News Archive

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.

Milingano bridge

  • 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.

Chapel Allerton letter writing group

  • 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.

Mathayo - motorbike accident patient - Milingano

  • 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.

Baby Kimea

  • 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.

Innocent Charles

  • 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.

Helping to carry blankets

  • 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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Bee

  • 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.

Simba bags

  • 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.

Widening the road

  • 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.

Weighing child before vaccinations

  • 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.

Civics books

  • 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.

Desks for Mili

  • 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.

Mavumbi toilets and tank

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.

Lenada's baby boy

  • 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.

Magda Baruti - Jan 2015

  • 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.

Ambulance driver accommodation - Dec

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.

Mibukwe SIM tank 2

  • 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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November 2014

  • Excellent results from the primary school leavers’ Standard VII exams.  Twenty pupils passed to go to secondary school at Milingano, 26 at Yamba and 26 at Kweulasi primary schools.
  • Mibukwe Secondary School students reply to penfriend letters from Rosehill School in Nottingham, UK.
  • Three book cupboards made by local carpenters were presented to Milingano Primary School.  Thank you to those who donated to the Village Africa School Textbook Appeal.

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October 2014

  • Village Africa Project Leader, Caroline Johnston, presents black school shoes to all pupils at Milingano and Kweulasi primary schools. The gifts were donated by a contact of the local MP, January Makamba.

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  • Village Africa’s nurse (Mama Ade) helps with national vaccinations that took place in the villages.
  • Peter Shemweta, an agricultural teacher, makes another two week visit to Kwembalazi and Yamba.  He distributes maize seeds and teaches the adults and pupils the best way to plant them, including the use of manure.  His visit and the seeds were kindly funded by Kids Helping Kids.

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  • School uniforms made in Milingano and Yamba for Simba Club, Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme.

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  • Niki Donovan gives Village Africa key rings as her wedding favours.  Village Africa sends many congratulations to the newly-wed couple.

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  • Village Africa’s Director, Caroline Johnston, is guest of honour at the Milingano and Kweulasi primary school graduations.

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September 2014

  • Past volunteer Rebecca Staff and her partner Olly King visit Yamba and look up some of her old pupils who are now at Mibukwe Secondary School.

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  • Trees planted in Milingano.  Thanks to all who donated to the Tree Appeal.
  • Yamba Primary School pupils write penfriend letters to Newton Primary School in Dunblane, Scotland. Linsey McGregor was a volunteer in Yamba and now works at Newton Primary School.
  • School textbooks donated to Yamba Primary School for Standard III.

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  • The charity receives donations of office stationery, medical equipment, carpentry tools and children’s books.
  • Two water tanks installed at Village Africa’s Yamba health post, two at Village Africa’s office and two at the staff accommodation.

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  • Penpal letters written to Chapel Allerton School by Yamba Primary School pupils. Lillian Bergman was a building volunteer and introduced Village Africa to this school.

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  • Secondhand clothing and shoes distributed to local volunteers and staff.  Village Africa shared space in a container organised by the Hereford-Muheza Link in England.

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  • Secondhand spectacles and clothing received from Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Australia and Tanzania.

August 2014

  • Six school toilets and 3 water tanks completed at Mhanko Primary School.  These were constructed by the Village Africa building team and kindly funded by Kids Helping Kids.

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July 2014

  • Road to Yamba completed by the community.  It is now possible to drive to the top of the mountain.  Village Africa’s ambulance can reach the health post.

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  • Father Baruti (co-founder of Village Africa) marks his jubilee (25 years as a priest) with celebrations in Amani, Kongoi and Yamba.

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  • Two week visit by an agricultural teacher, organised and hosted by Village Africa and funded by Kids Helping Kids.  Two hundred trees kindly donated by the teacher, Peter Shemweta, and planted at Kwembalazi Primary School.  Peter advises villagers to grow a different type of banana in Yamba and teaches the children how to grow spinach.  He inspects livestock and vaccinates and dips animals as necessary.

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June 2014

  • Specsavers in Brunssum in the Netherlands kindly collects secondhand spectacles from its customers and donates them to Village Africa.
  • Sweaters made in Yamba for Simba Club, Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme.

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May 2014

  • Fourteen desks made by local carpenters for Kweulasi Primary School. These were kindly funded by the Zoe Carss Education Trust.
  • Helen O’Grady Drama Academy pupils raised funds for Village Africa at the Queen’s Inclosure Primary School May Fair. Their mascot, Oscar, took part. Thanks to Erin and Rhys for their performances.

May - Helen O'Grady Drama Academy mascot

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  • Secondhand spectacles distributed to villagers in Mkurumuzi. Many thanks to Bettina Blass and all her supporters in Germany for sending them.

April 2014

  • St James’s Place Foundation makes a generous donation to the Village Africa School Textbook Appeal.
  • Adam Shapton completes the Manchester Marathon to raise funds to support a child in primary education (kindergarten – Std VII) through Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme. Adam is a past Milingano building volunteer.
  • Kath Culkin and Emily Curtis visit Kwemsiga. This is their third visit. Kath has twice volunteered at Mibukwe Secondary School and Emily has taught twice at Milingano Primary School.

April - Kath and Emily, with Melania

  • Newquay Tretherras Academy Year 9 students and form tutors donate sports equipment to Kweulasi Primary School.  It was kindly delivered by Kath and Emily.

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  • School stationery distributed at Milingano Primary School.Football and stationery given to Mibukwe Secondary School.

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  • Monika Maiko names her new son David, after Karen Nivala’s father. Monika works as a cook for Village Africa. Karen Nivala is a past Yamba teaching volunteer from Australia.

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March 2014

  • Handover ceremony held at Kongoi Primary School. Six school toilets and three water tanks were presented to the school. Major repairs were also made to the classroom roofing and steps. The work was funded by Kids Helping Kids and undertaken by Village Africa’s all-Tanzanian building team.

Mar - Kongoi water tank

  • Oxford University Light Entertainment Society donates to Village Africa. Village Africa was voted as the charity for its play ‘Happily Ever After’. Thanks to Efi Gauthier, past Yamba volunteer, for recommending Village Africa. http://www.oules.lightentertainment.org
  • Agricultural officer, Peter Shemweta, spent a second fortnight in Kwembalazi and Yamba. He introduced new varieties of banana plants and taught terracing. He kindly donated 200 trees to Kwembalazi Primary School and showed the pupils and villagers how to plant them. He taught children in both schools how to plant spinach. He also vaccinated cows, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, cats and dogs.

Mar - Peter Shemweta

  • Queen’s Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville, Hampshire makes a second contribution to Village Africa School Textbook Appeal. The donation was made to mark World Book Day.

February 2014

  • A book cupboard, kindly donated by Kids Helping Kids, was presented to Kwembalazi Primary School. Teaching aids from Village Africa were also given to the school.

Kwembalazi_pupils_with_teaching_aids[1]Book cupboard for Kwembalazi - Feb

  • Medicine Education Africa donors and staff visit Village Africa. MEA provides 16 bags of medicine every 6 weeks to village health workers. Village Africa helps to supervise these workers and takes the bags to Tanga for replenishing.

Feb - MEA health workers with Village Africa nurses (Mama Ade and Hilda)

  • Ebony Steward and Richard Squires from Australia visit Yamba. Ebony introduced volleyball the first time she came to the village and enjoyed playing another match this time.

Feb - Ebony and Richard

  • Four book cupboards made for Kweulasi Primary School. These were kindly funded by the Zoe Carss Education Trust.

Feb - Kweulasi book cupboard

January 2014

  • Visit Tanzania video compiled by Emma Southey, past Volunteer Liaison Officer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akciMsgL_Wo
  • Five school toilets, three water tanks and 30 desks given to the newly registered Kwembalazi Primary School. The project was funded by Kids Helping Kids and built by Village Africa. Sixteen desks from the Village Africa Desk Appeal were also presented to the school.

Jan - Handover of Kwembalazi school toilets

  • Building work recommences on the ambulance driver accommodation in Yamba.
  • Petro Dastani scores the best marks in Lushoto District in the National Std VII examinations. Petro is supported through Village Africa’s child sponsorship scheme.
  • Textbooks were kindly bought by the Zoe Carss Education Trust for Kweulasi Primary School Std IV and Std V.

January - Zoe Carss Education Trust books (2)

  • Andrea Ward, Village Africa’s voluntary UK Administrator, gave a talk at Cosham Rotary Club. Caroline Johnston, our Project Leader, was also present and answered questions.
  • 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 2013

  • Waterlooville Baptist Church collects money on Christmas Day for Village Africa’s Ambulance Driver Accommodation Appeal. This is their third large collection for the charity.
  • Ebony Steward runs a successful appeal to raise funds for emergency trips to hospital. It is a 3 hour drive on rough terrain in Village Africa’s ambulance to reach hospital.
  • Buongiorno makes a large donation to Village Africa’s School Textbook Appeal. The charity is very grateful for the company’s ongoing support. http://www.buongiorno.com
  • Specsavers in Brunnsum, the Netherlands, collects more secondhand spectacles for the charity.

November 2013

  • Phil Eastham makes his fourth visit to Village Africa. Phil enjoyed coaching football on previous visits and came to see progress.

Nov - Phil Eastham

  • Deltec International makes donations to the Village Africa Tree Appeal and the Village Africa School Textbook Appeal.
  • Help Village Africa for FREE! Whenever you shop online, please remember to find the store you want through www.easyfundraising.org.uk! When you make your purchase, they will donate a percentage to Village Africa with no extra cost to yourself.

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  • Life changing gifts are available this Christmas. Not sure what to buy for family and friends? This could be the perfect gift.
    Choose from trees for planting £8, Health care priorities £10, School essentials £15, Building equipment £20 and. Emergency trip to hospital £50.
    With every gift we will send you a card that explains the gift for the recipient.
    To order Life Changing Gifts you can pay online or by post.
    https://villageafrica.org.uk/donate/gifts-and-merchandise/life-changing-gifts/

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  • Buy a Village Africa calendar 2014 and support our health and education work in remote villages in Tanzania. Order by 28 November to catch the print run to allow delivery for Christmas in the UK and overseas. Only £8. The calendars make excellent Christmas presents and stocking fillers for family and friends.
    To order please email Christina at christina_lh@hotmail.com. Please state how many you would like and the address for delivery. Pay online or by cheque. Please allow an extra £1 per calendar for postage outside the UK.
    Payment online http://www.mycharitypage.com/villageafrica
    Payment by cheque made payable to ‘Village Africa’ with a donation form
    Please do not gift aid on calendars.
    Thank you (Asante sana)

Calendar 2014

October 2013

  • Village Africa’s nurses give health seminars to the pupils at Yamba and Milingano primary schools.

Oct - Health seminars

  • Congratulations to Bettina Blass who completed the Cologne Half Marathon.  She raised money for the charity through her training sessions. Bettina was a Village Africa volunteer in Yamba.  She is at the front and wearing blue in the photo.

Bettina running - 50% size

September 2013

  • Peter Shemweta writes a feasibility study on how to improve farming and livestock in Kwembalazi and Yamba. He spent two weeks with Village Africa researching this. Peter is a Tanzanian who went to agricultural college and is working as a secondary school agricultural teacher in Lushoto. His work was funded by Kids Helping Kids.

Sept - Peter Shemweta

  • Sydney Marathon – Simon Payne ran his first marathon on 22 Sept and did so in aid of Village Africa. Simon was a building volunteer for the charity in 2009.

Simon Payne (1)