Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Muvuma 2017: The Water Tower

Ron Ryde from Penticton took part in his second volunteer trip to Kahama. He had planned to set up the new brick machines that are in the shipping container - but of course there are delays at the port in Tanzania and the container hasn't arrived yet! 

So Ron set in motion the plans for a water tower and provided the initial funding! The water tower will provide a place for the children to shower, a separate are for washing dishes, and the run off will water the garden that Brenda and the team planted on the previous trip! 

     The pipe frame being constructed in the township of Kahama
The frame is carried over a mile to the orphanage
Ron thanks the workers
Set into place with the brick working added for showers

Thank you Ron for starting this project that will transform daily living in the orphanage! 

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

The 2016 Volunteers

This is Peter's second trip to Kahama. He also volunteers tirelessly throughout the year. This is Brenda's tenth visit to Kahama! Just a reminder here that everyone pays their own way on these trips.   

The Muvuma ladies presented Brenda with gifts as a thank you for all she has done for the orphanage and the community of Kahama. 
(Brenda came up with the idea of helping in rural Tanzania and co-founded The One Person Project. As President of the organization she dedicates a huge percentage of her time and energies to One Person.) 
The harder the work the better 
as far as Peter is concerned! 

As long-time volunteers you will see the Barkley family from Peachland B.C. mentioned a number of times throughout this blog!

Over the years the family has also raised funds, collected soccer uniforms and equipment, and sponsored children in Kahama. Finally they have achieved their goal of visiting our sponsor-community and making a difference at the Muvuma Orphanage.

Matthew, Bryan and Nathan at Muvuma, taking a break from painting, building steps, helping build a chicken coop 
and much more! 
Becca and Maureen sorting donated resources in the old shipping containerThe new shipment should arrive soon! Meanwhile there are a lot of tasks to help with around the orphanage. 
And one of the most important aspects of our volunteer trips  -  spending time with the children! 
Learning through play
Soccer - the universal language!

Monica Miller keeping the children enthralled! 

Preparing Christmas dinner

The second wave of volunteers on the 2016/2017 trip

This is Ron's second trip to Kahama. Ron and his friends Bill and Lawrence have donated a number of brick machines for us to provide employment locally; we buy the bricks back to use at Muvuma. Ron is organizing and partially funding the construction of a water tower for the orphanage

Margaret, Gloria and Jeannie are nurses from Redwater, Alberta. They volunteered at the orphanage and Kahama Hospital, and hosted the Amani Christmas party. Amani is the name of the children's clubhouse that we set up at the hospital for the children receiving long-term weekly care. 

Each volunteer took donated resources in their suitcases!

The ladies taking donated items to the tailoring store that we have set up for Mwanaidi (second left) and Deo (second right).

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Asante Sana - Thank You! 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Muvuma 2017: Building the wall (Part One)

Peter helps to prep the ground
We still have lots of work to do to finish the inside of the orphanage but security is paramount so we have started work on a wall to surround the building.

Everyone pitches in! 

Our Agent Emmanuel

We will be using bricks made locally with our brick machine! 

Contact us if you wish to sponsor the orphanage and see your dollars at work! 

You can donate on line www.theonepersonproject.org or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 

Asante Sana!
Thank you!

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

2016/17 Volunteer Trip: Muvuma Orphanage

As you can imagine, the children are always delighted to welcome Brenda back to Muvuma! She always brings such fun volunteers with her too!

Read here for details of how we came to build and help run the orphanage. We couldn't have achieved what have without the aid of our Agent Emmanuel and the Canadian sponsors who help us support the orphans. 
Brenda presented Emmanuel with a clock; the plaque reads -

Asante Sana
Emmanuel Mlau
From The One Person Project

Asante Sana means thank you of course! Emmanuel has been with us for three years now, and it really helps to have a committed, passionate agent on the ground!

This is the invaluable Mama Nakri, who looks after the 30 children and youth. As you can tell, she is overjoyed to see Brenda again! 

Brenda, Monica, Maureen and Bryan are pictured here with Dr Flora. When we first met this wonderful woman at the Amani Clinic at the Kahama Hospital, she was Nurse Flora - and now she has graduated!  Dr Flora is on the Muvuma Committee and still runs the clinic. 

Contact us if you wish to sponsor the orphanage and see your dollars at work! 

You can donate on line www.theonepersonproject.org or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 

Asante Sana!
Thank you!

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Friday, 16 December 2016

2016/17 Trip: Rwanda

Monica joined Brenda, Peter and the Barkley family in Rwanda
Here they are pictured at one of the Genocide memorial sites. 

Brenda first visited Rwanda and Tanzania in 2006 on a W.V. trip.  Before leaving Canada all the volunteers were supposed to get 2 children sponsored - Brenda found sponsors for 18 children! In the following three years Brenda and One Person signed up over 60 sponsors for W.V., and Brenda, and volunteer teams, went back to both countries each year to visit the children. 

In 2007 we established a permanent connection with Kahama in rural Tanzania, where most of the sponsor children were from but still visit with the many friends that Brenda has made over the years. Our first shipping container went to Muhanga, Rwanda and we have given support to a school and clinics in the area. 

Click the 'Rwanda' label on the right to find out more about our friends and activities here. 

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Monday, 12 December 2016

2016/17 Volunteer Trip: The First Team Departs!

Brenda and Peter at Vancouver airport with the Barkley family - raring to go! 
Back: Bryan, Nathan, Maureen & Matthew
Front: Brenda, Becca and Peter. 

This is a dream come true for the Barkley family! They have been long-time One Person volunteers, and Maureen is a valuable committee member. 

The Barkley's sponsor two children in Kahama, and look forward to spending time with them on the trip. First the team will be visiting our friends in Rwanda. 

Check back for photos and stories. 

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