"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."
Anatole France

April 2015

By Vinnie on 1-04-2016

Hi there everybody!
Well another few months have passed and we have had even more developments in Arusha.

Haradali and Shepherds
The children are all on their Easter holidays and have gone back to their respective families & homes for the next week. Shepherds Secondary school had one week off over the public holidays and have returned to the campus for the second half of their first semester. Haradali celebrated 10 years of teaching of January 10th with a full day of celebrations, dancing, cultural activities and displays. There was participation by many parents and guardians, as well as children, teachers and dignitaries. We are happy to have the opportunity to work with a great school like Haradali, and we congratulate them on their successes and wish them all the best for the future.

We now have 5 ACE students at Shepherds Secondary. They are all thriving in the boarding environment, and we are very proud of their achievements. Shepherds students did very well in lasts year’s final exams, and had 2 students selected to join National Specials schools as a result. However one of them chose to stick with Shepherds Secondary, which is a great show of loyalty and faith in the schools teachings. We are very proud to be working with such a prestigious and successful school.

A big congratulations to 3 of our Shepherds Primary students, Deborah Massawe, Jovin Joseph and Liliani Nichodemu who placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in their most recent term examinations. This is a fantastic achievement! Congratulations also to Selus Nichodemu, for the amazing progress he has made in only a few years of schooling. We are very proud of all the students.

We would like to welcome Blandina back to working fulltime; we really appreciate everything she does for us and value her place within the programme. We would also like to extend our welcome to Otto R Massawe, who has recently completed a Bachelor in Community Development and has been helping us out this past month. (Photo) Otto has been assisting Blandina with one on one and group talks with the children on improving behaviour, hygiene, academic performance and exam preparation as well as hosting a group discussion on HIV/AIDs, Mental and Sexual Health and Maturity. He has been visiting the children that live closest to him in the evenings to assist with homework and reading programmes.

Pastoral Care
As part of our Pastoral Care responsibilities, we’d like to start putting in place one on one counselling sessions with the kids as they get older. We are currently in the process of finding a qualified counselor to work with the children. In these sessions we will address issues such as personal hygiene and puberty, attitudes towards school work, time management and homework, sexual health and friend/relationships. As many of the children lack this kind of guidance at home, we hope that by providing a safe, caring environment with solid support structures, they grow up with confidence in themselves and their ability to succeed. Of course, any donations towards the funding of these sessions will be much appreciated, and we thank you for your support 🙂

Health Insurance
This year we have started investigating health insurance options in order to find a more efficient way of monitoring and maintaining the children’s health. We are aiming to take out policies for all of the ACE children, to ensure timely and adequate medical care can be provided at all times. A policy costs approximately $600USD a year, which enables treatment in and access to all government hospitals, and select private facilities. Each policy can cover 6 persons. Our fist policy has been put in place, and we are hoping to see great benefits from it. We have selected those who are currently our neediest in terms of health and have multiple medical issues that need addressing regularly. If you are interested in finding out more about the policies or donating towards out next group of 6, please let us know. We appreciate all and any assistance on this project.

September 2015
Both Haradali and Shepherds have graduation ceremonies planned for September 2015. ACE Administration (Vinnie, Mary, Blandina) plans to be present at both occasions to support the children that have reached this milestone in their education. For anybody wishing to be involved, there will be a structured timetable that will allow all the opportunity to see the children in their school environment, and potential home visits. For anybody wishing to include further travel activities during this period, please let us know ASAP so we can get back to you with dates and recommendations. ACE will coordinate all programme related activities, however all airfares, recreational activities and accommodation will be the responsibility of the individual. We are more than happy to provide advice on travel, accommodation & getting to know Arusha, so simply email us with any questions you may have 🙂

Thank you!

We would like to extend a special thank you to the following people for their individual assistance over the past few months.
To Jules Pierre Leichter, who donated a large suitcase full of recreational clothing to ACE while on a business trip to Arusha.
To Beth Rose and Ron Marr, who have sponsored a full worming treatment programme for 2015 for all ACE children. The benefits of this programme are huge – children who are lethargic, tired and lack nutrition (due to worm infection) do not learn nearly as well as healthy, energetic children free from disease.
To Bud & Mary Lou Flocchini, for their very generous donation in April.
To all those individuals who have donated a little extra, no matter how big or small, it is always appreciated.

Current Fundraising Projects
2015 Pastoral Care sessions with a counselor/mentor (USD 1000 total)
Full Medical insurance for all ACE students for 2015 (USD 8000 total)