Fr Linus receives award for Rondo

Fr Linus Buriani, Rector of Rondo Junior Seminary, boys Anglican Seminary School received a trophy for becoming one of the top three schools in the region, based on the O level results this January. Hongereni Wote – well done everyone!

Masasi Diocese Water, Sanitation and Health Project

The Grille Foundation have been working with the Diocese of Masasi and also through World Vision in order to put the Diocese on a sustainable footing so that it can set up projects that not only provide much needed clean and reliable water for villages, but can also raise income in order to further support communities.

One of the villages which will benefit from this project is the village of Namasakata near Tunduru. This village has long been a beloved place in the history of the diocese and was the original site of Rondo Junior Seminary before it relocated. This is the site where the first Anglican Girl’s School in Tanzania is in the process of being built. A water reliable water supply is therefore essential.

Rondo Junior Seminary Number 2 in the Region

Rondo Junior Seminary, the secondary Anglican boys school maintained by the Diocese of Masasi is very proud of the O level results that came out this month. Division I is the best grade possible and there were no Division IV. All the staff and the students are very pleased that their hard work has achieved such good results. Hongera wote!

Some rain arrives…..

Some rain has now arrived in Masasi, albeit long awaited and a bit late. Many farmers are now planting into the prepared soil. Maize is the first crop to sow. If you are lucky you can hire a tractor and driver to dig acres for you. If money is tight then it is time to pick up your seeds and hoe and get to work. So many in Southern Tanzania rely on the provision of adequate rain in order to feed their families and maybe have some surplus to sell. If you have any cash then keronsene, salt and soap are the first provisions that are purchased for your household.

New Luatala Dispensary

The wonderful people of The Diocese of Milwaukee, USA have raised funds to build a new dispensary in the village of Luatala. Their diocese also has a companion link with Newala Diocese. The Friends of Masasi and Newala have provided medicines and simple equipment for stocking the Dispensary. This new updated Dispensary provides a lifefline for local medical care. Luatala is a large rural village in Newala Diocese. CMM Sister Debora has been an amazing help in managing communications and the whole project of seeing the dispensary built and get up and running. There is still a need for a toilet!

New Maternity Unit at Ngara Dispensary – Rondo

The new Maternity Unit named after Shirley and Fr Allan Talbot who founded African Palms
The unit was opened by Rev Dr Bishop James Almasi and the Secretary to the Regional Commissioner. Fr Linus Buriani, Rector of Rondo oversaw the project.
Prayers and Blessings over the new building, its staff and the community who will use it.

Expansion to Transport Business

Felix Andrew is a former pupil of Rondo Junior Seminary and grew up in Chikunja village around 7km out of Masasi on the road to Nachingwea. For several years after a start-up loan from The Friends of Masasi and Newala Felix has been running a motorbike taxi service which takes people often to other villages where there is little or no public transport and also into Masasi Town and back. A year ago this business was expanded to include a bajaji. The commonly seen three wheeled taxis with a motobike engine, covered over with a roof. These businesses have worked well and been a lifeline to people sometimes in the middle of the night when they need to go to hospital. Felix has now been able to further expand using capital earned from the business and has taken delivery of an Indian made TVR motorbike, in fetching blue. The business has been able to provide Felix and now two other drivers with work. The income has made a big difference to Felix’s life. He is now connected to the mains electricity supply and can watch TV at home. He has extra viewers when English Premier League matches are on! He has also been able to help his younger sister finish form 4 where she passed very well and is now helping her with a nursing qualification at Ndanda. Capital is often the stumbling block to being able to start a business and Felix has been thankful and faithful in working hard and growing his transport business. Visitors to Masasi would be warmly welcomed in Masasi and conveyed safely! Felix speaks lovely English and would be delighted to show you around! The bike comes in a box and has to be assembled like a lego kit!

Being built!
the bajaji
Felix Andrew – driver

Karibu sana Masasi!