The Mango Tree  - Summer Newsletter 2019


Dear Mango Tree friends and supporters,

Welcome to our latest newsletter. We have been pretty busy so far this year!
Read our news and find our what we've been up to in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support and remember to spread the word about the great work of The Mango Tree!

Very best wishes,

The Mango Tree UK Director

Preparing the way for a new Girls' School in Kenya

Our long awaited Girls' Secondary School building project has started!  The road to the school is being cleared and graded ready for the construction vehicles, architectural and structural plans have been approved, quotes for electricity and construction companies are being sought and the recent drilling of a borehole on the site has yielded a reliable source of underground water.  Along with plans for comprehensive rainwater harvesting, the secondary school will also hopefully be part of a new County Government large-scale water project. Watch this space!

A new Farmers' Co-op in Kenya! 

The Mango Tree Kenya's sustainable agriculture work now supports over 62 bee keepers, 70 fish farmers, 40 poultry keepers and 27 goat breeders.   These smallholders are either guardians of orphans or are people living with HIV. All are now members of the Mango Tree Farmers' Cooperative Society, formed in 2018 to consolidate agricultural businesses and build greater economic resilience. 

Great results at KPC - 95 young people graduate!

National results indicate that in 2018 Kyela Polytechnic College's results compared favourably with the top ten of Tanzania's government-funded colleges.  90% of the 112 students who sat their final exams passed, giving them vocational training qualifications which enable them to transition into further training or employment.

KPC is also having great success with courses which support secondary school leavers to re-take their O Level examinations. Last year 32 young people (out of a total of 36) passed these exams which has enabled them to transition into further education or training.  Well done everyone!

Hearing Aids for KPC staff and students

In March the Tanzania Society for the Deaf visited KPC from Dar es Salaam to conduct hearing tests on staff and students.  They removed ear blockages and took moulds for hearing aids from those with partial hearing loss.

New KPC courses

Earlier this year KPC started enrolment for two new courses in Hairdressing/ Beauty Treatment and Motor Mechanics.  

Angel Simwanza, a local business woman who operates a range of hair salons in Mbeya town, provided the College with fabulous new equipment to establish a salon for training students and generating income for KPC. Since the course started in January, 23 young women have enrolled on this fantastic new course.

Motor Mechanics training has also started in partnership with a local garage which is supporting students to gain practical experience at their workshop.  This course is now the second most popular course at KPC, with another 16 students enrolling this term.

Tailoring courses generate income for KPC and support young women to take ownership of their futures

KPC's Tailoring course students are making school uniforms for local schools, providing them with practical work experience, as well as generating funds for the College.

This year the American organisation, PACT, is sponsoring 747 students on a three-month tailoring course as part of a partnership with Integrated Rural Development Organisation (IRDO). Young women in Tanzania are particularly vulnerable to HIV.  PACT are helping to build a sustained reduction in HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women through economic strengthening as well as strengthening existing programs for HIV testing, counselling and prevention. Watch this video to learn how young women are raising their voices and taking ownership of their futures.


Empowering Youth Education Through Agriculture (EYETA)

Rabson Mwang'onda, a former Mango Tree sponsored orphan, has set up a local orphan care NGO in Tanzania, giving other orphans, like him, a head start in their education.

Rabson trained as a nurse and now works as an operating theatre manager at Temeke Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

He decided to set up and register EYETA after he started supporting a Form 5 student a few years ago. The Mango Tree UK awarded EYETA a small Seed Grant to help this small organisation.  We are very proud of Rabson and his wife who are now supporting another 60 orphans om Njombe Region!

New livelihoods for the guardians of orphans in Homabay County, Kenya

Rose Akeyo (bending over) sells her produce in Rodi market. The Mango Tree Kenya's work with rural farmers is reaping rewards as agricultural training and cooperative development helps to support rural families to diversify production and become more resilient as they face the rapid decline of the fishing industry in Western Kenya.

Counselling Psychologist, Sarah Ngadi says thank you to The Mango Tree

Sarah has been sponsored by TMT since primary school in 2005, along with all 4 of her siblings.  "Besides receiving school fees, I participated in farm activities, attended seminars on girls' rights and completed a 1 year work experience programme at Kobala Primary school. I got a place to study at Kenyatta University in 2014 and am proud to have graduated with a Degree in Counselling Psychology.  Thank you Mango Tree!"

Girls for the Future

As part of our work supporting reproductive health, gender-based issues and positive choices for girls' education, The Mango Tree Kenya facilitated two workshops for over 120 girls. Girls discussed issues of gender rights in education and learned about our re-usable sanitary towel initiative which supports girls' attendance at secondary school.

New volunteers in Malawi and school equipment for orphaned children

The Mango Tree Malawi has recently recruited 5 new volunteers to join their community outreach team. These community volunteers will support the distribution of teaching materials and school uniforms to the 268 children who are being supported to get back into school in various villages in the areas of Thambani, Thache, Kunenekude and Ngadziwe.

KPC Mbuzi cup!

The College held their 3rd annual Mbuzi cup sports competition on 6th May 2019. The tournament was sponsored by local corporate partners who also presented the awards to the winning teams and players. The Mbuzi competition gives KPC students and staff the chance to participate in football, netball and volleyball matches.  The winning teams win a goat ('Mbuzi') which they will enjoy in their celebrations!

Mango Madness!

Young Rap Artist Oscar P is volunteering for The Mango Tree this summer and has decided to hold a music event at Lansdown Hall in Stroud on Friday July 5th to raise funds for TMT sponsored orphans. Good luck Oscar!

You can purchase a ticket at Trading Post in Stroud or by calling 07808019391  Alternatively, if rap music's not your cup of tea, please donate to Oscar's Mango Tree fundraising campaign at his JustGiving page here.

Uppingham School Fundraising!

Our longstanding partnership with Uppingham School in Rutland continues to enable us to sponsor the school fees of hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children every year. Each of the 15 Uppingham Houses embark on various fun, exciting and innovative fundraising ideas across the school year, which raise much needed funds for our Orphans' Education Fund. In 2018/19 the 15 Houses combined raised an amazing £21,857 for The Mango Tree!  Thank-you so much to all the students, staff, teachers and former students from Uppingham School!

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