Due to high winds and a dust storm the medical dispensary in Tanzania has taken a hit with many broken windows. VFTN are sending resources to renew glass and curtains.
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 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.
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.
Very thankful to let you know that 121 sacks of maize was delivered to Mnase village – the community are very thankful to all those who helped make this possible – Asante Sana!
My dear Again Yesterday Sunday 22nd January 2017 I was in the Village for Service and taking time with the Villagers as we are their servants in both Physically and Spiritually, All the Time we took with them it was really so important to encourage and pray with different families in the Village due to the famine and severe droughts. Also we learned a lot from them and about the whole situation. The famine actually is becoming very hot and already affecting many poor families in the Community. The crops prices are fast going very high one tin of maize with 18 kilograms is now sold for 25,000 Tshs, that makes one sack of maize to be sold for between 140,000 and 150,000 Tshs regarding how many kgrms it contain. We never had this price price before it is the higher price never crops reached the most sad thing is very fast shooting up,no rain raining and the Government Taking no any step nor precautions at all. And the reality is Dodoma is among the mostly affected Regions in the Country. The Government people are just silent say nothing instead they are not honest to the community they are politically orienter as I hope you briefly Understanding our politicians. It is only We Spiritual Leaders Trying to open our mouths praying and Console the people and if possible calling for the help.
Sadly, the lack of rain at the end of 2016 has caused the failure of crops and in the last few days, even cattle are dying. This has promted the Catholic church to call the country to pray for rain.
Can you help?
We are looking at sending money to buy maize before the prices soar – and we need your help – if 1000 people gave £25 each we would be able reach our target and send maize not only to Mnase but all the surrounding villages. We so appreciate your help – Asante sana.
In the UK you can give via https://my.give.net/
A wonderful Easter present as more maize arrives for the village of Mnase. Due to the continued famine the prices for a sack of maize was still very high but Seth managed to negotiate for 124 sacks. He says “When the big truck of maize slowly entered the village, I could hear shouting all over the place. Martin, it was a very big surprise for all the villagers.” So thankful to all those who helped make this happen.
I have been asked “Can we still give to the Tanzania relief fund?” Yes, we are planning to send more out in a few weeks. If we don’t get a truck full we will be sending smaller amounts out to the people most in need.
In the UK you can give via https://my.give.net/tanzaniarelief and outside the Uk via Paypal – using the email firstname.lastname@example.org
So thankful to all our friends out in cyber world. The first truck load of maize is heading to the village of Mnase in the next couple of days. Sadly news from the area is not good and people are dying in some of the villages around Mnase. So lets keep telling the story and dream that we can help more villages in the area.
Seth writes :- “Two hours after sending you email tonight,The local radio reported that several People died at the Villages nar Mnase, Mlebe, Chahnumba and Kikombo, the Villages you know and visited. The problem is worse, and seem will take Very long Time before People having harvest, PLEASE What I ask on behalf of this Dying Communities, if you may have, some people you know from any other part of the World please Ask some food support”.
Dear friends – the Gogo people of Mnase village in central Tanzania are again bracing themselves for food shortages due to another severe drought, which damaged food crops, resulting in a much reduced harvest. We have learned that there is already hunger in the villages and the cost of a bag of maize has already doubled in price, and it is expected that the situation will get worse. The next harvest season will be March – if the rains are sufficient. Voices from the Nations have been partnering with the Wagogo people of central Tanzania for the last 12 years. (Check out the “Sing to the Well” CD and DVD). We are looking at sending money to buy maize before the prices soar – and we need your help – if 500 people gave £10 each we would be able to send roughly 150 sacks of maize to Mnase village. We so appreciate your help – Asante sana.