary School. Francis Marko passed at Shambalai High School in Lushoto. Thank you to his Simba Club sponsors in Germany.

  • Innocent passed at Tabora Boys. Thank you to his Simba Club sponsor in the UK.

  • Raymond passed at Mwanga Secondary School. He is the son of Teacher Richard Msumari (now retired) and Teacher Mama Sauda (formerly Yamba Primary School, now Kweulasi Primary School outside Milingano).

  • Valentina and Prosper are the children of Edmundi Senkunde (our Driver/Senior manager) and his wife Angela Edmundi (our Accounts Clerk).

  • Baby Caroline born after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance. She is named after Village Africa’ Director, Caroline Johnston. The baby lives in Milingano and is the daughter of Mary Lukas (in the picture) and Luka Yambazi.

  • Jaki John, Petro Dastani and Stanislaus Richard start Form 5 (A levels). Many thanks to their Simba Club sponsors.Jaki is studying at Machame Secondary School in Kilimanjaro Region. It is a government boarding school for girls. She will be studying science subjects.

  • Petro Dastani goes to Lindi in the south of Tanzania to start the course. He studied at Milingano Primary School.

  • Stanislaus Richard is studying at Soni Seminary in Lushoto. He is from Kitunda in Yamba. His sponsor is Centennial Academy in Canada.

  • Football for Milingano Primary School. Teacher Maliki Farouk (left) receives it from John Shekuamba, Village Africa’s Assistant Director. Thank you to the supporter who sent it

  • Saturday Club – Village Africa runs a club for girls. It teaches life skills (including good hygiene), as well as lots of fun activities like netball, singing, dancing and drawing. Thanks to the recent visitors who brought small gifts for them. Here are some of the girls with the bouncy balls which they love.

June 2018

  • Father’s Day (17 June) – Joseph Maiko is one of the many fathers helped by Village Africa’s ambulance service. He was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with pneumonia. He has been discharged and is safely home with his family in Yamba.

  • Waterlooville Baptist Church – Caroline Johnston, Director, updates the congregation on Village Africa’s work.
  • The Cotswold Way – Sean Campbell is raising money for Village Africa by walking/running/crawling in August. Please sponsor him if you can. Sean was a building volunteer in Yamba. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/seancampbell4
  • Village Africa’s ambulance service – Baby Nasoro born in hospital after an emergency trip. His mother Mwanaisha and father Saidi live in Milingano.

  • Stanslaus Robati safely home in Milingano after an emergency trip to hospital. He had had a nasty fall in the village.

  • Football for Yamba Primary School – Thank you to the Village Africa friend who sent it.

Teacher Athumani (left) receives the gift from John Shekuamba, Village Africa’s Assistant Director

May 2018

  • Village Africa asks supporters to give £3 a month (or what they can afford) to keep Village Africa’s ambulance service running. We need help to continue this life-saving work.
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  • Village Africa supporters were asked to ‘opt in’ to mailings to comply with new data protection regulations in the UK. Please contact info@villageafrica.org.uk if you would like to do this.
  • The ‘long rains’ from February to May were particularly heavy this year. They greatly hampered our work and caused many extra costs. Fortunately, the Village Africa ambulance service kept running. Many thanks to all our donors and to our excellent drivers John Samweli and Edmundi Senkunde.
    On the positive side, the beans and maize crops are doing well.

  • Foroforo Primary School receives 6 school toilets and 3 water tanks kindly funded by Kids Helping Kids and built by Village Africa. Celebrations included traditional dancing by the men.

  • Lunch Club held at Waterlooville Baptist Church raises money for the charity.
  • Village Africa ambulance – Baby girl born in hospital after an emergency trip. Here she is (Mariam Ali) with her mother Maajabu Hosseni from Milingano. A big thank to our donors who made this possible.

  • A football and netball equipment (2 posts, 2 sets of bibs and a netball) given to Mibukwe Secondary School. The school has cleared an area to make a court. Thanks go to Kath Culkin, past Village Africa volunteer.

  • Thursday Group at Waterlooville Baptist Church – Caroline Johnston gives a talk about Village Africa’s achievements.
  • Village Africa ambulance – Rashidi Mohamedi from Kwembalazi had an emergency trip as he was suffering from chest problems.

  • Village Africa joins Smile at Amazon.co.uk. Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to Village Africa when chosen by its customers. https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1122410-0
  • Baby Jackson named after Jack Armstrong, a past Village Africa volunteer. Jack had visited the family with a fellow volunteer to help with farming. The baby is the son of John Kijazi who was the first Village Chairman when Yamba became a village.

  • Central Men’s Group in Dudley receives a presentation from Doug Brazenall following his visit to Yamba.
  • Yamba pupils write pen pal letters to children at Chapel Allerton Primary School in Leeds, UK.

  • Queen’s Inclosure Primary School – Caroline Johnston gives a school assembly about the charity’s plans.
  • ‘Stay Local’ magazine, May 2018 edition carries a one-page feature about Waterlooville Baptist Church’s ‘Petrol Can Appeal’ to raise money for fuel for Village Africa’s ambulance.

April 2018

  • Eight new desks for Yamba Primary School from the Simba Club community fund. Village Africa has now made a total of 700 desks since the charity started in 2006.
    The desks were taken outside for the photo shoot.

  • HobbyAid sends knitted clothes for children in Yamba. Here is Ginzela Daniel with her mother Mshaghulwa. Thank you to all who knitted them. It gets cold in the mountains from July to September.

  • Malaria – Village Africa’s ambulance service rushed Maiko Edmundi to hospital in Tanga for treatment. He has now recovered and is back home in the village.

March 2018

  • District Commissioner, Lushoto  – January S Lugangika becomes the first DC ever to visit Yamba.  He is pictured here with Village Africa’s Director, Caroline Johnston.

  • Emma Southey visits Village Africa in Tanzania. Emma is a Director of the charity. Previously she was our Volunteer Liaison Officer and before that one of our building volunteers. ‘Baby’ Emma presented her with a watermelon as a gift. Another baby was also named after her in March.

  • Doug and Moe Brazenall also visit Yamba. Moe is our Child Sponsorship Co-ordinator and there are currently 112 students in the scheme. Doug is a great fundraiser for Village Africa and has twice trekked from Tanga to Yamba (100km) to raise money for the charity. A baby was named after Doug during their visit.

February 2018

  • New uniforms for Simba Club primary school pupils. Many thanks to their sponsors.

January 2018

  • Village Africa thanks XL Catlin for its generous grant which funded our ambulance service for one year (2017).  In this period, there were 36 emergency trips to hospital and 48 non-emergency patients used the vehicle also.

  • The Wickford Church of England School donates to Village Africa’s ambulance service. The school chose Village Africa as its Charity of the Year from Sept 2016. It held many fundraising activities including a big breakfast, a cake sale, a summer concert, a Christmas concert and one male teacher even waxed his legs! The cheque was presented to Caroline Johnston (Director) on her visit to the school. She met all classes and showed them photos of the ambulance and some patients it had helped in 2017.
  • Queen’s Inclosure Primary School raises money for Village Africa at its Christmas Concert. The money was given to Caroline Johnston at a school assembly when she updated the pupils and teachers.

December 2017

  • Village Africa buys land in Milingano to be used as a community football pitch.
  • Excellent exam results for primary school leavers (age 14). 18 out of 25 passed at Yamba Primary School, 35 out of 40 at Kweulasi Primary School and all 50 out of 50 at Milingano Primary School. Milingano was 20th out of 519 schools in the region. Congratulations to the pupils, teachers and head teachers. Thank you to all Village Africa supporters who have helped these youngsters in so many ways over the years. Sadly one Yamba pupil died before she took the exams but she is included in the numbers.


Photo – Juma Zuberi, Std VII leaver at Milingano Primary School. A special thank you to his Simba Club sponsor.

  • Yamba pupils write to their penpals at Chapel Allerton Primary School in the UK.
  • Lawrence View Primary and Nursery School sends Christmas cards to pupils in Yamba Primary School.

  • The Brazenall family donates money to Village Africa in lieu of Christmas presents. A big thank to all involved.

November 2017

  • Village Africa holds a Christmas auction on facebook. Thanks to all who bought lots.
  • Tansila James broke her arm after a fall in Yamba. She was rushed to hospital in the charity’s ambulance. Many thanks to all Village Africa donors who made this emergency trip possible financially. The trip is 100km each way on very rough roads.

  • 50 more desks for Milingano Primary School. They were made by Village Africa carpenters Charles Bernard (left) and Emily Joseph (right). A big thank you to all who contributed to the Village Africa Desk Appeal.

  • Simba Club – Yeboyebo for primary school pupils in Village Africa’s student sponsorship scheme. Thank you to all the sponsors.

  • Joli Belle raises money for Village Africa’s ambulance service in lieu of birthday presents. She lives in Turkey. She previously trekked from Tanga to Yamba to support the charity.
  • Milingano Ward Football League – Village Africa’s Director Caroline Johnston is guest of honour at the final and presents the prizes.

  • Disabled – Village Africa distributes secondhand clothes, shoes and soap to people with a physical or mental disability in Yamba and the surrounding area. These were some of the items donated by Tanzanians to Kihime, a small project started by Father Baruti in Amani.


Photo – Alois Moses wearing his new shirt and trousers

  • Teacher training – Congratulations to Hellena Philipo from Milingano who passed Form 4 at Mibukwe Secondary School and is now doing a kindergarten teacher training course in Tanga. A big thank you to her Village Africa Simba Club sponsors in Canada and to her family for jointly supporting her.
  • Snake bite – John Hozza safely home after an emergency trip to hospital in Village Africa’s ambulance. He lives in Milingano. A big thank you to the charity’s supporters who made this very urgent trip possible.

October 2017

  • Celebrations at Kikumbi Primary School as Village Africa hands over 6 school toilets and 3 water tanks. The work was funded by Kids Helping Kids in the USA. The construction was done by Village Africa’s all Tanzanian building team and carpenters, assisted by villagers who brought sand, water, aggregate, bricks and timber.

  • Village Africa starts to build a garage in Yamba near Mzizma. The road is open so patients no longer have to walk to Kwemshi to reach the ambulance.
  • Austria – Student nurses Nathalie, Daniela, Johannes and Valerie (left to right) visit Yamba. They bring a football for the primary school and pencils for all the pupils.

  • Village Africa Ambulance Service – Shadrack Kingazi home after a trip to hospital. He needed dental treatment after he was accidentally kicked in the face when playing. He caught a lift with the ambulance when it was doing an emergency trip!

  • Milingano – 75 new desks for the primary school from the Village Africa Desk Appeal.
  • Village Africa ambulance service – Neema Salimu took an emergency trip due to complications in childbirth. Her new baby is a girl called Zawadi which means ‘gift’ in Kiswahili. The family live in Milingano

  • Teacher training – Congratulations to Maiko Paulo who passed Form 4 and is now doing a primary school teacher training course in Tanga. It is for two years. A big thank you to his Simba Club sponsors.

  • Baby Johannes – named after Johannes Mariani, a recent visitor to Yamba from Austria. Congratulations to the proud parents Clemencia (pictured here) and Richard Antoni. It is a custom in Yamba that newborn babies are sometimes named after visitors so that, as the child grows up, the visitor is remembered.

  • Congratulations to Epimack Francis from Yamba who has been selected by the government to join Form 5 (A levels). He has started at the government boarding school in Tanga. A big thank you to his Simba Club sponsor.

September 2017

  • Village Africa ambulance – Baby girl called Salome born after an emergency trip. Her mother is called Sophia John and her father is John Charles. They live in Yamba.

  • Keeping the river clean – Large bowls distributed to primary school pupils in Simba Club. Villagers need to wash clothes at the edge of the river and not in the river to prevent the spread of illnesses such as typhoid, cholera, worms, vomiting, diarrhoea, skin complaints and bad eyes.

  • Mobile phones – Thank you to Wickford C of E School in the UK for collecting phones for Village Africa. A special thank you to the parent who managed to get 10 new ones for us.
  • Hoes for farming – Distributed to all primary school children in Simba Club. Nearly all families in the remote villages are subsistence farming. In Yamba the main crop is beans and in Kwembalazi and Milingano it is maize.


Photo – (left to right) Zainati, Samimu, Zakia, Mwanarusi and Zikiri at Kwembalazi Primary School

  • Austrian student nurses Lisa, Judith and Julia visit Yamba. They bring reams of paper, paints and paintbrushes for Yamba Primary School, key fobs for Village Africa staff and tiny solar grasshopper toys for the children.


Photo (left to right, back row Lisa, Judith and Julia, front row John Samweli (driver/senior manager), Mzee Bernard (watchman), Edmundi Senkunde (driver/senior manager), Martin Thomas (watchman), John Shekuamba (Assistant Director) and Mzee Jango’fua (watchman).

  • New desks – 11 desks for Kwembalazi Primary School made by Village Africa’s carpenters, Emily Joseph and Charles Bernard. Many thanks to all who contributed to the Village Africa Desk Appeal.

August 2017

  • Village Africa ambulance service – Paulo Mbiu fully recovered from malaria after an emergency trip to hospital. He is Village Africa’s Assistant Head builder and has helped build many classrooms and school toilets.

  • Sad news – Helena Francis has died of kidney failure. She was a Std VII pupil at Yamba Primary School (age 16) and lived in Kwemshi. Helena was treated at the regional hospital (Bombo in Tanga) and the national hospital (Muhimbili in Dar es Salaam). Thank you to all Village Africa supporters and staff who helped Helena in so many ways since we started the charity in 2006. You made her life, albeit short, happier and more comfortable than it might have been otherwise. A special thank you to her Simba Club sponsors who supported her education for 7 years.

  • Village Africa ambulance service – Baby boy born in hospital after an emergency trip. His name is Jackson. His parents are Vicenti Kasmili (father) and Salama Vicenti (mother). They live in Milingano.

  • Celebrations at Kweulasi-Kibaoni on the completion of six toilets and three water tanks for its primary school. The project was kindly funded by Kids Helping and Kids and built by Village Africa. Construction took under six weeks. Thank you to the villagers for their great cooperation.

  • Village Africa ambulance service – Petro Dastani recovered after breaking his arm playing football in Yamba during the school holidays. Petro is in Simba Club and is studying at a school for talented students.

  • Sarah (left) and Felicitas (right) visit Village Africa in Yamba for a few days. They bring gifts of clothing, toys and school stationery for the children from their family and friends in Italy and Austria. They are student nurses.

  • Village Africa ambulance service – Baby girl born in hospital after an emergency trip. She is called Zawadi and her parents are Salimu Hasani (father) and Salama Costantino (mother) and live in Milingano.

July 2017

  • Avocado tree – Avuniwa fell out of the tree when picking fruit. He was rushed to hospital in Village Africa’s ambulance. Fortunately no broken bones! He lives in Yamba.

  • Cold weather in the mountains – Primary school children in Simba Club receive coloured sweaters to wear after school and at weekends. They also receive blue school sweaters once a year. The sweaters are made locally on knitting machines. It is particularly cold this year. Thank you to all the sponsors for their generosity.

  • Pneumonia – Edith Philipo has recovered from pneumonia after an emergency trip to hospital in Village Africa’s ambulance. She lives in Mweni.

  • Sixteen more desks for Kwembalazi Primary School from the Village Africa Desk Appeal. They were made by Village Africa carpenters Emily and Charles.

  • Baby Caroline named after Caroline Johnston, Village Africa’s Director in Tanzania. The baby is the daughter of Peter Shemweta who gives farming seminars on behalf of Village Africa.

  • Pneumonia – Yulia Anton home after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance. She lives in Kwemshi in Yamba and was suffering from pneumonia. It is very cold in the village this year. The villagers have no heating, except fires in the kitchens. A big thank you to all Village Africa supporters who sent money to make this journey possible.

  • Joanna Leigh’s family and friends collect loose change for Village Africa.

June 2017

  • New desks for Kwembalazi Primary School. Village Africa carpenters make 21 desks for the pupils. Many thanks to all who contributed to the Village Africa Desk Appeal. We are making the desks as timber becomes available.

  • Celebrations as Village Africa hands over 6 school toilets and 3 water tanks to Kwemkomole Primary School. The work was kindly funded by Kids Helping Kids in the USA and built by Village Africa’s all-Tanzanian building team.

  • Tom Dickin successfully completes the Victoria Falls Marathon in aid of Village Africa’s ambulance service. He then visits Yamba to catch up with his past pupils and friends. He is pictured here with Simba Club members. All of them are at secondary school, except one who is at university.

  • Hobbyaid sends handmade toys and clothes to children in Yamba. These gifts were distributed to recently bereaved children, disabled youngsters and children who volunteered for the charity. A very big thank you to all who so lovingly made these presents and sent them from the UK. Special thanks to Jamie Conner, HobbyAid’s founder.

  • Centennial Academy in Canada does a fundraising blitz for Simba Club, Village Africa’s student sponsorship scheme. It included a sponsored walk by the teenagers. Their teacher, Krystal Lapierre, was a Village Africa teaching volunteer at Mibukwe Secondary School in Milingano. A big thank you to all the fundraisers and donors.
  • Malaria – Resma Abdala home after an emergency trip to hospital in Village Africa’s ambulance. She lives in Kwembalazi and was suffering from malaria. A big thank you to Village Africa supporters for the donations that made this 3 hour journey possible.

  • Baby Joanna named after Joanna Leigh (nee Elgar) who was a Village Africa teaching volunteer in Yamba and Milingano in 2006/2007. The baby’s parents are John Bernard and Flora John who live in Yamba. Flora used to play at Mzizma (Village Africa’s accommodation) when she was a child and remembers Joanna from those days. She loved Joanna and has now chosen to name her baby after her.

  • Queen’s Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville learns more about the lifestyle of children in the Yamba and Milingano area. Caroline Johnston, our Project Leader, visited QI to update the pupils. QI pupils regularly fundraise for the charity.
  • Village Africa’s ambulance service – Magret safely home after an emergency trip. She had broken her wrist in a fall. The terrain is very rocky in Yamba. A big thank you to all Village Africa supporters who made this trip possible financially.

  • Baby Tom named after Tom Dickin who was a Village Africa teaching volunteer. The baby’s mother is Eva and she is Maiko Paulo’s sister.

  • Hygiene – Village Africa nurse, Hilda Shemzigwa, gives a seminar in Makanya. Frequent handwashing helps to prevent cholera, typhoid, worms, dysentery and other sickness and diarrhoea. Makanya is 12kms from Yamba and is served by our ambulance service. Thank you to all who help finance our health work in remote villages.

May 2017

  • Baby Joli named after Joli Belle who trekked from Tanga to Yamba in aid of Village Africa’s ambulance service. The baby is the daughter of Richard Martin, Village Africa’s Site Manager.

  • Yamba Primary School pupils write to their penpals at Chapel Allerton Primary School in Leeds.

  • Hygiene kits for all primary school pupils in Simba Club, Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme.

  • Wickford C of E School is raising money for Village Africa’s ambulance service. It has chosen Village Africa as its charity of the year. Fundraising events have included a big breakfast at school. One of the male teachers even had his legs waxed to raise money! More activities are planned. They have also collected mobile phones. Thank you to all involved.

April 2017

  • Netball and football given to Yamba Primary School. These were funded by the surplus from Waterlooville Baptist Church’s Toy in a Bag Appeal. Here is a photo of the netball being presented.

  • Baby Victoria named after Victoria Wilson, who was a Village Africa teaching volunteer in Yamba. The parents are Martin Thomas (Village Africa’s watchman at Mzizma our visitor accommodation) and his wife Philimina Martin.

  • Village Africa ambulance service – Awazi Jabiri safely home after an urgent journey to hospital. He had a very nasty fall and had to have a brace put on his teeth. He lives in Kwemsiga just outside the centre of Milingano. A big thank you to all the donors who funded this emergency trip.

March 2017

  • New classrooms – Village Africa completes two classrooms for Kwembalazi Primary School. A big thank you to the Zoe Carss Education Trust for the funding. The classrooms were received by the District Commissioner (DC) of Lushoto and put into immediate use.

  • Baby Emily named after Emily Curtis, a past Village Africa teaching volunteer. The baby was born in hospital and travelled to Yamba in Village Africa’s vehicle when it was returning to the village. The parents are Maiko Paulo and Skola Maiko. Maiko worked in Village Africa’s office as a manager and Skola worked in Yamba Primary School teaching the kindergarten.

  • New school bags for primary school pupils in Simba Club, Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme. A big thank you to all the sponsors.

February 2017

  • School stationery sets for pupils in Simba Club, Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme. A big thank you to all the sponsors for helping the youngsters with their education.

January 2017

  • Baby Philipo named after Phil Eastham.  Phil volunteered for Village Africa and visits on a regular basis.  The baby’s parents are Tomas Hosea and Lenada Tomas.

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  • St Wilfrid’s Men’s Group sent a donation as Village Africa was one of its chosen charities for 2016.  Thank you to all members for their generosity.
  • Queen’s Inclosure Primary School receives an assembly from Caroline Johnston, Village Africa’s Director.  The presentation portrayed the life of a child in the village.

December 2016

  • Waterlooville Baptist Church’s Toy in a Bag Appeal saw gifts donated to 126 young pupils in Yamba Primary School.  A big thank you to all who contributed.

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  • The Brazenall family makes donations to Village Africa in lieu of Christmas presents to one another.  Thank you to them for their thoughtfulness and kindness.
  • Lynncroft Primary School and Nursery in the UK send Christmas cards to their penfriends in Yamba.

  • Two tables and chairs for teachers made for Kweulasi Primary School.  Thanks to Zoe Carss Education Trust for the funding.

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  • Queen’s Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville donates proceeds from its Christmas performances.  Many thanks to all involved.
  • Sixty two new desks donated to Milingano Primary School this year. Many thanks to all who contributed to the Village Africa Desk Appeal.

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  • Series of farming seminars organised by Village Africa in Kwembalazi and Yamba. Kindly funded by Kids Helping Kids in the USA. Topics include maize, banana, trees, chickens, cows and goats.

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  • Village Africa’s building team completes 6 school toilets and 3 water tanks for Kishimai Primary School. The handover ceremony will take place after the holidays. This is a new school started by the community so that the children no longer have to climb 3 hours up the steep mountain for lessons.

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  • Beanie raises money for Village Africa by giving up alcohol for a year. A big thank to him and also to his family and friends who sponsored him for the last 3 months. Beanie (Sean McBean) was a Village Africa building volunteer in Yamba.

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  • Village Africa Calendars for sale – Only £10 each (including P&P if UK). Please order by Sunday 27th November 2016 to catch the print run in time for posting overseas and within the UK. Please email info@villageafrica.org.uk with the number of calendars you would like and give the delivery address. Payments can be made online by debit or credit card at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/villageafrica.

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  • Our Christmas cards are back! 
    This year we have two designs, available in packs of 10 at £5 each (including p&p).
    Design A is 15cm square and B is A6 size. Both are blank inside for your own lovely Christmas messages.
To order, please email the quantity you’d like, specifying the design and a delivery address to info@villageafrica.org.uk.
 Payments can be made online at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/villageafrica or by cheque to ‘Village Africa’ sent to Village Africa, 126 Hambledon Road, Waterlooville, Hants, PO7 6XA. Please do not gift aid as this is not allowed on charity merchandise.

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  • The Village Africa Christmas auction on facebook is now up and running again for this year! New lots will be posted throughout the month so keep checking back to make sure you don’t miss out. Please bid by commenting under the relevant picture. Bidding will close at 9pm on 30th November, when the highest bidder wins. Postage is covered by the starting price. Good luck.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/vaauction

November 2016

  • Phil Eastham catching up with friends in Milingano.  Phil volunteered for the charity and make regular visits.

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  • School uniforms distributed to primary school pupils in Simba Club, Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme.  The uniforms and sweaters were made by men and women in the village.  A big thank you to all the sponsors.

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  • Wickford C of E Infant School continues its link with Yamba Primary School. Caroline Johnston, Village Africa’s Director, spent a day at the Wickford school updating the teachers and pupils.

October 2016

  • Baby boy born in hospital after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance. His name is Lenard and he is pictured here with his mother Erine Elias. A very big thank you to all Village Africa donors who made this trip possible.

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  • Excellent primary school leavers’ exam results again in Milingano, Kweulasi and Yamba primary schools. 53 out of 54 passed in Milingano, 45 out of 48 in Kweulasi and 21 out of 26 in Yamba.Milingano was the 2nd placed school in Bumbuli Council. Kweulasi was 6th and Yamba was 26th. Milingano was the 9th placed school in the region out of 412 and 220th nationally out of 8109. The pupils worked hard and the head teachers and teachers are doing an amazing job. Thank you to all Village Africa volunteers and supporters who have also helped these pupils to achieve these fantastic results. 

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  • Tom Dickin from the UK makes his sixth visit to Yamba. He originally came as a Village Africa teaching volunteer and is keenly following the progress of his former pupils. Yamba still loves visitors!

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  • Water and sanitation – Yamba Primary School throws a party to celebrate the gift of 3 water tanks and 6 school toilets. This project was very kindly funded by Kids Helping Kids in the USA and constructed by Village Africa’s building team.

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  • Village Africa’s Director, Caroline Johnston, was guest of honour at the Milingano Primary School graduation ceremony. It was a very well attended and joyful occasion. 54 pupils completed primary school and Milingano was the top school in Bumbuli Council in the Standard VII mock exam.

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  • New books for Yamba Primary School. Mary Bryning held a fundraising lunch – a simple meal of soup, bread and cheese. She invited lots of friends and they donated generously. A big thank you to Mary and her friends.
    We have bought Science, Maths, Kiswahili and English textbooks for Standards II (age 8) and Geography, Civics and Kiswahili for Standard III (age 9). The books are beautifully produced, with lots of colourful illustrations relevant to life in Tanzania.

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  • Village Africa donates three book cupboards to Kweulasi Primary School. Another is under construction. They were kindly funded by the Zoe Carss Education Trust.
    Photo – John Shekuamba (Village Africa Assistant Director) presents the cupboards to Cuthbeth Lophin Assery (Head teacher)

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September 2016

  • Used mobile phones – Thank you to those who recently donated mobile phones for Village Africa staff. More are always needed, so please think of us whenever you change your phone. Please give them to Caroline Johnston or send them to Village Africa’s UK office.
    Photo – Edmund Senkunde, one of Village Africa’s ambulance drivers

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  • Vaccinating dogs and cats against rabies. Peter Shemweta (right) assists the government agricultural officer Justin Makaga (left) to vaccinate animals in Yamba and Kwembalazi. Dogs are used as guard dogs and cats deter rats from eating stored maize.
    Peter’s visits are organised by Village Africa and funded by Kids Helping Kids.

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  • Sean Campbell successfully runs the Bristol half marathon to raise money to sponsor Baby Sean who is named after him. Thank you to Sean and to all his friends and family who contributed.

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  • Village Africa donates 966 books to Milingano Primary School. They are for Standards II – VII and topics include Maths, Science, Technology, Kiswahili, English, History, Geography, Civics, General Studies and Sport. For each set of pupil textbooks, there is a teacher’s guide. The books match the Tanzanian syllabus so the students now have an even better chance of passing their national exams. Many thanks to all supporters who contributed to the Village Africa School Textbook Appeal.

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Photo call – John Shekuamba (Village Africa’s Assistant Director) hands books to the Milingano Primary School Head teacher and pupil representatives

  • Yamba tailor, Talita Vicent, measuring Simba Club girls for new school uniforms. Simba Club is Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme.

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  • Teachers’ books – A handful of teachers’ guides donated to Kweulasi Primary School. They have just become available in the bookshop and match the pupils’ textbooks given previously. Thank you to the Zoe Carss Education Trust for all the funding.
    Photo – Cuthbeth Lophin Assery (Head teacher) on the left and John Shekuamba (Village Africa Assistant Director) on the right.
  • kweulasi-teachers-books-cathbeth-lophen-asseryNew penpals – Yamba Primary School pupils prepare to write to students at Chapel Allerton Primary School in Leeds, UK. This is a fun way for them to learn about another culture, use English and practise their handwriting.

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August 2016

  • Malaria seminar – Village Africa nurse, Hilda Shemzigwa, giving a seminar to Standard VII pupils at Yamba Primary School. Thank you to Village Africa donors who made this possible by funding the salaries of our nurses.

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  • Village Africa’s ambulance service – Baby girl born after an emergency trip. The baby is called Amina Ayubu and the proud parents are Zakia Ayubu (mother) and Ayubu Nasoro (father). They live outside Milingano on the way to Yamba. Thank you to all Village Africa donors for their assistance. Vyaadahikana (‘It is possible’)

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  • Librarian – Regina Michael is currently looking after Village Africa’s library. It is open four times a week. It has a copy of all primary and secondary school textbooks and Kiswahili and English story books. Thank you to Village Africa supporters who have made this possible.

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  • Mibukwe Secondary School girls receive heart necklaces from Kids Helping Kids in the USA. All the recipients are in Simba Club (Village Africa’s student sponsorship scheme). The ceramic necklaces were made by American schoolgirls to raise money and some of the hearts were sent to Tanzania.

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  • Pneumonia seminar – Village Africa’s nurse (Mama Ade) arrives to give the talk. It is very cold in Yamba this year and pneumonia is the second most common ailment in the area (after malaria).
    The charity is running a year long series of monthly health seminars for the community.

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  • Stained glass – The Wickford Church of England School in Essex, UK sends a friendship plaque to Yamba Primary School. The colours of the Tanzanian flag are on the left, the UK flag colours are on the right and the Wickford school’s initials are in the centre. It is pictured here with three of the kindergarten pupils.

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  • Saturday Club – Girls watching an interactive Kiswahili DVD about health kindly provided by Thare Machi Education (a UK charity).
    Village Africa is running a club for girls in Yamba led by Magda Baruti. It teaches life skills (particularly hygiene and first aid) and there are lots of fun activities like singing, dancing, drawing and sport too. The club is for Std IV and V girls (10-11 years) in the morning and Std VI and VII girls (12-13 years) in the afternoon. Magda comes from Yamba and is now a teacher funded by Village Africa.

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  • New builder – Village Africa welcomes Richard Anthoni onto its permanent staff. He has previously worked for us on a temporary basis at Kweulasi, Kwembalazi and Yamba primary schools.

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  • Cosmas Shekinyuma has left Yamba to become a farm manager. Village Africa wishes him all the best in his new job.
  • Baby Bettina – named after Bettina Blass who was a Village Africa volunteer. The proud parents are Peter Sebastian (Sheshe) who is Village Africa’s head builder and his wife Sophia. Many congratulations on the new arrival.

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July 2016

  • Freshly painted school – Village Africa has painted Yamba Primary School to mark the charity’s 10th birthday. It painted six classrooms inside and out and all the toilets to make a cleaner and pleasant working environment for the teachers and pupils.
    Thank you to those who contributed to our birthday appeal. To donate or fundraise, please see the following link. The appeal will stay open until 2 May 2017 (the end of this birthday year). https://mydonate.bt.com/events/villageafrica10thbirthdayfundraisingappeal

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  • Milingano – blankets and hoes distributed to Simba Club pupils at Milingano Primary School. Thanks to their sponsors for making this possible. More sponsors are needed. To support a child, please see https://villageafrica.org.uk/donate/sponsor-a-child/
    (left to right Haridi, Juma, Paris and Aloisia)

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  • Baby Karen named after Tom Dickin’s mother. Tom was a Village Africa teaching volunteer in Yamba. The baby’s proud parents are Lucas Richard and Anna Lucas.

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June 2016

Village Africa 10th Birthday Fundraising Appeal

  • We’ve had an amazing 10 years thanks to the support of so many people. We’ve achieved so much but there is still lots to do. Please help us to continue our life saving health and important education work. Assist us to keep the ambulance service, health post and health seminars going and to provide classrooms, school toilets, desks and books. Please donate or fundraise for Village Africa. We need your help! We are using ‘ten’ as our fundraising theme. Can you run 10K, collect 10ps, sell 10 cupcakes, have 10 friends to lunch or think of your own ’10’ idea to raise money and celebrate our 10th birthday? https://mydonate.bt.com/events/villageafrica10thbirthdayfundraisingappeal

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  • Village Africa celebrated its 10th birthday with Caroline and some of the UK team in London.  Thank you to all supporters who came along.

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  • Local MP thanks Village Africa for its work. January Makamba, Bumbuli’s MP sends a thank you card and gifts in appreciation of all Village Africa has done to help. He is also Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office for Union Affairs and Environment.
    The gifts, pictured here with our Project Leader, Caroline Johnston, are two pieces of African cloth, a fruit basket and a chapati board and rolling pin.
    A big thank you to all our supporters.

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  • Wickford C of E Infants School continues its link with Village Africa. Here is its foyer display about Tanzania and the charity. Note the Tanzanian flag background.
    Rebecca Tarplett who teaches at the school was a volunteer teacher in Yamba.
    Caroline Johnston, our Project Leader, visited the school this month to give an assembly.

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May 2016

  • Bumba Primary School receives 6 school toilets and 3 water tanks built by Village Africa and generously donated by Kids Helping Kids in the USA.

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  • Final bricks being made for two classrooms for Kwembalazi Primary School. The Village Africa builders are almost at the lintel stage.

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  • Ambulance route – Yamba men maintain the 6km road on Wednesdays and Saturdays to keep the road open so that Village Africa’s ambulance can pass with seriously ill patients day or night in all weathers.

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April 2016

  • Solar power – Village Africa’s office now has a solar panel with bulbs and sockets thanks to Waterlooville Baptist Church. The congregation wanted to improve life for Caroline. The building doubles up as Caroline’s living accommodation. This is an amazing gift – thank you!

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Photo – Simon the technician from Tanga installing the solar power.

  • Baby Caroline named after Village Africa’s Director Caroline Johnston (Makihiyo). This is a big honour for Caroline and the charity. The newborn is pictured here with her mother Hepines. The baby’s father is Antoni Paul.

Baby Caroline and mother

March 2016

  • Milingano bridge newly constructed by the Tanzanian government. This should allow Village Africa’s ambulance to reach hospital in all weather conditions, day or night.

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  • Village Africa’s ambulance – Twins born in hospital after an emergency trip from Milingano. The mother is called Upendo Herbert and the babies’ names are Shadrack and Abedinego. Thank you to the Village Africa donors who made this journey possible and helped to save 3 lives!

Upendo Herbert with her twin babies, Shadrack and Abedinego

  • Friendship – Yamba pupils write to their friends at Chapel Allerton Primary School in Leeds, UK.

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  • Motorbike accident – Mathayo back in Milingano. He needed an emergency trip to hospital in Village Africa’s ambulance after his recent accident. Thank you to all who contribute to our ambulance service. The villagers greatly appreciate this help.

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  • Baby Karen named after Karen Nivala who was a Village Africa teaching volunteer and has visited Yamba many times. The baby is two months old and was baptised on Easter Monday. Her parents are Joseph Michael and Flora Joseph.

Baby Karen with her mother

  • Agnes safely home in Milingano after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance and being admitted to hospital. She was seriously ill with malaria. Thank you to all Village Africa donors. Our ambulance service helped to save her life.

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  • Simba Club primary school pupils are measured for an extra school uniform.

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February 2016

  • Village Africa starts building six school toilets and three water tanks for Bumba Primary School (above Mashewa where the buses stop). This work is kindly funded by Kids Helping Kids, a charity in the USA.
  • Dr Ian Bradley makes a social visit to Yamba and catches up with our nurses, Hilda (left) and Mama Ade (right).

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  • Yamba pupils send penfriend correspondence to their new friends at Wickford Church of England Infant School in the UK.

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  • Secondhand spectacles distributed in Milingano. Thank you to those who sent them from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

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January 2016

  • Foundations laid for two new classrooms at Kwembalazi Primary School by Village Africa’s building team. The classrooms are being funded by the Zoe Carss Education Trust.

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  • Village Africa funds Magda Baruti and Skola Maiko to teach kindergarten in Yamba.
  • Joanna Leigh’s family and friends kindly donate loose change they have been collecting for the charity.

December 2015

  • New Kiswahili storybooks given to Village Africa’s community library in Yamba.

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  • Children in Yamba write letters to their penpals at Chapel Allerton Primary School in Leeds, UK.
  • Yamba Primary School pupils receive handmade Christmas cards from Lynncroft Primary School students in the UK. The English school completed a rainbow walk to raise money for Village Africa’s work.

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  • The charity sells Christmas cards, a CD of church music and a calendar to mark its ten year anniversary in 2016. It also runs a Christmas auction on Facebook.

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  • The Brazenall family members make a joint donation to Village Africa in lieu of Christmas gifts to each other.
  • Maiko Paulo works in the Tanzanian office during his school holidays.

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November 2015

  • Doug, Becky, Joli and Angel, guided by John Samweli and Sheki, successfully complete the arduous 100km trek from Tanga to Yamba to raise money for Village Africa’s ambulance service.

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  • Moe Brazenall, our Child Sponsorship Coordinator, visits Yamba for the third time.

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  • Tom Dickin visits Yamba again to catch up with old friends and see the students he used to teach.

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  • Magda Baruti passes her 2 year Montessori Teacher Training course in Lushoto.

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October 2015

  • Eight more desks given to Milingano Primary School.


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  • Wickford C of E Infant School sends a school teddy and sweatshirt to Yamba Primary School as part of their link.

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  • Two book cupboards are presented to Yamba Primary School.

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September 2015

  • Kids Helping Kids visits for a week to see the building and farming work it has funded and which was delivered by Village Africa. Salie Rossen, Director, handed over six school toilets and three water tanks to Kwemisambia Primary School.

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  • Caroline Johnston, Village Africa’s Director, was Guest of Honour at Milingano Primary School leavers’ graduation ceremony.

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August 2015

  • Jessica, Bee, Rachel, Catherine and Caroline trek from Tanga to Yamba in 5 days to raise money for Village Africa’s ambulance service.

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  • The road to Mzizma (Village Africa’s accommodation) in Yamba is complete. A big thank you to all the local volunteers who carried out this work by hand.
  • Village Africa runs its first auction on Facebook.

July 2015

  • Agricultural teacher, Peter Shemweta, returns to Kwembalazi and Yamba to vaccinate livestock.
  • Jenifa Hokelei leaves Village Africa’s staff to do a vocational training course.

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  • A baby boy is born in hospital after an emergency trip in Village Africa’s ambulance. His name is Kimea.

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  • Six school toilets and 3 water tanks handed over to Kwediwa Primary School. This work was kindly funded by Kids Helping Kids and built by Village Africa.

John Shekuamba at handover ceremony, Kwediwa Primary School

June 2015

  • Congratulations to Innocent Charles who was first out of 159 students in the Form 4 midterm exams at Mbelei Secondary School. Innocent is from Yamba and is in Simba Club, Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme. A big thank you to his sponsor and all who sponsor young people in the scheme.

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  • A big thank you to Cisco for sending T-shirts to Village Africa. The T-shirts were distributed to local volunteers and staff to encourage them in their efforts to improve their community. Special thanks to Lesley Henderson (past Village Africa volunteer) who now works at Cisco for organising this.

Group of children wearing Cisco tshirts

  • Colourful blankets delivered to Simba Club, Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme. It is cold in the mountains in July and August and pneumonia is a common disease there.

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  • Wickford Church of England School forms a link with Village Africa. Rebecca Tarplett (nee Lander) was in the first group of volunteers to Yamba and now works at the Wickford school. Caroline Johnston visited to meet the head teacher, teachers and pupils and to establish the link.
  • Specsavers in Brunnsum in the Netherlands donates more secondhand spectacles to Village Africa. A big thank you to their customers and staff for their kindness.

Esturida and Matthias with glasses

May 2015

  • New Directors – Village Africa appoints Em Southey and Bee Taylor as board members.  Em was the Volunteer Liaison Officer in Yamba after a time as a building volunteer. She has also successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the charity.  Bee was a teaching volunteer on her first visit to Yamba. On her second visit she completed many different tasks to help the community and the project.

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  • School bags given to Simba Club, Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme. Some pupils walk 3 hours to school up the steep mountain from Mweni. They have to carry their exercise books and school stationery. It is often wet and muddy. Thanks to all the sponsors for their kindness.

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  • Cosham Rotary Club supports Village Africa again after a presentation by Caroline Johnston on progress made.
  • Secondhand spectacles kindly sent by Bettina Blass in Germany who was a Yamba volunteer. Thank you to her friends for donating them.
  • Road to Mzizma – Local volunteers start extending the road from Village Africa’s health post to Mzizma, our visitor accommodation. They are also widening and maintaining the road up to Yamba twice a week.

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  • School Assembly – Caroline Johnston, our Director, gives a talk at Queen’s Inclosure Primary School while she is in the UK.
  • Village Africa greetings cards – Thanks to Linsey McGregor (past Village Africa teaching volunteer) for designing and selling our cards.
  • Loose change – Joanna Leigh’s family and friends kindly collect their loose change for the charity. Joanna was in the first group of Village Africa volunteers.

April 2015

  • National vaccinations for children given free of charge in Village Africa’s health by Milingano Dispensary nurses.

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  • School textbooks – All books needed for Standard VI and VII given to Kweulasi Primary School. A big thank you to the Zoe Carss Education Trust for this funding.

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  • Farming teacher – Peter Shemweta visited for another fortnight. He ran seminars on keeping pigs, goats and chickens and on crops including ginger for Yamba. He vaccinated animals, planted trees at Kwembalazi Primary School, inspected the trees planted in Yamba and planted a coconut seed given to Caroline by Kwediwa village. Thanks to Kids Helping Kids for sponsoring this programme.

The coconut seed

  • Penpal letters – Yamba Primary School pupils write to their friends at Chapel Allerton Primary School in the UK.
  • Kwediwa Primary School – Village Africa starts the construction of 6 school toilets and 3 water tanks. We are grateful to Kids Helping Kids for this grant.

March 2015

  • Farming success – a bumper maize crop in Kwembalazi following the October farming seminars and new seeds distributed by Village Africa.

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Issa and his maize

  • Desks – Twenty nine desks made locally and donated to Milingano Primary School. Thanks to all supporters who contributed to the Village Africa Desk Appeal.

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  • Water and sanitation – 3 water tanks and 6 toilets built by Village Africa’s team at Mavumbi Primary School. Village Africa thanks Kids Helping Kids for funding this work.

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February 2015

  • Emergency trip to hospital – Maria is home and well after a trip to hospital in Village Africa’s ambulance. She fell ill after the birth of her baby girl. Many thanks to Village Africa’s supporters who made this journey possible.

Emergency trip Maria and baby girl

  • Secondhand spectacles distributed in Yamba. Thanks to Bettina Blass (past volunteer) in Germany who kindly collected and posted these.
  • Reading scheme – St Martins Wood Primary School in the UK sends a reading scheme and other books for Yamba’s community library. Thanks to Alli Shaw for organising this. Alli is one of our directors. She was a Village Africa teaching volunteer and now works at St Martins.

Joy at new library books

January 2015

  • Lenada calls her baby John after Ebony Steward’s father. Ebony has visited Yamba twice and introduced volleyball.

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  • Milingano Primary School pupils write penpal letters to Lynncroft Primary School and Nursery. Joanna Leigh (nee Elgar) volunteered in Yamba and Milingano primary schools and now works at Lynncroft.

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  • Maiko Paulo works in Village Africa’s office while he waits to join Form 3 at Eckenforde Secondary School in Tanga.

Maiko Paulo - Jan 2015

  • Magda Baruti starts her second and final year of the Montessori Kindergarten Teacher Training Course in Lushoto. Magda used to work as a translator/manager for Village Africa.

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  • Queen’s Inclosure Primary School donates money raised at its Christmas performances to the Village Africa School Textbook Appeal.
    http://www.mycharitypage.com/VillageAfricaSchoolTextbookAppeal/. The money was presented to Caroline Johnston, Village Africa’s Project Leader, when she did an assembly at the school.
  • The Brazenall family makes a Christmas donation in lieu of presents to one another. Moe Brazenall runs Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme and Doug Brazenall regularly fund raises for the charity.

December 2014

  • Lloyd’s Market Charity Award given to Village Africa to help with its ambulance service in remote villages in Tanzania.  Our Chairman, Sarah Mayne, collected the award at a lunchtime reception held in London.Lloyd's awards
  • XL Group’s charity fund makes a generous donation to Village Africa’s health work.  This is the second grant that it has made to Village Africa.  Sarah Mayne works for this company.  She was a teaching volunteer at Milingano Primary School before becoming our Chairman.
  • Ambulance driver accommodation completed – Thank you to all who contributed to the appeal.

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Ambulance Driver Edmundi, his wife Anjella and their children Valentina, Prosper and Joanna.

  • Two classrooms completed for Kweulasi Primary School, plus 162 desks and 2 teachers’ tables and chairs.  All these resources were kindly funded by the Zoe Carss Education Trust.

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  • Three water tanks installed and toilets renovated at Mibukwe Secondary School.  Many thanks to Newquay Tretherras Academy for fundraising to make this project possible. Most of the money was raised by a non school uniform day.

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  • The Zoe Carss Education Grant gives a grant for textbooks and school furniture for Kweulasi Primary School.
  • School sweaters made in Yamba for Simba Club, Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme.
  • Lynncroft Primary School and Nursery sends Christmas cards to pupils at Yamba and Milingano primary schools.
  • Village Africa’s 2015 calendar sold out.  Thanks to all who bought copies.

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