A Wanaka man working on an orphanage in Tanzania has put a call out to the community for donations.
The company that Scott Reilly works for, Capital Drilling, has been assisting with the building of the new toddler house and been supplying labour, which is now complete, for the past six months.
The orphanage is being opened for children under five by Neema House, an outreach for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children in Geita.
“We put the hat around here on site and all the locals put in money and then the expats also put in, Capital has matched this as well. We have gone into town and took as many supplies as we could to the orphanage but they definitely need more,” Scott said.
Scott’s wife Naomi Bryant Reilly put a call out to Wanaka online for supplies including toys, clothes and school equipment.
“We wanted to see what the Wanaka community can give out of the goodness of their hearts. These kids don’t have a lot and are born into a world that has not been a good start for them in life and what Neema House is doing for them is amazing. I’m also very proud of the work that Capital has done with the new house,” Scott said.
Naomi said that the response from Wanaka had been great so far.
“It took off more than I thought it would. We’ve had clothes, toys and lots of shoes. They really need it over there and now we’ll just work on getting the stuff over,” Naomi said.
Neema House executive director Cheryl McFaddin said that it was great that a community in New Zealand was getting involved and expressing an interest in the orphanage.
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