Moving House – Nanenane!

Moving house? I'm ready!

Moving house? I’m ready!

Moving baby clothes

Moving baby clothes

Moving house? Yes, Watoto Kicheko is about to move house, for the second time, because of a shortage of water. We have simply had no supply for much of the last three months, and have spent an enormous amount of time trying to find water, and a lot of money on increasing storage capacity. Thankfully, our generous donors have provided all the money we need for storage tanks, so thank you all for that!

Moving gives us lots of space in the new premises for the kids to play, indoors and outdoors, with front and back gardens and lawns. There is even another garden, with a great lawn surrounded by a hedge, just outside the compound. There are trees for shade and plenty of greenery. The new house is far more suitable, being all on one floor, and we are much closer to the main road, close to some shops and services; the roads are in (slightly) better condition.

Moving: Are you Ready?

The children are all well and ready to take over the new space and make it their own. The staff will be happy too, as the gardens are much easier to supervise. The whole premises is easier to keep clean, which will be a relief, as everyone has to do some cleaning work. In the past 12 months, some of our bills have risen considerably, such as accommodation, but others have fallen, such as hospital bills; we want the latter to continue!

Moving baby things

Moving baby things

We have numerous projects just waiting to get going; some have already started. One member of staff has learned to drive and become the Watoto Kicheko driver (and supervisor) and another will get a month of lessons, so that he learns to drive like a non-Tanzanian. Several members of staff have started English classes, which will be provided by dedicated volunteers. Others will be taking courses in basic computing and office applications. We will make the house safe and secure (which is difficult in Tanzanian houses as they are not built with safety in mind).

And every member of staff, without exception, will do a course in first aid, and another in fire fighting and evacuations. Indeed, we are now finding time to make everything safer and more efficient. We need to comply with regulations, but there are also precautions we must take regardless of the need for compliance. We expect 2016 to be a time of big changes.

Moving: all Hands on Verandah

Moving photo opportunity

Moving photo opportunity

The whole orphanage has moved to a new premises, but the four school going children will soon move to their own home, with a house mama to look after their daily needs. Their lives have changed in the last few months, radically, just by starting school. But things will change even more in the next few months. Then, there will be 5 or 6 more school going children next September. We are already employing a pre-school teacher to prepare them for the big changes ahead.

Moving our staff

Moving our staff

Moving furniture

Moving furniture

As we get ready for Rose’s first birthday and the Watoto Kicheko Xmas Party, we will also plan additional changes, prepare budgets and communicate our plans, in due course. Then there are the unexpected changes, which we can’t tell you about, because we don’t know about them yet…

By Simon Collery

Simon Collery has been an online content writer and blogger since the late 1990s, developing content for an information industry website, and later, writing about development, HIV, human rights and other subjects, mainly in East Africa. He is a co-founder of the Don't Get Stuck Collective, a group of people who write and agitate for greater recognition of non-sexually transmitted HIV and other bloodborne disease, especially through unsafe healthcare, cosmetic and traditional practices, mainly in Africa and Asia. He also blogs about media depictions of African people, unethical practices by publicly funded western institutions in African countries, mass male circumcision programs carried out in African countries using mainly US funding, and other subjects. He has a particular interest in Kenya and Tanzania.