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News from Tanzania

Edina, our US ambassador

22-11-2018
Edina Toth was born and raised in Hungary where she never truly felt like she fit in, ten years ago she made the decision to move to the United States. Edina recently graduated from Rutgers University where she received her Master’s in Labor and Employment Relations. Aside from Edina’s dedication to her career and education, she has always loved nature and staying active. Growing up she fell in love with sports and found herself playing soccer and handball at the competitive and varsity level.  You can always find Edina outside, staying active, and enjoying her environment.    Edina...
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my first week

14-09-2018
My Name is Dr. Jonas Michael I joined Ngorika Happy Watoto School one week ago.  It was Sepetember 3rd 2018 when I started serving and working at this school as a new head teacher. Before I joined this school I have been working in different Tanzania English medium schools in two different Tanzania Regions. I worked in Dodoma Region in two schools as a head teacher for 5 years and another school I worked as a head teacher for two years. For the past 7 years I have been working in one of the successful school in Arusha called The school of St. Jude as an academic master and deputy head...
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student Allan

14-09-2018
My name is Allan Judika Mmari, 23 years  old. I am a first born in a family of three children. I have my  young sisters, Lucy who came after me and Happy who is a last one. Before we were living with our parents in  Siha Destrict Kilimanjaro region and we were happy even though our family was poor. In a terrible manner our family separated due to misunderstanding between our parents. Our father runout of the family and our mother get married to another man and we were lefted with our grandmother on fathers side. At this time me and Lucy were allready reaching the age of education...
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school study tour

30-08-2018
The study tours this year were very wonderful. Trips were conducted for one week from Pre- unit to Class 7 whereby four groups were formed according to classes’ level. Club D Play Ground: Friday 20 July 2018, Pre- unit pupils (27) and 3 staffs were very happy to play at the ground located at Moshono in Arusha town. The beautiful and colorful ground is surrounded by different games such as helicopter game, horse game, cars game, sliding game, merry go round  game, jumping castle and so many others. Pupils served delicious food; fried chicken chips, soda, water, popcorn and sweets....
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play set for Ngorika

14-07-2018
Good Hope, our German partner who finances the Ngorika house, has treated the children to beautiful play equiment this Spring. The play sets are placed next to the football field at the school and are eagerly used during school breaks. The happy faces indicate how delighted the children are with this beautiful gift. The play sets are manufactured at IBES vocational center and built so robust that many children can play at the same time. Nice to mention that three of 'our' children now work at IBES. Marion Hasselaar, the founder of IBES, is a good acquaintance of us!
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looking back

10-12-2017
I will be retiring from my position on the board of Happy Watoto as of 1 January 2018. I have been active for Happy Watoto for 12 years, as a member of the board, and for 8 years as its chairman, and it has been a great pleasure. Over that period we have grown from a small foundation with a number of ad hoc projects into a foundation which has a clear mission and a vision, and a structural approach to achieving its objectives. It is an approach that has made a real difference to the lives of deprived children. The first children from the project’s early years, who are now independent...
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​lifebook & sexual education

06-12-2017
I recently returned to Happy Watoto for the first time in two years. In 2015, my focal points included identity development and sex education. It was good to be back again. Work on these two themes had continued in my absence, and the results were good. I spent much of my time at Kikatiti, observing the development of the youngest children. In 2014 I had recommended working on a life book that would use drawings, photos and stories to record each child’s history. Nola and her colleagues soon discovered the importance of this life book. They enthusiastically adopted the idea as a means...
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Ngorika school: a work in progress

06-12-2017
In ‘Under African Skies’, Miriam Makeba and Paul Simon sing: “His path was marked by the stars of the Southern Hemisphere/ And he walks his days under African skies”. That was in 1986, when the world was a different place. At the time I made the first of many trips to Africa, sometimes for work, and sometimes just because life is different there. That song came to mind after I had arrived at the lodge and stood on my balcony looking up at the immense starry sky. The drive from the airport on a dark road, the smells, the sounds, and those stars: it all came back to me. Last...
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secondary choices

10-12-2017
One of the main responsibilities for any board of a charity is ensuring that they spend their generous donors money wisely. With Happy Watoto, because we have virtually no ‘head office’ costs, we know that almost 100% of the donations go exactly where they are needed – the welfare and education of the Tanzanian children in our care. Our duty to our donors however needs to go further than this – we need to ensure all the money spent in Tanzania is spent wisely – a feat often easier said than done ! An example is the secondary school education of our children. On...
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Paul first visit

10-12-2017
Four years ago Matti first told me about his Tanzanian adventures. It was immediately clear to me that it involved a group of committed people who were working in a result-oriented fashion to make a real contribution to the lives and welfare of a group of vulnerable children. It didn’t take much convincing on Matti’s part to persuade my business partners of the merits of this exceptional project, and so the sponsoring link between Nielen Schuman and Happy Watoto was born.  Until last summer, the company’s involvement was limited to an annual donation, and despite...
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my time at Happy Watotot

06-12-2017
My name is Irene Elipokea, 22 years old and the first  born in my family out of three children. The second born is Evalyne and the last one is Godlisten, who is at school in Enaboishu secondary. We are all sponsored by Happy Watoto. I joined  Happy Watoto in Kikatiti in 2005 when I was in 10 years old. I went to Chem Chem primary school near Kikatiti Happy Watoto from 2005-2009, which is a government school. I enjoyed my time at Happy Watoto because I could go to school every morning and back home in afternoon. At Happy Watoto...
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ex-Kikatiti Irene Peter

19-12-2017
In February this year I came to Happy Watoto as a volunteer. I was very happy to work with the children because I am a former pupil who benefitted from being at Kikatiti from 2005 until 2008, when I went to secondary school, where I graduated in 2012. After school I went to the college of community development for gender and children. I was a leader in my college, being a minister of education in my second year, and then being selected as a speaker of parliament in our college. I graduated in 2016 with an overall certificate of excellent. I then got some experience in the field in other...
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a bright future

16-09-2017
The first few hours of my July trip to Tanzania set a bad tone and showed that President Magulufi’s anti-corruption effort still had a long way to go. Travelers at the airport siphoned off to pay ‘fines’ for trumped up charges, roads that had been virtually washed away by the rains, and traffic police hiding behind bushes to pull over drivers who couldn’t afford to pay more ‘fines’. Welcome to Tanzania !   Despite this inauspicious start, over the next four days I found much that was in excellent shape – plenty of happy, loved children, and enthusiastic...
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annual wine sale

05-09-2017
Wine merchants Okhuysen and Domaine Montlobre have sponsored the Happy Watoto Foundation for several years, and their annual sales campaign is a source of smiling faces on all sides. The people who buy the wine are pleased because they can buy the product at an attractive price, and support a good cause at the same time. Okhuysen and Montlobre are happy to be able to access this market, and with the chance to support that same good cause. And Happy Watoto is more than pleased to receive the relevant donation. The 2017 wine sale raised a record amount of € 3,500. How did this special form...
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CBF recognition

15-07-2017
On 1 July 2017, Happy Watoto was given status as a recognized charity. Recognised charities must meet the strict quality guidelines set out by the Dutch regulatory body CBF. Having recognized status means that doors that were previously closed to us are now open. Having been in close contact with CBF over the past year, we received our recognition in July 2017. CBF maintains uniform requirements for all charity organisations, with a view to achieving maximum transparency. In other words: CBF is convinced that we handle our money wisely, and communicate clearly about our activities. Recognition...
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fase 4 on its way

09-09-2017
1 January 2018 marks the date on which the first cohort of Happy Watoto children, who entered school at the age of three and have now completed their secondary education, will enter the final two-year phase. During that period they will be given vocational training and job counselling. The children who first come to Happy Watoto at the age of three are children who without the support of our foundation would have no future prospects at all. Deprived of an education, they would be unable to find work and build an independent life as adults. This is the fate of so many in Tanzania, where youth...
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Lerai flourishing

10-09-2017
The vegetable garden at Lerai has been very productive this year. We sought advice and moved the garden to other side of the property last year. All of the vegetables grown at Lerai are used in the kitchens of Kikatiti and Ngorika. The result is a more varied, greener diet, and a sizable cost saving on the food budget. The fields have now been entirely fenced off, and a drainage system has been devised. The latter was a challenge, and something new for the team, as the garden at Kikatiti does not experience the same amount of heavy rainfall. During the rainy season last year, Lerai generally...
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shared leadership

24-03-2017
I'm Mathew Karau Massawe, managing director supervising Ngorika school, finance, transport and Lerai. I would like to express my gratitude for being appointed in this position. It is great to show my commitment and experience of working with Happy Watoto for more than a decade. Being the managing director at the mentioned departments I am working to the best of my capability so that things can happen as stated below. Ngorika School – It is a new task on supervision since when I was employed. Knowing the importance of education and the motto of Happy Watoto which says, developing...
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eye screening at Kikatiti

14-03-2017
Kikatiti is home to children who have been through a great deal in their short lives, and have been given too few opportunities. They find rest here, and a safe, but above all loving, environment where they can develop themselves. These very young children live at Kikatiti, where they learn to play and cooperate, and develop the basic skills they will need to go on to primary school and the children’s home at Ngorika. In addition to focusing on their development, they also receive healthcare, which is provided by the school nurse. Every child is given a thorough medical exam when they...
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school week at Happy Watoto

25-03-2017
My name is Gedion Philip Mollel, I live in Happy Watoto Home. I have lived here for seven years now. We have our daily and weekly activities and duties. Our weekly activities run from Monday to Friday. On Monday, we normally have different activities which are as follows. We begins with family time whereby we learn a lot of things we know and what we don’t know. In family time we also learn about the difficulty subjects that we don’t understand well in school so as we can help each other to understand better. In school my favorite subjects are Mathematics and English. I also like...
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workshop 2017

14-03-2017
Since 2011, the year when Happy Watoto Ngorika opened, it has been my pleasure to spend a week there every year holding training sessions and workshops for management, staff, teachers and matrons and patrons. Until now, these sessions were held in January, at the beginning of the school year. The primary goal is to ensure that the organisation and its staff are as professional as possible. This year it seemed like a good idea to choose a different approach: Dick, as chairman of the management board, and myself as a facilitator/trainer would work together to stimulate the development of...
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new school year

11-01-2017
The usual Monday morning meeting, held every other week, was special on Monday 9 January. On this first meeting of the 2017 school year, we gathered outside near the flag to introduce and welcome the new pupils. All of the teachers were also given a chance to say something about the coming school year. Academic teacher Onesmo led the meeting. The children from the home had arrived back at school on Saturday and Sunday after spending their vacation with their families. I was asked to say something about our two dogs, and what they are and are not allowed to do. It is great to see how much...
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christmas at Bonaventura

24-12-2016
Former volunteer Milou Pauw, now a teacher at Bonaventura College in Roelofarendsveen, contacted us last month. She well remembers her time at Happy Watoto and decided to dedicate the school’s Christmas action to our foundation. The students themselves organize this annual Christmas event, which includes a Christmas market selling homemade cakes, a lottery and a sponsored race. On Thursday 22 December, chairman Dick had the honour, and the pleasure, of standing before 350 children in the auditorium to receive a cheque for € 2,500. This wonderful gift was gratefully accepted.
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home visit

11-12-2016
In the new school year, which started on 9 January, Kikatiti again has space for new toddlers. A number of boys and girls are now enrolled in the pre unit at Ngorika, and the children from 2016 pre-unit are now in class 1 and living at Ngorika. On 8 December, I accompanied the social worker and the matron who is currently replacing the general manager, on their home visits. The social worker mainly spoke to parents or another family member while the matron conducted little tests with the toddlers. The visits were not announced in advance, in order to ensure a proper assessment of the home situation....
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end of school year

23-11-2016
Both Kikatiti as Ngorika school year is about to end. In all classes there were exams for all subjects, from simple ones for the lower classes to difficult in the higher classes. And all in English. For class 4 there is still two days national exam to go. Class 7, which has finished late September and "graduated", had very good results. They scored a 5th place out of 59 schools in the area. Even better than last year! Next year there are eight children that will come from Kikatiti to Ngorika in class 0 (pre-unity). With seven classes in Ngorika, the number of home children...
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sport at Lerai

04-11-2016
Volunteer Netty sent us the following report recently: The sport lessons at Happy Watoto take place in Lerai, on the field next to the vegetable garden. Everyone has to run a little before the lesson starts. The facilities on the field are somewhat limited by Western standards. The success of the lesson therefore depends largely on the inventiveness of the teacher, and of course, on the efforts of the students.
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visit report October 2016

02-11-2016
Chairman Dick and treasurer Fred visited our project during the last week of October. As is the case every year, the annual budget consultation and individual performance assessments also take place at this time of the year. The situation in 2016 (based on figures as at 1 October) is satisfactory. Problems do of course arise – ranging from a desperately needed roof repair and a poorly functioning teacher to surprising government measures and a disappointing harvest in the garden. These are all problems of an operational nature, which management is able to handle, albeit sometimes at an African...
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Richard's impression

01-11-2016
‘Learn. Earn. Return.’ These are some of the first words that the former Chairman of Happy Watoto, Matti Emondts said to me, after meeting him to find out a bit more about the charity a few months ago. Those words stuck with me for days after. But was I ready for really committing to ‘Return’ more than being a person, like most of us, who always tried to be decent to others and who made a few charitable donations here and there. Was I ready to commit a lot of my time, energy and emotion to it? I decided there was only one way to find out – visit Tanzania and see first...
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sometimes things go wrong

27-10-2016
Things do go wrong sometimes, even at Happy Watoto. Angela and Daines were expelled last week due to misconduct. The girls (14 years old) have lived with us since they were three. After Ngorika primary school, they moved to a secondary boarding school at the beginning of this year. Angela was unhappy from day one. She complained about the teachers, disliked her daily chores and did not like the food. Daines joined her chorus of complaints.Angela and Daines wanted to go to another, more expensive school. Despite having had several conversations with our social worker, the dissatisfaction continued....
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intermural football matches

21-10-2016
On 21 October, intermural football matches were held, in which the boys and girls from Happy Watoto scored very well. The girls won by 2-0 and the boys by 2-1. The games were played in good harmony, with an emphasis on fellowship as well as on athletic performance. The mood was excellent, particularly in the bus on the way back home!
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important event!

09-10-2016
A report by volunteer Netty Veltman On Saturday 9 October, the head boy and head girl were chosen at Ngorika, Happy Watoto’s children’s home. A number of prefects were also selected, all for a period of an entire year, and it was a very serious occasion. The children were first asked who was interested in a certain job, and then the level of support for the candidate was gauged. The children then voted on 2 or 3 candidates for that job in the lower form (class 1 and 2) and in the upper form (classes 3, 4, 5 and 6). The nominees were sent out of the class so that they could hear what...
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Marjolein’s blog: lessons in animal behaviour at Ngorika

21-06-2016
There are a lot of stray dogs in Tanzania, and children are bitten by them almost every day. Not always because the dogs are vicious, but often because children have no knowledge of animal behaviour. They tease them, throw rocks at them and then run away and fall down on the ground. Parents encourage the fear of dogs, because they think dogs are like Serengeti lions, who see every child as a zebra. In order to increase the safety and welfare of the dogs, Maureen has been visiting Happy Watoto for past few weeks. She is an American volunteer at a local dog rescue centre, and she is helping to...
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cost-free donations

07-06-2016
Since 1 June, Happy Watoto has been affiliated with GoedeDoelShop.nl, which makes it possible for you to help us, free of charge, while you are shopping online. Many chain stores and other on-line providers participate in this project. If you would like to select Happy Watoto as a specific charity, start by logging on to the website of the Goede Doel Shop. The shopping process will automatically follow, and you will be given the opportunity to choose a charity, and then to continue on to your favourite shopping sites. How does the process work? The online shop donates a percentage of its margin...
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Eikezel's story

21-06-2016
Eikezel is a former student who returned to Happy Watoto after studying art, and who is now teaching the subject at our school. Maret, a Dutch volunteer working with our project, talked to him to him recently. As a child, you grew up at Happy Watoto. How did you experience that? I liked it. Happy Watoto helped me, they are the ones who made my dream come true. I have liked arts since I was a little boy, and from a very young age I knew I wanted to earn my money with making art. Because of Happy Watoto, I was able to study art in college. To me, Happy Watoto feels like my parents. Without Happy...
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Edward's challenges

21-06-2016
In the past we have experienced some problems with our teenaged girls. Last year one of our girls became pregnant before completing her secondary education. Our management team has tried to identify the factors that could lead to such situations.  Our findings indicate that our teenaged students rarely talk about sexual issues or their feelings. It is a sensitive subject in Africa, and it is not discussed with children of this age. However, we believe that children in secondary school are old enough for this, and should be given the opportunity to talk about it. That is why we started a...
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wanted: new board members

26-03-2016
We're looking for two new members of the board in addition to the current 4-headed board. Both members naturally share the objectives of our foundation, but mostly they are willing to hands-on contribute to this great work. We are looking for a person who can focus his/her time on fundraising. Someone with preferably a large network and some experience at this field. In addition, we seek for a person to take some of the secrecarity workload off. Knowledge of and affinity with IT and social media is an important job requirement. Important: in addition to attending the board meetings...
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weekly update from Maret

01-04-2016
On Sunday every once in the two weeks, the Christian children from Ngorika Home go to church. There are a lot of different movements within the Christian faith in Tanzania. For example they have the Pentecoste, Jehova, Catholic and Lutheran church. I decided to join the group of children going to the Lutheran church in Meru, a 30 minutes walk from Ngorika. The service took about three hours in Swahili, with a lot of singing and dancing. A lot of people gave money or even goats, chickens, milk and food to the predicant. At the end of the service everyone went outside and sat down outside in the...
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visit report March 2016

18-03-2016
In the first week of March I paid a visit to our projects. This time I was the only representative of the managing board, although during the first few days I was accompanied by Jan Priester, who was taking his final tour of the project, having retired after 9 (!) years as its treasurer. Jan thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see old friends again, shake their hands and give them a good-bye hug.  The visit was literally very impressive: it was in short, confrontational and motivating at the same time. So much goes on during a visit like this. Too much to describe in detail in a short report....
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interview with Mary Kasale

24-03-2016
How do you find the addresses of children who might benefit from our school? Some parents, grandparents or other family members write to us asking if we can take the child into our care. In addition, we work closely with municipal social care department, and with the church. They also point out children who would be better off living at Kikatiti. How do you select the children? We first visit the child at home, and meet the person who is responsible for the child’s care. That may be the mother, but it could also be a grandmother or aunt. If they agree that it would be better for the...
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'keeping them connected'

26-03-2016
Since 2010 we started an initiative of joining children of Happy Watoto Homes to any of their available relatives for the purposes of keeping them connected. The initiative has worked so well and we have managed to connect more than 95% of the homes children to a relative whom they can visit during their holidays. The primary goal of this initiative is to keep the children connected to the society where they originate from and also to keep them aware of where they have to live after their lives at Happy Watoto. During the exercise of connecting the children to their relatives and guardians we...
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Marjolein´s blog: the stick

24-03-2016
In every classroom in Tanzania, there is a stick next to the old-fashioned blackboard. It is used as a pointer. Even outside, under the tree where many children are still taught, the teacher holds a pointer. Because the stick is used not only as a pointer, but also to hit children, and hit them hard. The local newspaper recently carried a story about a young woman, who was only 25 but had four children. Her oldest was ten and the youngest just four. The woman had never had any schooling, but was now attending primary school. She was in her oldest son’s class. She proudly described how...
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volunteer Frederica

21-03-2016
After only one week in Ngorika, Frederica adopted already taken the Tanzanian hair fashion and is finding here way nicely in our organization. A small update to our coordinator Susanne send on a weekly basis, with delay if WIFI is not available: "I started with giving and assisting sport lessons (PE). Everyday I go down to the field (lerai) and there we do sport activities with the children. They really enjoy it. Also i'm getting to know my colleagues at school, the children and im enjoying the hot weather in Tanzania."
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Happy Watoto in Margriet magazine

15-02-2016
Translation of this Dutch Margriet article is not available.  
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wanted: education export for advisory board

11-02-2016
Since 2015 Happy Watoto has an advisory board that advices the managing board on specific issues. Within this board we are looking for an educational expert (m/v). Profile: Head of a school or teacher with broad teaching experience in elementary education. Is still active in education or recently retired. Has access to sufficient leisure time (2-3 days in the month). Is willing to share knowledge, to delve into specific educational issues and problems and proactively with the thought. Is prepared to produce ± 2 times per year with the full advisory board and ad hoc advice...
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thanks, so many thanks

17-12-2015
Thanks to all our sponsors and donors. We have many faithful donors, whose support over the years has made it possible for us to continue our valuable work in Kikatiti and Ngorika. Fortunately, we continue to welcome new donors whom we hope will make it possible to carry on for many years. This year the Tanzania Charity Golf Tournament raised a grand total of € 45,000, thanks to the participants, and in particular thanks to the generosity of all those who donated goods and services. Please see the full report of the tournament elsewhere on this website. The managing board visits the...
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change in board

17-12-2015
At the beginning of December we sent out a press release announcing that Happy Watoto has a new chairman and a new treasurer: Dick Molman has taken over from Matti Emondts as chairman, and Fred Arp has succeeded Jan Priester as treasurer. Matti Emondts 9-year period as chair has drawn to a close, but he will remain a member of Happy Watoto’s managing board. Matti holds Happy Watoto close to his heart, and he will continue as the managing board member responsible for fundraising, as he explains in the interview elsewhere on this website. Jan Priester is saying good-bye, and will resign...
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Irene (19 yrs), 2nd year student!

17-12-2015
Irene was six years old when she came to the Kikatiti children’s home; her younger sister and brother  followed shortly thereafter. They had been living in the children’s home for many years, and attending the local school in Chem Chem when our social workers discovered that they had living relatives who wished to care for them. The process of family reunion began, but unfortunately it was not a success. Irene’s younger brother returned to us and is now in the last class of our own primary school. The two girls were sent to a local boarding school for secondary education,...
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new board, new guidelines

17-12-2015
The end of the year offers a good opportunity to look back, as well as to look ahead to the future, especially now that we are welcoming new board members. We asked the old and the new chairman to comment. What is the most important achievement of the past few years? Matti: “We have created a fairly stable organisation, which of course has its problems, most of which are minor, but where almost 350 children lead healthy lives and achieve excellent school results. As perfectionistic Westerners, we have a tendency to focus on the things that go wrong, but every time we visit we...
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management team

17-12-2015
The picture shows our management team. Pride, because they just had received from the Foundation for Tomorrow an award for "outstanding childrens center". From left to right: Martha Jonathan Suki, manager of Kikatiti Mathew Karau Massawe, bookkeeper Nolarip Ngungat, general manager Kikatiti and Ngorika houses and the Lerai garden Joyce Sagala, external consultant social work Mary Kasala Moson, social worker Edward Mwololo, managing director
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press release

10-12-2015
A translation of this press release is not available. The topics relate to the new name of our foundation - Happy Watoto-, and the appointment of Dick Molman as chairman and Fred Arp as treasurer.
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charity golf big success

12-11-2015
The Charity Tanzania Golf Tournament held on Monday 9 November was a great success. Over 60 golfers took part in the event at the Kennemer Golf Club, which was followed by a drinks reception at the Southern Cross restaurant in Heemstede. The only downside of the afternoon was the rain, but even that failed to dampen our spirits. The announcement that the event had raised a total of € 45,000 was of course the highlight of the day for our foundation. We are grateful to the participants who helped us to raise so much money, to organisers Maarten Hagenaar and Frans Bosch, who devoted so many...
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visit report October 2015

07-11-2015
During the last weeks of October a delegation of managing board and supervisory board members visited our projects in Tanzania. It was a very successful visit, and we returned home in a very positive mood. All parties concerned, including board members and management, are highly motivated, and there are clear signs that progress is being made. All that work has not been in vain! Matti Emondts, Fred Arp and Dick Molman represented the managing board during the visit, and Margreeth Brokking and Maria Lauret were present on behalf of the supervisory board. Sponsor Frans Bosch, our advisor in Tanzania...
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auction lots

01-11-2015
An impression of what we can be expected at the auction and lottery of  Tanzania Charity Golf Tournament.This golf tournament is made possible by Southern Cross and Vinites. Packed lunches are offered by Boulanger Guy Bake-off and the printing was done by printing Duineveld.   Auction Lots:  Qatar Airways to Tanzania: fly with two persons to Arusha where you will be staying in a villa and visit the projects SVVT. Southern Cross & Vinites: wine & food: a chest Chateau Cos d'Estournel "AOC Saint-Estephe 2007 Vinites with a delicious dinner for two at Restaurant...
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with Qatar to Tanzania

01-11-2015
Qatar Airways has offered a flight (Economy Class) for two persons to Tanzania as part of our Charity Golf Day on November 9th. The flight with this five-star airline will be auctioned along with a stay in a villa in Arusha and a visit to the Happy Watoto projects during the golf day. On site there are various possibilities for day trips and safaris. To get in the mood what it is like to fly a 787-Dreamliner, the plane that takes you to Tanzania.
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visit report June 2015

21-07-2015
From 11 to 18 June, board member Ruud Kroon and his wife Isolde visited our projects in Tanzania. Their first stop was Kikatiti. The general impression of this project, which is led by Martha, is still very favourable. The vegetable garden looks great, and is producing so much that the harvest can be shared with Ngorika. A new water well, in combination with rainwater collection, provides enough water for irrigation. The arrival of Nolarip as manager of the house in Ngorika has resulted in noticeable improvements. Nolarip has rearranged the dormitory so that children of the same age are grouped...
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Derk's annual wine project

14-07-2015
This year Derk ter Braak’s wine project raised over € 1,600 for the foundation: a perfect win-win situation. Bulk orders resulted in a significant reduction of the price of the excellent wine produced by Domaine Montlobre, which on this occasion proudly displayed our foundation’s logo. Okhuysen, the importer, once again agreed to give up a portion of its own profit margin. And the icing on the cake was the announcement that the wine producer is prepared to offer its support on a more structural basis. We anxiously await further news from the South of France. 
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RC Heemstede-Bennebroek’s continuing generosity

28-04-2015
During the annual Road Masters Event held by the Heemstede-Bennebroek Rotary Club, Jan Priester received a generous donation of € 4,500. Our foundation was one of four charities selected to receive a portion of the money raised by the event. It was a fine, sunny day, and behind the scenes club members were hard at work, tallying and allocating sponsor commitments.  It is a great honour for our foundation to have the opportunity to highlight our project in this way, and to receive this generous donation. We would like to thank Daan Meyer (who is the initiator of this event, and who has...
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Upendo and Rose

23-03-2015
Upendo came to Kikatiti two months ago following an evaluation of her home situation by our social workers. Upendo was living with an aunt, a widow who could barely afford to feed her own children, let alone send the children to school. There has been a marked improvement in Upendo’s health since her arrival at Kikatiti, and she has become as cheerful as the other children in the house. Rose (the older child standing behind Upendo), who came to us an orphan ten years ago, is from the same Masai village. She has now completed primary school, and the foundation will be funding her secondary...
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CharityLInk

12-03-2015
As part of our fund raising activities, Board member Ruud has developed the CharityLink programme in conjunction with our partner SecureLink. Securelink is an organisation committed to socially responsible entrepreneurship, and CharityLink is its first initiative within this framework. CharityLink has adopted the 1% model developed by Salesforce, and used by many companies around the world.  The method is based on the assumption that if a company devotes 1% of its time, money and resources to good causes, this will have an enormous impact on the world. Business relations can voluntarily donate...
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Dick’s first impressions

11-03-2015
I have been asked to become the chairman of friends of Tanzania. It is a role I take very seriously, because that is what this organisation deserves. That is why I took time to consider the request carefully and to delve into the material and get to know people before I agreed to accept the position. I began by getting to know each individual board member here in the Netherlands, so that I could get acquainted with their motive and vision. Late in February I travelled with them to visit projects on location. There I met with all the managers and other relevant people and gained some insight into...
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visit report March 2015

10-03-2015
The delegation of board members who visited Tanzania at the end of February was made up of Marjolein and Matti, and they were accompanied by Dick Molman, Andre Timmer (Marjolein’s husband) and Kees and Diederick Bakker. Dick was asked to accompany us because he has been invited to join the managing board with a view to taking over the chairmanship from Matti at the beginning of 2016.  Dick had already spoken to all board members in the Netherlands and wanted to see the project and meet the local team before making a final commitment.  The fact that Dick has now accepted the appointment...
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financing of internet tower

12-03-2015
 In February we received good news from a fellow foundation regarding the financing of our internet tower. Internet is extremely important for our primary school. Because PC education is not part of the required school curriculum, offering it to the children at our schools can give them a head start.  We received a large number of laptops from the Zandvoort Lions Club in 2012, and lessons programs were installed on them with the support of Viafrica. The Lions Club also paid for the salary and training of Simon, who was temporarily hired as an IT teacher. Simon’s job was to familiarize...
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Marjolein's impression

09-11-2014
The children at Ngorika very much wanted to take an excursion to the new stoplights, which they had never seen before. So they all climbed into the school bus for a little trip. Edward, the local director is very good at telling this story, and I would have loved to have been there. Nolarip, the manager at Kikatiti, also had a cheerful story to tell: over the past months a lot of energy has been invested in the vegetable garden. One of the staff members has devoted a great deal of time to the garden, with visible results. The eggplants were bursting in their purple skins, and the tomatoes coloured...
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visit report October 2014

09-11-2014
At the end of October, a large delegation consisting of chairman Matti Emondts, new board members Marjolein, Ruud and Maria, and two major donors who visit the project every virtually year, travelled to Tanzania. The main purpose of the visit was to discuss the annual budget. For the new board members, it was an intense experience, and their first opportunity to get acquainted with the local team and to exchange ideas about fund raising in the Netherlands and Tanzania. The visit began on Monday with trips to the secondary schools where our students are continuing their education, or may do so in...
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sports at Lerai

16-10-2014
With the help of a group of German volunteers and the new teacher George, the sports programme at Ngorika is really starting to take shape. We were able to purchase a large part of the sports equipment with money raised by the 1% Club. In addition to kicking a ball around in the schoolyard, the children can now also practice other team sports at Lerai, including volleyball and basketball, and gymnastics. They are now enthusiastic participants in intramural games and regional competitions with other schools. The government is now also providing support for our long-held desire to expand the school’s...
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Wim Smit's work as coach

10-09-2014
How do you develop the professional skills of the management and staff of a Dutch-Tanzanian charity organisation? What should you not do? That was one thing that was clear from the start: we did not want to impose western theories and ideas as the one and only form of truth. The objective was to create a synergy combining East African insights, knowledge and culture with those of the Western World. I took on the role of facilitator, now and then offering some theory or insight. To my surprise, there is a Swahili word for this: mwezeshaji. In January 2011 we organised our first seminar, which lasted...
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Lerai's sport field

16-06-2014
The sports field in Lerai is beginning to take shape. The grass is not quite up to Olympic standards, but we hope to be able to start giving sports lessons there by mid-August. Equipment has already been purchased with the help of the 1% Club, a crowd funding drive started by Eveline Emondts and Marinka Vukojevicia in the Netherlands, and is expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam next week. Volunteers selected specifically for this purpose will help to give the sports programme a professional basis. The sports 
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health walk

12-06-2014
Edward recently sent us photos of a new initiative. He wrote in his email: “We have decided together with the teachers to be taking a "Health Walk" at least once every week for two reasons namely: for building healthy bodies for as the saying goes: ‘A healthy mind in a healthy body’ and secondly, to learn how to do things as a team. Today we’ve walked from the Ngorika compound to Kikatiti and back. All teachers and myself participated together with the children from class 3 to class 7. That was a great adventure and we look forward to some more in the future.”
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handball team

11-06-2014
Following the expansion of our school curriculum in Ngorika to include a sports programme, we are pleased to announce that we are now also successful in handball. Of the fourteen players in the Provincial Handball Team, eight are from our Ngorika School. Our children are easily identifiable in their blue and white-striped shirts. In the photo, proud Christine acts as goalkeeper, having just blocked the other team’s attempt to score. Team sports and the joint effort of working towards a common goal are a completely new experience for the children. Learning how to be a good loser is all part...
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parents meeting

09-06-2014
Last week parents/family meetings were organised at both Kikatiti and Ngorika. Four different topics were discussed during these meetings. General child welfare: how we handle discipline in the houses, and what our educational targets are.  Vacation period: where possible, the children are sent home for the school holidays. It is important for the families to pick up their children, but also to provide them with initial support at home. Birth certificate: our objective is to make families responsible for locating and submitting their child’s birth certificate. Government...
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local donation

05-06-2014
Last week Kikatiti had a surprise visit from the children and teachers of the Learning Land Daycare and Primary English Medium School. The visitors had come from Arusha to deliver food supplies and toys to the Kikatiti Happy Watoto Home. It was a lovely gesture from ‘ordinary’ school children towards the less privileged children at Kikatiti, as well as an excellent way in which to teach young children the value of sharing. It also confirmed the good reputation of our pre-school, and is a tribute to the work of Nolarip and her team. 
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visit report April 2014

05-04-2014
 From March 31 to April 5 Matti Emondts, as delegate of the board, visit our project in Tanzania and was accompanied by Wim Smit and Marjolein de Rooij.   Wim, specialized in management training and change management, soon returned after his visit in January. Reason for this was to see if the changes that were discussed with the team in January were also implemented. Effectively and upon agreement it turned out to be the case. In a plenary session the team had to present their ‘assignments’. It's incredibly good to see that the team is working well, as lots of things are picked...
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annual wine auction succesfull

17-03-2014
For the second year Derk ter Braak initiated an year-end wine action in collaboration with wine merchant Okhuysen. This year’s choice was a very nice Côte du Rhône, a record breaking wine in terms of number of bottles sold. The joint order did not only generated an price advantage for the buyers, again this year Okhuysen contributed a part of their margin to our foundation. With this event a sum of over € 2,400 was raised, for which education tools will be purchased for our primary school in Ngorika. We like to thank all the wine buyers, and of course Okhuysen and initiator...
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award for Ngorika

18-02-2014
This week the District Education Office has issued an 'award for the excellence in Class 7 National Exams of 2013'  for our Ngorika primary school. With a personal visit, a certificate and a cup we were congratulated on the fact that 100% of the children in grade 7 passed the national exam end of 2013. A big reward for the hard work of the teachers and the children, which were supported by management and the parent committee.
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success with crowd funding

04-02-2014
Evelien Emondts and Marinka Vukojevic reported to us that their first crowd funding project via the 1% Club was successfully completed today. Within a record time of only a few weeks! Evelien on our  Facebook page: "This just happened. WE MADE IT! Through 236 donations in just 66 days we managed to raise euro 5.000 for sports classes at Ngorika Home & School. Thank you all so much for donating and sharing our project. We'll make sure to keep you posted on what's next so stay tuned for updates during the coming weeks." Take a look and read about the...
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new Dutch donating law

05-01-2014
As of January 1, it is no longer necessary to have your regular donation to a Dutch charity recorded by a notary. A mutual agreement with the charity is sufficient. The first agreement with one of our loyal donators has been signed. Someone who has helped our foundation for five years and wanted to re- enter such an obligation for the same period . Would you like to take a regular donation into consideration ? With a notary fee no longer applicable, we can draw up such an agreement for smaller amounts. Condition (by Dutch tax law and applicable to Dutch residents only) is that you commit yourself...
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new phase for 11 kids

03-01-2014
The new ( school ) year took off with an exciting new phase for 11 of our former Ngorika puils. Today they started their secondary education. Three girls have passed the rigorous entrance examination of the Henry Gogarty and have boarded the school, four other ladies have started on the nearby Duluti Secondary School. Two of the boys were placed on Tengeru Secondary School , and yet we have a 14 - year-old boy with physical disabilities housed in the adjacent Tengeru Vocational Center, where he will be trained for mechanic.   These schools have mandatory boarding as this is considered an essential...
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wine promotion

21-01-2014
End of 2013 Derk ter Braak initiated another wine promotion with Okhuysen. Unfortunately, this reached us only last week, but you can still order wine. It is (for the 3rd year) a fantastic Côtes du Rhône from Xavier Vignon. The more you order, the cheaper you'll get the wine. Aa in previous years a nice margin will be donated to us by Okhuysen. If you are interested, please contact Derk (dltb@online.nl) direclty. He collects the orders and handles all logistics. Some urgency is desirable though, as this wine promotion will close end of the month.
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travel report November 2013

22-11-2013
Jan Priester and Marga van Winsen visited Tanzania during the week of November 16-22, 2013 – a short and intensive trip in the company of former board member Frans Bosch and his son Guido. As it had been quite a while since Marga last visited Tanzania, her presence offered a fresh perspective on the running projects. The atmosphere at Kikatiti and Ngorika is good and for Tanzanian standards, both grounds look well maintained. The toddlers at Kikatiti were cheerful as ever, and in the meantime there was a peaceful silence in the classrooms at Ngorika because of national final exams during...
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benefit concert for Friends of Tanzania

01-10-2013
Sixteen-year-old Sara Busser from Nijmegen traveled to Tanzania three years ago together with her parents, and visited an orphanage during her stay. This experience has stayed on her mind ever since, and Sara started looking for a way to help the children in Tanzania. Together with ten friends, Sara organized a benefit concert on Sunday September 22 to raise money for Friends of Tanzania. It seems fitting to use these donations for our music project, which got off to a start earlier this month.   Asante sana to Sara, Daan, Stan, Sander, Juen, Sofie, Guido, Leah, Wiske, Dieuwertje and Roy!
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fluoride problem gets attention

24-09-2013
The drinking water in the Mount Meru area has a very high concentration of fluoride. This has been a problem at Ngorika for years. Recently we have increased our water supply by using our own source of water, located in Lerai, as well as a fluoride filter. This makes us the first school in Tanzania to filter its own water. This Saturday we organized an information meeting at Ngorika for parents and local residents. Not only did we give a professional presentation, we also used dance and a play to show that a witch doctor does not prevent you from getting brown teeth and curved legs. The meeting...
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entrepreneurship at Ngorika

23-09-2013
Not only do we have animal care at Ngorika (read more about this in our domestic animals report on July 20), we also discovered some green fingers. One of the boys has started slipping plants at a small scale, with the aim to start a commercial horticulture in the future. While the board is busy exploring several post-high school trajectories, we already see quite a few small entrepreneurs at Ngorika.
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new leader

17-09-2013
During the work visit of Jan and Matti in August, time was spent on the upcoming change of management. Marion Hasselaar, who helped building Ngorika from scratch and brought the organization to where it is right now, wants to start her own small business school voor children who are not capable to attend secondary school. This is a very admirable plan that definitely meets certain needs. We (together with Good Hope) will not add this project to our organization nor financially support this project.  That is because we need all money that comes from donations for our current projects and in...
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graduation at Ngorika

13-09-2013
Today was a special day at Ngorika. Ten ‘resident’ children and 15 neighboring children celebrated their exams. The school committee and guest of honor Joyce Sagala, who knows many of these kids from a young age, attended the ceremony. The children will use the last months of this year to prepare for the entrance examinations of the secondary schools. Our neighboring children will have exams at several schools, and our resident children will go to selected boarding schools. But of course they will first have to pass their entrance examination!
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visit report August 2013

11-09-2013
During this visit Jan Priester was accompanied by his wife Marja, and son Joris and his girlfriend Denise. Marja and Joris have visited our projects before and wanted to see the progression. Marja also went to see the Arumeru Women Support Group of Joyce Sagale. Matti Emondts brought his daughter Evelien and her friend Marinka. Evelien, who has visited our projects three times now, and Marinka will help our organization in fundraising. They will renew our Facebook page, start crowdfunding activities and explore possible funding opportunities in the Netherlands.  We paid a new visit to the...
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annual donation by Rotary Arusha

10-09-2013
The local rotary club in Arusha has been meeting the annual demand in sanitary towels for our girls for years. Sanitary towels might be part of basic facilities to us, but in Tanzania, it’s a luxury product. It only took one phone call from the Ngorika Home and a couple of boxes filled with sanitary towels had arrived on our doorstep within a few days. We are immensely grateful to RC Arusha for their kind gesture. You can read more about them on their Facebook page
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first Frangipani boxes delivered in person

10-08-2013
After Susi and Marco had decided to go to Tanzania on their honeymoon, they soon thought it would be a great idea to do something for the poor children there at the same time. The things our foundation does really appealed to them, and thus they decided to exclusively pass on their donations from their Frangipani Education Fund to our foundation. On top of that, they organized a fundraiser at the British School in The Hague. In total, they were able to fill seven moving boxes with collected toys and English books. They took two boxes on the plane here, while the others are on their way by container...
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visit report by Evelien Emondts

11-09-2013
Evelien and her friend Marinka joined board members Matti and Jan on a journey to Tanzania in August, 2013. Together with a few friends, Evelien and Marinka have done things for our foundation in the past, under the name DrtyLndry, including an apple-pie delivery service in 2011 and an auction in 2012. This year, they have committed themselves to setting up various crowd-funding initiatives for our foundation, and they have taken on to improve our Facebook page. These are great and important ways to raise funds for our foundation. Their report can be read on their website www.drtylndry.com. You...
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first music lessons at school

24-08-2013
Melanie has arrived in Tanzania this week to start a few months of voluntary work at the school. She will pass on her musical talents to the children here, and work as a music teacher. Both the young children in Kikatiti and the primary school pupils in Ngorika are going to have music lessons three times a week. The children really enjoy singing along with the flutes and tambourine that Melanie brought with her. The old piano, which only the teacher can play, is a perfect addition. Our first Swedish voluntary worker will arrive next week and she will also give music lessons. Our goal is to have...
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book initiative in favour of SVVT

27-08-2013
Whilst Henk Krijnen was sent out to New Guinea by an oil company in 1982, his girlfriend got a job at the medical centre at the Lake Victoria in Tanzania. By means of many letters, they tell each other and the reader about their experiences and thoughts during their time apart. Stories of the countries and cultures are alternated by personal stories of meeting people, friendships, adventures and even a kidnapping once. It’s a personal, expressive story, told in a wide social-political context.” The book counts 332 pages and includes a range of colour supplement containing pictures....
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pets at Ngorika

20-07-2013
We received the following message from Ngorika through Marion: “The boys Samwel, Ibrahim, Benson, Kibaeli and a few others have got something new. Wanyaga and the matrons were taken by surprise during their morning tea when a little rabbit came hopping out of the boys’ room. Am I crazy or did I just see a rabbit, said Wanyaga. Another little rabbit was hidden underneath a bed in the other boys’ room. The blanket hung over the bed onto the floor, so that it couldn’t run away. When the boys got back from school, they were told to go see Wanyaga. They were afraid that the rabbits...
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unexpected visit at Ngorika

19-07-2013
Marion sent the board in the Netherlands the following message: “This morning we had a surprise visit from the school inspection, which is very unusual as they are normally announced in due time. The three inspectors had heard about the remarkable results at our school. During the second mock exams, we were the best of the entire ward. We had just heard about it ourselves as well, and the school inspection wanted to know how this was possible. Ha! Cheating wasn’t possible, well, nearly impossible, anything is possible in this country… and so they thought they would be able to...
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spectacular school results

15-05-2013
Our primary school in Ngorika came second in the Menu-district and came first regarding the English parts of the national exams. The difference with the number one was so small! Edward, the head of our school, and his team put up a wonderful performance during the past two and a half years since the school opened its doors. Our MD Marion Hasselaar has played an important role in this achievement as well, obviously. These achievements have boosted our confidence in going down the next phase.
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visit report March 2013

26-03-2013
Jan Priester and Matti Emondts were the first to visit us in 2013 during the second week of March. The focus of their visit was meeting the local management team to talk about the next steps regarding secondary education for the first group of children to leave our primary school at the end of 2013. We have come to the unfortunate conclusion that building our own secondary school is not realistic, and thus we are looking for a good and affordable alternative. Among our thoughts are those of sending our children on to English public or technical schools with a good reputation. Fortunately, a number...
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start of new school year

15-01-2013
January brought us great news from both locations. Kikatiti welcomed a new group of children. It seems like they have been here for years by looking at how comfortable they feel here. See pictures. Even though nearly all the classes at Kikatiti are full, counting 56 toddlers in total, there is peace and quiet all around.   The results of the national exam have been announced in Ngorika. Proudly we announce that all the children in level 4 have passed the national exam! We received compliments from the DEO. He also told us that one of the children did extremely well, especially due to the fact...
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secondary school at hold

18-12-2012
 A lot of time has been put into the preparations of the next phase of our strategy – building our own secondary school – during the past year. Matti Emondts and Jan Priester have visited various secondary schools here in Tanzania during their four past visits and have spoken to candidate construction workers about diverse scenarios, with the construction budget and the annual operative costs in mind. The expected sponsor funding has also been analysed critically. During our board meeting of 3 December, we had to make the difficult decision of putting the construction of our own...
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visit report November 2012

07-11-2012
Jan Priester and Matti Emondts went on a working visit to Tanzania on 29 October. The Lunenburg family accompanied them for a couple of days together with friends. It was their second time visiting our projects. Board members of Good Hope were also present, together with a sponsoring party. The annual NGO meetings took place on 31 October, where various managers gave a presentation on the past year and their plans for 2013. It’s amazing to see how professional their approach has become. The annual budget plans were also on the agenda during their working visit. This meant long days filled...
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SVVT charity golf tournament

08-10-2012
The SVVT Charity Golf Tournament took place on 8 October. Peter Edwards and Henrico van Lammeren initiated a charity tournament at the Haarlemmersmeersche Golf Club, followed by a dinner and auction in the Southern Cross restaurant in Heemstede this year. About 80 people were able to raise the amazing amount of €27,000 for our foundation. We want to cordially thank all of the participants, the organization, the host and chef of Southern Cross for their contributions to this wonderful day.
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diplomas for our teachers

09-10-2012
Lydia, Edna, Simon and Philip have received their diplomas today. They were the first four teachers to take the training by Viafrica. They are very pleased about the level of teaching and now know all about spreadsheets, PowerPoint, Word and Excel. Later this year, two other teachers will also take this training. Amongst other things, these six experienced teachers will go on to train the other instructors and staff members, so that more people can attain this coveted diploma as well.
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pack for a purpose

07-09-2012
Ajabu Adventures has thought of the brilliant idea of giving their travellers the idea to take along extra baggage for our orphanages from Europe. Because you are allowed two times the amount of baggage on international flights, compared to domestic ones, Ajabu Adventures encourages their travellers to take along supplies for our Kikatiti and Ngorika Homes and Schools when travelling to Tanzania or Zanzibar. Ajabu Adventures is using social media, notifications on their website and when contacting potential travellers to bring this to their attention. The actual supplies needed for our foundations...
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camping trip

25-08-2012
Most of the children were sent to their families during their three-week summer break in August. For those who did not have a family to go to, or those in years 4 and 6 who had received extra tuition to prepare for their national exams, had to stay at Ngorika. To make this period a bit more fun for those staying behind, Marion and a few German volunteers organized a small camping adventure. In three groups, the children went on an outdoor experience spread over 1.5 weeks. Even the older children from Kikatiti, who are about 6 years old, stayed the night. The pictures speak volumes. All honour goes...
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reunion for Kikatiti children

08-08-2012
Together with the social workers, Marion organized the first reunion for children who went to Kikatiti. Most of them have now completed their secondary school or are in their final phase at boarding school. The reunion was set up because of two reasons: first, to see how these young adults are doing now and secondly, how they have experienced their time at Kikatiti. In general, they had experienced the quality of secondary education as moderate and they look back at a great time with us. Some did mention to have missed social contacts with the outside world.
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visit report July 2012

03-08-2012
Matti Emondts went back to Tanzania at the end of July. His wife Monique accompanied him on this trip and gave a voluntary training at Sibusiso for the second time. Sibusiso is an institution that aids young mentally disabled children and their mothers. At the moment it is winter here, which means a lovely 28-30 degrees during the day, which means a warm sweater for in the evening.  Our visit started of great with a first stop at Kikatiti Happy Watoto Home. It’s all really well organized here. It’s great to see the home with its freshly painted happy colours and the vegetable garden...
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talented athletes in our home

14-07-2012
Three of our boys, Kuct, Samwel and Peter, were selected from 56 schools in total to represent Tanzania North at the national primary school games UMISHUMTA 2012 in Dar er Salaam.  U – Umoja, which means ‘together’ MI – michezo, which means ‘sports’ SHU M – shule msingi, which means ‘primary school’ TA – Tanzania Kust and Samwel competed in the handball competition and Peter in track and field against South West and East Tanzania. They made it into the semi finals, but unfortunately did not win any medals. However,...
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Louis Kat’s going-away present

04-07-2012
Okhuysen celebrated its 145th anniversary on 10 June with an anniversary wine tasting event. During this event friends and relations could also thank and say goodbye to Louis Kat for all those wonderful years. After 45 years, he handed the beautiful wine business over to his son Xavier. With more than 2,000 connoisseurs and lovers of wine taking part, it was a great tasting party. That afternoon, Louis Kat received a silver medal from the Commodity Board of Wine.  As a going-away present, Mr Kat had asked for people to donate to our foundation. When adding the donations on our bank account...
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book initiative in favour of SVVT

13-06-2012
The past 52 weeks, Paul Pouw has been writing a blog with the title “East, West, Home’s not always best”.In the meantime, about 100 people read Paul’s stories every week and people from 10 different countries have read his stories more than 6000 times. After the summer, these stories will be bundled together and published in a book. All profits will go to our foundation. The book will also contain two stories called “Letting go” and “For Anna”, which hold a strong connection to our projects in Tanzania, mainly following the fact that Paul’s...
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KLM collection

31-05-2012
The physical merging of KLM and Air France employees has lead to a large clean-up and relocation. They collected ‘old’ presents, such as t-shirts, caps, key chains, and leftover office supplies such as clocks, world maps and air plane models, and sold them again during three days in May for a bargain. In total, they raised more than €2.400 for our foundation. We are very grateful!
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visit report April 2012

30-04-2012
Short after their last visit, Jan Priester and Matti Emondts were back in Tanzania in April to visit our projects. Two subjects were important during this visit: the progress of the budget management and further orientation on the new secondary school. Now that Mathew, our book keeper, is switched to the accountings program Quickbooks, Jan and Matti could easily go through the results of the last three months together with Marion. All budgets and costs until half of April were imported in the system, through which we could get good insights in the actual expenses versus the budget. Not only can...
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last phase for five motivated young men

20-04-2012
The second group of five boys is ready for the next phase: six months of vocational training. They have started their last phase of training with tons of motivation and a toolbox that the SVVT has provided for them. After this training, they will be able to make their own income and stand their own. All of these boys came to Kikatiti Happy Watoto Home at a young age. From left to right: Moses Rhamadani – carpenter, Jackson Costantine – electrician, Gasper Mpheongwe – mechanic, Elibariki Julias – bricklayer, Protches Jaochim – welder. The ladies are Joyce Sagala (Arumeru...
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report volunteer Milou Pouw

19-03-2012
Just another morning at Ngorika Happy Watoto Home. I wake up from the sound of the compound's cowbell. Time to get up! For the children that is – luckily I can stay in bed for just a little while longer. With my eyes open I'm listening to the typical morning noises coming from a house with 74 children. Lots of footsteps, laughing, and then: singing. That's how every morning starts at Ngorika. The children and matrons sign, clap and drum their way through their morning prayers. I don't think a wake-up call can get any better than this! Each day at Ngorika is structured according to the same...
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compliments from the government

01-03-2012
Tanzanian government officials frequently visit our projects in Tanzania. Their main goal is to make sure that our care and education for the children is in line with the government regulations. You can read their findings in the attached letter. It’s a wonderful compliment for our foundation and the local team that makes everything possible.
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visit report January 2012

30-01-2012
Exactly one year after starting our primary school in Ngorika, Jan Priester and Matti Emondts visit again. The most important matters to discuss during this work visit were the ending of the year, cutting our operational costs, orienting visits to secondary schools and of course (!) the Imbaseni water project! We directly had a busy schedule the first day, with visits to some English secondary schools – USA Academy, School of the Precious Blood Sisters and Arusha Modern Acadamy – and getting information about Breaburn Academy. This was well prepared by Mario (our general manager) and...
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Anna no longer with us

25-01-2012
Last weekend, Anna passed away at the age of 16. Anna was an orphan who lived with us at the orphanage for years. Anna had HIV and thus a very small chance at a future. We tried to give her a safe and comfortable place to live in, where she could lead her life as normal as possible. Here you can read a story by Milou her father, someone who never knew Anna, but is still very concerned about ‘our’ children here in Tanzania. Milou is a volunteer at Ngorika Home.  The funeral took place on Tuesday, 24 February.  
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Number of children helped

2372
With the help of our donors and sponsors we have already been able to help 2,372 children to get a head start.
 
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MILESTONES
 
2000  Official opening of our foundation
2001 Construction of the home in Kikatiti (phase I)
2002     Number of orphans increases from 15 to 40
2003 Support for two day care centres
2004
Cooperation with Joyce Sagala’s Arumeru Women’s Support Group
2005 Registration of the NGO in Tanzania
2006 Expansion of the board
2007 Support for 30 Maasai primary schools
2008 Support for the Imbaseni water project
2009 Review of strategy and cooperation with Good Hope
2010 Start construction on Ngorika house and school (phase II)
2011 Inauguration of Ngorika primary school
2012 Start of vegetable gardens and sport fields
2013 Projects transition to African management
2014 Cooperation with secondary schools (phase III)
2015 Name change into Happy Watoto, Tanzanian homes & schools
2016 Next generation, two-headed new leadership, 
2017 CBF certification
2018 new head of Ngorika school