|In connection with
the development aid funded rehabilitation project of Kidatu
power plant in Tanzania, co-finances by Sida & NORAD, many
Sweeds and Norwegians have regularly visited Kidatu since the
early 19'ties and almost permanently since the summer of 1999.
During this period a good relation arised between the local
and foreign population and it was therefore a natural thing to
leave behind in 2003 when the project was almost compleeted.
The whole began the day the first Norwegianm, Harald
Aspeholen, arrived Kidatu. He had not been long at his house
before he heard a soft knock on his door and became aware of
two shy young girls. They giggled and delivered a smaal tiny
handwritten note of papir and disappared again just as fast as
they appreared. The handwritten note was written in poor
English and was a polite request for a job. One of them was
named Emmaculata, and was educated mechanical technican.
Since there was no work for a girl in Tanzania she had to
apply for occational jobs to earn for her living. She and her
girl friend Jovita got the job by Harald and it soon proved to
be a good choice. The girls was very handy and reliable ,
dyktige, eager, accurate and at least honnest. Jovita found
another job, but Emma worked 5 days a week by
Harald, and during the evenings she run a small shop in her
parents home. During the week-ends she took the bucysle and
traveld across the Kilombero flats to dig her two small farms
40 decar. She farmed both rice, mais & sugar, but this
entailed much work and the income was scarceand fluctuated
with the crops and prices and proved less profitable.
During the 5 years Emma worked for Harald, she managed to
construct her own lithle home for the salary she got. She
bought a lithle flat upon a hiltop near to the village. She
did also build a small annex for rent. The income was ment for
education for her lithle daughter Happy. The income, however,
was scarse and unreliable, and during the first years she only
rented 1 room.
In 2001 Emma lost both her parents and thereby she got the
responsibility for her younger couzins. Her elder brother had
nothing to contribute with. When Emma moved up to the new
house the problems with mlaria decreased compared to the
living aside of the wetlands.
In November 2002 Einar & Else
Karine visited Kidatu again when Happy was very iill and it
was uncertain if she would survive. Emma took Happy to a
doctor who detected the illness to be malaria and tyfus. She
got a resepe , but these were very expencive and Emma could
hardly afford them. Happy beame, however, even worce and Emma
had to use all her cash reserves to buy medicines. After
several days Happy did not show any sign of improvements and
it was a question of life or death for her. Else did then call
the Nordic clinic in Dar es Salaam who informed that Happy had
got too strongmedicines and indicated that she was medicine
intocisated. Else then paid for hospital costs and after
reducing the medicines to 1/4 Happy rapidly improved, and
after some weeks she was fresh abd healthy again.
Orphan street children.
During the yeas at Kidatu several shopping trips were made to
the village of Ruaha. It was impossible to disregards all the
street children that to a large extent are orphants. They are
in all ages ranging from grown ups down to 3-4 years.
Since they do not have a family they have tomanage on their
own. About 75 % of these children are girls.
There were no public aid program or organisation in Tanzania
to care for them and occational events decides if they grow up
or not. When the huge loca sugar plantation was handed over to
the South-Afrikans in 2000, more than half the vilage
population lost their jobs. This has entailed a widespread
powerty among the local population and everybody is forced to
care for themselves. Then it is not easy to be a lithle
orphant child on3-4 years, left to himself. These small
children have to try to find some left over food to survive
from day to day. They have no place to stay the night and are
forced to sleep under open sky highly exposed to malaria
mosquito and other insects.
A home for orphants.
During the November visit 2002 we discussed with Emma if she
could consider operating an orphanage. The planen was to
utilise her anex as orphanage and we should try to arrange for
the financing.Emma should be responsible for the daliy driften
operation, such as housing, food and cloths.
In addition all the children should go to school. They shall
also learn proper hygine through daily washing, cleane cloths,
etc. They will go to the local school and Emma shall teach
them ethitks, moral and human values and behaviour. Gradually
she will also teach them how to work and how to manage on
their own after reaching 17 years.
Else Karine & Emmaculata outside Emmas house
The view from the house