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Letter to all friends of Rainbow School

Anneth Munga writes a letter to all friends of Rainbow School on behalf of the staff at the school. Updated 2005-04-23 with new photos of staff members.

Dear friends of Irente Rainbow School – wherever you are,

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

Due to recurring problems with Internet connections in Lushoto, I am writing a collective letter to all of you. Some of you have visited us recently during the first months of this year while others have visited us during the previous years as we were preparing the school. Then there are those among you who support our work without having been here physically. Many thanks for the gifts you bring to us. We know that their value is not only in what we can see with our eyes and feel with our hands; your gifts are an expression of your commitment to join us in doing meaningful work for and with disadvantaged children.

 
Roses
Roses outside Irente Rainbow School

 



Today, Rainbow opened again after having been closed for two weeks vacation. As we begin the second half of the first term, we miss Ulrike Glaeser. Ulrike was sent by the UEM to work as a consultant since October last year. She finished her work on 11th of March and a few days later she left Lushoto. Despite all difficulties associated with starting a new task, Ulrike has helped us to get a good beginning. The fact that we didn’t get the special teachers in time could have threatened the quality of our work. Fortunately, the teaching assistants arrived in time and under the leadership of Ulrike they assumed their responsibility with courage and faith. Obviously, Ulrike knows her profession very well and her confidence helped the team to set functioning structures for their work. The positive atmosphere at the Rainbow is another important contribution that Ulrike has left behind and we hope that it will live on. May Ulrike be blessed as she continues to dedicate herself to handicapped people in Germany and wherever God calls her to serve.

For sure, the teachers, teaching assistants and other workers needed this vacation. However, some of the pupils were not happy with it and they expressed their dissatisfaction openly. One of the pupils used to go to Rainbow everyday and sat there the whole day together with the day watchperson. A parent of another child has told us that his son woke up early every morning and demanded to be taken to school. To know that the pupils missed their school is a positive sign that encourages us.



By now, all 4 special teachers have been permitted from their previous jobs. They are:
Mr. Japhary (Robert) Shehaghilo, Mr. Yassin Shehaghilo, Ms. Margareth Mwila and Mr. Nason Herbert. Japhary Shehaghilo is the supervisor at Rainbow, assisting the Headmaster, Mr. Michael Hizza.
  
Japhary Shehaghilo
Japhary Shehaghilo
 
Yassin Shehagilo
Yassin Shehagilo
Margareth Mwilla
Margareth Mwilla
 
Nason Herbert
Nason Herbert


  The names of our teaching assistants are: Frida Henry, Naishooki Mollel Maria Kumburu and Elizabeth Kilenga, all female.  
  
Frida Henry
Frida Henry
Naishooki Mollel
Naishooki Mollel

  
Maria Kumburu
Maria Kumburu
Elisabeth Kilenga
Elisabeth Kilenga

 
The male assistants are William Bogha and Nikolas Zawagholi.
 
William Bogha
William Bogha
Nikolas Zawagholi
Nikolas Zawagholi


  The cook is Ms. Editha Christian while Ms. Rose Msumari is the gardener and day watchperson.  
Editha Christian
Editha Christian
Rose Msumari
Rose Msumari


  We also expect to have added support during the coming months. A new volunteer from Germany has joined us for half a year. Her name is Christine Buschhaus.  
Christine Buschhaus
Christine Buschhaus
 
Lena Albrecht
Lena Albrecht
 Lena Albrecht, the UEM-volunteer who already works one day per week at the Rainbow will increase the number of working days there. During the first 4 weeks, a team of 5 teachers who are receiving training on Special Education at Patandi Teachers’ Training College will be doing their practicals at Rainbow for 3-4 weeks. Patandi is the only college that offers training in Special Education in Tanzania. 
 Then, in mid June, Caroline Bidmon will return to Tanzania and start working as a short term co-worker at the Rainbow. Caroline is being sent to us by the UEM office in Wuppertal and she is expected to stay with us for about one year.  



While the work at Rainbow goes on, we realise every day that the demand of such schools is high not only in the district of Lushoto but in the region of Tanga. In the town Tanga there are a couple of integrated primary schools where intellectually impaired children can get assistance. In Korogwe district there is one school. Yet, like Lushoto, there are other districts which don’t have such schools at all. In some villages in Handeni district a small investigation was done in 18 schools. The number of children who were found to be intellectually impaired (in one way or the other) was 52! As we have been informing you in earlier letters, we hope to begin outreach work in the future and the above information shows that this is needed.


Please join us in thanking God for all that He is doing.

Be blessed!

Yours in Christ,

Anneth Munga
on behalf of those who work at Irente Rainbow School.