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Ahsante sana, Johannes!

 IRS gives farewell to volunteer Johannes Mentzel
 
On 27th of October, pupils and staff had a big farewell party for Johannes Mentzel, a young man from Germany who stayed with us as a volunteer for more than a year.
Johannes wears his new shirt which he got as a farewell gift from the parents
Johannes wears his new shirt which he got as a farewell gift from the parents


The party was done at the house of the school coordinator Caroline Bidmon in Lushoto. All pupils and staff members from Rainbow were there as well as the Head of Irente School for the Blind Mama Ruben, some parents and a representative from the Diocesan Head Office. It was a joyful party with singing, playing games, good food, handing over gifts and lots of words of thanks for the wonderful time we had with him.
Pupils, staff and parents playing together at Johanes Farewell Party
Pupils, staff and parents playing together at Johanes Farewell Party
Johannes came to stay with us in September 2005. He was working as a teaching assistant and was mainly teaching in the first class. Johannes took a very important role in our school. He always showed a lot of commitment in whatever he did. With that he impressed and influenced his colleagues again and again. And his commitment did not stop after lessons. For many months he took his bike early in the morning, going up steep mountains on narrow paths to pick up two pupils who are not able to walk and whose parents were not able to carry them to school.
Johannes made a small painiting for each of his colleagues as a farewell gift
Johannes made a small painiting for each of his colleagues as a farewell gift
 
Johannes painting
Johannes painting
Johannes who will start his university education in arts in Germany gave a very special gift to our school. He painted a large painting in our hall about our school motto: “Arise, for this matter is your responsibility!” (Inuka maana shughuli hii ya kuhusu wewe!) Esra 10, 4a.
This painting reminds us every day of him and of our responsibilities in working with these vulnerable and so loveable children.
All pupils and staff are sad to say farewell to Johannes, but we thank God for the time we had with him! We wish Johannes God´s Blessings for his university studies and hope to welcome him again at Irente Rainbow School!
Harvesting fish in the school pond
Harvesting fish in the school pond