Here are three pictures from Musoma, Tanzania from our group’s trip.
This is a picture of our group’s first visit to the future site of the new girls’ dormitory. In the picture we are standing on the base of the foundation. The stones piled on top will be fitted together on top of the dirt (as they are on the walls) and then very thin concrete poured into the cracks and on top. During the next two weeks the group, along with the hired workers, and teachers and students at the school poured the concrete for the entire foundation of this building using a bucket brigade of small pans about the size of woks. On the far left of the picture you can see some workers sitting under the trees, in the middle is a group of teachers from the school talking to the construction foreman, and on the left are people from the student group.
The Diocese of Musoma held a choir competition in conjunction with the celebration of our arrival in Musoma. This cow, along with some new drums, was given as the prize to the winning choir. Lucy Carter from the student group is pictured here making friends with the cow. Shortly after the competition, the cow got loose and had to be recaptured.
This picture from inside our bus shows a nun we gave a ride to the Diocese Center in Musoma. As with many things usually provided by local government in the United States, public transport falls primarily to the private sector. In most of Tanzania, those without their own private transportation (the majority) can pay to use a share taxi called a dala-dala (mutatu in Kenya). Although the combined size of the student and service groups made our bus fairly crowded, it was quite spacious compared to the dala-dalas which are packed with as many people, cargo, and animals as possible.