Issa and Christine

Our visits have been invaluable in deepening the relationship and our mutual understanding.  Many new conversations have been started following visits and new learning about each other.  

We always stay at the incredibly welcoming Roman Catholic safina, or convent, in Bereko. The sisters look after us with great love and the greatest attention to detail. They also feed us very well!  Sisters Esther and Anna run the safina and below is a picture of Sister Anna with Father Magnus Lochbihler, who established this and other convents for the Little Sisters of Mercy in remote locations in the north of Tanzania.  The picture was taken at a church service in St Andrew's, Bereko..
Father Magnus and Sista Anna
Over the years, chronologically, our visits to each other have been as follows:

2006:    First visit to Kondoa Diocese and Bereko to establish new link. Rev'd Chris Dobson

2007:    Visit to Bereko, team from St Andrews and Paddock Wood Primary School

2008:    Visit to Paddock Wood Primary School. Laurencia Mallya (Head Teacher Bereko Primary School) and Faith Msema, Primary School teacher and church elder, led by Rev Chris Dobson

2008:   Visit to Bereko from Mascalls’ students and teachers

2009:   Visit to Bereko, team from St Andrews

2009:   Visit to Bereko from Mascalls students and teachers, ld by rev Canon Bryan Knapp

2010:   Visit to Bereko from Mascalls students and teachers

2011:   Visit to Bereko, team from St Andrews, led by Rev Peter Callway

2012:   Visit by Rev'd Canon Bryan Knapp and the Ven Clive Mansell, to represent Rochester Diocese at consecration service for Bishop Given Gaula

2013:    Visit to Bereko, team from church, Paddock Wood Primary School and Mascalls (teacher and student), led by Rev Canon Bryan Knapp

2014:    Visit to Kondoa (incl. Bereko), Bishop James, Rev'd Rachael Knapp and others

2016:    Visit to Bereko, team from St Andrews, Paddock Wood Primary School and scouts, led by Rev'd canon Bryan Knapp

2018:    Visit to Bereko, seven people from St Andrew's, led by Rev'd Rosheen Browning

This video was made by Mascalls students following their visit in 2009:

This video was made by Katie, a Mascalls Academy student, following the 2013 visit. All the music was recorded during the trip: 

This PowerPoint presentation was given to Paddock Wood Town Council about the 2016 visit to Bereko: /Publisher/File.aspx?ID=185977

This article in the Rochester Diocese Link Magazine also says more about our 2016 visit:

Our home while in Bereko, the safina.