The Chair of Malaika Kids, Alan and his wife Francesca will be travelling to Tanzania on November 25 and staying until December 15 – exactly the duration of the matched funding Christmas Appeal.
For the second year running they will be accompanied by Alison, the recently retired head of one of the most successful secondary schools in the UK. Her educational expertise is enormously appreciated by our staff and children alike.
They very much look forward to their annual trip. The highlight is always the children themselves and how well they are doing. If you have skills such as maintenance work or teaching, please talk to me about making an extended visit to help. If you simply want to see how your money is spent, you might consider a short trip combined with a Tanzania safari, let me know.
This time, thebiggest issue relates to children about to leave primary school. Some will clearly benefit from secondary school, and Malaika Kids is very happy to support this. Others may go to Dar to do vocational training courses. Some are still too emotionally young for vocational training, and we will try to find something constructive for them to do, such as work experience, near the Children’s Village for up to a year.
Of course, they also love to catch up with our staff. Among deputy Emanuel’s many tasks is the regular job as the resident barber!
They will get a chance to see how the buildings are faring. Since they were there last, the Irish Embassy has funded an interior plastering project. This has helped reduce the number of insects boring through the brick walls of the bedrooms and biting the children as they sleep.
Recently, newcomers have also been welcomed to the Malaika Kids village. This previously abandoned baby is now in the safe hands of our experienced Mama Anna.
Their are two other new children, abandoned by their families and brought to us by the local Welfare. They look as if they are wondering what this Christmas concept is all about… time will tell!
Malaika Kids continues to be happy with the English-medium primary school which opened a few years ago right outside our gates, across the road. School fees (around £400 a year) offer good value – and the children are happy to return to the village at the end of the school day, to a safe secure home.
We should not forget the Reception Home in Kinondoni, a poor part of Dar es Salaam. The local Welfare does frequently bring us children who are caught in the middle of desperate domestic problems. We are never quite sure if we are offering a temporary sanctuary or a long-term home. But we do our best to offer loving care with these children for as long as we have them.
You may have noticed that we have stopped putting the names of individual children (true or invented) into our newsletters and posts. This is part of an ongoing safeguarding review. Much as we love sharing individual stories with you – stories that we and other trustees know well – Malaika Kids has taken the advice of safeguarding professionals and we treat the welfare and safety of the children as paramount.
Please do help us in our Christmas Appeal. Up to £11,000 will be fully matched by pledges given by trustees from 25 November until 15 December. Instead of a one-off donation why not consider a smaller regular monthly donation, so we can better plan our future? We will match your regular donations for a year. Please visit our donation page to support our children.
Thank you for your kind support.