The work of Busega Scotland has been officially recognised by local and central government in Tanzania. In the evening before leaving Mwanza, John and Christine were presented with a framed Appreciation Note signed by Anderson N. Kabuko, the Executive Director of Busega District Council, and the Hon. Tano S. Mwela, District Commissioner for Busega, who is the President’s local representative.
The certificate was presented by Ernesto Damiano, the Headteacher of Mayega Primary School and a very prominent supporter and partner of Busega Scotland. So determined was Ernesto to make the presentation he arrived in Mwanza at 9.15pm, on public transport from Busega District Council Headquarters in Nyashimo, a distance of about 70 miles! The certificate says:
‘We appreciate the help of Busega Scotland in improving Social Services at Mayega Village in the Busega District Council Area’.
John and Christine are keen to point out that the improvements are a result of teamwork between the charity and our many Tanzanian colleagues. However, the certificate does represent the close links and excellent working relationships that have been established, just as it should be.
Ernesto also had a gift for Christine and John from Mayega Primary School; a piece of colourful African cloth that can be made into a matching blouse and shirt on the Carneys next visit to Tanzania. Busega Scotland has been facilitating links between the Mayega school and Lhanbryde Primary School in Moray.
John and Christine left for home feeling very happy indeed!