The headmaster of the school, Michael Hoare, has encouraged pupils and staff to support
TVT by fundraising e.g. paper chains for decorations, collections at harvest time
and baking cakes. In April 2011, Nadine was presented with a cheque and cash towards
the Mgutwa school project. This was greatly appreciated by TVT and Agape International.
Children at the school are very aware of those in Africa who are less fortunate than
themselves, having none or limited access to water, education and healthcare. Nadine
has explained to the school the work of the TVT by means of a slide presentation
and various visual aids. The pupils dressed up as Africans, wearing the ladies ‘kanga’
and shuka (Maasai blanket), and played with a ball made from rags and plastic bags
and played with a locally produced musical instrument made from wood and strips
The school started a knitting club, knowing the students were housed in dormitories,
to knit blankets for their beds, to keep them warm, and bring colour into the room.
Rosemary Worsfold and Rebecca O’Neill leads this club. The children knit squares
which are then sown together to make a blanket. Parents, grandparents and family
members and villagers of Hathern have all taken great interest and have become involved
by helping with the knitting and donating of yarns for the blankets.
It is amazing and a joy to see how the young ones are interested and enthusiastic
in learning this craft.
On Nadines visit to Tanzania in October 2011 completed blankets (15 plus) were presented
to at least 12 students and 4 members of the staff at Mgutwa Sec and high school.
These blankets touched the hearts of those that received them. This project
is continuing with more knitters in Long Whatton offering to knit more squares for
further blankets to be sent out next year. More students from Hathern primary,
together with help from parents and grandparents primary continue to knit squares
for the next batch of blankets to be sent out.
At night it can become extremely cold and humid as there is no glazing in the school
dormitory windows where students live. The intention is to give all the students
a blanket to keep them warm at night. The knitting project will continue until all
the students have blankets.
Students have written thank you letters to Nadine for the blankets, the bibles and
the school materials that were supplied as a result of the recent visit. A copy
of one of the letters is shown here.
Nadine receiving funds raised from the school
Group of pupils knitting their squares
talking to pupils prior to the TVT presentation
A completed blanket made from the squares knitted by the pupils
PPupils at Hathern Primary school, with knitting instructors Rosemary (l) and Rebecca
(rt), who knitted blankets for students attending Mgutwa secondary High school,
Tanzania presented to the students in October 2011 (see below)