An application is about to be submitted to Rotary International, seeking funds to implement Phase 3 of the Mayega Water Project. Phases 1 and 2 have already been completed.
Phase 1 – mains connection into the village, School and Children’s Centre
Phase 2 – water distribution points (DPs) in each sub-village and kitchen constructed in the Centre
Phase 3 – further DPs, constructing school and village toilets and community sanitation training
Three major partners in the project are the Rotary Club of Igoma in Tanzania, the Tanzanian Rural Water and Sanitation Agency and Elgin Rotary Club in Scotland. The relationship between these organisations is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding. The final signature has been added by the President of Elgin Rotary, Margaret Stenton. Elgin’s project lead is Ash Major. Busega Scotland has a co-ordinating role.
If successful, the Global Grant will amount to $40,000US and the project implemented this year. There is a Curry Banquet at Elgin Golf Club on 31st January to complete Elgin’s local fundraising. Many thanks to the numerous folk who have contributed to the Mayega Water Project. It has brought clean water to the community for the first time in over 30 years.
The conference brought women together from our groups in Igombe and Chole. Read the report through the following link:https://busegascotland.co.uk/reports/
A previous article can be found on the Latest News page on 3.12.19 ‘Learning from experience’.https://busegascotland.co.uk/3-12-19-learning-from-experience/
The admissions to Mayega Children’s Centre are through referral from Busega District Council. The Council is connected to vulnerable children through committees at village level. By this process, we heard about Daud, aged nine, and his sister Magreth, who is seven. It is an exciting time at the Centre when new kids arrive. Our staff and the children are excellent in helping their new ‘brothers and sisters’ settle in. Empathy is very powerful.
As well as youngsters arriving, we also say cheerio (but not goodbye) to our ‘Mayega graduates’. Our Moving-on project swings into action and the well practised supports are now picking up Malesa and Jeremiah.
The photo shows them visiting Nyakato College with our Patron, Emmanuel. The boys have passed their entrance exams and will soon begin their national certificate courses in domestic electrical installation (Malesa) and welding (Jeremiah).
We wish the boys well in their studies.
Christmas and New Year are busy times everywhere and Mayega is no exception. Caring for twenty-two children and young people is surely a challenge.
It has become a pre-Christmas tradition for the children to have a day out in Lamadi (the nearest town) for lunch and shopping. It is so important that the Mayega kids have some money to buy their own clothes; managing a budget and making style decisions! Important life skills.
Two special meals are prepared for Christmas and New Year. How nice and colourful the dining room looks and don’t you wish you were there for the food? We do!
Busega Scotland and the children at Mayega wish all our friends and supporters a very happy New Year.