The kids’ primary school had a humble beginning.  When we arrived in 2010 we found twenty children writing in the dirt under the trees.  There was no classroom, no paid staff and no teacher’s housing.   A  couple that had graduated with the first Bible School class were their teachers.  Domenic made  benches out of left over lumber and had a small blackboard nailed to a tree.  He was paying them a small amount, out of his pocket, to teach the kids.  This couple lived near the school and walked to class with the kids every day. In 2011  a temporary classroom was built for the kids, still using theRead More →

Last year, right before graduation, the government had gotten into our pocketbook about bunkbeds.  Now it seems that they just don’t have enought to do but to try and figure out how to cost us more money. Their first demand is that all schools convert from cooking with wood to cooking with gas, and this must be completed by the end of January.  We got this notification this week.  We have been buying large quantaties of fire wood so we don’t know if there will be much differnce in the cost of using gas.  This is an important move for the government since large forests have beenRead More →

Fall has been a busy time of building in M’Takooja. The last classroom for the primary school is finally finished and construction of building the next phase of teacher’s housing is moving ahead. We have faced so many frustrating delays with getting materials for finishing the classroom, along with government regulations changing. Mollel has begun using a terrazo floor for the final finish on the cement floors becasue the cement floors have not been holding up. The process is more involved and again materials are always on back order. This floor was also used in the Multi-Purpose Building. Now we can finally say, “the lastRead More →

Each day is jam packed and it seems there is no time to rest after long hot days. We finally got the van back and found something else was wrong.  So it went back to the garage and home again.  The next day it wouldn’t start again.  The mechanic had said there had to be something wrong with the battery. Finally Domenic found out that the garage where he had bought it was selling bad batteries that only lasted for about a month.  We are hopping mad and will go after them for a full refund since we have had so much trouble and nowRead More →

There has been no rain at our school for 1 1/2 years.  When it comes there is flooding.  In a day or two the water is absorbed into our sandy soil. Because of our warm temperatures, you can see green grass already grown from the rain a couple of weeks ago.Read More →