John St Julien Baba Wanyama

is creating Feathers Tale Childrens Village, YouTube Videos




per month


Hey everyone! So many of you who follow me on Youtube of facebook know who I am and what I am trying to achieve here in Tanzania for the children. For those of you who don't, in brief I am a volunteer aid worker if you like, but now I am a little more than that, the homes we've built, and NGO I'v founded... means the Childrens Village and its homes are now the guardian of over 100 children here too! Not all biologically ours of course! :)
 I want to make clear, i still do all of this as a volunteer, and always will. I don't want to be paid for what we do here, I have no need to be, there are people around us daily who need things like food and shelter, much more than i need some numbers being popped into a bank account!.... 

....but to be here alone incurs its own costs, such as missionary and work permits at $1000 a year, and a flight to see our families back in Europe once a year, (we do miss them a lot naturally).

One other thing most of you know, is that in the last 3 years i have become the guardian of over 100 children! and with it my journey in life as a Father has begun in a big way it seems! :) 
I love my children, and I always will... but as a father who is a volunteer, I dont earn anything to treat them. Our donations are most often used on things like medical care, housing, and food for people here.... things that are essential for life if you like. So, I never feel comfortable with the idea of treating the children, but I would love too!
For instance this year our 35 boys who lived on the streets, who all come from very traumatic backgrounds... I would love to take them to the national parks to see the animals (as for all they live in Tanzania, all they have seen is the hectic unsanitary market streets they grew up on) its not a fortune for a Tanzanian to visit a park, its very cheap in fact! But we would need to hire some vehicles to do it is where the cost comes from... Thing is these things could be, and will be very healing and i hope, motivating for the boys to begin working toward a future they want, instead of dwelling in the past they have had.
Normally like any father i would work, and save and then take them... but my work is unpaid, so I cant afford such treats for them at present naturally...

So this is what I would use my Patreon for... I dont want to pop it in the bank for a rainy day, as most days is a rainy day for someone around us here... we just want to use it allow us to cover the costs of us being here externally from the donations for the children, so i can carry on saying 100% of what is shared goes directly to the children we are trying to help, or the Tanzanian staff we employ (most of whom are from poverty also too varying degrees)... and lastly, to let me treat the children with days out, or perhaps the odd movie and popcorn night and so on... I feel they deserve that after the starts they have all had in life.

For those of you who have never heard of me, below is a little of what we do!

Up to now using social media we have built (and are building) Feathers Tale Childrens eco village... an off the grid communitythat is home to over 75 children, more than half of which have special needs ranging from cerebral palsy, to blindness and aspergers. 
I also opened a rehabilitation center in the local town for street involved children, to get boys back of the street and into a safe home where they can receive education or training to get themselves back on track in life...

We also have a childrens fund supporting over 1100 children out in the community with anything from food, shelter, clothing and education...

We have other side projects too, such as creating washable sanitary pads at a vocational training center we opened to teach children how to be tailors or seamstresses. The pads allow girls to attend school who otherwise would not when menstruating!

Lastly we have an animal rescue shelter with 70 dogs in it!! This happened kind of by accident next to the childrens home as dogs are very badly treat here... but we do have an open door policy at our mission, 2 legged or 4! :) 

So these are our core projects, and I make youtube videos for all of them as often as i can... 

I never set a goal here, as i felt anything that goes over what we need for permits and a flight would go on the children anyways, and with over 50 coming into our care in just the last 1 year, I presume that in another year we'll have more than i can guess at ! :)

For those of you who already follow Feathers Tale and I, and for those of you who suggested i go for it an open a Patreon, thank you for your continued love and support. Be it prayers, the kind and loving comments and messages you leave... or indeed sharing a little something to help us do what we do... 

Feathers Tale is built on people sharing with the children and our vision for a better way of life for all our children.... I always say it, but we really cant do a thing with out you guys, so we are as always forever grateful for helping to make our dreams  reality here in Tanzania...

Sharing can and does change lives... You just need to watch our youtube to know that :)

Love, light and gratitude from Feathers Tale everyone :) x
$2,662.35 of $5,000 per month
We've set a new goal in 2020, as we really need to hire someone in Europe to help us, and the work by now is just far too much for my wife and me, and the volunteers we have helping us...
With the amount of work it is, and the skill set needed, we would need someone quite suited and qualified to help us take things to the next level of growth, and in turn help more children and dogs in Tanzania of course! 

So for a full understanding and breakdown, our family is growing and now we have a little boy of our own making named Azlan to care for, we are incurring more and more costs naturally, as all parents do!. Still in faith we believe we will provided for, but that comes from the good hearts of humans all over the planet these las years, so we are hoping and praying it stays that way :)
So as you can see what we are using just now for living costs...
Flights are $3500 per trip for all 3 of us, plus we need accommodation also, as our families have no space! We try to use Air BnB but its still around $60 a day. This soon adds up of course! and with 2 trips a year, it comes to around $9000 a year... not including our food etc!

We then have our permits, which to do what we do in Tanzania we must have a Resident Class C permit, costing us $2000 a year for the pair of us. Then we have medical insurance, which not surprisingly is quite expensive for Tanzania for a English/German combination of spouses! That is $400 a month, so $4800 a year.
That puts us on $17800 a year just to be in Tanzania with insurance and visit our families, we then need clothing, and baby things (hoping we can get some donated from your lot to save buying any! :) ) and of course we need money for emergencies, just in case we need to fly home for sickness, or loved ones, and for family time too. In July 2017 my mother had an accident and broke her back for example, thanks to Patreon i Was able to make an unscheduled trip to be with her. Without it I simply could not have boarded a plane even.

I think you all know any excess we had from Patreon we aimed to use on days out for our children here in Tanzania, but up to now we have not really had any extra, especially with the costs from John being so ill... When we did have some we set up a safari trip for the special needs children.
We don't want to bank or save money here, that's not something we could or would ever do now we have so many in need around us, but we also don't want money donated for the children to go on us, so this is our way of letting everyone donate for us, and to see exactly what we would spend it on.
We just want to find a way to support our family whilst being able to see our nieces and nephews grow up twice or thrice a year, and see our families beyond that, and of course for our parents be able to see their granddaughter or grandson grow up too... its also in all honesty important we take a break in our own culture. It can be very intense for us in Tanzania, and even global aid agencies set limit of 4/6 month on how long their aid workers can be in the field. This is with reason, as we adore our family in Tanzania, and love our friends and the people of Tanzania, but when you have told people you are there to help, and so many need help, it can be a bit overwhelming without a break of some kind.

So this is why we have set a goal as we have, we want to act as parents, real parents where we can. We also want to look at our closer intimate family growing some, and that may include adopting some of the children in our care, or having our own again. We also like any parents out there, want something extra for family trips. Like the safari we did not long ago which you can see in our posts.

We also need to hire someone to help us by now. We have a Tanzanian team as you know, but we want to alleviate some of the strain on our ever-growing workload by hiring someone in Europe. We need help in that part of the world too, help who can we hope after 12 months start earning their own way with helping with Fundraising, running our online shop and finding volunteer groups from colleges and universities.

Thank you for all the love and support everyone, we really could not do a thing without it.

In love, light and gratitude all :) x
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