August 2014 Newsletter
Greetings from The School of St. Nick in Arusha Tanzania!
All of us at TSF and The School of St. Nick hope you are enjoying your summer holidays. It is now winter in Tanzania and our students are still in school!
Our school year begins in January, so things are in full swing here.
Our building project is on hold temporarily as we work with village officials on hooking up our water source. We are hoping to get that squared away this month. Once we have water, mixing cement and concrete will be much more efficient and cost-effective.
We are growing! despite the fact that our official classrooms are taking longer to build than we anticipated. We began accepting applications for new Kindergarten students who will be joining us in January. We have volunteers in Tanzania who are renovating the garage of our rented house until the classrooms are built.
With new students, our staff is growing too!
I have been sorting through the dozens of resume’s I received from capable women who want to be our grade 1 teacher.
We have invited some of them to spend a day and work with our students teaching Math and English. We want to make sure we hire and retain the best teacher possible for our capable students.
Our students are reading English! It is amazing how much they are growing and learning. Yesterday, Our student Lydia’s Bibi (grandmother) came to the school to greet me…can you imagine how proud I was when Lydia translated our entire conversation from English to Swahili and vice versa. I am constantly reminded of the great work we are doing on the ground here.
Volunteers from all around the world have spent time with us this year. Our students and staff love it! Our students often talk about them by name six months +. after their visit. Volunteers make a great impression and are a wonderful resource to us …so if you are thinking about coming to Tanzania, please stay with us; get to know our students and perhaps paint, build and create memories that will last a life time. We could also arrange your safari or Mt. Kilimanjaro climb while here. There are many hidden treasures in Tanzania too that the average tourists doesn’t get to see, we love to show our guests these places! There are also wonderful local places to experience some interesting cuisine!
I will be heading back to the USA for some fund-raising opportunities and to spend time with my family next month. I am looking for speaking engagements. If you know of a school, organization, church, corporation, club that would like to hear more about our great work, please let me know so I can add it to my schedule.
TSF will be in Philadelphia in mid October participating in the Pennsylvania Women’s Conference and in December at the Massachusetts Women’s Conference. If in the neighborhood, please join us!
It is high season here and once again our Christmas Ornaments are selling well throughout Tanzania. Our two painters are keeping busy and our Mama’s are busy making beautiful baskets, bracelets and earrings.
If you haven’t ordered one of our ornaments, now is the time to do so…Our price is discounted this time of year. Simply click on the photo above to order yours today.
I had the pleasure of being a guest on Boston’s Magic 106.7’s Exceptional Women Series. It was an honor and a privilege to be awarded such a distinguished title! You can check out my interview here.
Thank you to Candy O’Terry and my son Jonathan for making it possible!
On behalf of all of us in the USA and Tanzania, thank you for making this possible.
If you have been thinking about making a donation and haven’t yet, please know that we could really need your help. We are seeking sponsors for our new students, additional desks, books, uniforms, shoes, daily lunch, salaries for our additional staff and building supplies. Please click here to donate today.
Thank you so much!