The primary school orphans have been on holiday during December. (the reason we come in December to teach them) They have spent their days at the orphanage helping with the younger children and doing chores such as cooking, washing clothes, gardening and feeding the pigs. They studied with us and enjoyed the Christmas celebrations. They ate at the orphanage but continued sleeping in the dorms at the boarding school..
The orphans are happy, healthy and intelligent. Their biggest need seems to me to be for more adult help. There are 3 sisters, a mama for the infants, an older man who does the laundry, and older kids who help as they are able. There was no water for a few weeks at the orphanage. The younger sisters from the convent and all the kids helped carry water at that time.
Jan 1, 2012
School begins January 7. All are bustling at the school preparing for the arrival of the students this week end. There will be 100 first graders this year who will be boarding students-last year there were 48. People were carrying single beds from the primary dorms and bringing bunk beds from the higher grades. A man is blackening the chalk boards with a stong smelling paintint it on. Others are cutting the grass which has grown with the rainy season.
January 3, 2012
Last year water was a problem too. Before school started in January there was a big effore to get water to the elementary school. One sisters was sent to Mbeya to find a pump as a solution to the water shortage. When we arrived in mid-November there was a row of buckets lined up at the spigot waiting to be filled and carried to the elementary school for cooking, bathing and washing clothes. This year a well drilling company arrived the week before Christmas promising water by Christmas. After 2 tries one well produced insufficient water and the next one ran into hard rock and a swarm of bees. The drillers then tried dowsing for water with a forked stick. and so far no water with school beginning Jan 7.
Enough for now we leave Musoma tomorrow and fly to Dar to meet Seattle Maryknoll Affiliate Maureen Little and then take the 12-16 hour bus ride south to Chipole for 2 more weeks.