Home safely

It is offical, we are home and the post trip blues have set in. A couple of us had airline issues which caused our luggage to take a different route than we did. The amazing thing is that after being together for a month, Dr. Thurmaier recognized my bags and he and Jeannine grabbed them… Continue Reading

Not an Africa story….

OK, we left Nairobi on Sunday night, headed to home. Little did we know that we were diverted to Bunjubura, Burundi to deliver a critical part for a Brussels airliner that hit an antelope either landing or taking off. So we left 2 hours late from NBO becase the incoming flight was delayed getting the… Continue Reading

Musoma Departing

It is 5:30 in the morning in Musoma, just before dawn. The Epheta center is bustling with all of us getting our last showers, last packing as we prepare for departing about 6:45. We had a wonderful Friday, with a debriefing and listening session with Bishop Michael, followed by a lunch together (and a cake).… Continue Reading

Last Work Day

Our last work day on the dorm project was Thursday, 25 June, as we have debriefing meeting and lunch with the bishop on Friday. The walls are rising from all of the concrete we poured on the floor. The outlines of the dividing walls for the rooms inside the dorm are visible in the pic… Continue Reading

Wednesday Work

We were a divided group on Wednesday. About half of us were in meetings in Musoma, while the other half worked at the dorm building site, moving more bricks to the floor so the masons can lay the walls. Tristan and Megan were pursuing interviews of microfinance loan recipients from FINCA, as well as the… Continue Reading

Cheetahs, Hippos, and bricks

The last three days have been among the highest points of the trip for me. The experience in the Serengeti Nat’l Park is something that I will never forget. The opportunity to see elephants and giraffes grazing less than a few steps outside your vehicle is hard to describe. Early yesterday morning we even had… Continue Reading

The Next Big Event!

Today we go to see the animals! And they are not in a zoo. We are all excited and curious as well. The construction project has been another opportunity for us to learn how business is conducted in a different culture. The pouring of the concrete alone has caused us to realize how life is… Continue Reading

The Wailing Wall

We learned that Saturdays are half days for work, but not before standing around awhile waiting for the fundi to return to work with us in the afternoon! The picture shows many in the group “wailing” on a wall inside the PC Lab, breaking off the smooth surface so plaster will adhere. It was an… Continue Reading

The events continue!

We had a day off from construction today, but that does not mean we didn’t learn and work. Several students conducted research interviews for their independent study projects while some visited the local nonprofit organization Community Alive. A few enjoyed the local market to find gifts to bring home. Our seminar session in the evening… Continue Reading

Another long day pouring floor

We had another long day pouring floors for the PC lab. It wasn’t nearly as fun the second day. We had less help today; the Etaro congregation was to join us but could not because there was a funeral in Etaro, which they all had to attend. Attached is a video of the concrete bucket… Continue Reading

Dedication Ceremony

The ceremony day began with the students, teachers and community members lining either side of the road as the bus drove up the road to the school. It was a sight we will  never forget. As we departed the bus we were hugged by so many people! A mass was held in the Nyegina Village… Continue Reading

Laying the floor

This clip shows men laying the rocks for the floor. Next step is pouring the concrete around the rocks to make the floor, with a rebar reinforced concrete ring around the foundation. All work is by hand, which makes it really amazing to watch. Continue Reading

We’re in Musoma!

We finally made it to Musoma! The group got a tour of the Nyegina Secondary School this afternoon, and its first look at the new dormitory building site–it is huge! This dorm will serve 160 girls, plus have space for matrons and the shower/toilet attached building. We will be working on one section of the… Continue Reading

June 4 from Dar es Salaam

We’ve had trouble accessing internet services in Arusha. But we have some access in Dar, so hopefully students will be adding to the blog soon. Conducting a 2 hour seminar (with break) on a moving bus down Tanzanian highways was a blast. Lively discussions which continued long after I concluded the seminar. Despite several bumps,… Continue Reading

Welcome!

Welcome to the blog for Tanzania Development Support. Our first blog project is reporting from the study abroad to Musoma/Nyegina, Tanzania, where we will study the role of NGOs in Development and help the Nyegina community build a new dormitory for girls at the Nyegina Secondary School. Continue Reading