The Big Busega Parties project had modest aims! To celebrate 5 years of Busega Scotland working in Tanzania, involving every continent and the children at Mayega Children’s Centre. Without a hint of smugness, all achieved!
The country count:
Europe – Scotland, England, Wales, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Italy, Africa – Senegal and Tanzania, North America – Canada and USA, South America – Brazil, Asia – Malaysia and India, Australasia – New Zealand and Antarctica – on a cruise ship!
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The Mayega children worked hard with Busega Scotland volunteer, Jenny Wallen, to prepare a world map showing the location of every party. What a novel form of geography lesson. A second display showed the history of Mayega Children’s Centre. We work hard with children dislocated from their families to promote a sense of belonging. We are sure that this is happening, as bonds are very strong.
This was a big event . Mayega Children’s Centre has never seen anything like this. Tarpaulins protecting against the sun, the decorations, the photo displays, the choir from the African Inland Church, the team of cooks, the children, staff and guests. We never counted but about eighty-five to ninety people attended.
We had visitors from the village, school and district council. The returning ‘graduates’, who had left Mayega over the last few years, created the most excitement. How delighted the children were to see them.
The Mayega children are extremely talented. Not only with their singing and dancing but they also enthralled the crowd with two very funny plays. The one about a drunken father and dysfunctional family was particularly poignant.
The party was about the children and to emphasise this the top table was occupied by the children’s committee.
Quite a departure in Tanzania but nobody minded, and the event was great fun from beginning to end. The celebration meal topped it all off – how do the cooks manage to produce such superb food with the bare minimum of facilities!?We hope Busega Scotland makes it to ten years, as we can then all gather again!