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Issue 31 Jan 2018

Issue 31 Jan 2018

New Term

The children of standard 4 have achieved excellent results in the recent National exams and as a result the NMSE school has come out top of league in the Songea region. This shows us that standards are being improved and maintained at the school over the past three years. While exam results are only one measure of success, they are a clear reflection of the hard work of teachers and students. These strong results will encourage parents to send their children to the Ntimbanjayo Memorial School where all the children this year had either an average A or B grade over all their subjects.DSC00572

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The children have completed their end of year exams and will return to their villages at the end of the week. We have written to sponsors to explain why it is unfortunately necessary to raise their donations for January 2018 and the new school year.

We are facing two challenges, firstly the poor exchange rate on the pound since the Brexit vote over a year ago and the school fees which have been raised to 1,150,000 Tanzanian shillings per year. This means that sponsors will now pay £32.50 per month and RUDA will use gift aid claimed on these donations to buy new school uniforms each year. Last year we had to divert £2,650 from construction fees to buy uniforms and this year we asked for help from sponsors. The new sponsor rate will cover the cost of the fees and RUDA will use income from gift aid to buy uniforms in future.

Meanwhile we are looking for a sponsor for a boy in standard seven whose sponsor after seven years of supporting him, has dropped out. Please contact Louise on rudatanzania@hotmail.co.uk if you would like to sponsor him for his final year at Primary School and on to four years at secondary in 2019. Louise will be able to send you photos and information about the boy who is doing very well and is so happy at the school he has attended since nursery with his friends.

Anne’s Memorial Garden

During the first week at Namanditi Louise walked around the school with Ntimba looking for the best place to make a garden for Anne. They chose a quiet area beyond the vegetable garden with three mature shade-giving trees. Ntimba said he often sat under the trees when he needed time to think and it has lovely views of the hills. It is quite a large area but the plan is to develop it gradually and to begin the planting nearer to the rainy season which starts in November.

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The first stage was to establish the hard landscaping; laying the paths and building the round house as well as creating circular seating patio areas around two of the mature trees. A hedge of Moringa will be planted around the perimeter but kept low so visitors can still enjoy the view of the hills. Although it is near the school it is a remarkably quiet and peaceful spot. The attached photos give some idea of the layout but the round house had still to get its grass roof trimmed.

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A large, strong metal arch has been built and positioned at the entrance to the garden.  Once the fence is in place, the garden will be reached by walking first through the vegetable garden and then through the archway into Anne’s Garden. The existing garden areas around the school have never looked better and we are confident that the gardener, Ibrahimu, will make a good job of the planting out of flowers, medicinal plants, shrubs and trees. The planting will be undertaken by the children, later this year, supervised by the school gardener, Ibrahim.  Some of the standard six boys enjoying the new benches. The funds for the garden were donated by Scottish Potters for Anne who was a keen gardener as well as a sponsor and supporter of Ntimbanjayo School.

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Valerie’s Visit 2017

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Earlier this year Valerie returned to the school project with plans to develop an underground water storage facility. The water project is being constructed by builders from Mbinga and they have created the brick built tank. The funds for this were raised by Valerie in Ibiza, a part of the world that also has to deal with water shortages and uses underground containers to conserve water. The hole was dug in preparation for her visit and the tank itself is now complete.

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The newest buildings are all fitted with gutters and downpipes which will feed the tank during the rainy season, the water can then be used for washing and watering the gardens. The finished buried tank below taken in July with the dormitory building in the background.

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Issue 30 Sep 2017

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This newsletter give information about the three study trips the top three classes were taken on this year. They were so successful the school is now considering having a study trip for each of the classes next year. The funds for this year’s trips were raised by a race night held at Broughty Golf Club.

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Issue 29 Apr 2017

Here are all 53 sponsored children now attending Ntimbanjayo Memorial School. These children are being sponsored by individuals and groups from Scotland, England, USA, Spain and Japan.

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Issue 27 Oct 2016

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Issue 26 May 2016

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