August 1, 2018
An Internet Café and Fresh Juice Bar
This is just the coolest thing! One of our MAP moms has started her business, Upendo’s Internet Cafe and Fresh Juice Bar.
Upendo’s husband left her owing back rent, little food and a two year old handicap child. She was destitute when she came to talk with Mariya, our MAP director.
After talking with Mariya about what she could do to help herself and her baby, Upendo thought she could start a food business making mandazi (like a donut). We began to look for a small shop and found a great spot on a busy corner. But when we interviewed the neighbors they said we have a food business here, what we really need is an internet service.
Upendo had never used a computer so we hired a couple of university students to teach her for a month.
We bought a small fridge to keep the fruit fresh, a blender, some glasses and Mariya, Jennifer, Ashley and Emily had fun experimenting on juice combinations. Upendo always works with her little boy on her back.
Mariya had brought some laptops from Germany so she put two in the shop for Upendo. We bought a printer, some paper and ink cartridges and Wallah! an internet service is born!
We love taking volunteers down to the shop to get a fresh juice, my favorite is orange, pineapple, mango. Yummy!
Now really, how cool is that! An Internet Cafe and Fresh Juice Bar comes to Arusha! Turning hopelessness into Hope. Love it!
You can help us keep this MAP program going by sponsoring a business. Please remember the IRS won’t let you deduct it for taxes if you put a specific person on your donation. Just put MAP program on your donation, we will see that it goes to the right place. I promise.
July 16, 2018
Gloria Leaves Neema
It’s been another one of those days when you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. So you do both!
Five years ago we got a call about a little girl who was found living in a shed where they had kept chickens and goats behind the house.
She had been abandoned with her grandmother who is an AIDS patient. The grandmother had to work in the fields and was leaving the baby in the shed while a neighbor was supposed to come in to feed the baby. She wasn’t and the baby was emaciated and starving.
Her name was Gloria.
Gloria has been our big girl at Neema for a long time. We thought she would be with us until college age. But lives change and grandmother has been taking her meds, is healthy now and in a better place emotionally and physically. She showed us the shed behind her house and I think was truly sorry about what she had done.
Her son has now built her a shop on a good road and we have put grandmother into our MAP program and helped her with the capital to start a shop selling flour, potatoes, oil, tea, etc.
Our big girls all came to tell Gloria bye as she left Neema.
Gloria makes 36 Neema children we have been able to return home! We are excited about that. We have had 183 babies helped through Neema, there are 54 currently in house, we have had 36 adoptions and 57 in our outreach program. Yes, you can be sure we will be going out to check on our girl!
It’s what we do but it doesn’t make it any easier.
Watch Gloria singing “Jesus Loves me this I know” for a great lift to your day!!
May you always have a warm home to come home to,