Tanzania Link with Mungano Parish
The Pastor, Rev. Michael Nchimbi, has the oversight of three congregations worshipping in church buildings constructed of homemade concrete blocks. One of these, St. Paul’s, was previously of mud-brick but blew down some eighteen months ago. Funds from the Saxon Shore Benefice and Heacham have enabled it to be rebuilt in a more substantial manner.
A Swahili-medium government primary school is situated at one end of the parish at Mpamaa. There are 480 pupils in six classrooms, sharing 30 desks and a minimal number of textbooks. Primary education in TZ is free, but for children to attend, parents have to provide uniforms, shoes, exercise books and pencils. As this is often beyond the parishioners’ means, there is no money left over to buy other items that we in developed countries would consider essential for education. Donations from Brancaster and Heacham schools, and the cubs and scouts in Heacham have provided some much needed desks and textbooks, as well as some uniforms, which I have purchased locally on subsequent visits.
The overwhelming issue for the community is the water supply for people, as well as cattle and crops. A Canadian Non-Governmental Organization based nearby will drill an artesian well at the required depth of 135 metres for c.£8,400. Pumps and infrastructure will be extra, but exactly what will be needed cannot be sorted out until the capacity of the bore is determined. I am trying to sort out issues of land ownership and organization with the diocese, as well as raising the money, before going ahead.
This is one community out of many thousands of similar ones across East Africa, but Pastor Nchimbi and his people are more than grateful for your support.
James Monro (Curate, Saxon Shore Benefice)