mumma's charity. rest. in. peace.
Monday 10th September 2012 7:00PM (Monday 10th September 2012 7:00PM)
Hello everyone, I've created this event to tell you about a person and family I met when I was travelling. I know usually talk about travelling is just “banter”, but this time I really would like you to listen.
When I went to Ngaramtoni, Arusha, Tanzania in 2010 I met someone truely special to me; one of the most amazing and strongest women I have ever met... Unfortunately just not strong enough. On 10th September 2011, my Mumma, Mumma Rehema, died from malaria. The disease began to effect her only 3 days before she died. She managed to get to hospital, but there was nothing she could do. With no husband mumma’s 6 children are left to fend for themselves, with only help from close family and now me.
5 of her children are between the ages of 12 and 17 and are still needing to attend school, however without the income that mumma used to provide from making and selling Maasai jewellery and helping out in the farming shop that her sister (Mumma zawadi) had recently set up in the small village of Ngaramtoni, this seems almost impossible without the funding they really need.
I last saw mumma only 5 weeks before she died. Since mumma was unable to read or write and could not speak any English (so a phone conversation would have been fairly abrupt) I had had virtually no contact with her since I had stayed with her in the summer of 2010 and had only been able to communicate with her through some family and friends. In 2010, she had welcomed me into her home like one of her own. Having learnt basic Kiswahili from staying in the village I was able to communicate with her, but even though our conversation was limited, the understanding between us was immense. She called me her child, and I called her my mumma, but now my mumma has gone.
On returning to Tanzania this year, first with my mum and then with Piers, in July-August 2011, I introduced mumma and her family to my mum and boyfriend. Just like how she welcomed me, she welcomed them too. For a woman who had so little, she gave us so much, and now I have to give something back. Please help me to do so.
In order to donate money, please either pay via paypal to email account:
OR alternatively give it to me in cash or send it to me at,
30 Ladysmith road
I can honestly verify that any money given to me will only be donated to mumma's family and will not be used for any other cause or personal reason. The paypal account is attached to an account solely for the purpose of collecting donations and is not used for personal reasons.
Thanks so much,