Fall Newsletter (Issue 2)

Nov 7th, 2008 | By | Category: Newsletters

Trip to Tanzania

Dale and I very much enjoyed our second trip to Okaseni Village in Tanzania this September. It was great to see everyone again and to check out last year’s projects. Also, with your donations, we funded three more projects this year – many thanks for your contributions!

Last year’s projects

The water system upgrades looked great. We saw many repaired water points, and about 6,000 fees of pipe has been replaced.

Dale and the villagers unrolling new pipe for water system upgrades

The villagers were very appreciative as the upgrades have helped make their lives easier.

The coffee nursery was flourishing – we were very gratified. We were invited to participate in a ceremony to plant coffee seedlings on one of the farms – good fun! (The gravellia tree nursery was not as successful although many seeds were distributed to Okaseni families.)

This year’s projects

Thanks to your generosity, we have set up a microcredit pilot project for 15 impoverished women in the village. Salma (the wife of Daudi Mavura, who was at the Bowen fundraiser in June) is overseeing the program pro bono.

Salma and I shake hands on the microcredit program

Salma is wonderful – a godsend to the project! We are thrilled to have her very capable help.

Your donations also paid for running electrical power to the primary school and village office. Children can now study after dark and women can run sewing machines to make extra income. As well, with funds donated specifically for schooling for girls, we paid school fees for six girls in primary school, as well as for two boys.

The shipping container with the bikes, etc., that you donated has arrived in Dar es Salaam but not yet been released. We will keep you posted.

Next fundraiser – and thanks!

Please continue to save any books you might want to donate to the book-and-bake sale fundraiser in January or February at BCIT.

Thank you so much for your contributions to help improve life in Okaseni Village. To donate, please see below. Your kindness will continue to touch many lives.


Sheena Ashdown

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