May 6, 2019

Announcing India Team

India 2019

May 6, 2019 Dear TATENDA family- It is the first part of May and we are late in reporting to you the good news about our 30 Days of Thanksgiving fundraising efforts. We are pleased to say that our efforts and your contributions along...

July 31, 2018

July Update and New Board


July 2018 Greetings to you, TATENDA friends. Summer is moving along and we are grateful for the time to savor the sun and some rest. Our return from Singapore and Malaysia went smoothly and there was a great response from the women who...

May 21, 2018

Update #7


Travel Update  #7 May 19, 2018     Greetings from faraway Malaysia. We are in the country here with limestone walls towering over us. Magnificent. It is bursting with greens of all shades. Huge leaves the size of elephant ears. Grasses...

May 16, 2018

Update #5


May 14, 2018 Hello from balmy Singapore where we have begun to experience rain showers. We were given umbrellas as a gift….for a reason!! The volume of rain reminds Nicki of the rainy season from her days in Liberia. Our second...

May 13, 2018

Update #4 from Singapore


Update #4 for Singapore/Malaysia May 13, 2018 The Food and Foliage Edition, Vol. One Hello, Everyone… We think we might rival Rick Steves with this Edition of the Updates from the Field. We will not be comprehensive in this...

May 6, 2018

May 6, 2018 Update #2 from Singapore


Dear TATENDA Friends- We have settled into this steamy climate in Singapore, terribly grateful for AirCon and our little apartment refuge from the heat. We are getting familiarized with the food and flora of the country and sampling...

April 20, 2018

Getting ready for Singapore and Malaysia


April 19, 2018 Dear TATENDA followers– In two weeks time we will depart as the Travel Team for Singapore and Malaysia. This is trip #13 and the two of us on the team, Jolie Monasterio and Nicki Verploegen, will meet up in Seattle...

November 1, 2017

30 Days of Thanksgiving

30 Days of Thanksgiving

Dear TATENDA International Friends- An entire year has passed and within that twelve months, we at TATENDA International have added a fourth African country to the roster of communities we have served with our retreats. Cameroon has...

June 10, 2017



June 10, 2017 Update #5 Hello, Everyone. This may be our last missive from Cameroon.  Our “modem” leaves tomorrow with Fr. Joseph and then we will have no access. We will try to make the best of it, however, things turn out. Tonight we...

June 7, 2017

Celebrations on Pentecost


June 7, 2017 Dear Ones- I am finally online again.  As you see from the photos, there were many celebrations on Pentecost.  Of course, Victoria had her #1 mango… and also “pears” also known as “bush butter”, a sour-tart mushy (like...