The Plymouth Church & Pomerini


Africa Exchange Project: A Success Story

The Plymouth Church in Framingham, United Church of Christ, has engaged in international outreach for decades. The Africa Exchange Project, our most recent and largest scale effort, has provided a deep and dynamic relationship with the community of Pomerini, a rural village in Tanzania, East Africa. Seventeen members of our congregation traveled there in 2007, where they discovered that the only source of water for the community was a contaminated river three miles away. Since then the Africa Exchange Project has been committed to bringing fresh water to Pomerini and the surrounding areas by installing simple mechanical wells near the homes and schools in the community. To date, we have drilled over 40 wells in the Pomerini vicinity, which provide fresh, clean water to thousands of people. In addition, our efforts have expanded to include providing funding for building schools, supporting school programs and helping to train and pay teachers. We are currently en lag ring our scope even further to include improving the health care facility in the village. Perhaps even more significantly we have sustained an exchange program facilitating the travel of Tanzanians to Metrowest and supporting families and individuals who visit there. Please explore our site to learn more about our work. For even more information or to get involved please contact Rob Schadt at rschadt@bu.edu.

Project Updates

House Concert for Upendo Mmoja
Please join us on Friday, November 18, 2016 for a house concert in Ashland, MA featuring Boston based singer-songwriter Greg Greenway. Proceeds from ticket sales will help support Upendo Mmoja (One Love) a residential and vocational school for orphaned children located in Pomerini.

Upendo kids

Greg Greenway is a Boston-based singer/song writer with deep roots in social justice. The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.”

Tickets are $25/person and are available by reservation only.
For more information or to order tickets contact: rschadt@bu.edu

Meet Aisha and the Compassion Program at the Kihesa Lutheran Church

We are delighted to introduce our friend, Aisha Bomba from Iringa, Tanzania. Aisha is an eleven year old orphaned child. We met Aisha through Compassion Program International. Compassion helps disadvantaged children throughout the world with safe and secure housing, food and clothing along with providing education and other things all the world's kids deserve. Aisha is connected to us through the Kihesa congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iringa. This church is led by Pastor Sagga, formerly the Pastor of the church in Pomerini. The Children's Ministry Council at Plymouth Church UCC supports Aisha though biweekly donations. We are thrilled that Aisha is living with a family now. She is very happy and doing great in school.

Electricity Brought to Pomerini in 2016

This summer the Tanzanian government made some major infrastructure improvements throughout the country including bringing electrical power to some of its remote areas, including the village of Pomerini. Funds from the Africa Exchange Project were used to install wiring in the Pastor’s compound, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the kindergarten, and the dispensary.

In the communication below our colleague, Barnabas Chavala shares his thanks on behalf of their entire community. He also acknowledges the support the Africa Exchange Project is providing for the secondary school in Pomerini.

August 2, 2016

“Dear friend and brother, Rob. Greetings to yourself, your beloved wife and the entire brothers and sisters over there! Thank you so much for your thrilling e-mail you sent me few days ago. ..That is great! We are doing well here in Pomerini. Todd wrote me that he will be wiring $ 2,000 for the administrative block next week. I shared the news with Shadrack, the Headmaster. We both were excited to the maximum not believing the news! We love you, we honor you and we glorify the Lord! Be blessed abundantly.

“Last Sunday we invited the Bishop to come and inaugurate the electricity power project at the church and the dispensary. The ceremony was very, very colorful. We also drew special prayers for the Plymouth Church for the valuable donation you did until this dream has become possible. In fact you have put an unforgettable mark in the church history besides the many things you did and that which you are doing for the betterment of this community. God will add you on all that you are doing. I will send you some of the pictures of the event. Tell all that we love them.”

In Christ,
Yours Barnabas