COVID-19 Update: Helping families cope

Our children are sheltering in place with extended family or other families as we weather the Coronavirus epidemic. Thanks to our sponsors our teachers and caretakers will all continue to receive their salaries. Our donors also have stepped forward, providing funds for rice, maize, oil and beans for families, even as floods threaten to cause widespread hunger. We are so proud of our college students for coordinating the distribution of food. 

Donations of personal protective equipment for our medical staff at Golden Grace Clinic are crucial to fighting the epidemic in Shinyanga, where many of our kids are. Thanks to Greg and Tricia Allenby, Jeff Allenby, Steve and Nancy Allenby, Thomas Heller and Michele AshamallaDan and Sandi SmithThuong Tran, Eric and Alyssa Kramer, Karen and Paul JacobsKaren ArnoldMelissa Trimble, Nico Posner, Kelly Chaplin and Jose Morales, Lisa and Michael Landers, Wendy Kotila, Cynthia LawrenceIlona Banta and
Helping HandNZ Tanzania for your life-saving contributions. We will continue to raise funds as long as the crisis continues. 

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As Golden Grace Clinic provides pandemic care, it is refocusing on serving the elderly. This was LOHADA's original mission in Shinyanga, when older people were abandoned by families due to traditional beliefs. Our new clinic pastor, Suzana Dickson, is bringing spiritual guidance to older residents while LOHADA provides food, and medical staff give care to this vulnerable population. We are so grateful for the continued efforts of Dr. Patricia Allenby to ensure the clinic's success, and the contributions of our friends at Helping HandNZ Tanzania for elder care.
Maize crops have been planted at Mount Horeb Farm, which serves as a vocational center for some LOHADA teens, and also provides food and a source of income to LOHADA. Earlier this year, students helped to harvest watermelons and squash.
Sixteen happy children have new supporters
Their names are Gladness (left) and Daniel (right), and they are just two of the very grateful kids who have been sponsored since January. Our new sponsors come from across the United States and around the world. They are: Lisa Leaper, Julie Runda, Erin Moran, Deanna Simon, Andi Dehne, Ipek and Deniz Tunca, Todd and Erin Wilms, Heba Turner and Mona Massabki, the  Barrientos family, Nora Rashid, the Quirk family, Matt PlanerLori Smolinski, the Conley family and Chelsea, Sidney and Charlie Butler. More than 200 students call LOHADA home, so many still need your support. Learn how:
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• The preschoolers are getting a new dormatory, just for them, thanks to our loyal supporters from Bay Hope Church. Lala salama, children.
• All kids will receive new school uniforms, being made on school premises.
• 220 sporty new track suits, thanks to Tina Ashamalla and Rob Glickman, are very popular duds with the students. 

Ask any of our children: They all love the Ashamalla/Glickman family. LOHADA is so grateful to Tina, Rob and their children, Alessandra and Luca (here with director Happiness Wambura). Their tireless efforts spearheading our 2020 drive have been a game-changer. When they visited Arusha in February, they brought donated items, shopped for mattresses and track suits, threw a party for the kids, painted faces, took the teenagers swimming, took photos and helped kids write letters to sponsors. Asante sana. 
Where would LOHADA be without you?
Thanks so much to longtime LOHADA friends Alicia and Klaus Humpert, who donated funds for 40 new mattresses, mattress pads and sheets for the boys' and girls' dorms. A local hospital also donated mosquito nets.
Thanks to Peter Smith for his donation toward sporting equipment: Basketball, netball, football, badminton and rounders!
• Many thanks to Philip Glickman for his donation toward medicine at the local Arusha pharmacy, and to Lisa Leaper for extra soap money for hand washing!
• Special thanks to the SF Jucar Soccer team from Valencia, Spain, which donated dozens of new and used soccer jerseys to the kids.
• Our girls love the Quirk family, who sent donations of feminine hygiene products.
We are so grateful for the donations of Sherman Tam, Laura Hill, Lawrence Prince, and Shoukry Ashamalla. We are always blessed by the support of Bay Hope Church and Chapel Hill Church, and by St. Matthew's Episcopal School for their continued support in sponsoring a child and teacher this year.
Asante sana also to Juami Cafferata for his help updating the LOHADA website. Check it out!
A just-in-time gift: tuition

Kulwa has been with LOHADA since she was a child. At Camp Joshua, she decided she wanted to be a teacher. She graduated, went to high school and then to college. But recently tuition funds ran short and she was forced to return to Arusha. Stephanie Kubik knew none of this. But at the same time, she donated $300 to "send a student to college." Kesho, LOHADA's U.S. umbrella organization, pitched in the remaining $100. Kulwa was back at school! Now, she is leading LOHADA's efforts to distribute food supplies to families. Our supporters faithfully reach out...changing lives of children and young adults who then change lives of others.
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