2018 September Newsletter – Mbario, FGC, Naiyobi and VICOBA loans

Dear Loyal Supporters


Our latest exciting news is that Mbario, whom we sponsored to secondary school and then medical college, has completed her training and is now working for us.

She is a confident and passionate young woman who, despite having suffered FGM herself, wants this harmful practice and child marriage to end in their community:

Mbario Lemomo

Mbario sends us daily pictures and feedback of the classes she is running in both primary and secondary schools and for the adults in the community.

She is giving careful teaching, so that people understand why the time-honoured tradition of FGC is not a good thing for girls. Amazingly many parents are now agreeing to stop this practice for their daughters, and girls are starting to progress to secondary school without having either been cut or married.

This may sound a small achievement, but it is big. There has been such resistance to changing this practice in this area. When we first visited, back in 2005, no one had heard of a girl not being cut in Irkeepusi village. This is the first village we worked in with a similar population to Weston Turville, around 4,000 people. We also now work in 6 other villages in the area. Eventually, we expect, this practice to stop altogether out amongst the 90,000 people living in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


Our other encouraging news is the feedback we have had from women who have received loans and business training from us, in collaboration with WMI. They are living in a remote area, where they have not had loans before:

“Hello Rachel, takwenya! Here is Kapenjiro Village. We met with the women of the VICOBA groups and they are very happy for the training. They are really touched by the love and efforts you made with WTWT/WMI and KCT, for considering them and remembering them despite their hard environment”

Kapenjiro VICOBA group

We have also sent funding for a classroom in Naiyobi ward, Iltulele Village, where there is no school for any of the children there. I hope to see the start of the building on our visit in January 2019.

Thank you all so much for all the support that you have given us over the years!


Our next fundraising event is coming up this weekend, with tickets left:

Quiz Night

Saturday 3rd November 7 – 11pm

Weston Turville Village Hall

Tables are for between 4 and 10 people, but we can put you together with others, so any number is great

 Ticket price £15.00 including a Tasty Supper with a vegetarian and gluten free option

Bar and Raffle to raise more funds for the cause

Tickets from Rachel Blackmore: text 07792 475 094 or reply to this email: racheljblackmore@gmail.com


We are hugely grateful for all your financial support and your encouragement of our work. Without you we could not do any of this.

As always, our flights and administration are paid by ourselves, so all of your donations go directly to the community projects.


With much love and thanks


Rachel and WTWT trustees here in the UK and staff in Tanzania:

Rachel, David and Daniel Blackmore, Tim Shewbridge, Ruth Cornish, Suchita Raja, Viv Pangalos and Helen Williams in the UK

Ponja Tayai, Embapa Oloishiro, Mbario Lemomo, Esupat Oloulu and Peesoi Runguna in Tanzania.

If any more of you would like to make a donation or set up a standing order, we would be extremely grateful, as would the people in Ngorongoro.

Our bank account is: ‘Weston Turville Wells for Tanzania’ at Lloyds TSB, account number: 00087400, sort code 30-90-38. Cheques can be made payable to ‘WTWT’ and posted to our address.

Rachel Blackmore

Weston Turville Wells for Tanzania (WTWT)

Registered UK charity No: 1125141

Registered office: Old Crown, West End, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP22 5TT

Email: racheljblackmore@gmail.com

Phone: +447792 475094


Weston Turville Wells for Tanzania (WTWT)