Xmas is nearly here! But firstly, thank you to everyone who contributed to Rose’s birthday gift!
We are now trying to raise 600-700,000 TZS ($300-350) to make this Xmas special for the kids and staff in their new home in Nanenane. I’ve been debating about whether to buy a five kilo turkey or just get five chickens, all of which are a bit more than one kilo. The first costs about 135,000 TZS (just under $70), the second costs about 45,000 (just over $20), even at a relatively expensive place. Instead of messing around with an oven, we might get a locally made bar-b-q and cook on charcoal, as that tastes good, and it’s what people here enjoy during a special occasion. We will also get some red meat, such as goat.
The other things we require for Xmas include:
- Xmas cake (70,000 TZS, $35)
- Xmas tree and decorations (50,000, $25)
- Xmas gifts for our 22 children (really not sure yet!)
Much of the food the kids eat will be the usual, which we will be buying from our regular suppliers. I’m estimating that the figures above will buy us all the extras we need. I have been told that we should think about new clothes for the kids, but it’s a bit late to start trying to find something for everyone, and I think we’ll just have to look through everything we have got in the stores, donations and the like, and find the best that have not already been used! Our children range from four kilos to 20 kilos and genders are roughly equal, but it would be a big crisis if some people got new clothes and some did not.
Help us to make Xmas special at Watoto Kicheko!
We can start buying and/or booking much of what we need and let you know how we are getting on via our Facebook page. If you would like to contribute you could either send money to our PayPal account, using the ‘Donate’ icon below…
Xmas Through Mpesa and TigoPesa
…or, if you are in Tanzania or Kenya, you could send money by
- TigoPesa (0676 074 793) or by
- Mpesa (0764 074 793), even just a few shillings!
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