We thank you for all you have done during 2020 through donations, engagement and participation. This year was great in terms of donations, as we have not been able to organize any activities due to the covid pandemic.
This year most of our activities planned to collect funds in France have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore we try to collect funds by crowdfunding at the site 'helloasso' for two projects: for Dogodogo to accelerate the renovation works in one existing dormitory in order to accomodate the newcomers; and for the school St Luke in Endulen to collect the money needed to buy the solar batteries for the installation of the solar system on the campus.
We hope that you and your family are doing well and that you have not been suffering from the virus.
We want to wish you and your family a good Advent season, a Merry Christmas and a very Happy Year 2021.
We hope to be able to share some events with you next year without fearing the pandemic.
Christina visited Endulen in February and was happy to see the children really motivated to learn at the school.
The deaf children unit is progressing thanks to the special teacher Neema. The children are now fluent in the sign language and can communicate with those who know this language.
Thanks to the construction of the Dining Hall the St Luke school of Endulen has been registered officially in Dodoma at the Ministry of Education.
In August the brand new Dining Hall was blessed, the conditions of taking meals has improved considerably for the children.
A dormitory for the boys and one for the girls has been finished. The school is now registered as a boarding school.
We have 170 children at the school, out of them 14 are deaf, 18 with a hearing problem. The children are divided in 5 classes: one for the deaf children, a baby-class, a middle-class, class P1 and class P2. We have 6 teachers teaching on full time. The children with a hearing problem attend normal classes with a special attention of the teacher.
In partnership with a French NGO ESF (Energie sans frontières), a second degree technical school in Grenoble and KIITEC in Arusha a solar system will be installed on the campus of St Luke in Endulen. PAMINA will finance the batteries needed for the system.
The installation of the solar system will take place in May-June 2021.
Latest news from Endulen:
Cooking for the school is now possible by biogaz. This is a big step as cooking with wood is forbidden within the conservation area.
The installation of the solar energy has started, some people from KIITEC were on-site to start the installation.
The water gathering project has been finished and the young people can now fetch rain water for washing their clothes and for shower as well as irrigating the vegetable garden when needed.
We have now a new project for the Dogodogo center which consist of renovating existing buildings to start two Secondry School Classes for the sustainability of the MTC at Dogodogo. They also need to buy wood and accessories so that the young people at the center can manufacture benches, tables, chairs and cupboards needed for the school.
As the COVID-19 virus is spreading in Tanzania, the Ministry of Health has contacted the Dogodogo center to give shelter for 15 young children (12-14 years old) who have been found in the streets of Dar-es-Salaam during the pandemic season. Thus we have to accelerate the renovation works to be done in the dormitory to be able to accommodate these children during 2-3 months. Funds are urgently needed to renovate the building, to buy matrasses as well as to buy wood and metal in order to manufacture beds and other furniture.
As the project for solar energy for SUMA in Engikaret has been approved as a project for PAMINA, I was able to give some money for this project to buy a solar kit: panel, battery, charge controller and inverter plus labor cost.
SUMA is a secondary school close to the Arusha - Nairobi road, a rural area with poor Maasaï population.
SUMA = Sala, Uti, Masomo which means : prayers, obedience and studies.
For the second part of money Fr Karumuna was able to buy a more powerful inverter so that the copy machine and the computer of the school can run when the TANESCO electricity is cut.
This project is now finished.