Volunteers Arnold and Valerie Barrow are about to embark on their sixteenth visit to Africa and fifth trip to Tanzania on behalf of Busega Scotland. I think we can safely say that the continent has got into their blood. The Barrows will use all their experience carrying out a work plan addressing current issues and priorities at Mayega Children’s Centre and in the Moving-on Project.
The work at Mayega is well defined around water and construction. Also, one job that the Barrows have made their own is the first of the year’s bulk food shop. Non-perishable goods are bought in Mwanza and transported to the Children’s Centre, providing supplies for four months.
We have six mechanics graduates in Mwanza learning to drive and who will need to find employment shortly. Arnold and Valerie will be supporting this new phase in the young people’s lives. There are also a couple of young ladies in Moving-on, with whom the Barrows will explore future plans and career opportunities.
Valerie is particularly good at getting alongside people. Valerie writes, ‘Packing is nearly complete and as usual we will be taking a range of craft materials to use with the children. We are pleased with the educational progress being achieved by Mayega children but there is still much scope to encourage them in constructive and creative leisure time activities. We are now very much looking forward to renewing our contact with children, young people and staff and greatly value the promise of prayer support by many fiends as we aim to make just a little impact on the lives of these young people’
Arnold adds, ‘As in previous years, we have agreed with John and Christine Carney a full work programme which we are committed to achieve over the next month. Family members, friends, neighbours and members of Stowmarket Salvation Army Corps have once again been extraordinarily generous in providing financial support for our work with over £3,000 have been donated this year. We treasure the trust shown in us to use the resources wisely and will be providing written feedback to every supporter, accounting for the monies donated and setting out what we have been able to achieve’.
John & Christine wish our loyal volunteers another enjoyable and successful visit.