Archive for May, 2009

The Everman Junior High G.E.M.S. are Shining Brightly in Tanzania, East Africa!

May 27, 2009

 

A Texas Size Box of Love

A Texas Size Box of Love

 

This “shout out” must start with thanks to my cousin, Assistant Principal at Everman Junior High, Mr. Mychl Buckley.

He has always been interested and supportive of our family’s plans to work with people in Tanzania.  As a quality educator he utilized the Buckley family presence in Africa as an opportunity to provide a global perspective to his students at Everman.

The result… 

Lasonia Russell and the G.E.M.S. students of Everman got to work! They collected numerous items to help better the lives of the boys of DYOC. 

Dar es Salaam Olympic Center is a small organization that gathers youth around the sport of football and helps them develop through the physical discipline of athletic training, education, and Bible study. Many of these boys are orphans and have little more than the clothes on their back.  DYOC provides shelter, meals and a sense of family to over 24 of these boys who have no other place to call home. 

That is why there were so many smiles when I brought the box of items to present to the boys of DYOC.  Clean socks, educational supplies, books to read, new soccer balls.  These items mean so much to these boys.  You can see it in their smiles.

Way to go Everman G.E.M.S.!

These pictures are for you all!

Thanks so much!

The Buckley Family in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

Package Arrives Safely: The helpful clearing officer at the Dar Central Post Office.

Package Arrives Safely: The helpful clearing officer at the Dar Central Post Office.

 

 

 

The boys of DYOC waiting to open your package.

The boys of DYOC waiting to open your package.

 

Coach Aluko preparing to present your gifts.

Coach Aluko preparing to present your gifts.

 

Thank you!

Thank you!

 

The hostel now has a small library thanks to Everman!

The hostel now has a small library thanks to Everman!

 

The boys trained with their new soccer balls and last Saturday won the Coca-Cola sponsored regional youth tournament!

The boys trained with their new soccer balls and last Saturday won the Coca-Cola sponsored regional youth tournament!

 

Ready to put these to use!

Ready to put these to use!

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No more playing in dress socks!

No more playing in dress socks!

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maji salama (safe water)

May 24, 2009

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we have planned, projected and prayed for many months. today was the official kick off of our clean water initiative in dar es salaam. many people were interested in the filters and expressed excitement about the ability to access affordable, safe water in dar es salaam.

it is clear that this initiative is meeting a very tangible, felt need in our community.

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veronica, kanisa la vineyard church member and trained volunteer, explains how clean water and good hygiene go hand in hand.

 

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our project coordinator and good friend, daniel, was in his element today – signing up over a dozen people to have water filters installed in their home.

 

much more to come! a huge thank you to ALL of you who have prayed along with us and are supporting our efforts here in so many ways. 

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bwana elliott

May 14, 2009

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today is the 5th birthday of our baby, aka (to Tanzanians) ‘bwana elliotti’ or ‘meesta’ elliott.

on saturday we had nine boys here – relay racing, throwing eggs, popping balloons, putting oranges, throwing cream pies at doug and celebrating the wonderfulness that is elliott joel. today the fun continues, as he requested birthday ‘pampcakes’ with sprinkles for breakfast and later we’re going out to the one restaurant in the whole of dar es salaam with an indoor play set and the coolest birthday song hoopla you’ve ever seen.

 we love you, elliott! happy  birthday!

 

let's get this party started! elliott gears up with another plateful

let's get this party started! elliott gears up with another plateful

 

awesome!

awesome!

 

doggie whisperer – elliott is QUITE the dog enthusiast

doggie whisperer – elliott is QUITE the dog enthusiast

 

elliott and asher at judy's school - one of the weekly highlights

elliott and asher at judy's school - one of our weekly highlights

got a moment to pray?

May 2, 2009

Our friend Aloise is so faithful. He serves is so many areas in our church: greeter, collects offering, leads us in prayer. He never asks for a thing even though his life has been quite difficult.

Over the next two weeks he is interviewing on a Tanzanian Premier League football team.  This is the country’s professional level football league. Does he have a good shot at being selected?  I am not sure.  But I know that it would be quite a blessing for him to earn the steady income that would come with this position. Please pray that he performs well and is looked upon favorably.

 

 

Aloise under halo; do you recognize Said? Hum? Who is missing?

Aloise under halo; do you recognize Said? Hum? Who is missing?

 

 

 

Also, please pray for blessing on our church service tomorrow!   

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