"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/May 2014

By Mary on 26-05-2014

Hi there, April and May have been busy months, with primary school children having a holiday and secondary having a break for a few days over Easter then back to school. Technology issues at this end have meant a delay in communications but we’re back on track now! The past 3 months have been very […]

March 2014

By Mary on 3-04-2014

Hi there! Thanks for all your patience; March was a busy month so here’s our latest updateJ Michael and Victor Nichodemu are a month into their QT (qualifying Certificate) classes for form 1-4, a two year course. Their teacher had great things to say especially about Michael’s study and work ethic, mentioning that he studies […]

Looking back over the past 3 months…

By Mary on 27-02-2014

ACE became officially registered in Tanzania, providing us with a solid legal ground to work in Arusha with the schools and the children. This also provides security for Blandina within her job, and a much safer environment for all of us to assist and empower these wonderful kids become the best people they came be! […]

20th February

By Mary on 20-02-2014

Rain rain rain! It’s the last week I’ll be here in Arusha before I return to NZ, so if anyone has specific requests or questions please email:) Last Saturday Blandina had another meeting with the children at Haradali about how long each of their items should last (e.g. sheets, trunks, mattresses etc) as we have […]

10th February

By Mary on 11-02-2014

Hi:) What a Monday! The dinner was so much fun – we had it at Mt Meru Hotel and everyone was able to come. Mr Severua, the headmaster of Haradali was amazing, keeping us all enraptured in his stories. He told us about a class he used to teach some years ago. He was given […]

27 January 2014

By Mary on 27-01-2014

Happy Monday! Another busy week under the belt. Sunday I drove the 80km out to Shepherds Secondary to pick up Livi (after spoken permission from Mama Lucy) only to be informed by the gate keeper that without written permission I was unable to take him. This is great of course, that the school has tight […]

18th Jan 2014

By Mary on 18-01-2014

Hi All! I spent Monday with Flora, Livi and Maulidi in town. We met at Impala hotel and then carried to Clock Tower, where we stopped at Milk & Honey restaurant (local food and prices) and had chai and chapatti for breakfast. These young adults are so much fun to hang around with! Maulidi is […]

Week 2, January 2014

By Mary on 13-01-2014

Wow! What a busy week! Sunday and Monday all the kids started back at school so town was a madhouse with everybody buying last minute items. On Tuesday blandina and I went to Haradali (Blandina went to Shepherds in the morning) to distribute the stationery and boarding supplies to the children. Normally, all of these […]

Week 1 – Back to School!

By Mary on 7-01-2014

Hello everyone! So it’s the start of another school year for the ACE children and it’s as busy as ever! Unfortunately both Blandina and I have Typhoid, and I am lucky enough to also have a kidney infection, so things have been a bit tricky these past few days getting the kids back to school […]


By Mary on 1-01-2014

adobe photoshop software download appy New Year All! Thank you so so much for all of the support throughout the previous years, we are SO looking forward to working with you all again in 2014, and making it a year to remember! Big plans and dreams ahead for our kids and for the programme! School […]