"Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things. Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds, do not overload them. Put there just a spark. If there is some good inflammable stuff, it will catch fire."
Hi there everyone,
There has been a lot happening for Blandina in Arusha over the past week or two. The children are now on vacation after completion of the first semester, and we are slowly getting progressive reports through. Please bear with us as we try and access all students’ details, it’s a slow and cumbersome process but we are making progress! Several children are doing extremely well, which is pleasing to see. Some are struggling more than others, particularly the day pupils where homework, sleep and food are compromised, but those in desperate need are also getting some extra tuition through the holiday break. Shortly Blandina will be checking that all uniforms and school necessities are available and in good order, as well as supplying the boarding children with their needs for the 2nd semester.
It has been extremely wet in Arusha, with some serious flooding. This makes transport very difficult and as a result the attendance of some of the day pupils is not great, and we have had several children who have needed medical attention because of coughs and colds. Many of the day children live in extremely derelict accommodation and it is difficult to stay dry. Special mention needs to be made of Maulidi, Jovin and Immanuel at Shepherds School, their grades were exceptional for the first semester and they are all in the top 10 students in their class.
Thanks so much for your support for this programme. It means the world to these kids. I know we keep asking, but if you have friends or family who would like to sponsor a
child, or if you are in a position to increase sponsorship from a ‘day’ situation to a ‘boarding’ situation – getting these children into the boarding house, with regular food, sleep, warmth, social interaction and pastoral care, makes an enormous difference to their learning potential.
Vinnie and Mary