Poverty Eradication Network Trust

Serving Central Tanzania

Updates from April 2007

Teddy Bears for Pre Schoolers

Written by Andrea on Thursday, April 19, 2007
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Sample Teddy Bears from Mother Bear ProjectMother Bear Project is a non profit based in Minnesota that sends hand knit teddy bears all over the world. PEN Trust was fortunate enough to have 250 bears added to our last book container.
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Scholarship Students

Written by Andrea on Wednesday, April 11, 2007
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Juma Kimaro at schoolPEN Trust has three new scholarship students in the Dodoma area. Several US sponsors in Minnesota, Maine and Massachusetts are responsible for the addition of these three students. Besides school fees, national and mock exams these students also received mountain bikes and other necessary items to ease their studies.
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Meet the Brinkman Family

Written by Andrea on Monday, April 9, 2007
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Russ, Heidi, Justin and Jilliane Brinkman from Rogers, Minnesota, USA have shown their support for the work of PEN Trust in various ways. They have donated toys, games, clothing, a boom box and school supplies of their own. They have also sponsored one student, Sophia Mohamed, to secondary school in Dodoma and have supplied her with a care package needed for boarding school. They also send care packages for other scholarship students and younger children filled with beautiful new and used clothing. We are so grateful for all the ways this family has touched the hearts of children half way around the world in Tanzania.
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Huruma Orphan Centre

Written by Andrea on Monday, April 9, 2007
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Baby at Huruma Orphan Centre receiving a packet of food from Feed My Starving Children to play with.Huruma means mercy in Kiswahili. At the Huruma Orphan Centre in Mnadani, both orphans and vulnerables are taught life skills, share a meal and just have time to play with kids in the same situation each Saturday. The centre hosts 70+ children each week- 7 of these children are known to be HIV+. PEN Trust brought guests Don and Joanie Hawkinson one Saturday as we prepared a meal and bought sodas for the kids as well as distributed a box of Feed My Starving Children food to each child.
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Faraja Tutoring Centre

Written by Andrea on Monday, April 9, 2007
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Standard 7 students underneath the tree where they meet for their tutoring sessions.Faraja has 100 students that have finished primary school through Standard 7 but either do not have the funds or need extra tutoring help before starting secondary school. The program does not have funds for adequate classrooms so they meet under this tree. Most of the students that come to this centre are considered orphaned or vulnerables.
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Don and Joanie Hawkinson’s Visit

Written by Andrea on Monday, April 9, 2007
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Andrea with Joanie and Don Hawkinson in Dodoma, Tanzania.Don and Joanie Hawkinson extended their safari and visit in Bukoba, TZ in order to spend a few days with us in Dodoma. We first met Don in Minneapolis when as our lawyer, he filed our paperwork for the 501c3 status. We are so glad they could join PEN Trust in our work and to learn more about our programs.
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Dr. Msuya Visits the Warehouse

Written by Andrea on Monday, April 9, 2007
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Andrea and Dr. Cleopas Msuya at the warehouse in Dodoma.Dr. Cleopas Msuya has had a long distinguished career in Public Health with the International Red Cross, the UN and the World Health Organization. He formed Athena Girl’s Secondary School which focuses on the sciences and math located outside of Dar Es Salaam.
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Patrick’s PhD Dissertation Project

Written by Andrea on Monday, April 9, 2007
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Patrick Plonski interviewing teachers at Msalato Girl's Secondary School in Dodoma, TanzaniaPatrick Plonski is the Executive Director of Books for Africa and long time friend and partner of PEN Trust. We were honored when we heard that of all the organizations he works with throughout the continent of Africa, he chose PEN Trust to assist him with his PhD dissertation project.
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