Everyday this week we are interviewing sponsored children in the 16 locations around the Mbeya region of Tanzania. By the end of the week we hope to have interviewed over 2500 children. Although the questions we ask each one are the same everywhere we go, the locations are very different. Some are very remote with wonderful vistas. Others are cramped with little space – they are in town. The needs are vast. Many do not have good nutrition and daily life is very hard. Lack of basic amenities like electricity, water and toilets along with poor housing cause an assortment of health issues. The children and their families give us a wonderful welcome when we arrive. It is very heart warming. This year the team is made up of 13 visitors from UK, America and Malaysia along with about 40 local volunteers. It is a real privilege to work alongside local churches. Each evening we begin to input the data recorded into a bank of computers. The day is long but rewarding. Maybe you could join us next year.
Great start to the trip. Almost 400 interviews were completed on the first day. Team worked so well. Great to catch up with old friends. Most of the Tanzanian team interviewing have or are currently on the sponsorship scheme. So proud of them.
We also had time to play with some of the younger children. There is a lot of dust around and everything is very dry. As the children run a cloud of dust obscures the view, with particles finding there way into our hair, up our noses and into our mouths… fun times. X
If you feel you should sponsor a child (or another child!) please take the plunge. https://www.grassroots.org.uk/sponsor-a-child-today/
We also opened a new feeding programme, number 16 in a place called Mwanyanje lots of dancing and celebrating. More later…