We do our best to get more sponsoring from Tanzania. Ultimately we want to be less dependent on the international donors, after all taking care of street children is primarily a responsibility of the country. And we see that we get more and more contributions from people in our environment, especially in kind.
So we had three groups visiting Malimbe Family in September and October. First 21 runners from "Team Fitness" from Arusha, who had run half the marathon, came to visit our boys. Our acrobatic team and the traditional dance group gave a beautiful performance. The visitors liked it very much and were very interested in how we do our work with the street team and the Back Home House, primarily aimed at reuniting the boys with their families. They brought rice, sugar, bread, cooking oil, tea, and a large sum of money to support our work. The leader of the group has spoken to our boys and encouraged them to make something of their life despite the bad start on the street.
The same week we had the Lions Club from Mwanza visiting us. We told them the story of our work, gave them a tour and treated them with the performances of our acrobats and traditional dancers. Symbolically an eggplant plant was planted in the garden as a sign of friendship. The Lions Club brought gifts along in the form of books and pens, flour, fresh milk and fruit juice and delicious biscuits and maandazi. In a speech they complimented the staff with the important social work we are doing for Mwanza region.
On 8 October we got the CRDB Bank visiting us as part of their annual social event day. Also they were received with an introduction of our work and performances of the children. It's every time very nice to see how enthusiastically the guys are showing what they can and how the public reacts. They also had a lot of gifts with him in the form of sugar, cooking oil, corn and rice, books and pens.
With this type of visits we are happy, not only because of the presents. It shows also that we are not alone and that there is appreciation from the local community for our work.