Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Our first piglets in Nyhinila village - Oink, Oink ! Hip,Hip, Hooray!!

The breeding and selling of piglets will help our villages  on the road to becoming self-supporting and independent.  

Yolande sow gave birth to 9 piglets sadly one died. The survivors seem to be doing well and mum Yolande is taking it all in her stride. 

Play time but one little piglet is having a sneaky  drink!

Rebecca sow gave birth to 9 piglets but sadly three have died.  As  far as we know all are now doing well. Five  little pink piglets and one little black piglet.

Looks like mum Rebecca is exhausted while the piglets are having some play time!

Daddy Trevor has done his bit and its time for forty winks!

We are now waiting to hear from Chitemo village as we are hoping that the two sows, Angela and Jacqui are pregnant.

Monday, 5 March 2018

'GOOD NEWS' we have our first piglets

After more than a year delay due to swine fever our piglet project has progressed.  Two sows, named Yolande and Rebecca have produced 8 piglets each.  Two more sows are thought to be pregnant so time will tell.  We are grateful to have the expertise of our Vet Yohana who will oversea the progress of the piglets and those who are taking care of them.  The aim of this project is that in time funds from the sale of the piglets will go towards maintaining the village pre-schools and paying the teachers thereby enabling the villages to become self-supporting and independent of aid.  In the meantime SEEDS will continue to fund the schools, teachers and the piglet project.  I hope in due course we shall have photographs of the piglets.

Piglet carers and Vet

Yohana our Vet

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Pre-schools photo update

Pre-school and children at Nyhinila the smaller village.

Pre-school and children at Chitemo village.

We hope that our pig project will be a success and the money earned from selling piglets will go towards maintaining the schools and paying the teachers.

November 2017-Update - Oink! Oink!

After almost a years delay because of the swine fever we now have great news our first pigs are in their new homes in Nyhinila and Chitemo villages.  The sows have been serviced by the boars and now we wait to see if they will produce  piglets  in the near future. The villagers have decided to name the first adult pigs as you will see.

Angela, very clean and dainty!
Angela is a supporter of our projects.

Jacqui, where has it all gone !
Jacqui is one of our Trustees

Mzengo (Oliver)- big boy ate it all!

Mzengo is our eldest grandson who visited Tanzania in June 2017 and was baptised into the Gogo tribe, hence the name. Mzengo means builder and as he is training to be a teacher he will build the future of children.  How thoughtful is that?

 Rebecca, she always was a mucky kid!

Rebecca, daughter and secretary/administrator of SEEDS

 Trevor, what big ears you have !
Trevor, husband and Gofor of SEEDS.

Yolande, that's me.  I am either shy or have been naughty!

Future piglets will be named after the supporters who donated funds to the pig project.

We shall be purchasing more sows once it has been established that the project is progressing well.

This is so exciting - how we have progressed since establishing our charity in September 2011.

We hope and pray this project will achieve the results we need to enable the villages to become self-supporting and independent.

Thursday, 2 November 2017


After a disappointing long delay due to the swine fever outbreak in the area we now have pigs in our pigsties.

Interior of a pigsty before building was completed.   The pigs also have an outside area.

Our vet Yohana Ngoso who is overseeing the project.

12 months pig feed for Chitemo and Nyhinila

Yohana disinfecting the pigsties before installing the pigs.

One of the sows to be purchased.

Looks like one of the boars being checked out by Yohana

The pig in its new home

And another one!

It was decided because of the delay in the project the purchase of   adult pigs would be more sensible than piglets thereby speeding up the  production of piglets.  To start each village with have two sows and one boar.
We have supplied the villages with 12 months of pig feed. Those who are looking after the pig project have been trained and we now have Yohana Ngoso a  vet to oversee the project until it is felt that those in charge are comfortable with their role.
SEEDS will continue to fund the schools and pig project until 2020.   It is then hoped that the villages will have accumulated sufficient funds and together with continued  sale of piglets will become self-supporting and independent.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

General informaiton

8 October 2017

SEEDS held its annual Tanzanian service at All Saints, Orpington, Kent.  It was a most colourful and joyful occasion particularly as this year we had Rev Canon Agripa Ndatila as our guest.  Canon Agripa is the Principal of St Phillips Theological College in Kongwa, Mpwapwa Diocese, and also the coordinator of the relationships between Rochester Diocese and Mpwapwa Diocese. 

Resplendent in our Tanzanian costumes

22 October 2017

I was invited to give a presentation in the morning service at Emmanuel United Reform Church, West Wickham, Kent.  Again a wonderful service where I was made most welcome and the church are kindly supporting SEEDS as their overseas charity for 2017/18.


A number of ladies have kindly agreed to knit ponchos for the little children in Chitemo and Nyhinila pre-schools.  The beauty of the ponchos is that one size fits 3 - 7 year olds.  It may seem odd knitting for children in Africa where for us it is hot all year round but for the locals some months for them are cool so knitted items are most welcome.  We only need 200!!  Keep knitting ladies.

October 2017 Update

Pig Project-Chitemo and Nyhinila
Good news the swine fewer has been eradicated and we are able to move forward with the piglet project.  We have transferred funds to cover all equipment and vaccinations required for the pig breeding and for one years supply of pig feed for both villages.  Also funds have been transferred to purchase 2 adult sows and 1 boar for each village.  It was decided as there had been a delay of a number of months in producing piglets due to the swine fewer adult sows who had already produced one litter of piglets would be the best way forward to get production started as soon as possible. Once the project is seen to been running successfully more adult sows can be added to each village.  We are very pleased to have Yohana Ngoso a young qualified vet to oversea the project on our behalf.

Bore- hole - Nyinila

The bore-hole  has been repaired and the people are now able to access water.  Long may it last.

Schools - Chitemo and Nyhinila

The number of children attending the schools remains steady and we have just transferred the funds to purchase a variety of teaching materials. 

Maasai Orphans - Kiteto area

We are continuing to support these children with food and the opportunity to attend school.  The area is seriously lacking water because of the poor rain fall this year.  The only water available is by digging pits in the dry river beds 20 to 30 feet deep.

Maasai orphans
Accessing water