FARAJASUPPORT ONLINE QUIZ In these testing times our charity needs to continue to raise money for the children we care for in Tanzania. We had a successful quiz in the summer so have launched our new quiz entitled “December” With the latest lockdown in the UK only four days away why not download the quiz from our events and fundraising page and have some fun and help us to raise money to keep Juliana in her education. The future for all our children is dependent upon receiving a sound education so that when they are adults they can make their own way in Tanzania and become responsible and worthy members of their communities. We have already assigned a future presidency to one of our children - who knows!
Please visit the LINKS page for access to my diary for January 2020
Our Usalama family have been settled in to the house that we built in 2015. An additional
piece of land was purchased in 2017 in order to grow more fruit and vegetables.The
money for this purchase was raised by Harry, who did a sponsored walk from Felixstowe
to Perth- a big thank you to Harry - a fantastic effort.
The house is powered by solar energy and we were connected to the grid in 2018 to
supplement our energy requirements.
We dug a large underground storage tank to collect grey water for use during the
Our small flock of chickens continue to provide meat and eggs and any surplus is
Charlie the house dog arrived as a tiny puppy on Christmas Eve 2016 and is a well
loved member of the family and is an excellent guard. Our cat Butu survived the
arrival of Charlie and thrives.
We have fought tooth and nail to get our Children’s Home registration and still await
the outcome of the application. We were obliged to appoint a part-time social worker
and a qualified nurse. A local woman caters for our obligation to have a nurse in
Wear and tear has been inevitable so we have had to replace the three piece suite
and other household items over the last few years.
Grace is in her 2nd year of further education studying animal husbandry.
David has just started his course in accounting on the other side of the country.
Elia has worked extremely hard at Edmund Rice school and is completing form 4. He
will take his National exams in November 2020. His current aim is to become an
Goodluck, Aron, Dominic and Mercy passed their Standard Seven exams with straight
“A’s” apart from Maths. They are in their second year at Aldersgate School near Lake
Johannes has left Usalama House and now lives with his grandmother.
Our youngest four, Juliana, Joshua, Jordan and Joram, continue at Goodwill Primary
School and are doing well.
Faraja Support has agreed to pay the school fees for Juliana, Anna’ niece. Anna has
taken responsibility for her since her sister was unable to cope on her own with
six young children.
Mama Catherine - Manager - continues to run a tight ship at Usalama House. She now
has to spend a lot of time travelling vast distances on public transport to visit
various of our children who are in boarding school all over the country.
Dada Anna - Assistant Manager now lives in her own little room five minutes from
Usalama house. She married Feste about two years ago and is hoping to start a family
soon. In addition she now has her niece Juliana living with her full time.
Mama Hilary - part-time help - lost her third son three years ago - probably what
we would call sudden infant death syndrome. She now has son number four who thankfully
Ummi - part-time social worker - she was recently appointed in order to comply with
new regulations which the government are enforcing - we have to pay for this.
We also have a lovely local lady who is a qualified nurse to satisfy the wishes of
the government - she is available voluntarily.
COVID 19 IN TANZANIA
We are extremely concerned about what is happening in Tanzania as regards to the
spread of COVID 19 and the way it has being managed by the government. The current
situation is that the population continue to be told that there is no virus in the
community but I am told by Mama Catherine that nobody actually believes this spin.
So staff and children continue to be as careful as possible in
All the children have returned to their various schools and colleges and so far all
continue to be well as far as we know.
We are unable to travel to Tanzania as planned this month. The UK government advice
is no travel to anywhere in Africa so even if we were prepared to take the risk and
run the gauntlet of airports and planes, we are not going as we would not be able
to get any insurance cover. This whole crisis has caused huge amount of distress
to Mama Catherine not least because she is worried sick about us and terrified that
we will contract the virus and die. I had a very tearful What’s App call last week
and tried to reassure her that all will be well and that we continue to take care
and follow the rules.
Maybe next year we will be able to go and in the meanwhile we trust our staff to
continue as best they can and as ever we all have the best interests of all the children