We’re approaching the 7th week mark, and both of us are slightly terrified at how much time has flown as well as how much work there is left to be done! Having settled in within the first week or so we’ve been able to establish our own individual roles at Tumaini.
Sam has finished wiring the original 6 homes and has been able to entrust the remaining few homes to the more than capable electricians George and Omar. He’s been able to take on a more managerial role, overseeing the project as a whole, and planning new projects that will commence in the New Year. Sam’s latest task has been establishing a new database and filing system for the office; things have become a lot more efficient for Brenda and Nelly now! As if that wasn’t enough our apartment has become a Sam’ll fix it workshop, with members of staff bringing in all their faulty household items, from electric fans, clocks, alarms & radios to bicycles; there’s barely a space on the floor that isn’t taken up by odd parts or screws left there for me to step on!
My role has been completely different to Sam’s, for the first month I went from class to class, familiarising myself with the children and staff. The camera was barely put down for the first few weeks as I was trying to capture every element of life here at Tumaini. Working along side Nelly we’ve been able to photograph every child in primary and high school, with only nursery to go. It’s been a mammoth task editing every photo and ensuring they’re already to be uploaded into the newly made database. It turns out some teenagers are as reluctant to smile here as they are back home! With most of the photos taken I’ve been able to turn my attentions to the photo book, compiling an insight into life at Tumaini, which will hopefully in the long run help as a fundraiser for the school. With help from home my latest task has been developing a new image for Education for Life, including work on the logo and promotional material.
We’ve benefited so much from this experience so far, and know that there’s more for us to learn as well as so much more for us to do! As a church there’s still a lot more work for us to become involved in, with plenty of new projects on the horizon, it’s an exciting time for Education for Life and for us too.
Thank you for your continued prayer and encouragement, it means a lot to know we’re supported so much.
Jonathan and Sam (St. Lukes, Nottingham)