Below is pictures of the signing of the Certificate of Relationship between St. Martin's Kids, GCDE, and the Catholic Diocese of Sumbawanga. This states that all three parties will work together to support programs caring for the orphans living at the St. Martin de Porres Orphanage. These services are reaching at risk children living in the Katvi and Rukwa region in Tanzania.
Pictured (left to right) Sr. Helena Katabera of the Catholic Diocese of Sumbawanga, Mike Caraway US Representative of GCDE, and Batista Mbwana Director of GCDE in Sumbawanga.
I can do things you cannot, You can do things I cannot; Together we can do great things.
St. Mary's 2016-2017 second grade Faith Formation class fundraised for St. Martin's Kids during the school year. Their efforts yielded 50 cans of formula purchased and delivered by Mike Caraway of Grace Community Development & Education.
Thank You to all who participated in this stewardship event!
Thank You to Mike for your willingness to help these infants in receiving the nourishment needed to grow and develop into thriving individuals!
Pictured are Mike and Sr. Helena and Sr. Helena with another Sr. at the orphanage.
St. Martin's Kids would like to thank Mike & Lynn Caraway of Grace Community Development & Education(GCDE) for purchasing school supplies for the new pre-school and delivering treats for the children and staff at St. Martin de Porres Orphanage.
Supplies included crayons, rulers, paper, scissors, tape, glue, pencils, water color paints, colored pencils, sharpeners, and lots of items for learning and creativity!
Treats: 5 types of cookies, mango juice, suckers, watermelon,oranges, apples, bananas, pineapples, and do I see popcorn!! Yum!!
THANK YOU Mike & Lynn!!
Young citizens and future leader of Sumbawanga and Tanzania master vowel sounds and other language skills at the St. Martin de Porres Orphanage Centre!!
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
After numerous interviews by Sr. Helena and her board, St. Martin's Kids is pleased to introduce Mrs. Elizabeth Ngelezi and Mr. Robert Kasongo as the new kindergarten teachers at St. Martin's Orphanage!
Mrs. Ngelezi has a Certificate Level of Education in Early Childhood Education. Elizabeth is a dedicated and experienced teacher, besides being a mother figure for the children. The staff of St. Martin's describe her as very passionate and encouraging in her interaction with the children.
Mr. Robert Kasonngo is a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam with a Bachelor of Arts in Education majoring in Linguistics and Literature. Mr. Robert is also a member and leader of Tanzania Youth Catholic Students Organization. He plays the guitar, piano, sings and acts. In the past Mr. Robert has volunteered at the orphanage in playing his guitar and teaching the children songs.
Sr. Helena has sent a final report on the biogas system that was installed at the orphanage. This will facilitate sustainability and clean energy for their cooking needs. Construction was completed by Eng. Gadson Manase.
It's Harvest Time!!
Crops have been harvested and grain purchased for the children at St. Martin's. The silo's will store the different grains and food will be be available as needed.
The variety of grains include sunflower, ground nuts, wheat, paddy, finger millet maize, soy, and beans.
In rural Tanzania albinism is often seen as a curse that carries with it dehumanizing myths and dangerous superstitions. Some believe albino body parts are good luck charms, able to cure diseases and bless those who own them; the birth of an albino child is considered a bad omen that will bring poverty and disease to a community. Because of the health challenges they face, as well as the discrimination and structural violence to which they are subjected, albino people some of the most vulnerable in Africa.
These 2 siblings are from the Wasukuma tribe of cattle keepers. The parents cannot keep them in their open home due to the risk of kidnapping.
Thank You Sisters for opening St. Martin's and caring for them!
Who doesn't enjoy a good night of sleep on a new mattress?? No more sagging, lumps, or tossing and turning to get comfortable.
Now the children of St. Martin's can experience that same comfort. Here are pictures of the mattresses at delivery. They have been distributed and are now in use along with new mosquito netting. Sweet Dreams!!
Ann English - St. Martin's Kids