Wychumvi - A Personal Reflection

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In October 2008 the school I made my first visit to Tanzania. I was struck by the beauty of the country, the warmth of our welcome and the strong sense of community wherever we went that made me envious of so much the African culture has to share with us. However in our first day at Gofu Juu I was shown into a small room and took the photo that you can see below. The room with its small fire and meagre bowl is set aside by the school, to prepare food for the 140 orphans within the school. I was tangibly moved by what I saw and more moved by what I heard. These children, usually orphaned through Aids, are often left to fend for themselves in the world  (unless they are fortunate enough to be taken in by their
 
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Whilst the dissemination meetings to parents primarily focused on the curriculum benefits of the link inevitably the plight of the orphans was touched upon. The issue resonated with a number of parents and many expressed a real heart felt desire to develop a work in the school community that would support these children. It was out of this,  along with the particular hard work of three parents acting as trustees, that the charity "Wychumvi" was formed in June 2009.
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