Monday, 10 August 2015

Berega 2015 - Week 1 Summary

After a long week of hard work everyone enjoyed a well deserved rest. On Saturday we had a long walk to enjoy the wonderful scenery around Berega and talk with lots of local people. Val had a go at using a hand water pump which BREAD had installed a few years ago.

Well installed by BREAD
Well installed by BREAD (click for full size image)

Others spent time in the orphanage or just relaxing. In the afternoon some went to Bayona Stadium to watch Berega FC get beaten 2-0 by another local village in the Bayona Cup. There was a highly excitable crowd of around 200 and we all paid the princely sum of TShilling 500 (about 15p, Premier League take note!) for a very competitive and well played match.  In the evening we had separate boys and girls evening with boys enjoying a pizza around the camp fire followed by some hilarious card games. Not sure what the girls did as I wasn't allowed in! But I know they had a good time.

Boys Night Out
Boys Night Out (click for full size image)

On Sunday we went to the 09:30 service that started dead on 10:00! It was very enjoyable as we had a number of translators to explain the songs and prayers to us. Stanley, the Hospital Secretary, translated the sermon so we were all able to understand the passionate preaching. It was a good message that fitted in well with things the group had been learning in their own studies.

The work completed so far is:
  • 3 plinths for water tanks
  • Guttering at the Pastors house and Church
  • The base for the SONAB classroom
  • Preparation and first coat of paint in the SONAB Tutorial bock (6 rooms and the front outside)
  • Preparation and first coat of paint in the school classrooms at the Orphanage
  • Preparation and carrying out of first instalment of the Children’s Club.
Campleted Water Tank Plinth
Completed Water Tank Plinth (click for full size image)

In addition to this we have been able to use some of the expertise in the team. Princess is teaching biology in the local girls Secondary School, Amanda is helping in the English Medium Primary school in Berega, Jo is helping Mike set up an accounting system for the Hospital Pharmacy. Dave is looking at the diesel engine generator in the hospital and the pump for the village bore hole and Val is joining the Health Care team as they visit local villages helping with pre and post natal advice and care.

Gary and Mike are having various meetings with Village Leaders and department Directors to discuss possible future projects.

The work for most of the team is hard and very physical but everyone is prepared to have a go and are doing a great job. Please pray for the well-being of the team as one or two are struggling with Tanzania Tummy and a good number have mouth ulcers.

Building the base for a classroom at SONAB
Building the base for a classroom at SONAB (click for full size image)

Thank you for praying.

Gary and Mike.

4 comments:

  1. So joyous seeing pictures of our cherished members of New Life Church, Congleton. Sending all my love and prayers xx.

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  2. So joyous seeing pictures of our cherished members of New Life Church, Congleton. Sending all my love and prayers xx.

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  3. God bless you all and be with you in this wonderful work you are all doing. Great to see photo with hubby in enjoying campfire food! Keep up the good work! X

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  4. Lovely to be kept updated and to see the faces of our loved ones

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