Volunteers work with Upendo Daima
By planning our international internship as German medical students in Tanzania, we did not expect that we would get the chance to make so many interesting and unforgettable experiences. We got into contact with the coordinator of Upendo Daima, Marga, only three weeks before we arrived in Mwanza. Unfortunately we had to change our original plan to work in a clinic at very short notice and we were happy that Marga offered us to help with the work with street children. Every day, it was a small adventure to get to the Back Home House because the street conditions were rather...
Reunification of Jon
Our street team found Jon in the streets of Mwanza City and brought him to the Back Home House on 10th February 2011 when he was 11 years old. The family situation was bad because his parents were alcoholics, not taking care of the children. This was the main reason why Jon run from home. He stayed there for five months, where he was helped with counseling and healing. Later on 20th June 2011 he was brought to Malimbe Family centre for more help with shelter, love, education and counseling. There he was able to pick up normal life again.
Upendo Daima has also been...
Workshop painting as a present
As an early Christmas present the boys from Malimbe Family were given an art workshop.
They always like to draw and colour, and thanks to a donation we were able to get some local artists to come to Malimbe and teach the boys the basics of painting. They learned how to prepare the canvas, how to mix colours and how to translate their ideas onto the fabric.
Some boys really showed potential and all boys enjoyed themselves very much. The finished paintings are very nice. We are now looking into how to display these paintings at the center.
Film Mara working at Upendo Daima
Since one and a half year Mara le Mahieu is working with the street children of Mwanza and made this beautiful film of her work with Upendo Daima. She is working as a lay Missionary and will work within the project for several years, we and the children are very happy with her.
Safe drinking water
August 27, 2015
We are always looking for ways to improve life for the children and if possible to save money in the same time. With our latest tools we manage to do both. We received from Friendly Water for the World 3 water purifiers. Through these purifiers we are able to ensure safe drinking water for our children, while at the same time saving much firewood and charcoal, which we...
Computer classes; update from our teacher
As we have reported before we had received a kind donation of computers for our centre, Malimbe Family. Since a few weeks the children get computer classes, once a week.
Teaching computer studies has been a challenge from the start. None of the kids ever used a computer, so it was a big mystery to them. An additional problem was that most children do not understand...
Reactie van een bezoeker
Ik vond het heel bijzonder om te zien hoe het dorp is opgezet en de rust die jij en de omgeving uitstraalde. De kinderen nemen deze omgeving voor hun hele leven mee, in hun hoofd, bij keuzes voor werk of doel en in toekomst misschien bij de opvoeding van hun eigen kinderen. Het is geen rozengeur en maneschijn maar jullie leren ze om de bloemen te ruiken en water te...
It is not only rosy
The Story of Philipo, May 2015
Many of our children are very traumatized by their past which makes it difficult to build up their own lives.
Two weeks ago we were confronted with a difficult situation in Malimbe Family, two boys aged 8 and 10 years climbed at night over the wall and disappeared. Fortunately, we have good contacts with fellow organizations and soon we received the...
Tyde up the buildings of BHH
Recently the big job of renovating the BHH compound had started. Many things were going on.First the drainage system was renewed, this involved a lot of digging and a few cubic metre of sand and small stones. It provided excellent playing material for the kids.
Then all the buildings were painted, so all the furniture was being moved constantly. At the same time the block...
Art therapy is a method which includes drawing, painting and dancing. It is used to achieve different things for different people who are traumatized. It also helps children who are struggling with emotions, social behavioral issues or physical challenges. It is especially a helpful tool if people find it difficult to express their problems.
Since I started to use this art therapy for...
Repairs Flood Dammage
The works to repair the flood damage in the BHH and to prevent it in the future have recently been finished. In the court yard drains are constructed to flush away the excess water as quickly as possible. A small dike for the gate is built to prevent the water flushing in the yard from the street. During a heavy thunderstorm a few months ago some water overflowed our...
Farewell to our secretary of the board
On November 22, we said goodbye to Monique Pietermaat, our secretary of the board. Monique worked seven years for the street children of Mwanza. In those years it has become an impressive and professional project also thanks to her efforts en involvement.
We will miss her but respect her decision to take it more easy. Since Nov. 22 we have Ite van Aardenne in the board...
Presentation for all volunteers of De Boekenlegger
On 19 November Ite van Aardenne and André van Strijp gave a presentation for all the volunteers of De Boekenlegger. All staff obtained a good insight in the activities of Upendo Daima in Mwanza through a series of pictures and detailed information based on Ite’s personal experience during the year that she worked in Mwanza. There were many interesting questions and all aspects of...
The project of poultry keeping started on 20th November 2014.The Center manager Mr. Tarsisius Hoja brought seven hens from the Little Sisters of Jesus. Five are females and two are males. The project will enable the children, staff and the community of Malimbe quarters to learn different techniques of poultry keeping and become the entrepreneurs in future. Now the activity will be to...