Emusoi Centre

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Greetings from Sr. Mary

 

February/March 2019

 

Dear Friends,

 

Greetings from hot Arusha.  Many of you are in the midst of snow storms and we are in our hottest days as the clouds build up for the long rainy season.  We keep expecting rain every afternoon as the clouds come in and we hear thunder in the distance!  The predictions are for good rains this year and a good crop.  Hopefully these predictions will be true.

 

I am writing to thank you for your generous donation to Emusoi made in January.  These donations will help us begin to pay our school fees for this term.  We brought almost 100 students to their new schools to begin secondary school and sent off about 200 more who were returning to secondary.  We have had a few days of quiet, but now the girls in colleges are finishing their first semester and getting a few weeks of holiday.  Some will be doing field work for a few months before returning to their second semester.

 

Our new pre-secondary class students are settling into life at the Center and are hard at work.  One of the girls, Ngais, is not here.  Ngais was born with a club foot and she has never seen a doctor about it.  Her parents had no means to take her to hospital.  It was just her good luck that she came to Emusoi.  Teika, one of our staff, was on a field trip in a village near Ngais’ home.  Teika had to stay in one of the Maasai homesteads over night and she met Ngais’ father who was visiting there.  When he heard about Emusoi, he asked Teika if we could help his daughter.  Ngais came to Emusoi last October, took our exam and was accepted.  She didn’t go back home but stayed with us until she would begin classes in January.

 

There is a Center for the disabled in Arusha Archdiocese.  One of our former students is a social worker there and many of the patients are Maasai from the interior.  The disabled are often hidden away; parents not knowing how to help them.  We got Ngais an appointment to see some of the visitor Doctors to see how she could be helped.  She was told that she would be put in plaster of Paris to try to straighten her foot and to see if she would need an operation. Ordinarily children with such disabilities would be treated when they were infants without an operation; however Ngais was about 16 years old already.                                                                                                                                        

Ngais was operated on yesterday.  Her mother came from the village to stay with her while she recuperates.  Ngais is so happy that she is getting this chance of treatment.  She is filled with hope that the operation will be successful.  At the Center, there are other disabled children and there is one boy who has had the same operation that Ngais will get.  His legs and feet are now straight.  Ngais has seen with her own eyes what can happen, so now she is waiting for this to happen to her. 

 

 
 

Ngais’ mother will stay with at the hospital and as soon as Ngais is released, she will return to the Center for recuperation.  Ngais can’t wait until she is finally allowed to return to Emusoi.  After she recovers, she will need another operation on her other foot which is not as deformed as her first one.  She is looking forward to the day when she can walk like everyone else.

 

These operations are being done by volunteer specialists who come every year to Tanzania to help these children who would never have a chance to get such care. So many disabled children are just at home.  Parents don’t have the knowledge to get help for them and they don’t have the financial means to bring them to hospital.  We are able to help girls like Ngais because of your generosity.  Your help is changing the lives of these girls who will in turn make an impact on the lives of their family members and their communities.  I thank you so much.  Please pray for us.  You and your families are in our prayers every day.

 

Sincerely,

Sr. Mary Vertucci

Ngais’ mother will stay with at the hospital and as soon as Ngais is released, she will return to the Center for recuperation.  Ngais can’t wait until she is finally allowed to return to Emusoi.  After she recovers, she will need another operation on her other foot which is not as deformed as her first one.  She is looking forward to the day when she can walk like everyone else.

 

 

Note:  All donations should be sent via Maryknoll Sisters, Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311.  Checks need to be issued in the name of “Maryknoll Sisters”, with “Emusoi Center” written on the memo line.  Please include a note designating the gift for Emusoi Center, Arusha, Tanzania.  You will receive an acknowledgement from Maryknoll which can be used for tax purposes.  I will also send you a thank you from here.  If you do not hear from me, let me know about your donation.  It will take 2 months or so for me to get news of your donation. You can also contribute electronically. Check out the “donate” page on our website. If any of you would like to receive this newsletter by email, just write me at emusoicenter@gmail.com and let me know.  Thank you.