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.

Stapleford Nachingwea Anniversary

St Andrew’s Church Stapleford – Nachingwea Link
40th Anniversary Celebrations 2021

Since 1981, St Andrew’s Church, Stapleford has maintained a continuous and active link
with the Anglican parish of St Andrew’s Church in Nachingwea. The aims of the Link
* through correspondence and reciprocal visits, to build up our mutual friendship,
common understanding and cooperation
* to raise funds to support a wide range of projects in Nachingwea on a shared cost
basis, with money raised in the UK being partly matched by funds raised locally in
Nachingwea, or by local practical input.
The 40th Anniversary Celebration Lunch will be on Monday 30 August
The 40th Anniversary Celebration service will be on Sunday 19 September, Jennifer Oakley, one of our Trustees will be part of the service.
Other events planned are the Celebration Organ Recital and the Christmas Fair.
Further details are to be found on the St Andrew’s Church Stapleford website, scroll
down from Community to Nachingwea Link.

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!


Many of us are familiar with the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that are filled in many homes, often by children. Mostly, boxes filled in the UK boxes are sent within Europe, but these had made their way from the USA. The recipients of these boxes are the boys of Rondo and smaller children from within the community around the College. The boxes were received with great excitement in the school chapel this Sunday!


As Rondo is sited on the edge of a government forest reserve, trees are an everyday concern of life. From the short term climate advantages that tree planting instantly brings to the longer term investment for fruit-bearing and timber production, trees are bringing green benefits to the environment. Teak- tiki- in Swahili grows very well and the two pictures show the nursery trees which are raised by the water point in Chiponda, just down the hill from College and a field of maturing Teak trees planted by schoolboys around five years ago and growing well.