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COD Kitchen Under Construction
Construction on the Kitchen in Children of Destiny Orphanage commenced after some delay. Previously all meals were prepared outdoors over an open fire which was neither hygienic, safe or fuel-efficient. The Kitchen was made possible by donations from Jackie, Jenny, Ann and Louise.
Don't miss our July Newsletter which will have pictures of the completed kitchen.
Work Commences on KCOS Dining Hall
Work has begun on the KCOS Dining hall. The hall will be built in 3 stages; Foundations and Flooring, Pillars and Roof and finally Walls and Windows. The hall will
provide shelter for the 320 children at the project during meal times and also give them an indoor space for recreation and school gatherings, such as concerts. Ground was broken on the 23rd May with a huge amount of help from the Students and Lecturers from Waterford IT. At the time of writing, they are waiting for the dirt to settle in the foundations before pouring the concrete for the floor. Phase one is expected to be completed by mid-June.
Stage 1 of this project has been made possible by donations from numerous volunteers. Further funding is required for the projects completion and all donations are greatly appreciated.
WIT Sports Coaches
In May, a group of 13 students and 5 lecturers of Sport from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) arrived in Moshi to commence a 2 week Placement building and coaching.
The trip began with a Welcome Event on Sunday the 20th May. It was a huge event at the KITAYOSCE Grounds with all the players and Coaches, some special guests and local media. The players put on a show with singing, ball control, dancing and a tug of war competition (won by the home team) and the younger players played a match. It was a fantastic day for everyone and also marked the launch of the KITAYOSCE website www.kilimanjarotalents.com
The group began their Placement in KCOS Nursery where they started construction of the new Dining Hall. They worked incredibly hard alongside the local builders and we were hugely impressed with their work ethic and enthusiasm. As well as laying the foundations they also added a goal post and re-vamped the swing set for the children.
A section of the group also spent two days painting the TVP-funded kitchen at Children of Destiny Orphanage. On their final day at KCOS, the WIT group brought resources to donate to the school and had a day of fun playing with the children.
Each afternoon the group made their way to KITAYOSCE where they coached the 113 members and helped the local coaches to increase their expertise. Some of the group also spent time coaching gymnastics at Msamaria Centre for Street Children. They worked really well with the local coaches and players and had a marked impact on the skills of the players; they have scored seven goals and only conceded one in their matches over the last 2 weeks. The professionalism of the group also gave a huge confidence boost to both the players and the club.
On Saturday the group travelled out to Karamba Masaai Village to play a match against the indigenous Masaai. It was a 4 hour journey over rough dirt tracks through
some spectacular scenery to the Kenyan border. It was an entertaining, fast paced match in the sweltering heat which ended 2-2 ensuring both teams left happy. We also brought out some of the medical supplies donated by TVP.
On their final day at KTISYOSCE, WIT Coaches held a Sports Day organising high-jump competitions, press-up challenges, wrestling and limbo with the Under 20’s. The younger members had a great time with wheelbarrow races, 3 legged races, crossbar challenge and a big game of football rounders. The day ended with a presentation of medals and jerseys to each member of the club and a final game of football.
The players were delighted with the gifts and have said they will miss the coaches very much. Hamadi (head coach) was almost moved to tears during his speech during the goodbye meal at the volunteer house on Friday.
The staff at TVP and the in-country team were blown away by the dedication and enthusiasm of the entire group. They leapt into every task they were given, did amazing work at all projects and were a delight to have at the house. We hope they enjoyed their time in Moshi as much as we enjoyed having them.
Hamadi, Head Coach at KITAYOSCE, is due to start a 9 month English Course on the 11th June. The course has been paid for with generous donations from Rory Conway, Megan O’Reilly, Sorcha Nolan, Enda Griffin, Kenny Glover, Deb Upton Marshall and Ciara Byrne. The course is one Hamadi has wanted to attend for a very long time to help improve his ability to interact with volunteers and he is eagerly anticipating its commencement.
Do you want to fight poverty in the Developing World?
If you are interested in supporting our work and staying involved in International Development there are many ways to do this.
- volunteer on one of our partner Projects
- help us to recruit volunteers
- make regular donations
- sponsor specific Projects
- hold fundraisers in your college, workplace or community.
More information on this can be found here!
Teach The Teachers
In April 2012, three volunteers helped us launch the new Project. Working in KCOS they
spent mornings painting the classrooms with learning decorations. They mentored Doris one
of the local teachers there for a week and taught the children. The three girls also financed
the renovation of the chicken coop, installed electricity and also bought chickens for the
coop at KCOS.
Theresa and Jackie also did some work on lesson planning with Caroline and
Mansweet at Rudisha Nursery.
One of our Volunteer of the Year nominees, Jackie Cullen, returned to Moshi in April 2012 and visited a number of Projects where she utilised further donations from her group which included Jenny Kane, Louise Quirk and Ann Colclough, to fund further development projects.
They have done a huge amount for the projects including helping to furnish Rudisha Nursery, sponsoring 20 children at KCOS to go to Primary school for 7 years, paying for the Children of Destiny Kitchen as well as buying food and supplies for Hope Village, Rudisha Women’s group and the families of their sponsor children. They also donated to the Moshi Youth Village, fundraising for which is still on-going. Finally, they have financed a Broiler Chicken Project at Tunaishi HIV/AIDS Project to give the group a sustainable income as well as providing food for the women and children.
Rudisha Women’s Group have moved to a new location and now have a Nursery school for 60 local children nearby. The Rudisha Nursery was furnished by volunteers Edel, Bridget, Theresa and Jackie over Easter. The teachers are very happy with the new resources, mattresses and the food donated by the girls.
They were especially pleased with the teacher training they received from Theresa during her time there. Two new sewing machines were also purchased by Jackie to help the women increase production. They have recently added aprons, ipad covers, phone covers and lunchboxes to the Rudisha line.
Msamaria Photography Project
The students taking part in the Msamaria Photography programme were very grateful for the SD Memory cards donated by Bermingham Cameras. These will allow them to make the most of their field trips by taking more photos.
The programme is a pilot for the one which will eventually be based in the Moshi Youth Village and is currently being run by Laura Poortenga a long term volunteer. David O’Sullivan, a very talented photographer from WIT, also lent a hand teaching about sports photography. His contribution was very much appreciated by the students. They also held their first
Monthly Photography Competition on Facebook.
The competition was won by Amadeus for his People on a Bridge Photo. He received his prize at a ceremony in the volunteer house and all the participants were, very kindly, given a full jersey by the WIT Group.
New TVP Intern - Eva
This May TVP welcomed a new intern who will spend the summer working with us while Ciara Byrne is 'in-country'. Eva helps run the office, organise fundraisers and manage volunteers. Eva holds a Masters in International Development and will use her training to help develop the charity and our partner Projects.
TVP Director of Sport
This year TVP are pleased to welcome another addition to our team. Kenny Glover will spend 3 months in Tanzania managing the Sports Coaching project. Kenny's work will provide a sustained level of professional coaching for the club while enhancing the projects capacity.
Tanzania Move Up 6 Places in FIFA Rankings
As Ireland prepare for EURO 2012 many Africans are watching the early stages of the
2014 World Cup Qualifiers.
And just before their Group C clash with Gambia Tanzania have moved up to 139th in the FIFA Rankings.
President Kikwete Urges Environmental Conservation
Speaking at a rally in Moshi President Kikwete called for concerted efforts to protect water sources, river banks and forests from environmental degradation citing the melting snows of Kilimanjaro as proof of global warming.
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