Update from Carol – Saturday

•February 4, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Ask I sit drinking a passion Fanta, waiting for my dinner, I am reflecting on another eventful day.

We left this morning at 7:30 for a trip up the mountain. Definitely a trip that needs Dramamine if it is ever needed. We start on fairly smooth roads but they get increasingly bumpy as the trip goes on. Beautiful views of the mountains with clouds rolling over them and the sun peeking through and highlighting random bits. I hope the photos can do it justice.

After an hour and a half, we needed a break from the jostling, so we pulled into  little rural cafe shaped like an elephant. With a loud “bang!” we lurched to a stop. A bit of investigation showed the axle was no longer attached to the wheel. Really, if you have to break down along the road in lion territory, a cafe is the place to do it.  We had cold drinks, watched monkeys, took photos, and just relaxed under the trees. The most pleasant break down I ever had. In a couple of hours, we were picked up in a new vehicle and on our way.

We finally made it to our first planned stop: Gonja Hospital at the top of the mountain. It is cool enough up there to not have many mosquitos and so malaria is not much of an issue. The hospital provides medical care, but that is all.  Family members of the sick or injured must provide food for the patient, wash their clothes, and do general care, so they stay close in the village. We were met at the door by ladies singing and dancing a greeting, and we each were presented with a little bouquet of flowers. Before we left, we were given a snack of chai, hard boiled eggs, chapati, yams, and cassava.

After Gonga, we went to Msindo to visit the Kids Club, which is a Saturday school for 50 children designated as most vulnerable. They work on life skills, English, and receive help with homework.  The teachers say the kids are doing much better at school. Some of the most important things they get are love and encouragement.

Then we start back down the mountain. From the near the top it is said you can see Kenya. The driver beeps his horn every time we get to a hairpin corner. Beautiful views, unless you are afraid of heights.  The road was quite skinny, but only once did we meet aa truck and have to back up a bit to find a spot to pass.

Made it back to our rooms and we all laid down for a few minutes just to be still. The wind is picking up again this evening, however we still have electricity so far. I will be ready for sleep tonight.  Who thought you could use so many muscles just riding in a car!

Driving to Arusha tomorrow.

Love to All!

Carol (sent Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 1:31 PM)

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Still Friday

•February 3, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Today we visited Lambo village, which is up in the mountains. It was quite an adventure, with some challenging dirt/rock roads. Not frightening, but steep and bumpy. The dash board has a dial that shows how far we are listing at any moment, and it showed we had a 20degree incline once. Definitely not a road I would want to be on in the rain, when the mud gets slippery.

Lambo is a lovely little village and we met some adorable preschoolers who sang for us.  After a bit of convincing, I got most of them to give me a high-five. Little kids this age are often afraid of us, especially kids in the more remote villages who rarely see white people.

New Farmers in Lambo

We were in Lambo to meet with a new group of farmers who are just starting the integrated farming project. They were on their second day of training on goats, sheep, and amaranth. This village has more water than Hedaru or Massandare, which are the first two villages that have begun integrated farming projects. More water should mean that the project is easier to grow. At least we hope.

We came back to our hotel in Same town, to clean the dust off and to have dinner. The electricity is off and on again tonight, and the wind is howling. I set my headlamp under a bottle of water, and it makes a decent lamp for the table. The restaurant in the hotel has walls on 2 sides and is open on the other sides; the breeze is nice but the mosquitos are not.

It’s now 9:00 in the evening. Everyone is tired and off to their rooms.  I have washed some of my clothes and they are dotting my room to dry.  I have scrubbed off my bug spray, tucked in my mosquito net, and have set both my alarms. We are to be on the road by 7:30 so I need to be sure I don’t oversleep.

Hope you are having a good day, and that everyone is healthy. Love to all.

 

 

 

Carol (sent Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 12:16pm)

Friday, I think

•February 3, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Hello!

Yesterday we had a meeting with ladies who are home health educators (CHE’s) who are people who have been trained to teach communities some basic health concepts.  They told us what is working well and what are the challenges.

We had the afternoon off to nap and do laundry and such, then we went to mr. Chambua house for a lovely dinner.

Today we are off to Lambo to help start their integrated farming project.

Talk to you later!

Love ya!

Carol (sent Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 11:54pm)

Update from Carol – Wednesday in TZ

•February 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I hope you are well. All are fine here.

It has been hot and dry here, however it rained on us briefly on our way out of Hedaru.  We saw a bit of a rainbow between the mountains, certainly not an Iowa sight! One day we were without electricity. Not a problem during the day, but makes sleeping challenging because it is hot and noisy with the windows open.

Yesterday we visited a gender based violence group that was supported by ETI. The ladies in the group said how much they appreciated the group because it has helped them to overcome depression and to make money for their families.  They have noted that there is often less violence in the home when they are contributing income by making batiks for sale.

Today we visited the bishop to discuss our projects.  He likes to know what is going on and he has great contacts.

We also had a meeting for Community Health Workers. They are selling the batiks that the support groups have made, so we are discussing how to sell in Tanzania. A great discussion and we all are learning things.

It is difficult to keep the days straight. So many things to do, and people to meet.  Many villages we travel to; I find my days run together in my memory.

The people are amazing, so tough, and they keep smiling in adversity.  They teach me a lot about being happy with where you are in life even as you struggle to improve.

My ride to the market has arrived, so I am off.  Thanks for reading my rambling notes!

Carol (received Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 2:29 AM)

Tuesday in Hedaru

•January 31, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Today was graduation day at Hedaru.  We had goat farmers and chicken farmers from the two villages in the integrated farming project at the graduation ceremony. We met and ate food, and danced and sang. It was a lovely day, but hot.

Also met with the Hedaru church companionship committee to start the preparation for a trip in 2019. (NOTE: The youth at St. Andrews are planning on traveling to Tanzania in the summer of 2019.)

We visited the orphanage today, and gave them some health supplies.  We were honored to plant 4 trees in the orphanage yard.

Tomorrow I am teaching a class on sexual harassment. Andy (Bice) is teaching a class also tomorrow.

My dinner has arrived.  Chicken and rice with vegetables. Yum!

Love to everyone! – Carol

NOTE: Apparently, Carol is work through some technical issues. She closed her note with:

Love you! I am borrowing Sheri’s computer.  I will have to figure out how to get mine to work!

Visit to Integrated Farming Project Farm

•January 30, 2018 • Leave a Comment

As outlined in the trip itinerary (Trip Itinerary – Jan-Feb 2018), the group traveled to Same to visit an Integrated Farming Project (IFP) farm. (NOTE: photos were harvested from Sheri Krumm’s FB 1/29/18 post.)

Group Visiting IFP Farm

ETI’s Integrated Farming Project is pretty much self-explanatory – collections of good practice are combined/integrated to maximize the return on the work of (often) limited resources.

 

 

 

Techniques include things like rain water harvesting (an early, and logical, area of emphasis.

 

 

The photos show both a water holding tank (left) and an animal structure with a roof (right) that feeds the tank.

Another aspect of IFP involves animal – goats, chickens, etc. The photos below show some of the animal structures – one being raised off the ground.

Other aspects of IFP include bio gas usage, manure use, planting techniques that maximize water utilization, as well as others.

One of the truly beneficial aspects of the IFP approach is that it creates opportunities for local farmers to apply their knowledge and ingenuity in addressing problems.or the ingenuity of local farmers.

Dave (Jan 30, 2018)

I suspect additions to this post in the future when those with first hand experience return. 🙂

Trip Itinerary – All the places they will go

•January 30, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I’ve had several folks ask about where and what the group will be doing on this trip.

If interested, a trip itinerary can be found here: Trip Itinerary – Jan-Feb 2018

Visually, the map below shows much of the area that will be covered on this trip.

TZ Map - Jan-Feb 2018 Sites

For those familiar with past trips, Hedaru (companion congregation) is located in the lower right-hand corner.

The red highlighted location is the Kilimanjaro Airport.

In the upper left-hand corner is Ngorongoro – location of the Ngorongoro Crater mentioned in the itinerary.

Not all of the locations are actually on the map (Google couldn’t locate  some of the places on the itinerary – oops!).

Dave (January 30, 2018)