This month of December it seems - like David Livingstone the African missionary and explorer - that I too have been lost without trace for over six weeks. It appears that all the ‘gremlins’ have been out in full-force to disrupt and bring despair to Light in Africa this month.
It all started in the first week of December when I could not access any emails from our Light in Africa email account, the only account that I was able to access was my personal account firstname.lastname@example.org so to-date I have much correspondence that I have not been able to answer. My sincere apologies for the delay. I will answer all the mail as soon as the technical problems have been sorted out, Thank you for your patience. This was followed by two of our babu’s (grandfathers) whom we have cared for over ten years when I found them living in appalling conditions and brought them to live in our sheltered accommodation were both taken to the hospital on the same day. Sadly, Vinctor died that evening aged 83 yrs. and we took him back to his village where we had found him for burial.
Our social worker was then informed that the secondary school where our older children are studying under the Cambridge University Out-reach Program would not be allowed to take their last years exams as the school had failed to give the British Council the large amount of exams fee’s that we had already paid to the school in September. After emailing the University and earnestly requesting them to allow three of our students who have studied so hard to be allowed to take their exams, albeit at a different school. This request was refused. The secondary school has closed its doors and I have eighteen teenagers not knowing which school they will be attending after Xmas holidays and if they will have to start a different curriculum and start at form 1 again. Forty seven students are now at ‘boot’ camp enjoying the Xmas break until January believing I will have found a substitute school for them to attend.
To date I have not.
We have been so blessed over these last seven years that although we have in our daily care over seventy children who could demise at any given time due to the seriousness of their conditions and doctors who visit with us are amazed that our ‘high maintenance’ children in the ‘special needs’ unit have continued to survive into their teen’s, but seven days ago we lost George who has been in our care for many years. George had Cerebral Palsy and volunteers might remember George who would lie on the cushion with Abraham and Ester. George will be sadly missed especially by the staff in Tumaini House.
December continued with me being involved in a series of mishaps that left me battered and bruised, from a step ladder collapsing on me whilst I was painting some woodwork and throwing me onto the floor followed by 1 liter of black gloss paint over some newly acquired furniture. Then one of my dogs died unexpectedly two days ago. We then had to rush two of our children to hospital where they were admitted and on Christmas Eve.
A maasai mother travelled 200 kilometers to come to LIA in the hope that we would be able to help her four year old child who has a serious problem with an extended stomach. The child had not received any treatment since June when she visited a local hospital. As the family is poor they had no money for the little girls treatment. We rushed the child to hospital where she was immediately admitted on to the children’s ward. The test alone will cost LIA over $300.00/=
Today is Christmas Day and I have forgone all the fun of the festivities with the children even to missing the ‘water fight’ to stay in my room and fast and pray in an effort to find out ‘what is going on’ Gudilla my daughter in law who had so hoped she and the boys would be with Marcus in the UK for Xmas has just informed me that that the other babu has been rushed to hospital today and later died. IN GOD WE TRUST.
This is the letter that I have written to all of our wonderful sponsors of our children this year with photos of this year’s HEROES.
Salutation to all of our readers……
Our policy to accept all children that the police and social welfare department bring to us is still in place and our ‘heroes’ this year is Mary who is still very traumatized after the horrendous abuse her father and grandmother inflicted on her for many years, she sadly still has to have a carer with her 24 hrs each day in case she will self-harm if she was left unattended.
Michael was brought to me at one of our rural medical out-reach programmes and his father said that if I didn’t take him he was going to walk into the bush and leave him there because he had no food to feed him and he has Cerebral Palsy and he was unable to work. When I asked the father why was the child blind in one eye, he told me that the fontanel had slipped down into his eye and blinded him?? I suspect witch-doctor involvement.
Patrick, who last year was found weighing just 16 pounds at twelve yrs of age is making remarkable progress and runs about everywhere instead of walking, he is just so full of love and joy but is still unable to speak due to his deafness.
Gideon looks like a baby but is actually over a year old and weighed 4 kilos at birth and when I brought him into care he weighed just 5 kilos. His mother had been taking him each week to the witchdoctor to make him ‘normal’. Gideon has Down Syndrom and was catatonic when he arrived. He has had two bouts of pneumonia, a two week stay in hospital where he received 29 injections, is severely malnourished and has rickets and now lives with me. Gideon is my 70th birthday present and brings me great joy.
Our TROPIC BUTTRFLY & LAVENDER FARM is due to open next year when we receive our Wildlife Tourism License and then we pray tourist and schools will visit our educational center and our ‘intellectual challenged’ students will be empowered to earn a wage whilst still living in sheltered accommodation at Light in Africa. Without your valued support of our children, we would not be able to be a ‘force for change’ for these most vulnerable of children. We salute you and thank you.
From the Staff of Light in Africa, enjoy a wonderful Xmas filled with love and goodwill.
Mama Lynn. – Founder of Light in Africa Children’s
UK TOUR DATES– LEAVING TANZANIA 27TH JANUARY
This is my provisional itinerary for visiting the UK in Jan / Feb 2016. Mama Coupa who has worked with me for 15 years is hoping to receive a visa to accompany me, anyone who feels they would like to arrange a speaking engagement or fund-raising event please contact me on <email@example.com>
1 ….. Salsbury area.
2 ….. Manchester area.
3 ….. London area.
4 ….. Lincolnshire area.
6....... Provisionally Scotland