In January 2016 Bishop James spent a few weeks in England undertaking a course for new bishops at Canterbury Cathedral. His fellow bishops were from several other countries as well as the UK. After the course Bishop James stayed for a few days meeting the Trustees of The Friends of Masasi and Newala, before visiting Stapleford, Hereford and Liverpool.
Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro
At 5,895m, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing mountain.
The funds they raise will go to help the children at the Blind School at Mtandi.
The Blind School at Mtandi
The Blind School in Mtandi houses 52 blind children, many of them experiencing additional physical and mental disabilities. The money we raise will be used to send the children for essential eyesight and hearing assessments. Following these assessments, provisions will be
made for glasses, hearing aids and operations, as required. Every £150 we raise will help one child see or hear, something that many of us take for granted.
You can support them by using the link from our fund raising page. Please give generously.
This report was written by Mrs Mwanaida Mtaka Head Teacher of Mtandi Primary School
With great thanks from Masasi primary schools society, I on behalf of the society, I dare present their great thanks and appreciation for your moral and material support to our lovely disabled children.
I am writing not only to appreciate your efforts but also to give you the order of how we spent the money, for an intended task and I will at least attach the photos ensuring the trend of treatment in various eye clinics we attended
We received £ 1500 which is nearly Tanzanian shillings 4,050,000/= from our church leaders (Anglican diocese of Masasi) Sister Bertha CMM; The money was provided for the aim of sending children with eye problem for treatment in Ndanda and then those who were referred for further treatment (i.e. operation) were sent to CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania) Dar es salaam
16 pupils were sent to Ndanda referral hospital for eye clinic and assessment, 10 pupils were treated at the level of getting assistive devices (refractive glasses) which are to be used all the time during their studies and in their mobility.
Their names are:
- DALIA BAKARI
- NEEMA SAIDI
- ASINA SALUMU
- GADAFFI SELEMANI
- HAJI JUMA
- NEEMA KELVIN
- AHMADI RAMADHANI
- ANNUARI RAJABU
- NASRA SHAIBU
- FARAJI ISMAIL
- HANIFA ISMAIL
- FATUMA BAKARI
- MUSSA JUMA
- AISHA RAMADHANI
- ASHRAFU BAKARI
- FREDNAND JOHNSON
Names of teachers who went at Ndanda referral hospital to accompany the blind pupils are
- JEROME IDRISA
- ELISHA MWAYA
- SAADA SHOMARI
- HASSANI MALINDI
- ABUNUASI NAMPOTO
- RAJABU M BAKARI
Names of teachers who went to CCBRT-Dar es salaam are:
- MWANAIDI MTAKA
- FADHILI MIMU
- ABUNUASI NAMPOTO
6 pupils were sent to Dar es Salaam for further intervention during the course of treatment; Doctors found that, one among these pupils (Ahmad Ramadhani) has to attend an eye operation (eye removal) to the regional hospital which is Ndanda referral hospital.
One boy Haji Juma attended for an eye operation and he was provided
with an artificial lens. It was a successful operation and here after he
is doing fine.
The boy Arab Mohamed who is deaf-blind attended the Hearing
Clinic and he is to be provided with hearing aids, and as soon as they
get the hearing aid, they are going to bring them to our school. Also
he was provided with ear medicine to use for a period of time when he
is waiting for hearing aids.
A lady, Asina Salum, was examined at CCBRT and the doctor
postponed the operation and she was provided with refractive glasses.
Two pupils, Dalia Bakari and Neema Saidi were put into an operation time table
which is to be held on 15th April 2015 at CCBRT-Dar es Salaam.
We therefore prepare child’s parents to join with teachers on 12th April
2015 ready for the journey to Dar es Salaam
a) Cost of transport, meals, accommodations of 6 teachers together
with 16 pupils and treatment cost of 10 pupils at Ndanda
Referral Hospital was Tsh 600,000/= approximately to £222.2
b) Cost of transport, meals, accommodation of 3 accompanied
teachers and treatment of 6 pupils at CCBRT-Dar es Salaam was
Tsh 3,067,400/= approximately to £1136.1
c) Remained is 382,600/= which is equal to £141.7
Taking this as a token of our gratitude to your moral and financial
support to our society. Your support has marked an endless memory
to us. We believe, you are part and parcel of our society and we also
belong to you too.
We would like to invite you as a society to make a visit as honoured
guests to Masasi Primary School, so that you can see how we do and
share with us some of our activities.
Mrs Mwanaidi Mtaka Head Teacher
Bishop James and Veronica Almasi with His Excellency Peter Kallaghe
The London Masasi Day was held at All Saints Margaret Street with over twenty five people from all over the UK attending.
Bishop James gave an outline of his vision for the next five years and invited people to attend the 50th Anniversary of the consecration of Rondo Chapel, St Cyprian’s Day in September 2015. This was followed by a question and answer session, which benefited greatly from having the High Commissioner present, and a power point presentation by Bishop James on what is happening now in the Diocese of Masasi.
There was plenty of time before mass and lunch to renew acquaintances and to meet other supporters of the Diocese.
After lunch there was a presentation by Julian Marcus, the Chairman of the Tanzania Development Trust, who has been to Masasi earlier this year and was able to give further details of projects in the Mtwara Region, and elsewhere, including a recently completed refuge for girls fleeing from FGM.
Overall a very rewarding day.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Bishop James and Veronica, on the 10th April and they are staying until 30th April visiting friends and supporters across the South of England.
There is a Masasi Day, to which everyone is invited, at St Peters Herford on Saturday 25th April. There is a programme of speakers, which will include Bishop James. Full details and registration forms are in the current issue of Masasi & Newala News. Or you can contact Stephen Jarvis on firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to have further details.
Bishop James Almasi arrived in England on November 20th and has been busy visiting many churches and schools and people around the Diocese of Hereford. He arrived to celebrate the consecration of the Bishop of Hereford, together with the Bishop of Dar es Salaam. Bishop James will also visit London, Stapleford and Worcester where there are many congregations and schools linked to Masasi and Newala. He has experienced a good deal of freezing fog and very different conditions to the sunny climes of Masasi.
An amazing day was seen by over 2000 people who were both inside and outside Mtandi Cathedral in Masasi. Bishop James Barnaba Almasi was consecrated as Bishop of Masasi. Anglicans from all corners of the world arrived, from Canada and the UK. The Friends of Masasi and Newala were represented by Jonathan Rendall who is a long standing friend of many of the trustees of the Friends of Masasi and Newala, and also of Bishop James.
It is with sadness that we have learned of the passing away of Mick Levick who has been a staunch supporter of Masasi Diocese. Mick made many visits to Masasi with his wife Val and they held many places in great affection. Mick held the honorary title of UK Commissioner to the Bishop of Masasi and was a very special friend of the retired Bishop Patrick Mwachiko. Mick lived in Malvern, Worcestershire and will be greatly missed by many people at home and also in Masasi.
The village of Namasakata near Tunduru was the original site for St Cyprian’s College. This land has a few buildings that remain on the land and can be incorporated into the new development. This is the village meeting in August 2014 where the village was delighted to hear of the plans for a girl’s school to be built on the site. Young people from Masasi have already volunteered their time and energy to make cement bricks to begin construction. The education of girls is still a very important area of development in Tanzania and a girl’s school will be welcomed with open arms. This project has been supported with aid from Canada.
It is with sadness that we bring news of the death of Canon Prebendary Walter Gould. Walter was an amazing man with an unflappable manner and steadfast love for the people of Tanzania. He had immense knowledge and was a great supporter of agricultural techniques that can preserve the environment and also increase yields and avoid pests and disease. Here he is receiving a plaque from Rev Fr Linus Buriani who visited him in Hereford. Walter will be sadly missed for his wisdom and ever smiling optimism.