Making Silly Faces: Building Relationships in Kazunzu Published: 08 Feb 2019

Vine Trust's Louise and Martin headed out to Tanzania this week to visit our latest construction project, Kazunzu Village of Hope.

Louise and Martin spent time with Programme Director Samuel Limbe at the 53-acre site to carry out final health & safety and due diligence checks in anticipation of our volunteers’ arrival in May. Our twelve volunteers from Falkirk Trinity Church will be the first to support the construction of two homes in the village. These will provide a stable family environment for widows and orphans from the local island and lake shore communities.

The trio also met with Sengerema District Commissioner Emanuel Kipole to discuss the local government’s support of the project. The Honourable District Commissioner expressed his warm welcome to our volunteer teams, whose support will bring benefits to the local and wider communities.

Later in the week, Pastor Joshua, from the local African Inland Church parish in Sengerema, invited Louise and Martin to visit the morning lessons held at his church. Up to 200 children aged between 3 and 6 years old attend weekday morning lessons led by 4 teachers.

The classes ranged from teaching English to learning about different parts of the body. Many of the children are orphans or live in vulnerable family situations. Often their only meal of the day can be porridge snacks received at the church. Louise and Martin were able to spend time with the children, pulling silly faces and inciting lots of laughter!

It won't be long until Louise returns to Sengerema with our May volunteers!

Vine Trust will be holding a Kazunzu Information Open Day on Saturday 6th of April. Come along to the Vine Trust barge to find out how you can get involved with this exciting new project.