This morning a group of us went with Brendan Simonson (who was armed) and an armed ranger on a walking safari. We returned with the same number of people who left. We were happy.
From L to R, Earla, Christine, Kate, Jane, Baraka; Back Row Kristina, John, Mary; Way back is the Baobab tree next to tent 29, Jimmy Carter's tent.
I will post more later. It is as wonderful as always. Here is a place holder
On Saturday we held a parent meeting at Freedom Lodge. It was a true Tanzanian meetings lasting 4 hours. Many of the parents came from far away so the meeting included goat banana stew and sodas. Only 10 of the 91 sponsored students were not represented by someone at the meeting. Many parents didn't know how to get to Freedom lodge so the kids walked them to the meeting and picked them up after. It was a very positive day.
You may know that there was a ring of fire eclipse visible in parts of Africa. Wee did not see it ourselves but the Mwangaza staff were prepared.
Our executive director and board chair on their way to Ngateu.
And for those who have been to Ilboro Safari Lodge, it is as wonderful as always. Now they serve the best coffee in all of Africa, always served with a crisp chocolate chip cookie.
Today was great fun and the weather was very cooperative, sunny and warm. As we drove down Meat King Road to town I looked at Mary and said this is a very promising day. Our first stop was at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center Nursing School. Dr. Mark Jacobson introduced us to his project, the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center Nursing School. TZ currently has only 50% of nursing staff needed for health needs now. This makes it difficult to meet standards of care. A Form 4 graduate with good science scores can enter nursing. If they have only good Biology and 4 other subjects with good scores, they can become a Community Health Worker. It was a very informative visit. The school began in March 2014 and has a very promising start.
Following that visit we went to the Cultural Heritage Center. It continues to grow and have many new exhibits and shops. Beads from all over Africa, Carvings, Baskets, Batik, and so very much more. I'm always amazed of the changes. We also saw a Tanzanite stone that was 346 carats (and already sold!). I personally liked the 104 carat stones.
Our last visit was to Bishop Durining Secondary School that is a close school to Ngateu. The school currently has 600 students. Most of them are boarding schools. It began in 2004 and the headmaster plus many of the teachers have been there since then. It was fun to visit the school and see the campus.
I asked the kids to strike fun poses and they obliged. These 20 students are doing well and happy to see us.
Yesterday was wonderful. The largest graduating class from Ngateu came down to Freedom Lodge to have a party. All 44 kids showed up. We are so proud of them for all their efforts to make it through a really tough education system. They will sit for their exams in November and then later learn their scores and what further education options they have. Until then, it is a time of waiting.
Their celebration is one that they will remember all their lives. It was a time of congratulations, songs and fun. We had balloons, gift bags and food. How could it go wrong. As the kids left all the Safi people in attendance kept saying "this is a really amazing group of kids"
Thank you to all sponsors. You have allowed these kids to show what they can do.
(pictures will be posted when the internet cooperates)
The e-mails are flying....and so are all of us. Here are some of the reactions about the student's scores:
“GREAT SCORES, I am VERY HAPPY and SO SO VERY PROUD. 😀😀
DIVISION II - 7 students AND DIVISION III - 15 students,
Thus 63% got Division II and III...wonderful!!!! 💕💕🎉🎉🎉💕💕
Please give the students my congratulations. I know they will be disappointed, no matter how they scored. BUT THEY SHOULD BE VERY PROUD. Let them know that I am jumping up and down with excitement about their performance 💖💃💖. ALSO, please give my utmost congratulations to all of the teachers and Grace for the student’s great performances. 💐💐💐
7 Division II - Joseph and Salome just 1 point from Division I [Peter just 2 pts]
15 Division III - Loema, Tasinbora, Niwaeli and Piniel just 1 point from Division II [Hellen, Aminiely, Derick, Elisha, Issack and Philipo just 2 pts away from Division II]
Of course I am also very happy with 15 students passing math. I know that 43% passage is a real accomplishment.
All of the students are amazing, give them my LOVE 💕💕💕💟💟💕💕💕”
~Christine Gourley, Board Member
"Dear all, I would like to express my heartily feelings to you for your great contributions towards the great success of our students.
It's obvious that our teachers did great efforts teaching our students, but you are the ones who made the teaching and learning environment comfortable for all.
I know that you are enjoying this results as we are doing here at Ngateu.I have been receiving many congratulations from parents.and want
me sharing this with you.
Thank you very much, may ALMIGHTY GOD remember your work here at Ngateu!!"
~Grace Sabaya John, Ngateu Headmistress
“Words fail me!! I am so proud of teachers, staff, and volunteers, and mostly, students for all of your hard work and the extra time you've put in!!!! You believed in yourselves and now you can continue to follow your dreams. Honera sana!”
~Nancy McGlamery, Vice Chair
“WOW!!!! Way to go students and teachers and Chris - amazing results. It will be interesting to hear what Ngateu’s ranking is. I can remember when no one passed anything!
And, Earla - your Salome, talk about changing a life.
And lots of lives changed - hurray. ~Mary Nelson, Executive Director
“Great job everyone.”
~Mary Gibbons and Jim Stull, Student Sponsors
"My heart is very full! Congratulations to all who worked so hard!"
~Earla Ferry, Sponsorship Committee
“CONGRATULATION TO EVERYONE, the students, the teachers and staff, the Headmistress and 2nd head, those that have been there to help and to our sponsors without whose help many of these students would not have had the opportunity to even go to secondary school. Also it is the sponsorship fees that make sure teachers are paid and therefore there to work with our students. Even the non-sponsored students are ‘our’ students.
Again, congratulations to everyone. We have an exciting 6 months ahead of us as they all chose where they will continue their education.”
~Ruth Brigden, past Board Member
“Wonderful! My hearty congratulations to the students and faculty. Well done!!”
~John Stamm, Board Chair