Tanzania 2019: Wednesday 23rd October

Tanzania 2019: Wednesday 23rd October

From the 20th to the 29th October, two teams -- one from Churches Inc, and one from Wheels for the World -- will be hard at work in Tanzania. We'll be bringing you all the stories and details of what they're up, the people they're meeting, and the lives they're changing just as often as the internet connection allows. Please keep praying for the team and for all the local people they're meeting, who often travel long distances with the hope of receiving a wheelchair.

Wheels for the World

Helen shows a lady some exercises she can do to help her daughter

Helen is teaching mum leg exercises and then demonstrated how to develop head control using a hand puppet. We also want to say thank you to those that knitted puppets and blankets and donated toys.

Children gathered together in the distribution centre with a few of the team

On Wednesday after lunch 6 children; Jeremia, Lita, Ashley, Sita, Nuru and Hamisa were brought to the distribution centre from the Village of Hope. This organisation provides care and guardianship for children and young people who are abandoned due to their disabilities including one little boy with Albinism who attended the Churches Inc workshop. These children were aged between 8 & 23. All of the carers are were from local churches and were gentle with the children.

A young boy with Albinism wearing his sunhat and holding his magnifying glass

"Thank you for helping protect my eyes with a sunhat and sun glasses. Thank you for my reading glasses and magnifying glass to help me read. I love my audio Bible, it’s brill."

A young boy sat in his new wheelchair holding his new Bible

"Strong boots help me stand and my wheelchair is awesome. I love my Bible. Thank you."

Churches Inc.

We had a really encouraging Churches Inc day today with many people sharing their experiences and beginning to build relationships with each other. A government social worker joined us and was able to provide practical support and guidance to parents of disabled children.

A young boy standing in the training centre with Kathy, a physio from the Wheels team

Kathy, a physio from the Wheels team, joined us and ran a fantastic session with practical physio advice.

Charles and Pastor Davies speaking to a group at the training day

Charles from Kenya also shared from his own experience and gave an insight into how self help groups can work in practice. A really positive day!