LOHADA kids got a treat in February: Facepainting, tug-of-war, sack races and a feast.

Party at LOHADA: Miracles you helped achieve

Wow! The first three months of 2019 have been full of surprises and miracles at LOHADA. Our supporters and sponsors are going above and beyond to change the lives of children who once had no hope. Hallelujah! The fun started with a PAR-TY at Camp Joshua in early February. Eighteen years after helping Happiness Wambura kick-start LOHADA's volunteer program, Tina Ashamalla returned to Arusha in late January. (See her story here.) She brought face-painters, sack races, a feast, new mattresses, cool donations from supporters (see below). She treated secondary students to lunch out and swimming at a fancy hotel. As you can imagine, the children could not love Tina more. Asante.

While the party was going on, workers were busy installing the new roof on Camp Joshua's dining hall. Thanks to Lloyd and Sharon Passey, the children will no longer need to eat from their laps or at their desks. And, they will have a place to play during the rains and to gather for worship and singing in the afternoons. Special thanks also to Penticton Secondary School in Canada for building the foundation, floor and walls of this beautiful structure!
Party at Camp Moses, too!

Also in February, LOHADA's forever-friend Don Schlesselman threw a 25th birthday party for Suzie, whom he started sponsoring through Compassion International when she was nine. Suzie wanted to share her cake and watermelon with LOHADA, so Camp Moses kids got another celebration! Thanks to Don for his ongoing support of LOHADA.
And things just got sweeter...

Then in March, LOHADA received a most incredible blessing with Eleonora's Classroom. This room for Camp Joshua's youngest students was built in memory of LOHADA friend Eleonora Contin (bottom right, with Bryson). Until now, these children were taught in a breezeway at the school. Ele's loving spirit lives on here, a class built in just four weeks with funds collected from donors around the world. Look for more news as we personalize this space. Special thanks to Matteo Gobbi, Ele's husband, and his employer, Novartis, for the company's donation toward new books for the classroom.
Ohio State University collaboration

Also in March, LOHADA hosted an Ohio State University Alumni tour group — Go Bucks! — as well as David Williams, dean of Ohio State's College of Engineering. The dean toured the schools and Mount Horeb Farm in advance of a study-abroad trip for Ohio State students in May. The college is making a multi-year commitment to install solar panels at Camp Joshua School and spearhead other projects, possibly irrigation systems at the farm. Thanks to Ohio State's Marty Kress for making it happen! 
Where would LOHADA be without you?

Special thanks to Rina Piguaga for donating funds for a freezer, and Tina Ashamalla and Rob Glickman for a refrigerator (above, left) — LOHADA's very first! Thanks to Alicia Humpbert for donating funds for pharmacy purchases, and to Ashley and Mike Panion for 93 pairs of shoes for the kids! Asante sana to Beta Cantaneo and Diana Hutton for giving toys and clothing, and to Ohio State Alumni for their donation of cash, toys and electric hair clippers. 

Frank Gabriel donated funds to wire the boys' dorm. Greg and Tricia Allenby donated for Golden Grace Hospital's vanand Diane Engelhardt donated funds to equip it(Still seeking funds for this!) Sarah Derbew contributed college tuition for Neema, Paulo, Jonista and Joyce. Emily Churchman contributed funds for school supplies. And Chapel Hill Church gave a full-year's salary for Rachel, head caretaker at Camp Joshua. You are all rock stars! 

We are so grateful for the generous donations of Grossman Software Solutions, in memory of John Justice, Julie Justice's father; and contributions from Denell Falk, Daniel Fletcher, Mark Rosen, Thuong Tran, Richard Morris, Ilaria Conforti, Jim Russell and an anonymous donor. Welcome (back) to the LOHADA family! As always, thanks to our steadfast sponsors, who meet the needs of kids each and every month, and to Chapel Hill Freewill Baptist Church and Bay Hope Church
From one school to another

In the last days of an amazing quarter for LOHADA, middle schoolers at St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School in San Mateo, California, raised $500 for LOHADA at their school dance. Luca Glickman, at right, shows a poster of "changemaker" Happiness Wambura, which hung in the school. Luca's fellow eighth-grade students are also donating their class gift (an estimated $1,750) to kids in Tanzania. Thank you, St. Matthew's students, teachers and parents! You are amazing.
Sponsor A Child

LOHADA's greatest needs are funds to pay teachers/caretakers and feed children. Sponsoring a child pays those expenses. Two children were sponsored in March: Joseph, by Laura DeRose of Ohio State University's Alumni Association, and Gabriella, by supporter Jessie Mclean. Sandi and Dan Smith thought outside the box and sponsored a teacher, paying her monthly salary. Asante sana, from the bottom of our hearts! Sponsoring a child at the Silver Level, $38 a month, or the Gold Level, $50 a month, or a teacher, at $100 per month, will forever change lives. Learn more about sponsoring a child. Or make a one-time gift to LOHADA or toward the new mobile clinic, to provide desperately needed health care in rural Tanzania.
Joseph (photo taken by Laura DeRose)
Gabriella (photo taken by Tina Ashamalla)
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