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The Kondoa “Joseph” Appeal

(June to November 2020)

 

Thank you so much for all those who have given recently to Kondoa – your support has been hugely appreciated by the Bishop and his team!!
Yet the need in Kondoa is so very great – during the COVID-19 outbreak they have lost virtually all their income – they are for the moment totally reliant on donations.
On top of this the rains have been sporadic and there have been several locust clouds eating the maize…
We have been in contact with the Bishop and he has a plan over the next 6 months….

Across the Kondoa Diocese the situation is OK in the North and East with good crops BUT no crops in the West and South (due both to lack of rain and the locust/insect swarms eating the plants)
The Bishop therefore is planning to follow “Joseph in Egypt” (Genesis 40 & 42)
He plans to buy maize in the North & East of the Diocese – over the next 3-4 months – store it in Kondoa and then distribute it to those who have none in the South and West towards the end of the year
By providing food for the South and West towards yearend – this will enable people to have something to eat and to prepare their fields for next year
(Rather than have to work for someone else for their food and have nothing for next year!)

If you are able to provide support, please send any donations to the Parish’s Kondoa fund.  You can either send a cheque made payable to Tonbridge Parish Church, or transfer money on-line to Account Number 00253197, Sort Code 30-98-63 - clearly marked “Kondoa” and your name.  If you are a taxpayer and we can claim Gift Aid, please also email treasurer@tonbridgeoparishchurch.org.uk

From last week's Service on Livestreaming, the message in the video from Bishop Given is HERE

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From Sue Chalkley Chair of Kondoa Companionship Group, Rochester Diocese from the end of last month:

Dear Friends of Kondoa,

The total reported cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania are about 300 and, as might be expected, are mostly in the cities.  Bishop Given reports that there much fear and confusion, particularly in the rural areas, and explains that the first local transmissions of the Covid-19 Virus happened last week.
 
The Bishop tells of an elderly man in Chemba who was chased and beaten because he left his home to get food, he was put in prison and the Bishop has had to intervene to assist him.  He says that people have heard about “Covid-19” but don’t know what it is.  They are frightened and even where their crops have been eaten by insects (not locusts), that worry has now been overwhelmed by the dominating fear of Covid-19.  

Food costs in Kondoa have increased dramatically, the Bishop does now know whether this is the same in the villages, as he and Lilian are following advice to stay at home.  I suspect that the situation will vary according to the local harvest.  Just by way of an example, a sack of maize should sell in Kondoa for Tshs 30,000/= but is now costing Tshs 70,000/=.  

Last week, Bishop Given met with the eight area deans to discuss the Diocesan response.  They agreed to establish a Social Services Committee, which will include a doctor and nurse (both worship at the Cathedral) and a pastor.  

This group will be provided with protective equipment (mask and gloves) and will visit the villages to provide education about the virus and how to prevent transmission, and to distribute food and sanitiser or soap.  They will also provide practical advice such as how to build a tippy tap (see attached), to help with handwashing when water is scarce.

The Bishop is now seeking permission from the District Commissioner for the Social Services Committee to carry out its work.

Some people have very generously sent funds, and these will be used by the Social Services Committee as described above.  Any funds received may also be used to pay the teachers and guards at the Theological College, now that the students have had to be sent home.   Sadly, the Diocese is, again, almost entirely dependent on donations because income from the Cathedral congregation has dramatically reduced and the income from the new Mothers’ Union hostel has been lost (from government workers and overseas visitors).
I am sure we are all praying for God’s protection from the virus in Tanzania.  Please can we also pray for his blessing on the work of the Social Services Committee and for speedy permission from the District Commissioner for the Committee to start work.

If you are interested in reading the latest news about the virus in Tanzania, this United Nations publication is concise and informative:
https://www.un.org/africarenewal/web-features/coronavirus/how-covid-19-changing-lives-tanzanian

With my very best wishes
God bless
Sue