Like Christmas, Easter (Pasaka) is a fairly big part of the Tanzanian religious year. Unfortunately this doesn’t permeate much into the orphanage and chocolate is not really on the Easter agenda. As we can’t show you the kids cracking open chocolate eggs, let’s go for some other Easter themes:
|Our new chicken house, which is now complete and occupied.|
|Tiny, tiny hands.|
Of course, the reason we have eggs and chicks at Easter has to do with the celebration of new life, which is a good excuse to feature Angel, the newest life at the orphanage.
When they arrive they always seem so tiny, swaddled up in their huge mounds of blankets – Tanzanians take keeping their babies warm very seriously! Here’s Angel when she arrived in December, and again in mid-January having already grown beautifully.
|Angel shortly after she arrived.|
|Having kicked off some blankets in mid-January.|
|Back from the hospital and healthy again.|
I’m sure she’s much bigger now, having recovered from her bout of malaria. I can’t wait to see the new pictures that will be coming very soon.
|Bekka with Zawadi and Simoni|
This is made even more exciting because it brings the adoption of Simoni and Zawadi one step closer. The two of them have already completely accepted each other as brother and sister and are very excited to go and live with Bekka and Riz – even three months ago they couldn’t stop talking about it!
|Simoni and Zawadi|
I noticed that in Swahili, Pasaka means both Easter and Passover, which I think is quite nice, despite the fact they are the celebrations of two different events. Heri kwa sikukuu ya Pasaka to everyone!