In the last few months our garden and field crops have developed a lot. We had our second and final corn harvest for this year, with a record harvest of 1260kg, and as always all the children have been involved in shelling and then taking the crop to the mill, with the vital help of all the staff.
From the garden, we got 85kg of onions and the very first soup bananas, as well as the vegetables that serve as the basis of nutrition in Malaika.
In the last newsletter we told you about the many graduation of this year. In these last months of the year, some girls are beginning to take tests for college. And some are about to excitedly begin attending classes. Meanwhile, the other children are attending kindergarten, primary and the last years of secondary school. They all continue their rush, and the little ones take advantage of the help of the older children when they are free from their duties. Then there are those who even during vacation times devote time and affection to our two Malaika mascots, our dogs who are always willing to take cuddles.
Two teenage boys from Malaika were recently reunited with their families. They will now live in their newfound home, as many others already do, but will continue to have Malaika's support for school fees and medical needs. Finding families and reintegrating the children/youth is a very long and often not easy process. But reconnecting with the social environment is critical for growth into adulthood. The little ones who stay at home still begin to gain life experiences for example cooking, in this case eggplant, and taking care of the house and animals, all common activities in families in Tanzania.