The Plymouth Church & Pommern

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 Pommern, a rural village in Tanzania, East Africa. Members of our congregation traveled there in 2007 and in 2008 we brought a choir from this village which performed concerts throughout Metrowest. This relationship has continued to grow and each year this exchange has sent local families over there and villagers from Pommern to visit us.

Overview of Recent Activities

We were thrilled that two members of the Pommern community, Barnabas Chavala and Engera Swai, were able to come visit with us for two weeks this past April. These two educators, Barnabas, who is a superintendent of schools and Engera, a primary school teacher, met with various churches, schools and other organizations in the Greater Boston area.On Saturday evening, April 26th we held a benefit dinner/dance at The Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd. to honor Barnabas and Engera and to raise funds to support our work.

In mid-October, Rob Schadt, traveled to Tanzania for two weeks in connection with an educational consulting project in Dar es Salaam. Over one weekend he was able to travel by air to Iringa and from there to travel by car into the village of Pommern. Since the visit by Barnabas and Engera in April there have been a several accomplishments which Rob was able to see first hand and to document, including the installation of two new fresh water wells and an additional classroom at the Masalali Primary School. For a full description of his visit and for an album of photos from the trip .

Plans for a Summer Mission Trip in 2015

We are currently planning a mission trip to Iringa and Pommern for July 2015. For more information on this please contact Rob Schadt at rschadt@bu.edu.

More About Our Projects

In the 11 minute video below you can see the results of our work with Pommern and its surrounding communities including drilling wells for fresh water, building and funding schools as well as other projects.

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Our goals of the African Exchange Project:

  • Help provide access to a reliable source of fresh water to improve the health and economic well-being of the people.
  • Improve the quality and accessibility of education.
  • Promote the cultural, musical, and spiritual exchange between the members of Plymouth Church and the people of Pommern, Tanzania and the surrounding areas.

Our connection with the people of Pommern and the surrounding area demonstrates that we can make a difference in the world. Your continued support will help us make those dreams into a reality. We have only just begun. Won't you join us?? To learn more, please peruse the web site. To make a donation, click on our Donate page. For more information about our project contact info@pommernvillagechoir.org.

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