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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

Newsletter MayF 2016

Recent Fundraisers

Tulips against Tuscany Orange

We are delighted to have raised £19,220 on the night of the auction. We were supported as before by Ken Anderson and the staff of One Solution in Glasgow. Of the 116 pieces for sale only 27 were left unsold at the end.

We have these pieces plus a pile of prints which we did not have time to mount or frame for this event to be the basis for another event if we can identify a good venue.

Valerie has raised a total of 3,464.12 euros in Ibiza for her water project at the school and she will push that forward when she visits later this year.

Valerie also forged links between a school in Scotland, Gartmore Primary, and NMSE. As a result of her visit the children and teachers decided to fundraise to buy a cow and they have reached their target with the help and support of the village of Gartmore.

The volunteer group from One Solution have also been fundraising in order to build a children’s fruit, vegetable and flower garden during their visit in August. This will be a teaching resource as well as an additional source of fresh food for the children.

As a result of all this fundraising activity the school building programme can continue, the water retaining tanks can be built into the ground and the children will have the benefit of fresh produce they have grown themselves and fresh milk.


Next Auction

The date for the next RUDA Contemporary Art Auction is the 3rd June 2016 as we are collecting donated works from this month onwards. This will allow us to frame or mount any unframed work and compile an online catalogue to stir up interest in advance of the event. It will be hosted by Ken Anderson of One Solution and held in Glasgow, venue still to be decided. The entire proceeds of the auction will be sent to the school to build a second double dormitory. Any costs in running the event will be picked up by the host. We are hoping to have a wide range of work and will post images via flickr as and when we receive them. Here are a couple of images to whet the appetite of collectors:

Shangri-La Express

Pope HE

Issue 22 April 2015

Newsletter22 April 2015

Silent Auction by Scottish Potters

We are delighted to announce that Scottish Potters held a silent auction of pots at their recent Kindrogan weekend. Thanks to their generous support in both donating work and buying work we have raised the sum of £1,637.66 for the school.  Over 60 pieces were donated and almost every piece was sold. In addition several people are interested in sponsoring a child so we expect to have some new children starting school soon. It was a wonderful weekend and we are very grateful to the members and committee of Scottish Potters for their support. In particular we would like to thank to Anne Lightwood who organised the auction so well on the day.


Valerie’s January Visit

One of our volunteers Valerie Anderson is back after a month long visit to the school. During her time she made some very good new contacts from HOJA who are partners with the COCO charity. This group are developing permaculture gardens in secondary schools and will be able to offer us advice in our plans to set up a more organic approach in our school’s vegetable gardens.   We are planning to develop the gardens this year and to introduce chickens in a mobile hen coop with the help of visitors from One Solution. Five of the volunteers from last year have signed up to return this July and they are busy designing a mobile hen house as part of our permaculture peparations for the vegetable and fruit garden. With the help of HOJA we will establish a compost area too. The aim is to replenish the depleted soil of the school site through natural and sustainable methods and the chickens will be making their own contributing to this.

As always Valerie worked with the children in the classrooms too and they studied plants using the magnifying lenses and the microscope she took with her.  And in addition to story telling lessons she used the lovely bright wool we collected from charity shops to teach the children how to knit. Several of the children already knew how to crochet and they taught the others how to do it and it became something of a craze. We are already collecting wool and crochet hooks to take for our next visit to the school later this year.

Valerie also oraganised some sporting events including the high jump whcih was dominated by Maasai boys. Other events were less serious and not at all competitve, these were more like wacky races loke rhino where there were no winners or losers.

There will be two members from RUDA, Louise and Alice going out and each will take a suitcase full of books for the school library collected from various chairty shops and donated by friends of RUDA to carry on the great work that was done by Jill Dike in cataloguing the library during her visit last year. We are planning to fly with Auric Air and they have agreed to allow us discounted fares in recognition of the work we do in raising funds for the Ntimbanjayo School of Excellence. A we are volunteers and pay our own fares any help keeping the cost down is much appreciated.

Valerie noted that we need to do some repair work on some of the school buildings and some of these tasks like replacing glass in windows broken by the strong winds during the rainy season, have already been completed. We are thinking about using a recent generous donation from Ken Anderson of One Solution to do some other upgrading of the existing classrooms befiore we start any more  new buildings. We need more storage solutions and work tables for each classroom to encourage group activities.

Our next big fundraiser will be another art auction hosted by One Solution later this year the date has still to be decided.

Futher details about this visit and regular updates can be found on the rudatanzania Facebook page


Issue 21 Dec 2014