The ingredients for friendship from the pupils of Norland CE School include: A spoonful of love, a pinch of happiness, an ounce of goodness finished off with a sprinkle of respect. Arthur is no stranger to Norland CE School and he was able to share greetings and pictures from their established link school in Mkirira which is also has a link Sowerby Village CE School. This partnering of 2 to 1 has the consequence of our local schools in WYAD working ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with one another as well as us working ‘bega kwa bega’ with Mkirira.
The time spent in both schools reminded each of the importance of prayer and worship in everyday life and conversations regarding the caring about each other. The lovely outside reflective area, where collective worship is held each week, provided an opportunity for a few moment of thought as well as a chance to expend some energy!
The itinerary has allowed Arthur and Melina to experience the variety of schools within our diocese from the compact school of Norland CE with its 98 pupils to the enormous Trinity Academy Halifax with its 1900 pupils. Collective Worship with the gospel reading of ‘The widow’s mite’ gave the chaplain, Marcus, an opportunity to illustrate the charitable giving of Trinity Academy over the past year. To our delight and amazement, Arthur and Melina were presented with a cheque for approx. £1,400 for the water project at New Mara Primary School. Earlier in the year the Academy had already raised £700, so that has made a huge impact on the Mara Primary project - thank you so much.
There was much discussion with the chaplain, the principal and vice principal as to how Trinity might become more involved with the Mara education links and inspiring plans were hatched. A commitment to funding a pupil each year at Bunda Girls Secondary School was made alongside continuing the fundraising until Mara Primary has its well.
Our diocesan link with Mara began in 1988. There have been many visits in both directions. Many parishes pray for their link church every Sunday. Schools exchange letters and photos and learn about each other. Clergy training is supported, and agricultural projects are funded. This blog, written by different people, will keep us up to date with life in Tanzania, our relationship with one another, and events happening locally to support our links.