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The past couple of years have been exciting times for the Thomas Marshall Education Fund.
Our long-time representatives in Mozambique, Frikkie & Juanita de Jager, decided to retire after countless years of missionary work in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. We have been fortunate that they have discovered equally committed replacements in Francois & Alta Rauch.
Francois and Alta have been settling into their new roles for us and have just sent us a report on activities during 2017. It has been a hectic year for them with a lot of work and travelling. Communication was a challenge as always and spending time with the kids and following up on their progress took a great amount of their time.
Their report can be viewed in PDF format, but we can summarise the situation in Mozambique as follows:
Our long-time supporters will remember that TMEF sent a container to Mozambique some time ago with equipment for the Technical school at Vila Maninga that we were helping to fund. About 12 months ago there was a direct political threat and the reversal of a decision by the relevant departments which initially ensured the community would benefit and control the college. Our very good friends and the administrators of our funds on site, Frikkie and Juanita de Jager, decided, together with us and other sponsors, and much to our disappointment, to discontinue all building activities and to leave. Within weeks of moving, there were numerous attacks in the area and unrest was spreading rapidly throughout the country. Fortunately, we have still been able to support the education of youngsters in Mozambique and we continue to raise funds to enable this important work to continue.
The container remains in a secure area and Francois and Alta have met with the community in the area and are monitoring the situation and patiently waiting to see whether it will be possible to restart the school project. We are ever hopeful that the school work will resume but we carry on supporting the youngsters’ education in many other ways.
The trustees of the Thomas Marshall Education Fund would like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising efforts last year.
The year began with Guy Marshall being invited to give a presentation to the Friends of Woodbridge Museum outlining the background to the charity and our various fundraising activities. We then hosted a Valentine’s Day tea in Bart’s Hall, a performance in Orford Church of the puppet play “Green Children of Woolpit” by our friends at Rust and Stardust from Sussex, Tea for Thomas at Chantry Cottage, a jumble sale in Bart’s Hall and a stall at Friday Street Car Boot Sale and finally a very successful Black and White Ball in Orford Town Hall.
We believe that our efforts last year will enable us to fund many of the projects that Francois and Alta have identified for this year.
We are also planning more exciting events this year so do look out for these and please help us to continue our mission to advance the education, training and life skills of the young people of Mozambique... Check events here
WELFARE OF KIDS/STUDENTS
It is going extremely well with the TMEF students and orphans. Studies are above average and those who are struggling (see pdf report) are being taken care of by more senior students to mentor them and help them through their grades. Where malaria is a huge problem for all our orphans, we made sure that the overseers got to them quickly and provided professional medical help.
We are constantly looking for new ways to raise funds
for helping the young people of Mozambique
If you would like to help please contact us on email
We are delighted to be welcoming back our talented friends from Rust and Stardust in April this year. As usual they will be performing in Orford Church and also working with the Arts Award students from Orford School.
Their performance this year will follow their traditional theme of East Anglian folk tales. We enjoyed The Wild Man of Orford in 2016, The Green Children of Woolpit last year and this year we can expect to be thrilled and mesmorised by the legend of Black Shuck.
This year's school project will be a longer and more intense project for which they are seeking sponsorship or funding.
If you would like to help just visit their crowdfunding page at https://www.gofundme.com/black-shuck