Kate shares a wonderful video of elephants on her Facebook page. Click on the link below.
It is hard to not visit Tamiha and with each visit we are amazed. There is always a new corp of orphans to sing to us. There are always improvements going on. This time there were new volunteers, full of energy and good deeds. Alex (long blond hair) from England came and ran a go fund me page to fix the gate and extend the new classroom. The gate got fixed, securing the children and the classroom was being built while we visited.
Thank you knitters for creating the wonderful hats that we passed out.
We also found out that there is a primary school where the kids can attend that costs $400 a year. If you wish to sponsor an orphan, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you the details.
This morning a group of us went with Brendan Simonson (who was armed) and an armed ranger on a walking safari. We returned with the same number of people who left. We were happy.
From L to R, Earla, Christine, Kate, Jane, Baraka; Back Row Kristina, John, Mary; Way back is the Baobab tree next to tent 29, Jimmy Carter's tent.
I will post more later. It is as wonderful as always. Here is a place holder
On Saturday we held a parent meeting at Freedom Lodge. It was a true Tanzanian meetings lasting 4 hours. Many of the parents came from far away so the meeting included goat banana stew and sodas. Only 10 of the 91 sponsored students were not represented by someone at the meeting. Many parents didn't know how to get to Freedom lodge so the kids walked them to the meeting and picked them up after. It was a very positive day.
You may know that there was a ring of fire eclipse visible in parts of Africa. Wee did not see it ourselves but the Mwangaza staff were prepared.
Our executive director and board chair on their way to Ngateu.
And for those who have been to Ilboro Safari Lodge, it is as wonderful as always. Now they serve the best coffee in all of Africa, always served with a crisp chocolate chip cookie.
Today was great fun and the weather was very cooperative, sunny and warm. As we drove down Meat King Road to town I looked at Mary and said this is a very promising day. Our first stop was at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center Nursing School. Dr. Mark Jacobson introduced us to his project, the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center Nursing School. TZ currently has only 50% of nursing staff needed for health needs now. This makes it difficult to meet standards of care. A Form 4 graduate with good science scores can enter nursing. If they have only good Biology and 4 other subjects with good scores, they can become a Community Health Worker. It was a very informative visit. The school began in March 2014 and has a very promising start.
Following that visit we went to the Cultural Heritage Center. It continues to grow and have many new exhibits and shops. Beads from all over Africa, Carvings, Baskets, Batik, and so very much more. I'm always amazed of the changes. We also saw a Tanzanite stone that was 346 carats (and already sold!). I personally liked the 104 carat stones.
Our last visit was to Bishop Durining Secondary School that is a close school to Ngateu. The school currently has 600 students. Most of them are boarding schools. It began in 2004 and the headmaster plus many of the teachers have been there since then. It was fun to visit the school and see the campus.
I asked the kids to strike fun poses and they obliged. These 20 students are doing well and happy to see us.