Elliona’s Blog

Hi guys
It is a wounderful year, I was very excited to join 8th grade at Royal school.The difference here in Royal school people behave in a good manner. They help each other and they solve problems in a different ways. The schedule for our school is really wounderful. On Monday we have 4 lessons and each lessons takes 45 minutes. We have one subject in the morning and we go for breakfast. After that we go back to class for two subjects and later on we have lunch break time, then we finish up with the last lesson. This is our school time table.

Thank you.



In order to continue to their studies beyond standard 7( 7th grade) student in Tanzania need to pass the national Exam.

Here are my results:

Class  7TH Grade
kiswahili C
English B
civics C
Mathematics C
science B
Average C



My latest grades from school:

Class Term 1 Term 2 Term  3 Rank1 Rank2 Rank3
Math 58 68
English 66 82
Kiswahili 62 64
Science 60 72
Geography 76 78
History 38 56
Civics 72 43
 50/74 38/72


This weekend we are having alot of fun! I am riding bicycles later today. We spent the night at the Guest House in Moshi-Rau. We ate a lot last night. It was an amazing chance for me to go to Moshi. I was able to come because I have a new partial sponsor, Kyle. I was able to Skype him last night. He stayed with us for six months in 2012. I miss him a lot. I LOVE YOU ALL!

Riding bikes with Benny & Christopher

Riding bikes with Benny & Christopher



I am now on holiday. It started on the 4th of April. We will be opening the school 5th of May but tutoring starts tomorrow (the 23rd) at the same school. Only two classes will be attending the tutoring, standard six and seven. Additionally, since the beginning of the holiday, our teacher, Mr. Matunda, has been tutoring us privately.

I am so happy I will be meeting my friends at school tomorrow. I miss the students the teachers and even the school itself! We have shared a lot of things so far since we new each other at the school. I miss the games we played together.

Few days ago we had our guardians at the house in Himo. We had a nice time and had lunch together. Almost everyone’s guardian was there. This was one day before Easter.

I had a good Easter this Sunday. I went to church with the rest of the kids at the house. We then spent the rest of the day together having fun.

The school will be closing again in August. I expect to make a lot of changes in school academically in this three months before the holiday.















Happy Easter everyone. Here are the things I received over the last six months:

  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of school shoes & 1 pair of school socks
  • Uniform: 2 shorts, 3 shirts, 1 tie, 1 sweater, 2 sport t-shirts & 1 pair of sport shorts
  • 2 backpacks
  • Shoe polish, toothpaste, & laundry soap (shared @ home)
  • 7 counter books, 10 exercise books, 1 notebook, 5 pencils, 15 pens, 2 erasers, 1 sharpener, 1 ruler, & 1 math set
  • 1 washcloth & 1 towel
  • 2 body soaps & 3 toothbrushes
  • 1 belt, 3 shirts, 1 t-shirt, 2 vests, 3 sweaters, 1 hat & 4 pairs of boxers
  • 2 sheets
  • 1 swimsuit

Thank you so much.


Hi guys!

It’s me, Elliona!  I am doing well, and I am happy with my friends here!  Today I am helping Mama Theresa will putting a list together of what we all need here at the orphanage in order to go to school in 2014. January is coming up, and Mama wants us to be ready!  We are also getting ready for a Christmas meal on Monday. It’s not Christmas, but we are celebrating early. What will we get?  Well, today she bought rice, meat, ndizi -for cooked banana stew, and fruits.

We have just closed school and I did well on my exams!  How do I know?  Because my teacher told me I passed!  So I can now go on to Standard 7, which is 7th grade!

Next week I am going to go to my home village to see my auntie and cousins. I am very excited. It’s nice to be at the orphanage, but I miss my home village sometimes and want to help my grandfather (babu).  I help him with washing clothes, and cleaning the house. My grandmother cooks for us.

I am liking learning how to type and ride a bicycle with Exuper, and other friends!

I always go to church every Sunday and I like reading my Bible and story books very much!  On the 20th of December I will be confirmed. I am happy and I am really waiting for that day sooooo much!  Also, I am excited to be in grade 7 next year!

Here are a few questions I have for you:

1. How is the weather where you are?

2. How is your family?  Do you have grandparents?  Do you like to help them?

3. What do you like to do for fun?  Do you like to ride a bicycle like me?  Maybe one day, we can ride together!  Wouldn’t that be fun?

Write me soon please!

Me driving. Not really, but pretending!

Me driving. Not really, but pretending!

Check out my exam results from school for terms one and two for the year 2013. Results for term three will be out early next year.

Here is our grading scale by the way: 81-100 =A, 61-80=B, 41- 60 =C, 31-40=D

MATH 53 58
CIVICS 72 72
45/75 50/74


Elliona is now in 6th grade. He is a very eager student and always likes to learn. He gets upset when he does not do well in a subject, but becomes more focused in turn!

His smile is contagious as always. We recently visited his village where his family members are. His aunties, cousins, and grandfather all live there. When Theresa told Elliona that we were going to take him to his village. His face lit up and he had the biggest smile. He went into his room to change and came out in a pair of black shoes, dress pants, collared shirt, and an oversized jacket! Theresa told him that he could invite two friends. He chose Jonasi and Innocent. They both also got dressed and came out in shirts and jeans. Elliona took one look and ran back into his room to change into the same. Unfortunately, we did not get any pictures of Elliona’s first outfit, but we did get plenty of him and our visit!

Charlie came to volunteer and teach the kids some soccer skills. He also brought 20 soccer balls with him to donate to the kids!

Charlie came to volunteer and teach the kids some soccer skills. He also brought 20 soccer balls with him to donate to the kids!

From Right: Jonasi, Elliona, Inno, and Elliona's Aunt

From Right: Jonasi, Elliona, Inno, and Elliona’s Aunt


One Response to Elliona’s Blog

  1. Lucy Menefee says:

    Hi Elliona!
    I hope you’re doing well. I Just looked through your blog and it made me miss your contagious laugh and smile! It seems like forever ago since I was in Tanzania meeting all you wonderful kids. I absolutely loved seeing pictures of you at your graduation! Wish I could’ve been there to see you. I’m really hoping we can Skype soon! hope all is well!! Hoping that you can maybe reply to this..
    From, Lucy Menefee ❤

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