Ester( left) and Kabula at home in Mwanza.
The girls are continuing their studies after passing their latest exams. Kabula is nearing the end of her secretarial course and we hope she will be successful in finding a job in the new year. It will not be easy without a family to speak up for her but she will receive support from Busega Scotland’s project leader, Rev Gadlord Deuli.
Ester has just started her final year of primary teaching and is looking forward to going out on teaching practice.
The girls are thankful for the opportunities they are receiving with thanks to Busega Scotland supporters.
Nicola Milne and Andy Lees, Busega Scotland Trustees, were delighted to attend a cheque presentation evening with the Glen Moray Male Voice Choir, at Bishopmill School Elgin.
Nicola thankfully accepted a cheque for £500 to support the work in Tanzania. Three other charities also received support. Thank you to all the singers.
Busega Scotland has approached hotels in Moray to see if they are able to ‘Help Feed Mayega’. The initiative is in its early days but we have had a magnificent response from Alan Main, proprietor of the Royal Hotel in Elgin.
The request is for hotels to consider meeting the costs of basic foodstuffs for the Children’s Centre.
Christine is able to quantify the cost of rice, maize, beans, fruit and vegetables etc. and Alan has met the cost of all the food at Mayega for a month. It is such kindness that gives us confidence and inspires our work. Alan said he was impressed by the work of Busega Scotland and how we are able to quantify costs and direct funds accordingly.
We would like to see if the initiative can be extended to other places. If readers know of any hotels, or food-related businesses, that may be interested in ‘Help Feed Mayega’, then please let us know. We can then work together in making an approach. It would be good to broaden the search.
Finally, thanks to Jenny and Rob Wallen for their sterling work in staging the event and to Lewis Wiles, our Question Master. All three are Garmouth residents.
Busega Scotland is proud to introduce our Tanzanian colleagues, through photographs and biographies on the ‘Tanzanian Staff Team’ website page.
Tribute must be paid to the work of all persons associated with Busega Scotland, wherever they may be. Services have developed positively over the last two years and we have very exciting plans for development. This is all being undertaken within our ethos of partnership, respect, self-determination, self-help and sustainability.
Busega Scotland formally welcomes Jenny Wallen as the latest recruit to the Board of Trustees. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in Education that will strengthen and guide us as we seek to support youngsters in Tanzania. Please visit the “Meet the Trustees” page to find out more about Jenny
An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 hit north-west Tanzania on Saturday 10th September, killing 16 people and injuring over 250. It was the worst earthquake Tanzania has experienced for over a decade. While a magnitude 5.9 earthquake is classified as ‘moderate’, it will cause damage to buildings. On this occasion, over 800 houses were destroyed, or seriously damaged, making a large number of people homeless.
The impact has put severe strain on local health and welfare services. The epicentre was near to Lake Victoria and shock waves were felt in Mwanza, about 120 miles away, and in Simiyu Region, where the Mayega Children’s Centre is situated. We have had no reports of casualties in Mwanza or Mayega and Rev Deuli has reported that everyone we know is absolutely fine. Most of the casualties were in the city of Bukoba.
Lake Victoria is in the Great Rift Valley, which sits on a geological fault line and that increases the chances of earthquakes occurring. Despite this, major earthquakes in the area are rare.