Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - May 2018
Many readers will have attended the AGM of the Link held on April 13th at the Hub. I hope the evening was informative and has updated you further on the work of the Link. For those readers who did not attend, the following notes will keep you informed of the work of the Link in Nkokoto and Urambo.
Stima organised a presentation event for the village on 10th March. He has sent us a video and transcript of the presentations (which I hope will be available on the Nkokoto website when the site is completed. I have had assistance with designing the website during the last six months but have experienced problem after problem with it but……...soon……...!?) At the Nkokoto celebration, bicycles were given out as were all the items listed in last month’s report – solar powered lights, mosquito nets, school equipment for pupils, uniforms, school bags, recreational football and netball equipment, but also the graduating FDC students from the 2016 - 2018 tailoring course were given their tool kits (sewing machine plus a mix of threads, materials, needles, zips, scissors, and so on. ) This, hopefully, will give them the opportunity to get ahead by setting up a small business in Nkokoto or Urambo, or possibly further afield.
The primary school Headteacher Michael has purchased equipment for the school – two laptops, a printer, books, atlases, chairs and tables. I look forward to seeing all this new equipment in use when I next visit Nkokoto School, as I look forward to seeing the refurbished nurse’s house and the new teachers’ houses which I am told are being worked on now.
Since March, the Nkokoto village was visited by the Vice Principal of the Folk Development College. He talked to the young people there and now six students from Nkokoto have begun a course at the FDC. So the Link will now forward the fees for these students (310,000 Tanzanian Shillings, approx. £110 per student per year.) This is where the Link relies so much on the generous sponsorship of individual students by our supporters.
With a group of students leaving the secondary school and three students ending their courses at the FDC at the end of 2017, I have transferred the sponsorship of these students to the new ones at the FDC with the kind agreement of the Minchinhampton sponsors. However, if anyone reading this article would like to become a sponsor, please contact me for details.
Rod Harris Chairman, Minchinhampton Nkokoto Link