Update

We can sense that our year fellowship is drawing to an end. We are seeing the conclusion to some of the projects that we have worked on and we are also seeing new projects develop that BCC will complete over the next year. It is a little bittersweet for us. On one hand, we have worked very hard and it is great to see projects coming to a conclusion. We are excited about the work that we have done and we are excited to head home soon. On the other hand, it will be tough to leave. We will be leaving our friends and a place that has just started to feel like home. We discussed this a little bit in the “Inspirational Tid-Bits” section last week, but we think that it will be an ongoing conversation between us for quite some time.

This week started out with us giving our Final Report to some representatives of the ELCT-ND. We still have about 5 weeks left in Moshi, but they wanted a final report and it was the only time everyone could fit the presentation into their busy schedules. The presentation went very well! We will discuss the presentation along with our hopes for BCC’s future in the “Inspirational Tid-Bits” section this week.

We are about to celebrate the beginning of the Pro-Mot Healthcare program. A final draft of the Memorandum of Understanding, along with a budget, timeline, and job description has been sent to the ELCT-ND representative as well as the Community Health Department director at KCMC. The date for the official start of the program is set for February 21. Hopefully, if we stick to the current timeline, we will be able to participate in the first large general healthcare screening in March, just before our departure.

We also worked with BCC to begin training sessions at Imani Vocational School. We have mentioned throughout the past year that several young adults who receive services from BCC are attending Imani Vocational School. Recently the school asked for some training regarding working with individuals with disabilities. BCC has been able to rise to the challenge! On Wednesday, Genevieve, the BCC Health/Education Coordinator, and Pastor James, the BCC Spiritual Life Coordinator, went to Imani to conduct the first training, which is titled History and Philosophy of Services for Individuals with Disabilities. Genevieve will continue to visit Imani Vocational School every Wednesday to conduct a different training. BCC has gone from a new program in the pilot stage to the local experts! It has been very exciting for us to witness this transition!! Below you will find a photo of the head teacher from Imani thanking Genevieve and Pastor James for their training.

All of the young adults at Imani are doing very well. During our first visit a few weeks ago, everyone had some requests from home and the young adults were missing their family and friends. While they were all excited to see us this trip, it was clear that they were making new friends and that they were getting used to being away from their families in Moshi.

Finally, the Romanians have gone home. John spent six months working with their project just after college, so it was wonderful for him to reconnect with his friends from Motivation Romania. He was able to get some updates on the children served by the program and he has reconnected with some of his Romanian friends.

In the “Through Their Eyes” section this week, we will continue our series discussing children served by BCC and how they can benefit from the Pro-Mot Healthcare service, the preventive healthcare program that BCC will soon start. As we have been discussing over the past few months, we are working to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro as a fundraiser for the system. We continued with our workout this week. It is crazy to think that we have just a few weeks until we climb the mountain! If you are interested in donating toward our Hike 4 Healthcare, please contact Megan Moslander atmegan.moslander@mosaicinfo.org.

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