Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Muvuma Orphanage Update


The electrical work is underway

The  internal and exterior walls are being plastered

And the window grates have been installed! 

Read the previous  Muvuma Orphanage blogs for more information

We need another $20,000 to finish the building but are have to raise $10,000 immediately to get the building finished to a stage where the children can move in before the rainy season starts!  Firstly, we need to raise $5,000 to dig out the septic fields and install septic tanks and half of the planned toilets and sinks. Next the external doors and bathroom doors - just the minimum to make the house safe for the children to move in; $1,000. A final $4,000 will make the home habitable and provide beds and essentials for the 18 children.

We are thrilled at the progress being made, and know that with your help the building will be ready to provide a safe home for the children. CLICK HERE to make a donation towards the costs of finishing the orphanage.

A third of our forty-foot shipping container is dedicated to resources for the orphanage; it will arrive in Kahama early next year to coincide with our February Volunteer trip. 

Contact us if you would like to:
Donate towards finishing the orphanage.
Sponsor the orphanage or an orphan.
Volunteer in Kahama, or in the Okanagan, B.C.

You can also make a donation towards any of our programs by mailing a cheque to 
The One person Project, 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, British Columbia, V0H 1Z5, Canada. Donating on-line or making a donation at the Summerland & District Credit Union.

   Strengthen one person - strengthen the family - strengthen the community.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Why we send books written in English

A fraction of the books we have shipped to the Teacher
Resource Centre in Kahama. 
Although there are around 125 languages spoken in Tanzania, the country officially operates under a bilingual system. While Kiswahili is the language of instruction in primary school, students are required to read and write in English to complete their secondary school education. English is the dominant global language of communication, business, diplomacy, entertainment and the internet, and understandably, the Tanzanian Government wants to level the playing field.

There are problems with this bilingual system – the difficulties that children face switching from Kiswahili to English at Secondary school for example, especially in rural areas like Kahama where the teachers and children do not hear English spoken or have access to English books. We are taking steps to ease the transition. Just by visiting the area each year and conversing with officials and families in English we are making a difference.  In 2012 we ran a week-long English workshop for teachers and will do so again in 2015 or 2016.

We will be sending our current shipping container this year and one more in 2016; the Teacher Resource Centres will then have a wide selection of library and text books.

For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation contact me , mail to The One Person Project, 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z5  donate on-line or make a payment into our account at the Summerland Credit Union (Summerland, British Columbia).  

               Strengthen one person - strengthen the family - strengthen the community.