Newsletter No. LXI
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Kibowa Orphans Centre

Kibowa Orphans Centre is located in Mkonoo Village, outside of Arusha, Tanzania and is the home for 27 children who have lost their parents. There are fourteen girls and thirteen boys ages 10 to 17 years, living in a girl’s room and a boy’s room under the loving guardianship of Mama Mchome.

Over the past 2 years, Terrawatu has assisted Kibowa in completing the building of dormitories, growing and supplying food and potable water, solar panels for electricity, and sponsorship of the children’s education.

In early March, a generous donation was made by a friend of Terrawatu to construct an office and storage facility for the orphanage. Until now, all the administration of the centre as well as food and office supplies were all kept in the children's dormitories. This new structure will help assure that we are within regulation and, make the living situation at Kibowa much more pleasant. 

As you can see, the building is well on its way to completion. Financial support is still needed this year to support some of the student-residents at Kibowa. If you would like to sponsor a child at Kibowa Orphanage for one year ($250) go to Terrawatu's donation page. One of the children in the photo below will be full of joy!

Terrawatu Co-Directors, Project Director and Mama Mchome (far right) together with girls at Kibowa Orphans Centre.

Natema Primary School

Terrawatu has checked in with the English teacher at Natema Primary School, Ms. Dommy Bazil, to find out how the Kio Kit of tablets deployed at the school late last year, have been working out. Dommy reports "we are really enjoying the tablets, most of our kids come to school every day now." Absenteeism had been a problem at the school and it is good to see this changing. 

When asked specifically what has improved the most, Dommy says "reading and answering questions in English had been very difficult for students in the past, now they are reading well and answering questions about what they read. I think they now will do very well on their national exams in September."

Help support the teachers at Natema Primary School by donating funds for a laptop or supporting the IT teachers. Go to Terrawatu's donation page.
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Moringa Project

The Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera), or so-called miracle tree, is one of those plants that provides people, animals and the earth with multiple gifts. Among its multiple uses are:
  • improves malnutrition
  • medicinal qualities, builds up immune system
  • enhances milk production in cattle & pregnant women
  • used as animal fodder
  • tackles soil erosion and provides shade
Processed into oil, soap, tea leaves, powder and more, Moringa cultivation and production can help improve the livelihoods of people in communities around the world. 

Terrawatu is excited to announce its newest collaboration with JSFoundation. Together we are working to expand a Moringa cultivation and processing project in the Karatu region and launch in the village of Mkonoo.

Go to Terrawatu's donation page to begin supporting this important initiative. 

Click on the Donate Now button to make an on-line donation to Terrawatu

Target your impact with specified items including IT teacher support, sponsoring a child at an orphanage and purchasing plant seedlings.

You can easily set up monthly, quarterly or annual giving.

For more options to support Terrawatu, including writing a check and donating stock to our brokerage account visit is Tripling the donation amount to Terrawatu! 

When you make your first eligible purchase by March 31



Amazon will automatically donate 1.5% of your purchases to Terrawatu with their Amazon Smile program. 

1.  Go to

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3.  The most important step . . . Shop ( should automatically re-direct to once you register) and also still qualify for Prime Shipping and all of Amazon's great deals. Now you can shop for the things you need and support Terrawatu at the same time! Awesome, right?

Thank you for your support!!!
New 2018 Collection
The 2018 Collection of the Maasai Leather Bags are here. Terrawatu's Women's Group in Mkonoo Village produced a limited number of these stunning, handcrafted leather bags, each one with a completely unique design. Truly, each bag is one-of-a-kind. They are available for purchase in the United States and Canada.

Its design is modeled after the traditional bag used to carry water. The leather is sourced from local cattle after providing people with an important food source. A Maasai woman has hand-beaded each bag in her own creative style which she hopes you will enjoy for many years to come. Your purchase of a handbag provides much needed income to the women of the village so they can help support their children.

The bags are black or natural brown in colour and made from super high quality materials. To receive photos and pricing please email
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