Former Head teacher Steve Arbery has made his first visit to Tanzania in order to visit Mtandi school Special Unit. The Special Unit which cares for children with disabilities has long held Steve’s interest and he has supported several fund raising initiatives in order to help the children have better life chances. Read his full report which you will find under the NEWS heading from our home page.
The Friends of Masasi and Newala are saddened to learn of the death of Dr Marion Bartlett a long time supporter of our charity and a former doctor working in Masasi.
Marion Phillips-the name by which many people will remember her- spent forty years as a surgeon and physician in Tanganyika.
In 1966 she married David Bartlett, a priest with USPG, who later became Canon Bartlett Vicar General of Zanzibar.
They returned to England in 1997, but after David’s death a year later, Marion moved to live at the college pf St Barnabas where she remained for the rest of her life.
The funeral will take place at the College of St Barnabas at 11:00am on Thursday 5th April 2018
On Wednesday 14th June Bishop James’ birthday he is walking from Sindano, his home village, to Masasi Cathedral in a fund raising event to build the girls school at Namasakata. This journey of forty miles, is to be completed in one day starting at 5 am in the morning. He will be joined by many walking some, or all, of the route.
We wish him well on his journey. Further details are in the Masasi & Newala News issue number 30 which you will find under publications on this site.
Will you take part on our fund raising enterprise to Save Water In Masasi 2016?
Details can be found on our Fund Raising Page
Pentecost is the birthday of the church and so it is right to celebrate with a birthday cake.
This Pentecost this was how Pentecost was celebrated at the cathedral at Mtandi
Bishop James had delivery of his Land Cruiser at the beginning of May. The vehicle was funded jointly from donations from the local parishes and the Friends of Masasi and Newala.
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