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Apologies for the website to be down, it was a difficult technical problem which has been solved now thanks to our ~Webmaster Pete, Host Bruce and Robin.

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2017 Christmas Cards for Sale

 

 

 

 

 

I’m delighted to say I’ve had to order some more Christmas cards again so if you would like to place your order, details below, I can get them sent to you straight away. Thank you for all your support.

Simple message inside: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
100% profit goes to the Children’s Village (orphanage)
Artwork kindly sponsored by Lizzie Gough
Pack of 10 Cards – two designs in each pack @ £4.75 + UK Postage :

1 pack x £1.22 second class; £1.30 first class
2/3 packs x £1.58 second class; £1.74 first class
4 packs x £2.14 second class; £2.52 first class
5/6 packs x £2.90 second class; £3.40 first class
7/8 packs x £2.90 second class; £5.50 first class

Payment by Bank transfer: OITW
Sort Code: 30 93 48 A/C: 04870688
please put ‘surname-cards’ for the reference.
Or through: https://www.goldengiving.com/charity/orphansinthewild

Orphans in the Wild Urgent Appeal

This emergency appeal is to help us cover a transition between major long term sponsorships.

This appeal is for them and their future.

Your amazing support has helped to keep them safe. Now is the time to secure their future.

A helping hand is all they need

A hand up not a hand out

These are some of the first children to come to our village; today they are thriving, attending school, learning how to look after themselves when they grow up and, help their communities prosper.

A little from you – a one off donation – a regular monthly sum – however much you can manage will make a real and lasting difference to these young lives.

Our goal is £25,000. Your gift today will be their tomorrow.

Thank you!

A Brief Summary of 10 Years of Service!

 

Aims to provide shelter, sustenance, education and medical care for orphans and foster families in the Mufindi District of Tanzania

7th July 2017 – #10yearsofservice #10daysofaction

Report from Geoff and Jenny in Mufindi, Tanzania

Foxes Community & Wildlife Conservation Trust

This Friday was saba saba 17 (7th July 2017)! It means it has been ten years since the Children’s Village opened.

Thank you all so very much

We both wanted to take a moment to look back at the past ten years and even further back to the two plus years before the centre opened. There have been so many touching stories that have happened here in Mufindi, and there have been so many heroes and heroines from here and on the ground that we could start to write about them and not stop for another ten years! So today we want to reflect on the many people who have given so much of themselves for the people of Tanzania and Mufindi, and who have helped make this the magical place that it is! Please forgive us if we get any date, details, or order of operations wrong, and especially forgive us if we leave anyone out! Partnerships from all over the world have been made from Hong Kong, Holland, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Japan, and beyond, and so many have contributed their time in fundraisers, runs, bake sales, advocating, and so much more. We wanted to take a minute and reflect on a few committed soles who have become part of the fabric of the history of the NGO.

 A Short History

11th April 2005 Geoff, Vicky, and Bruce Fox, with Naused Nyaganilwa founded Foxes’ Community and Wildlife Conservation Trust (NGO 0971). There is a broad vision set forward, and many different projects imagined that include community support, environmental concerns, and even include areas outside of Mufindi. The goals are ambitious and courageous, and encompass an incredible amount of various aspects of civil society, but are centred around wanting to make everything better- in aiming to make the world a better place. In the first year, and at the passing of Geoff’s mother, the Fox family requests donations to start their organization in lieu of flowers, and enough money is donated to dig out all of the sites for what would become the Children’s Village. In the same year Marion Gough starts a fundraiser in the UK and it is proposed that a UK registered charity be formed so that donors may have a formal entity to give towards. Bruce’s wife Jane works diligently on forms and paperwork and a UK Registered charity is formed, and fundraising commences. That same year an old friend of the Foxes comes to Mufindi, and he brings his long-time Weyerhaeuser friend with him. Bob and Gary vow to start support of the project in the United States and within a very short time found a 501 c 3 charity, and suddenly FCWCT begins its global family.

In 2006 Simon Shercliff, hikes the Patagonia mountains as a fundraiser and forever entrenches himself into the global family as well while committing his life to foreign service.

The next year, two Canadian educators visit the Foxes in Mufindi, with their husbands Don and Terry, and hear about the dreams and visions of a little NGO that could that “just needs to find a Bill Gates,” and out comes a “Bill Gates Jr.” Anne and Ruth instantly commit the next decade of their lives to the project and an almost unfathomable source of hard work, resources, funding and commitment begins to pour out! The small NGO gains a third partner!

Amazing to think all of that is before the clock even starts on the ten-year milestone of today!

Then there was saba, saba, saba7th July, 2007: just Four children and two house mamas. For the rest of our lives we will remember seeing the work of Dr. Patrick Ney and Kate Ney leading up to that day and beyond.  On that day they did medical assessments, filled out social welfare office forms, and reassured four children that they would be OK. If memory serves correctly, the Neys were with FCWCT for about 12 months, but their impact, and impression on the area and the children’s village project is still very much remembered, as are the lasting relationships made with the people of Mufindi.

Over the next couple of years, as the Children’s Village grew from one house and four kids, to twelve kids, to another house, and more kids, other projects continued as well to form a holistic approach including health and education. Suddenly there were projects spreading across the 16-village project area serving a 35-45,000 population. And then Dr. Leena Pasanen sees Chris Fox in Ruaha! She was visiting Mwagusi camp when Chris told her Mufindi would be a great place to “retire” and in 2009 she formally joined FCWCT working at first 10 days a month, but eventually full-time in Mufindi. The community outreach/home based care health services the NGO provides to the community gets an immediate jolt of world-renowned professional service and the Children’s Village gets a ‘guardian angel’ to watch over children from THE most health-compromised backgrounds.

Later that same year, some of the first “volunteers” visit the NGO- namely Will and Vikki! They immediately made an impact saving a child’s life with their intervention, and have returned several times since, improving the overall health of the area each time! The next year, Lauren, Brian, Terry, and Anne from African Book Box Society came around as well in a visit that is still remembered fondly. Lauren has since become a board member of ABB, just before her most recent visit to Mufindi! Another heart touched by this magical place!

In 2011, Meredith Pinto joined “the team” as our first Peace Corps Volunteer “3rd year extender” and she made an immediate impact helping to initiate the home based care program as it still exists today! The following year Stacey Droll expanded the program to another ward and we have Tanzanian volunteers in 11 villages to this day!

In 2013, Gord Bredyk and Evelyn Voigt interviewed Geoff and Vicky Fox for what eventually turned into a fantastic book called *Flying Snakes and Green Turtles ~ Tanzania Up Close. This book, will forever cement the commitment that Geoff and Vicky have made for each other, and to Mufindi. Evelyn of course has the incredible Voigt history behind her work giving an amazing perspective, and Gord is doing phenomenal work with Civilian Peace Service Canada, and we are so very grateful for their work year after year supporting projects in Mufindi through fundraising and support! In the same year, a “fantastic Bibi” named Julia Ostler first ‘volunteered’ in Mufindi, and she hasn’t looked back in terms of supporting the project! Her help with brochures, and flyers, and more recently with a website is invaluable for an NGO like this one, and this work (together with her contributions to education while in Mufindi) is impacting so many lives here in Mufindi!

In 2014 Dr. Bodil Sandin made her first visit to Mufindi “with Foxes’ NGO.” Dr. Bodil has been in Tanzania for decades, and has known the Fox family almost since she first arrived. Her achievements in dental care for the area are truly remarkable, and she has been “drawn in” by the Mufindi vortex and we hope she will never leave!

It is fair to say that in 2015 the global family expanded once more with the addition of a Finish branch! Spearheaded by Osmo and Marjatta Rosti, but supported by Antii Leppilampi, Riita, and the Joronen’s and many many other Finns, Mufindin Ystavat has become an extraordinarily successful partner, and has succeeded in giving the NGO a Scandinavian footing! 2015 was the year for a Canadian invasion with Birgit working side-by-side with office staff, sharing administrative experience, Alan fixing anything he could get his hands on, and Anne and Ruth making their annual pilgrimage sharing their educational expertise, warm hearts and enthusiasm with students in Mufindi. 2016 saw the return of Dr. Heinke, a doctor who’s history in Tanzania also spans decades, who has started a bit of a woman’s health movement, where since she has started, cervical cancer screening is now a regular health service for the area.

This year, 2017, we will see Amari finishing her service since she first visited almost four years ago. She began by helping with volunteer coordination, and slowly proved capable of taking on every task assigned, including master communications liaison during huge chunks of time critical to the life of the NGO. Also, this year Nurse Sheree continues her health service following up on patients identified by Dr. Leena and the home based care team, and has kept a watchful eye on children at the children’s village as well!

We also saw another visit from the Louisville team this year. Since 2014 they have been coming to give health services to people en masse; completing construction projects around the Children’s Village; and with Tom Conway’s key contributions as well, their impact has transformed the daily lives of the children living here.

What we have seen over and over and over is people falling in love with this place. Mufindi takes grab of your heart and never lets go! The impact all of you have had on this area and the people here is profound, and it has truly helped save lives and improve the lives of those most in need. There will be challenges ahead, there are rising food prices, and new permits/forms costs for NGOs during a transition time while we try to off-set operating costs by attempting to generate more income locally through projects at the Children’s Village. There are always difficulties, but it is important to look back once and a while and appreciate the success that has been achieved! To give an idea of what the Foxes have started, and what all of you have helped to build, a man from Igoda told us something a few years back, that although is slightly morbid does highlight the impact of the NGO here, he said, “The NGO is very important to the people here, if the Children’s Village had not been built, we would have had to build a graveyard instead for the children who would have been lost.”

All of you have made an indelible mark on the magic of Mufindi, and at 10 years, it seems like a great time to point that out and give a huge thanks to everyone for what has been accomplished. Gigantic thanks to the Foxes for without whom none of us would have ever made it here, and massive thanks to all of you for your service to the children of Mufindi!

With our thanks 

Jenny and Geoff

Managers & Coordinators
Foxes’ Community and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Mufindi, Tanzania

*Flying Snakes and Green Turtles: Tanzania Up Close is available from Orphans in the Wild

for more information:
Bruce@wildorphans.org
marion@wildorphans.org

Do take a look at our new website:
https://orphansinthewild.org/
https://www.facebook.com/OrphansInTheWild/
https://www.instagram.com/orphansinthewild/

If you would like to help make a difference to the lives of the children at the Children’s Village, Mufindi, Tanzania, this link will take you to our donation page:
https://www.goldengiving.com/charity/orphansinthewild

Thank you!

Flying Snakes & Green Turtles ~ Tanzania Up Close

‘Flying Snakes & Green Turtles – Tanzania Up Close’ This is the title of the book describing the life and adventures of Geoff Fox MBE and his wife, Vicky, founders of Foxes Community & Wildlife Conservation Trust (FCWCT) in Mufindi. There cannot be too many couples who can claim to have run an East African tea plantation, discovered the cause of a virulent cattle disease, fought off cattle and ivory poachers, help the local population fight off the deadly HIV/Aids, set up an orphanage, schools, extended and refurbished three remote hospitals, and a wildlife conservation program. But such is the life of Geoff and Vicky Fox and their story and so much more, some of which is extremely funny,  is outlined in this wonderful book.
I have been generously donated 24 copies by the author Evelyn Voight. £17 per book plus £2.80 postage in the UK. All proceeds go to OITW.

Exciting News – We Have Received Funding for Baby Gloria’s Cleft Lip & Palette Repair!

We have the funding now, kindly donated by a generous donor, to surgically repair her Cleft Lip and Palette. As soon as she reaches her goal weight of 10 kg or 18 months she can have her operation.

Thank you! Two small words that mean such a lot!

Baby Gloria with her first two teeth sitting next to Baraka. Latest photo taken by Lucy Kohler our volunteer with Foxes Community & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

2016-Today: Transport & Education – #10yearanniversary!

2016-Today: Transport & Education: The Greatest Need

2016 – From the FCWCT Archives:

 “Thanks to a generous US donor, the Children’s Village was given one of the most valuable gifts it’s ever received- an NGO car! This Toyota Hiace van, serves as transport for every child living at the Children’s Village to and from school. Many are often immuno-compromised due to their HIV status. Of these 74 children, 45 children attend primary school. The primary school is located 6 miles away from the Children’s Village, meaning without a school bus, any child with physical disabilities or fragile health status, would be unable to make such a trek. This would mean that without a car to bring them to school, these children would be forced out of school. During school breaks, the Toyota Hiace has served as an Outreach Vehicle for the Health department and the Social Welfare/Psychology team to reach vulnerable children and families.”

The Toyota Hiace was generously donated by a US Donor and the Ambulance behind it was donated after a hard fund raising effort by two UK Donors in Devon!

Today:

Providing quality educational opportunities to vulnerable youth can alter life outcomes and increase the chances for economic success later in life. Currently, there are 74 orphaned and vulnerable children living at the Children’s Village; 13 children are living with HIV, and an additional five children are living with life-long physical and mental disabilities. Roughly 70% of the children living at Igoda Children’s Village are victims of neglect, abuse, or torture. At the Children’s Village, these children receive food, shelter, and protection, as well as medical treatment, psychological counselling, youth empowerment, and educational support. Through student sponsorship, FCWCT provides school fees, uniforms, transport to/from school, and other school needs to children living at the Children’s Village and local vulnerable youth that are identified by village child protection teams and vetted by the district social welfare office.

The goal of the Educational Support Initiative is to allow every child to reach their maximum potential, regardless of the financial, social, and health obstacles that might be present. A parent’s inability to pay school fees or purchase a new uniform is enough to keep a vulnerable child out of school. In the 11 years since FCWCT’s founding, the NGO has financially supported the educational opportunities of over 200 orphaned and vulnerable children, which includes paying school fees and providing uniforms, school supplies, and transport to/from school. 105 children have reached and/or completed their secondary education and over 1,000 children have reached and/or completed their primary education through FCWCT’s financial intervention and support. Ten previously-vulnerable children have reached and/or completed their university education through participation in the Work Study Program, where students are able to pay for school fees through working in different sectors of the NGO. Since FCWCT began providing educational funding to vulnerable children, ten children have continued on to find work with the NGO or in another career field, helping to provide income for themselves, their families, and greater community. Nearly 200 children have been educated in the on-site pre-school and kindergarten classrooms.

#10yearsofservice #10daysofaction #10years10days #FCWCT

Our goal is to secure monthly sponsors for each of the 10 projects we are highlighting over this 10 day countdown to our #10yearanniversary!

Help support our Educational Sponsorship Program! With the help of generous donors, all of our children have the means to get to school. Help us keep them there!

Click on the links below or through Ammado and become monthly sponsors!

UK https://www.goldengiving.com/secure/direct-debit/create/orphansinthewild

USA: https://www.networkforgood.org/donati…/ExpressDonation.aspx…

FIN: https://www.mufindinystavat.net/tule-mukaan

All OITW’s funds donated reach Foxes Community & Wildlife Conservation Trust and is overseen by FCWCT Founder, Mr Geoff Fox MBE who ensures they reach the projects on the grounds, ably assisted by Geoff Knight, Jenny Peck, the FCWCT self funded volunteers.

Amenities – Water & Electricity

2015: Amenities- Water and Electricity

From the FCWCT Archives:

The Cheeky Twins!

“In the beginning of December 2015, Tom Conway, retired mal-practice lawyer, and Dr. Bill Smock, Louisville Police Surgeon, arrived to see Mufindi in all its pre-Christmas glory! Over the past two years, Kentucky has become the new capital for US charitable giving to Foxes’ NGO after unprecedented donations came pouring forward from the generous heart of Mr. Conway. His donations gave enabled the Children’s Village something it has never seen– full-time electricity and a working water system. Mr. Conway and Dr. Smock arrived just in time to see the electrical poles rose up and the first switches flipped! During this trip, Mr. Conway visited the Children’s Village, had dinner with the steering committee Kamati Kuu, and attended the Kindergarten Graduation! Mr. and Mrs. Fox gave Mr. Conway a full Mufindi tour, showing him the many beautiful corners of our home.

At the culmination of the trip, our friends from Kentucky showed once again that this project means more to them than they could ever express. Mr. Conway pledged and delivered on a promise to solve the NGO’s biggest challenge– transport! With no transport vehicles of our own, the NGO has been paying hand over fist to bring children to school each day. Mr. Conway’s gift has enabled one Toyota Hiace to be purchased, with another one on the way! This will enable the NGO to transport its 30+ students each day to school and help in visiting the many projects and programs being carried out in the village. We can’t express our gratitude enough to this kind man and our many friends that made this all possible! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Today:

Every Children’s Village house is connected to full-time electricity, including the office, volunteer houses, the on-site Kindergarten and Pre-school, and the Vocational Training Centre. Access to electricity in particular has revolutionised the work of the NGO. Students are now able to study into evening hours, crying babies can be comforted at night without the use of a solar flashlight, and water pumps that are able to deliver water to every home, saving hours of labour for our dedicated House Mothers!

#10yearsofservice #10daysofaction #10years10days #FCWCT

Our goal is to secure monthly sponsors for each of the 10 projects we are highlighting over this 10 day countdown to our #10yearanniversary!

Just $100 (£87) month provides electricity to the entire Children’s Village, which in turn provides running water to every Children’s Village home.
Click on the links below and become monthly sponsors!

UK: https://www.goldengiving.com/…/dire…/create/orphansinthewild

USA: https://www.networkforgood.org/donati…/ExpressDonation.aspx…

FN: https://www.mufindinystavat.net/tule-mukaan

2014: Kamati Kuu – #10yearanniversary!

2014: Kamati Kuu

From the FCWCT Archives:

“In 2009, Isaya Mwila became the first House Father at Igoda Children’s Village. He had leadership experience as a former chairman of Mwaya part of Igoda village, and his wife Vicky had been working with the NGO since its inception.

For over a year he had been attending an Adult English class that was taught at the Igoda Community Hall, and he showed great promise as someone who was looking to create positive development in his own life.

Isaya quickly used those leadership skills as an employee of the NGO, and was given more and more responsibilities. He started managing all the small development projects required at the children’s village like road-maintenance, water fetching, and fence repair.

In 2012, he was voted by his peers to become the chairman of the first committee of leaders within the guardians at Igoda Children’s Village. The committee would be tasked with resolving any conflicts between guardians, or between children and guardians. The committee gave the guardians and children another avenue to vent frustrations or miss-communications, and led to more unity in the center.

In 2013, the employees of the NGO have come together to form a collection of departments that oversee the various projects that are undertaken. This has led to more local leadership, and more investment in the success of the projects themselves.

Isaya was voted head of the administration department, but was also promoted by his peers to become head of the ‘Big Committee,’ or Kamati Kuu is the committee that is made up of all of the department heads. This committee meets every two weeks to discuss the goals of the NGO in the short-term with an eye on long-term success. Isaya chairs each of these meetings, and his leadership is greatly respected.

Isaya’s rise into a major leadership role within the NGO exemplifies the community’s commitment to working shoulder to shoulder with the NGO through local involvement to reaching our biggest goals. Together, and with leaders like Isaya, the community is getting closer and closer to a full recovery from the devastation of the HIV pandemic.”

Today in 2017:

The Kamati Kuu is made up of 14 Heads of Department/Projects that meet to discuss NGO news, challenges, share ideas, and collaborate on all projects! Departments include Gardening and Developing, Building, Health, Education, Guardianship, IT, Maintenance, and more! They are the backbone of the organization, and receive training, seminars, and leadership counseling to ensure they are the best leaders they can be. Over the past year, each Department Head has been trained in Monitor and Evaluation protocols that allow for better data collection, tracking of projects, and better goal-setting. This has lead to thousands of data points that are being used every day to direct the organization. We are honored to continue to be led by Isaya Mwila as we continue to grow, adopt, and meet the ever-changing needs of the community.

#10yearsofservice #10daysofaction #10years10days #FCWCT

Our goal is to secure monthly sponsors for each of the 10 projects we are highlighting over this 10 day countdown to our #10yearanniversary!

Support the local leadership that is our heartbeat!

Click on the links below and become monthly sponsors!

UK: https://www.goldengiving.com/…/dire…/create/orphansinthewild

USA: https://www.networkforgood.org/donati…/ExpressDonation.aspx…

FIN: https://www.mufindinystavat.net/tule-mukaan