Liundu is about 12 kilometers from Ndanda. There are four
villages which we have visited and seen their situation. They lack souces
of clean water, education for small children who cannot walk far away
from home, and health facilities. The Government services have not yet
Need for Eduaction
During our visit to the area we realized that the parents now see the
need for their children to go to School and are open to take some steps
towards self help instead of waiting till the Government will reach them
with services. With local contributions in kind and in labour, they had
managed to build two small classrooms in one of the villages. Here a few
children sitting on stones on the ground, writing with a stick in the
dust, were learning as Kindergarten and Elementary School Class One. There
is only one lady teacher for both groups of children, taking in the morning
the little ones for some hours first and then taking the older ones. I
was touched by their efforts and promised them help. With a little financial
assistance, the sisters helped to buy cement and organize with them to
cement the floor of the two Classrooms as well as the floor of the two
toilets they have built. As there is scarcity of water in the place, the
toilets are deep holes which we call here "pit latrines". They
are effective in those circumstances. With a cemented floor they are easy
to keep clean.
We have advised them to look forward to next year when more children will
surely want to join this beginning School! The present chilren should
be able to move to another Classroom so that the new ones come into the
present two classrooms! The teacher is also asking for assistance to buy
some teaching materials. Therefore we will need to continue supporting
their efforts in thinking, planning and in carrying out their plans. They
have requested that our convent driver whom we send to them often with
messages for them, be part of their village planning meetings.
The children with their teacher
Two rooms poor school at Liundu; with one teacher; she takes a few little
children for Kindergarten first and then she takes the bigger children
for some hours too. The children sitting on the ground on stones and writing
in the dust. Last month we paid for them to make a cement floor and walls.
We encourage them to build two more rooms to be ready for January 2018
in order to take more children ad make room for them.
The Sisters of Ndanda Priory supporting the school
Need for Sources of Clean Water
In February some of our Sisters visited the people in those villages.
We knew that the villagers suffer from lack of water and that they go
far away to fetch water for the needs of their families but we were shocked
to find the situation of the people worse than we expected. We discovered
that the people in Liundu villages suffer not only from going far to look
for water, but also from many deseases caused by bathing, drinking and
cooking with poluted water. So we were looking for underground water.
We have already done a survey with a water drilling company from Mtwara
and they found water in several places, including one in the plot of the
adjecent plot of a neighbouring plot belonging to a villager. So our goal
is eventually to drill for bore hole water for our farming purposes and
also to make clean water available to the villagers for use of their families,
especially for drinking. It will take long to realize this. Meantime we
have decided to take water in a 14 liter water tank lorry for the people
from time to time.
you want to help us to support the area of Liundu in its development,
your donation is most welcome!