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Yearly Archives: 2017

Tanzania story.

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Whilst traveling on a coach between Dar Es Salaam and Dodoma – there were endless TV soaps, which are loved by locals and always bring much laughter. Enjoyed this simple story ..

A coffee shop owner brags about a cat he has taught to do many things. He gathers his friends to show them all the wonderful things the cat can do. Everyone is very impressed until one of the guests throws a rat into the shop and the cat forgets its job and chases the rat. The guest says, “The cat may be able to be taught many things but he will never forget what he has been made for.”

Medical Dispensary

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It was great to see the medical dispensary up and running with medicine in the cabinet, a microscope, solar panels on the roof and electricity about to be connected.  It now has full-time medical workers and fieldworkers dealing with the day to day running. Next door, the government’s hospital is now a clinic for pregnant women. It was intended for people who are severely ill and need a bed but sadly at the moment it is being used as a dorm for the field students.

When speaking with the medical staff and chairman of the village we realised that the workers don’t live near the dispensary, not the best situation. So we discussed the possibilities of building a home that would be available to those that work at the dispensary. This would be an incredible help for any emergency situations at night which at the moment aren’t covered.

Mnase village 2017

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Mnase village was like a desert and Bekah’s eyes were soon streaming as strong winds blew up dust into her eyes. Because the fields were so bare, apart from a few decimated crops, plastic litter could be seen everywhere dotting the village landscape. Before they had access to plastic all their waste would decompose naturally. No refuse collection here!

Seth has encouraged the chairman that each visit we stay in a different part of town in order to continually build friendships. This time we are staying in a house with sofas / couches and amazingly, just connected 3 days before, electricity! Wow what incredible changes in the community. Everyone was pleased to see us and there were lots of warm welcomes.

Back to Mnase village

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As we drove to Mnase the river beds were dryer than we have ever seen them before – in fact one man said he had never seen them so dry in his life – we found him digging 10 foot down to extract small amounts of water. The size of the holes were immense, conical at the top to hold back sand and straighter when hitting rocks. His hard work had brought some success as he had cultivated a small patch of greens next to the river by using the water from these deep pits.

Joseph Tiwabear Bear EP

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coverI met Joseph and Martha Manzo in southern California a couple of years ago and since then we have been working together at a few different events. So we are very pleased to announce Joseph’s first EP recording, with funded by Voices from the Nations charity. Digital tracks available now on Bandcamp or CD Baby.

Tagish Nation

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Heritage center celebrationsIt was an honour to meet Chief Andy Carvill and celebrate with the Tagish First Nation in Carcross, Yukon, as they opened a new learning center and cultural building. A highlight was the Dakhká Khwáan Drum and Dance group.

Last years filming is a hit!

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It was so good to be back with Uncle Willie and Auntie Gracie in Tahltan country (northern BC). This was the second year that we had been invited to take part in their music festival, this time primarily so we could show them the video footage and recordings we had made from the previous year, although I did get a chance to ‘bash some skins’ with a few bands! They were so moved at a private viewing that they decided to show the film on one of the evenings of the festival.

Kitwanga to Stikine Canyon Baptism

Tanzania 2nd maize drop

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Another maize drop successfully completed – due to circumstances unknown 205 families missed their maize allocation on the first distribution. When the error was confirmed we immediately sent more support. Very thankful to all who have helped.