Monday, March 30, 2020

Hanga Abbey Assisting Mputa Village with Clean Water

Mputa village is about 20 kilometers north of Hanga Abbey in the district of Namtumbo. The abbey is helping Mputa villagers to have safe drinking water. The water will be drawn from a stream on a mountain and piped down to the village. More than 2,000 people will profit from the project.

As of March, 2020, a dam has been constructed at a site to fetch water to the lowland. The next step is to dig a trench and lay pipes.

The dam wall with the outlet chamber

 Women are not left behing in the project!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Visitors from USA at Hanga, June 2019

Five friends of Hanga abbey visited Hanga from USA in June 2019. They are part of the many people who support social projects that Hanga Abbey is providing to the people particularly the water project. The visitors had many things to see and experience. They visited Mhukuru village where about 15,000 have safe drinking water - a gravity-fed water system. They saw the water line, three reservoirs/tanks, and several water taps with people enjoying the water. At the village, villagers were able to express their appreciation to the visitors by presenting gifts and performing traditional dances.
USA frinds of the abbey. Front from left, Mary Ann Crawford, Jesse Short, and Kirk Crawford. Behind Mary Ann is Darrin Short.

With children at Mhukuru; behind from left Wayne Bos, Fr. Osmund, Darrin Short, and Jesse Short.

Mary Ann Crawford with the women of Mhukuru at a water tap.

 At Mhukuru village villagers welcomed the visitors from USA with great joy; gave writhes to the visitors and performed traditional dances.

At the abbey they visited different abbey institutions including Hanga Religious Seminary, Hanga Trade School, St. Benedict Trade School and Colland Secondary School. To all these institutions they presented gifts of T-Shirts, soccer balls, basket balls and volley balls. It was a great joy to the students and teachers.
Visitors presenting soccer balls to the Headdmaster Fr. Chrisostom, OSB, at Hanga Seminary

Presenting T-shirts and balls at St. Benedict Secondary School

Presenting T-shisrts and balls to Hanga Trade school stedents

At Colland Secondary School there was a work of drilling a water well. Mr. Nashon, an employee from Chipole Convent in the archdiocese of Songea brought his drilling equipment for the job. It was a perfect opportunity to our visitors to see the real work of drilling water wells, from the beginning until witnessing water from the ground pumped out for use.
USA visitors witnessing water well drilling at Colland Secondary School

Friday, July 5, 2019

Celebrating Sunday of the Holy Eucharist

It is a long time tradition in the Catholic Church that in some parts of the world Catholics celebrate the Sunday of the Holy Eucharist with procession. It is cebrated every year on the second Sunday after the last Sunday of Easter. In Tanzania, the tradition is still alive. At Hanga community which is comprised of the villagers of Hanga, the abbey and its institutions the celebration is indeed very festive.

This year, 2019, the procession with the Eucharist began at the parish church and concluded at the abbey. The procession and adoration took more than three hours. In the procession different groups marched with the Eucharist chanting various songs of the Eucharist. Indeed as the Eucharist (the Holy Mass) is central to the Catholic faith it is a very worthy event to celebrate. Visitors from USA were amazed at the celebration which they had never seen or heard before and the great number of people who participated left them in awe.

Procession began at the parish church
USA visitors participating the procession with the Holy Eucharist.
Diffferent groups singing and dancing

Monday, November 26, 2018

Hanga Health Center Building Female Ward

At Hanga Health Center things never get quiet. There is always something new happening. Indeed Frater Lucius, the head of the Health Center, is always busy overseeing every thing needed for the place to operate and serve well the patients.

This year has been busy with constructions. In March the construction of a kitchen was finished. That project did not make Frater Lucius rest. In May he had to begin a construction of a ward for women to hold forty five beds. So far the building is standing awaiting roofing after which interior work of plastering, plumbing, electric installation will follow. We thank benefactors from USA for funding the project.
The new women's ward awaiting roofing
Also to be grateful of at the Health Center is the funding to reinstall solar power which solar batteries had run down. Pharmacists Without Boarders from Germany has made this possible. We thank them wholeheartedly.
                               Electricians installing new solar batteries at the Health Center

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Frater Bonifas and Frater Albert Deliver Eye Glasses to Villagers

At Hanga Abbey our confreres Frater Buza, Frater Bonifas and Frater Albert are known to be our plumbers taking care of our home water systems and helping establish or repair water systems to villages here in Ruvuma region, southern Tanzania.

However, recently, Frater Bonifas and Frater Albert learn an extra trade to serve people with vision problem and providing them with looking glasses. It began with Mr. Ken Wood from New Jersey, USA, who drills water wells in Tanzania with the two Brothers. Ken learned the problem of the people with vision and decided to organize people in his home USA to donate spectacles. Mr. Ken comes twice of once a year to drill wells somewhere in Tanzania, including Songea area, and when he comes he brings his daughter Christine, an optometrist. Christine brings with her simple eye problem diagnostic tool and distributes glasses. When she discovers other problems such as eye cataracts she refers them to the local doctors in Songea for surgeries or other treatment. All costs are covered by Mr. Ken and his friends from the US.

So this year, in May, 2018, Christine trained Frater Bonifas and Frater Albert of Hanga Abbey a simple diagnostic procedure to check peoples' vision and provide them with correcting eye glasses. One of their audiences has been Hanga monks and students. Indeed we thank Mr. Ken Wood and his daughter Christine for their grand idea to help people with vision problem.

In the photos, Frater Abert is helping patients diagnose their vision condition

Frater Martin and frater Germanus are some of the beneficiaries of the procedure

Someone enjoying reading after receiving reading glassess