Poverty Eradication Network Trust

Serving Central Tanzania

Updates from November 2005

Mama Yohana

Written by Mungwe on Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Filed under: General News

Mungwe sitting with Bibi Yohanna at her houseMama Yohana is a widow aged more than 120 years. Her husband died more than 40 years ago. Raising her three sons and three daughters was laid entirely on her. Now that they are old as well, they cannot take care of their mom as expected, simply because they can not afford it. So Bibi is on her own still struggling with the day to day life with little help from grandchildren or her own children.

PEN.TRUST first assisted her with boxes of food from Feed My Starving Children, medication and some clothing. The last time we sent her food packages she was very happy and thankful. She told Mungwe that she is on her last days before she goes. We pray we return to find Mama Yohana still in good health.

On behalf of Mama Yohana and the entire population we supplied food to; we thank all the FMSC team for their noble work and contribution towards serving the hungry.

How can you help?
• Become a family sponsor, and help contribute to livelihood of a family like Bibi Yohana’s.
• Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children if living in the Iowa or Minnesota areas, by packaging meals.
• Contribute funds towards a container of food for PEN Trust.

Writing in the Sand

Written by Andrea on Thursday, November 17, 2005
Filed under: General News

Teacher supervising writing in the sand

Imagine being a teacher with not enough books, paper, desks, regular salary – nothing to spare. As a former Kindergarten teacher in the US I think, “Could I still teach if I just had a room – could I teach without the stuff?”

These students are practicing their work in the sand before their teacher approves it and sends them inside the classroom to transfer it onto the precious paper they have.

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Meet Edmund

Written by Mungwe on Sunday, November 13, 2005
Filed under: General News, Pictures

Edmund stands holding carvings he has made.

Edmund is a wood carver from Mvumi, Tanzania, about 45 kms from Dodoma town.

He has started a carving cooperative, in which girls and boys are learning the trade.

The carvings turn beautiful mkongolo wood into the striking forms of African animals and men and women doing daily tasks.

PEN Trust is seeking to find markets for the art produced in Edmund’s cooperative. Please contact us if you would like to purchase carvings.

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Seeds for Development

Written by Mungwe on Sunday, November 13, 2005
Filed under: Pictures, Major Projects

A member of the Mshikamano Group's garden cooperative gives a tour of the garden.

PEN Trust was recently involved in coordinating the acquisition and distribution of vegetable seeds to area garden co-ops.

The seeds were donated by the Precious Blood Society here in Dodoma but originally came from Halifax Seed Company in Canada.

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Books for Africa

Written by Andrea on Sunday, November 13, 2005
Filed under: Pictures, Major Projects

In 2004 PEN Trust had the opportunity to distribute books sent to Central Tanzania by Books for Africa, a wonderful organization located in my native Minnesota.

Students at the Msalato Girls Secondary School unpacking their new books

These are some of the pictures that we took during the process of receiving, sorting, and distributing the books to schools and libraries.

This picture shows students at the Msalato Girls Secondary School unpacking their new books.

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