To the ends of the earth…and back!

A loss

I have not so dreaded a post since November 2011, in writing about dear, sweet Viona.

I am saddened to share that there has been another loss in the Shalom and Tumaini families. Ezekiel, an avid football player and hard-working sponsored student at Tumaini, suddenly passed away earlier this week whilst on school holiday. Ezekiel had been in good health so upon complaining about breathing trouble earlier this week, the severity of the situation could not have been predicted.
As I think about this very sudden and tragic loss, words escape me and I turn to prayer. Furthermore, while I feel incensed at this young boy’s life cut short, I am ever more thankful for the great efforts of Mama Warra and her staff, in providing such a loving home for Ezekiel and the 60+ other children at Shalom Orphanage and for Mr. & Mrs. Bayo and the Tumaini community for their devotion to empowering young lives through laying a strong foundation of stellar education. A big thank you too to all supporters of Shalom and Tumaini for joining in the efforts of providing for these children. 

Ezekiel in 2009, getting ready for school. Always with a smile on his face.


Ezekiel in 2014, pictured with the Tumaini football team.

He is the second from the right on the back row.


Want to help?Please email me ( and I would love to tell you more about getting involved. Here are some great groups working to empower lives in Tanzania:

Journeys of Solutions

Tanzania Education Corporation

FAME Medical


5 responses

  1. supersuzi8

    I’m sorry Liz

    Sent from my iPhone


    23/08/2014 at 10:39

    • adventuresofadelicateflower

      Thank you!

      24/08/2014 at 22:37

  2. Kathy Schmidt

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I am so sorry to hear this. I am also so sad for the children who have to deal with this loss. Thanks for keeping us posted

    Kathy Schmidt

    24/08/2014 at 11:00

    • adventuresofadelicateflower

      Kathy, Thank you for your kind words–yes, it is just terrible.

      24/08/2014 at 22:38

  3. Barbara Burns

    Elizabeth – we do not like to think about our young ones dying before we do. Does not seem real. I hope it was very peaceful; that he was not alone. The little ones always seemed to have a smile on their faces like little angels; so for certain we know what one of those little angels look like now. I will try to email condolences to the school.

    How are things going with you? The summer has passed fast; Carter is just wired waiting for school to start on Wednesday. He was elected captain for his soccer team which will be good for his self-confidence.

    I connected with Sue Martin this week on facebook and have been catching up on how her kids are growing up. I do not know the in and outs of face book but with time I will learn,I hope.

    Take care-my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    01/09/2014 at 19:13

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