Long-awaited visitors transforming Karao

25-08-2022 Karao. A team of 36 volunteers landed in Tanzania to complete various projects at the Karao Adventist Primary School.

The school also welcomed a special group of first-time visitors from the German Burger-Roland Secondary Grammar School. Led by two teachers, Andrea Gohla and Ralf Sieber, seven students visited their Tanzanian partner school. They spent an entire week giving lectures, painting, playing music and singing for the local students who followed their new friends with awe. Thanks to the support of the Secondary Grammar School, the Masai children could improve their sports skills on a newly built volleyball pitch. One classroom has been decorated with a world map created by the German students, which can be used to illustrate the fauna of different places around the globe. 

A Polish team of 12 people purchased and installed solar panels on the roof of the newly built girls dormitory that can host up to 50 female students after its completion. In the evenings, they visited the nearby local homes called bomas to talk to the inhabitants, encourage them, and bring hope in the lives of families often living at the brink of despair. 

Two doctors, one medical student and one nurse treated patients every day. The news spread rapidly in the neighborhood, and queues of people in need welcomed the medical team each morning. Mothers with their babies, elderly women and men endured the heat under the shades of the few trees around the medical centre to meet the doctors. Several female patients had severe back pain, while others suffered from cataracts. Thus, there is a great need for an ophthalmologist who could perform eye surgeries as part of the medical team. The children’s eye inflammations are treated with high-quality eye drops and vitamins. Unfortunately, severe burns are also common as locals sleep next to open fires to keep themselves warm at night. Rare diseases also appear from time to time such as children having Down syndrome or babies born with severe deformities.

Another group worked tirelessly to complete the new buildings. They persevered under the heat of the sun to mix concrete, dig foundations, or replace broken windows. Their tireless work has transformed the surroundings of the school. 

Karao is located on a hillside, one-hour drive away from Longido. The dustroad leading up to the small community is challenging for both man and machine. Cars shake severely on the uneven road that crosses riverbeds multiple times. They often get stuck in dried up riverbeds or thick layers of sand. Thus, the delivery of building materials tests the endurance of the volunteering team. However, whenever a project is completed, it is pure joy for everyone. 

Sponsored children changing the future of Masai

04-09-2022 Karao.
September 2022 started with a special celebration at the Karao Adventist Primary School. Our foundation invited all children sponsored in their studies for a chat and a lunch. Dr Laszlo Szabo, the head of the foundation, asked the children about their learning progress and overall experience. The students shared which class they attend, what their favourite subjects are and what future goals and desires they have. At the end of the conversation, each teenager received a T-shirt with the logo of the foundation to strengthen their feelings of belonging and camaraderie. The day after marked the start of the second school term. All children embarked on their way to their boarding schools in Arusha or Namanga to continue their studies. Physics, Biology, Civic and Moral Studies were mentioned the most often as their favourite subjects.
While others are eager to learn Math and English. They see themselves as the future doctors, teachers and lawyers of Tanzania aiming to make the world a better place.

Their sponsors play an active role in paving the way to fulfilling their dreams.

Searching for water

05-09-2021 Karao. The beginning of September 2021 marked the start of our water well drilling operations. In the Masai Mara (desert) every drop of water is treasured. While it is easy for us to open the tap and drink, bathe, cook, wash our car, or water our flowers whenever we want, it is only a dream for the Masai. Although water pipes are built by the government, people usually have to walk for 4-6 kilometres to reach these places only to fill one vessel with water and carry it home on their head or by rolling it in the dust.

The school does not have running water yet; thus, a well offering unlimited access to water would make a big difference for the 170 students and their teachers. Young and old filled with excitement and hope, praying for the success of the operation gathered around the drilling machine that many would consider obsolete. When the volunteering team first set sight at the machine, they had doubts about its performance. Unfortunately, their worries soon turned into reality as the drill broke shortly after starting the work. The project was put to a halt for two days as the team had to wait for the new drill. It could drill down to 150 metres deep; however, it was not enough to find water. Thus, there is no permanent solution for the water in Karao yet. We purchased water tanks and regularly fill them with water. However, this is a costly and time-consuming process that does not provide a reassuring solution. If you can offer any support to ensure reliable access to water in Karao, do not hesitate to contact us.

European medical team treat schoolchildren in Karao

03-09-2021 Karao. In September 2021, a medical team arrived from Europe to spend most of their time assessing the health status of the children studying in Karao. Doctors and nurses visited every class to perform routine medical checkups like body weight and height measurements and dental checks. Most of the children were excited to wait for their turn. Although some of them had never seen a doctor before; thus, they were afraid not only of the examinations but also of the white foreigners. However, the kindness and patience of the doctors and nurses helped them to overcome the initial difficulties.
During the assessment, several children were diagnosed with sore throat or eye inflammation. Thanks to the fast reaction of the medical team and the use of appropriate vitamins and medicines, most of the diseases could be successfully treated. Unfortunately, some children had more serious issues. Severe heart problems were identified among 12 children.
Out of them, two were sent to Arusha and Dar es Salam for special examinations and one of them had to undergo surgery.    

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