Neema’s Blog


Hello everyone!

I am back from school for Christmas break. School reopens on the 10th of January so I will also get time to celebrate the first days of the year 2015 at home in the village with my relatives.

Today is my last day at the orphanage since we will all leave for our homes in the villages. I really miss my relatives and friends; I can’t wait to see them again. I am really excited right now.

I will be in grade 13 next year. Classes are hard but I am working so hard to achieve good grades.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2015.


Check out Neema’s Grade, she is the 1st in her class

General studies (Civics) 93 A
Geography 70 B+
Math 56 C
Economics 82 A
History 92 A


Neema & Omega are back in school! They went to Tanga this past Saturday (5/17) to start at St. Christina’s girls school, and were very excited about it. The new items they received are:

  • 5 large bars of laundry soap
  • 1 package of maxi pads
  • 1 jar of vaseline & 1 jar of Vitamin E Moisturizing skin cream
  • 1 padlock
  • 5 bars of body soap (Thank you Perrisa & Sepand for the nice soaps!)
  • 4 toothbrushes,1 large tube of toothpaste & 1 floss
  • 1 pair of sport shoes & 1 jar of shoe polish
  • 1 graph pad, 7 exercise books & 15 mechanical pencils
  • 1 math table book
  • 1 chapstick
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 2 razors
  • 2 deodorants
  • 1 trunk


Hi everyone!

Today we are at the MAD house. We just went to the airport to pick up three guests which are Perrisa, Farrell, and Sepand. We are so excited to be with them. They are so fun and we really enjoy being with them.

On 5/17/14 Omega and I are going to St. Christina’s secondary school in Tanga to finish up our last two years of high school. After that we will got to university. I am so happy and excited to go back to school to learn more, so that I can make my dream of being an accountant come true!

Love you guys!


Happy Earth day!









In the past 6 months, I have received:

  • 1 pair of sport shoes & 2 pairs of sport socks
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of school shoes & 2 pairs of school socks
  • 1 pair of church shoes
  • 2 pairs of regular socks
  • 1 backpack
  • 1 towel
  • 6 body soaps
  • 2 toothpastes & 2 toothbrushes
  • 3 regular shirts
  • 3 regular t-shirts
  • 6 vests
  • 3 regular sweaters
  • 1 bra & 12 pairs of underwear
  • 2 packages of maxi-pads
  • 1 bed sheet
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 3 skirts, 2 shirts, 1 dress, 4 blouses for home
  • 3 shirts, 3 skirts, 1 dress & 5 blouses for church
  • 1 notebook
  • 1 writing pad

Thank you Nancy & Debbie for taking me shopping while you were here, and everyone else for helping me!


Hello everyone!

I am in Moshi town at the MAD office with Omega, Deo and Revo working with Mama Theresa and Erasmus.

The good news is that we have been on a long holiday learning computer lessons near our orphanage in Himo. We have also been helping the younger children with their home work and reading.

Also my national exam results are out and I have done very well. I thank God for his help!

My ambition is to become an accountant if God wishes. I want to work with companies and handle their accounts and financial matters as a career.

The other thing is our mama (mother) Theresa is back home in Moshi.  We warmly welcomed her yesterday and we were extremely happy to see her!

I have only a few days to complete my computer classes, after which school will begin.



One thing that is special about me is I am the only one out of all the children at Kilimanjaro Kids Care that has climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro!   I climbed on the 23rd of June with seven volunteers from Make A Difference and Omega from the orphanage. We had a great time, but it was difficult and COOOOOOLD!  It’s beautiful up there though, and I recommend everyone climb at least one day!

I believe that my success to reach the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro shows that I will be able to reach my goals in life! The Mountain was so gorgeous, and full of ice everywhere!

A few questions I have for you!

1. Have you ever climbed Mount Kilimanjaro?

2. If you haven’t climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, would you like to?  What about with Make A Difference?

3. If yes, you have, what did you like most about it?

4. Did you reach the top like I did?

5. If you’ve never climbed a mountain that is high, what are some of the challenges you have faced in your life and how have you overcome them?

Thanks!  Please write back soon!

This is a picture of Mount Kilimanjaro, it is Africa's highest peak. You've got to check it out!  I did!  : )

This is a picture of Mount Kilimanjaro, it is Africa’s highest peak. You’ve got to check it out! I did! : )

Enjoying being on Kilimanjaro!  What a journey!

Enjoying being on Kilimanjaro! What a journey!


Neemas’ Certificate for Mt. Kilimanjaro

Check out my exam results for term one at school for the year 2013. Results for the second term will be out early next year.

Here is our grading scale by the way: 81-100 =A, 61-80=B, 41- 60 =C, 40-21=D, 20-0=F

MATH 38  C



This is Neema Antony!  I am so happy to report that I graduated from secondary school this month!  Thank you for all your support, prayers and encouragement!  It was an incredible day and I am so excited about my future.

Right now I am on holiday. I’ll be on holiday until April or May of 2014.  Advance levels start late. I can’t believe I only have two more years before I finish my schooling at secondary school. My dream is to go on to college. I’d like to be an accountant because they make money, and I am quite good at math! MAD has been helping me a lot, but I have to work hard.

What are your dreams? What about your goals?  Write me!

Graduation day with Mama Theresa and Omega too!

Graduation day with Mama Theresa and Omega too!


Besides doing better in my studies, I am willing to help out in the kitchen and always ready to learn more!

Neema teaching volunteers how to cook Ugali

Neema teaching volunteers how to cook Ugali

Neema in a new dress made by a donor

Neema in a new dress from Bibi JoEllen


Hello guys

I am back at home from school for a week holiday .

I am so happy to meet Mama Macrina, Mama Magdalena our house mams and other kids who graduated from Royal school.

School life at St .Chirstina is good but we have to work hard in our studies because every month we do tests for subjects taught .

I am taking 3 subjects  History, Geography, Economics and 2 additional Math and Gs.

love you all.


3 Responses to Neema’s Blog

  1. Lyne' Brown says:

    Neema, it is so good to read your blog. We miss you and look forward to seeing you in February. Pat and I will be visiting Tanzania and coming out to see you.

    We are so excited that you graduated and very proud of you! We also are so proud that you were Ble to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro! We want to climb it too, but have not been able to get there for the climbs. It is an amazing thing that you have done it!

    I wear the beautiful necklace that you made when we were there earlier this year. It always reminds me of you. I also have a picture of you that hangs in my house and also another one at my office. It makes me smile to see it!

    Thanks for writing on your blog. I look forward to seeing more of your writing. Love you lots! – Lyne’

  2. Nancy Grant says:

    Hujambo Neema,
    I hope you and Omega are thoroughly enjoying your time at the St. Christina school in Tanga. Congratulations for being accepted! You are a lovely and smart young woman. I know you will do well in your studies and in life.

    It was such a pleasure meeting and spending time with you wonderful young people when we visited Tanzania earlier this year. It was an unexpected blessing that we could spend extra time with you that were older while you were out of school and waiting for your test results. I have a picture of all of you posted on my Facebook page that I see many times a week. It’s brings a smile to my face remembering the time with you wonderful.

    We have a new baby in my family as of June 19th – the first girl in our family in 25 years. My new granddaughter’s name is ELovie and she’s precious. She lives 1300 miles away so I haven’t been able to see her yet, but have seen many, many pictures. She and her mom are coming to visit in August and I’m excited for their visit.

    I’m also excited to be returning to Tanzania early next year. I haven’t bought the ticket yet so don’t have an exact date, but know it will be January.

    Love and blessings to you.

    Nancy Grant

    • Mpendwa Nancy,

      Asante sana! Thank you for your love and encouragement! Congratulations on the new baby! You needed a girl! Elovie has the name love in it. I like that.
      Mama Theresa said you will come back for a year! We are very excited. Thank you!



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