Monduli Rehabilitation Center
Things at the center continue to improve. The 5 water cisterns that we built have certainly helped with the need for water. The garden we helped to improve on our trip in 2010 now provides the center with the food they need. Drip irrigation systems were purchased and installed to provide irrigation to improve the yield of the garden. We recently bought materials for a fence to contain the chickens so that the center will have fresh eggs each day. The center has new roofs on all the buildings and things continue to improve there. The center is now self-sustaining as far as food and water go. In 2014, Seeds of Hope provided funds for cleft palette surgeries through generous donors. In December of 2106, we funded leg surgeries for a family of 3 brothers who had advanced cases of Rickets due to the excessive fluoride in the drinking water. Two children we support, Leah and Ohini, will need surgery in December of 2017 and will recover here at the Monduli Center.
Needs for the center: Braces for children who have had surgery
When the heavy rains come during the rainy season the rain runs off and creates deep trenches in the ground near the center.
Anna’s School – Engaliet Primary School
Anna Mollel, a courageous and ingenious woman who began this school in 2010 is dedicated to providing inclusive education for children with special needs. That is why she began Engaliet Primary School in 2010. Not only does she have more than 230 children attending school there, 20 of those children lived with her up until June of 2017 after which she had a dormitory built. All of the 20 children living there have a variety of special needs ranging from HIV to cerebral palsy to hydrocephelis. These children require special care and costly doctor visits and sometimes surgery. Lengai, Ohini and Leah needed to been seen by a doctor because of their special needs. By God’s grace (see the home page for the full miraculous story) we were able to bring them to see Dr. Maya at NSK . They each had x rays and a diagnosis. Leah and Ohini will need surgery to correct limb deformities in December. Lengai needed to have an MRI (NSK is the only facility with an MRI in all of northern Tanzania) to get a proper diagnosis of his condition. After the results were found, it was determined that Lengai will need to see a nuerologist to appropriately diagnose and treat his condition. Lengai’s MRI cost $130. Leah’s surgery will cost $275 and Ohini’s surgery and prosthesis will be approximately $500. If you would like to sponsor surgery for either of these children, please go to the donate button and in the memo write how you would like your donation used. Because of the special medical needs of these children we are working with Anna to get medical insurance for each child.Medial insurance is $25 a year for a child. The total for all 20 children living with Anna would be $500. If you would like to sponsor medical insurance for one of the children, please go to the donate button and in the memo please write how you would like the money to be used.
On our August 2017 visit, Seeds of Hope was able to provide Engaliet Primary School with school supplies and science books for the 6th and 7th graders, thanks to Eastport Elementary School students and teachers. Sweatshirts, clothing and games were provided courtesy of the friends of Mary Rodriguez of Catholic Home Health Care in Melville. They also donated a basketball hoop and basketballs for the new basketball court we are building at the school. Thank you to everyone who has given support to help Anna’s mission of giving every child the chance for an education.
Engalaoni- Our Masaai Friends
St. Rose of Lima Academy Pre School and Kindergarten
The school in Olkokola just needed painting and some finishing touches when we got there on August 5th. We took a tour of the classrooms, teachers' offices and workrooms and the new bathrooms! The people of the village are very proud of the new school and are hoping to add a new classroom each year so that as the children grow, so will the school! It is our sincere hope to help with this project in the coming years. For now though, the school is in need of a kitchen and store room for food. By government law, each full time school must have a kitchen to provide lunch for the children. For most of the children who attend our school, this meal will be their only meal of the day. During our visit we officially opened and dedicated the school. As you can see in the photo, the school was made possible by the extraordinary efforts of Eastport Elementary Third Grade students years 2014 -2017.
Needs and expenses for St Rose Academy
New kitchen $2450 Additional classroom for 2018-19 $12,000
One of our favorite projects we support is the Cannani Center. Here 39 orphaned children find shelter and a loving home. Half of the children are HIV positive and require special diets and special care.
We helped the center begin a Chicken coop project for sustainability in 2016 by donating money to purchase more than 150 chickens. The project has been very successful!Besides having eggs for the children to eat, they are able to sell the eggs for profit and in the next year plan to sell chicks as well.
On our visit in August of 2017 we worked on a tree planting project with the children. We read a book together titled “Planting the Trees of Kenya”, a book about the importance of replanting trees. We got to work planting 100 trees on the grounds with the help of William from FOSECU and our SOH journeyers Mary Rose Rodriguez, Jim Linden, Melissa Battaglia, RaeAnn Mariella and Mary Rodriguez.
On this trip we used our creativity to paint murals with the children in the school and playcenter! Future projects to help the sustainability of the center are a bee keeping project and a mushroom growing project. The center will be able to sell the honey and mushrooms to local supermarkets and hotels for profit.
Needs and expenses for Cannani Center-
Mushroom Project $1570.
Bee Hive Project $1995.
Engalaoni is a village of about 750 Masaii people located high atop a hill outside of the city of Arusha. The one hour trip to the village takes us along difficult bumpy dirt roads and, at certain times of the year, the roads may be impassable, except by donkey. The only clean water source is one water tap located 7 miles from the center of the village. The Masaai people are farmers and herders and depend upon rainfall to sustain them. Often though, they are left destitute because of drought or the fact that, even during the rainy season in November and December, the rain just runs off the impermeable red clay.
The church was officially opened by His Grace Josephat LeBulue, Archbishop of Arusha on Sunday August 6th beginning with a blessing of the church and mass. The opening was an amazing celebration of love! The foundation stone and altar were blessed and more than 60 confimandi were confirmed. The Shrine of Our Lady of the Island donated an altar cloth, sborium and chalice to the new St. Joseph’s Church. After Mass, the celebration continued with a dinner for the entire village…the love and gratitude was overflowing! This church building project was made possible by the generosity of Frank and James Barker and their families and the parishioners of St. Lawrence Church in Shelburn, Connecticut.
One of the main reasons that we began this church project was because of the need for water in this area. Holy Trinity in Whitestone, New York took a collection and raised funds to help us with a water cistern project. Students at Eastport South Manor High School, with their teacher Jolie Wicks, also helped to raise over $900 for the project. With this funding we will be able to help the people of Engalaoni erect a sim tank and gutter system on the church that will help provide relief from the shortage of water. Our long term goal, though, is to dig a well in the village. we have already begun by hiring to do a water survey in the area at the cost of $1500.
Needs of the Village of Engalaoni:
Water Well $21,000
Standing with the children in front of the chicken coop.
A dam could be built in this area to help harvest water. It could be a sustainable water source and could be used to irrigate and reforest the landscape. It is a huge undertaking. The project will cost $24,000.
OUR PROJECTS AND PROGRESS
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The Cannani Center is in an area where water is scarce and presently it is purchased from the government and kept in cisterns. It is expensive.
Upcoming projects and needs for Engaliet Primary School and Dormitory:
Chicken Coop and 100 chickens $1250
Leah’s surgery $275
Ohini’s surgery and Prothesis $475