Asante Joella, Jenna, and Lucy an welcome Dr. Pat

February 4th 5:40 a.m. Canadian volunteer Jenna (yes Mom I’m sending her home safe and sound!) left us last night after a month here at Tumaini House and Joelle (Cindy’s daughter) returns to her teaching career in Korea today after her…

Home visit follow up!!

Volunteers Joelle, (in the photo) and Jenna escorted me this morning on my most recent home visits to check on some of the children of Mana OVC.  Two families were doing quite well and although a third family is struggling on a widowed mother’s…

Settling back into school and... Something about Mary!

Things have been . . . well, hectic to say the least with us trying to get all of our children back into school with everything they need to be successful.  School shoes don’t fit after we measure foot sizes, text books are changed after…

A bit about Daniel...

I met Daniel for the first time in August of 2010 in Ndoombo, a village half way up Mount Meru which is the backdrop for Usa River.  Ndoombo is beautiful – lush, green, with a more temperate climate and little malaria due to it’s altitude. …

Home visits with visitor's from home!

I had en email from my sister in law Marg yesterday announcing that her niece on Carm’s side was in Tanzania climbing Kilimanjaro and wanted to visit us . . . we connected yesterday when Laura’s (and new friend from Toronto, Patricia’s)…

Never have I been to town!

Not that I’m complaining because this is part of the job I love the most . . . running to town to shop with Mary for uniform sweaters, blouses, socks, a trunk (for her and Robinson) . . . about Robinson, who, by the way, is Raymond’s eighteen…

Notes from Mama and Happy Birthday Cindy!

Well, like you, the tree has come down and the decorations stowed away until next year albeit for us, this was our first Christmas . . . too much food was eaten and we enjoyed many celebrations, two safaris, a second Christmas in Ndoombo . .…

I wish someone had told me sooner!!

I have been down and out for DAYS with giardia or an amoeba from contaminated water, probably during my trip to Karatu and will confess now, that I thought my card was punched . . . my ticket up, whatever the term is for it being time to meet…

Asante kwa Pendo from watoto Tumaini

So much of what has transpired this past year is a result of the loving support our donors and sponsors have provided.  This is our thank you . . . for caring, for giving, for allowing us to "lean on you" when we needed to.  Thank you to Katy…