Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A big THANKS to our sponsors

We want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you, our sponsors!  For quite awhile,  Elton and I have carried the majority of the burden we felt for helping the people of Musanga alone. But over the course of this year in particular, numerous individual donors have come along side us and helped tremendously! 

We also want to recognize Schenectady Seventh Day Adventist Church for their pledge that has been the backbone of our monthly operating costs.  

And to Altamont Elementary School for the Village to Village coin drive championed by the kindergarten students and teachers that raised $593.18 for Mukisa Kindergarten to get educational materials, hygiene products, solar panel, battery and plumbing supplies to connect the school with the newly available government water supply.

Please accept our gratitude for all you have done!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Running WATER!

After many years of waiting,  the town water taps are finally open in the village.  Elton installed a clean water tap close to the school giving them easy access.  What a huge difference this is going to make. Hallelujah!

Mukisa Kindergarten Graduation 2015

Elton with Teacher Mavis with our two graduates: Mutafela Happy Lumba and Gounsalves Baptista

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

World AIDS Day & 1st Anniversary of Sinanzi Sepo Project's garden

Today is World AIDS Day, a day to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS and a day to remember those who have lost their life.

It is also the 1 year anniversary of the official launch of Sinanzi Sepo Project's garden. One of our goals is to feed the vulnerable people of Katima Mulilo area. HIV+ individuals and children orphaned by the disease are some of the most vulnerable people.

And it is #givingTuesday. Please consider including Sinanzi Sepo Project in your charitable contributions and partner with us as we care for the people of Namibia.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Calm before the storm

As we are a month or two away from rainy season. October is the hottest and driest weather followed by potential torrential downpours and flooding in the new year. We are so pleased the garden is in a very good place. We have been able to maintain a steady supply of water with our irrigation system despite it being very dry. The vegetables are well-established and we've had success distributing them to areas of need. 

While this may seem like kind of mundane news, this is a huge answer to prayer! Anyone who has ever lived in southern Africa can probably tell you when things are running smoothly on a daily basis, it must be a miracle! I attribute this to so many of you who have been lifting our project up in prayer! We praise the Lord for all that has been accomplished through the work of our employees,  community volunteers and our supporters!


Onions in front, kale in back

Students happy with new school building

After the school break, the students were excited to come back and see the building ready to be used. 
Gathering in the morning waiting for all their classmates to arrive!

Dinosaurs are also popular in Namibia. Using colored pencil to draw. We don't send crayons often because pencils last longer and don't melt.

Basic lessons taught in both English and Silozi, giving the students the best jumpstart to enter grade 1 in January. Thursdays lesson was "My Body." We are always willing to accept small posters, flash cards, and especially simple lesson plans. Contact us if you want to donate any of these school items. 
Now that the Sinanzi garden is in fill swing, we are able to provide a daily meal of green veggies and cornmeal porridge called pap. These students are blessing the meal before sharing a communal plate.
I don't often praise our teacher, Mavis, enough for her tireless commitment to Sinanzi Sepo Project. Not only does she prepare, teach and cook for her students,  she often spends her free time volunteering at the garden and communicating all that is going on with the project so we can always be in the loop from a distance. She is a valued employee.  
At the end of the week, we try to send each student home with a little food to share with their family and help them through the weekend. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The cabbage is ready for harvest

Despite it being winter in Namibia, the crops are flourishing! Time to pick cabbage and kale. 

Harvest ready to be distributed to those in need after church last Sabbath. 
A grateful recipient... enjoy! 
These cabbage are so large it will feed quite a few people! 
Kale being distributed to the widows.
And another distribution taken to the orphan feeding center. 
Pretty soon the next crop of tomatoes will be ready
And a crop of carrots 

Friday, August 21, 2015

The new school is finished!

Praise the Lord! The new school building is now complete.  Many thanks to all the sponsors that made this possible! And a special thanks to all the volunteers in the school community, our teacher Mavis Neo, and Mukisa village that spent countless hours volunteering to bring the project to completion!  I don't know where we would be without their dedication to seeing the school succeed.

So you can see the layers of how the termite mud is applied. Once the outer layer is out on it is almost as hard as concrete. 

View from from inside. 

Finishing the floor

The finished school 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


We are continuing to expand and move towards our goals!  There is now enough food to be making weekly deliveries to Mafuta, a local feeding center.  This center currently feeds over 100 kids that may otherwise not be getting a full meal in a day.  The center is already being provided corn meal (pap) from Children of Zion Village but we are now able to supplement this meal with vegetables for added nutrition!!

Only In Africa

Broken Fence from Elephants
So apparently our garden fence is not elephant proof!  In the dry season the elephants will often migrate closer to the Zambezi River, which is very close to this area.  A herd of elephants marched right through our fence and across our garden to get to water BUT somehow did not damage our crops!  Out of respect they tip toed between all the vegetables. ;-) Praise God for his provision and protection!
Trek through the garden, missing our vegetables!
Big Foot!