IT WAS AN EPIC TRIP! Amazing every day. Seventeen intrepid travelers spent three weeks visiting many relevant organizations and cultural sites to better see and understand the current conditions and lives of the people that Safi School Project's mission serves. While there the group also went on a fantastic safari adventure to see the great migration.
For those of us who left from Seatac WA, it took 24 hours of travel to arrive. In addition to the 11 hour time change. Some of the group came from Arizona and others from Minnesota. By 2/1 we all had landed in JRO (Kilimanjaro Airport) and made our way up the side of Mt Meru to Mwangaza's lodging, a 3 BR house with a dormitory in back. The house is where Mary Nelson began her love and support of students in TZ back in 1993. It was a great place for 17 people to get to know each other, organize our schedule,the luggage, 450 Days for Girls menstrual kits, 150 knitted caps, 200 hot wheels and bunches of school supplies.
AND....Baraka, Safi's go to person in TZ stopped by to greet the group as did Elizabeth, our in country travel goddess, who also brought bead-work from Ketumbeine, North Maasailand, TZ. The beautiful items provide a small, regular income for 55 women in a harsh environment. Their work is based on Traditional art forms from Maasai culture.