23 June 2018 Dar es Salaam
We visited 2 NGOs on Saturday. The first is the Soma Book Café, a combo book store and NGO that promotes a reading culture, especially among children. We had an inspiring talk with the executive director, Demere Kitunga. Her struggles to succeed once again reveal the power of books as the key to reading; reading as the key to learning, and education as the key to escaping poverty. She will be a great asset in helping TDS purchase the best variety of books in Swahili and English for the Madaraka Nyerere Library in Nyegina.
We also had a chance to meet Consolata Lihepa, executive director of Turn Trash Into Art, an NGO dedicated to increasing reuse and recycling in Tanzania to deal with the overwhelming solid waste problems in the country, including burning trash in yards and along roadsides, and even burning tires to get rid of them…..bad stuff for the environment and the people nearby. Our juggled schedule meant that we ended up with her giving a talk on our tour bus. It was an inspiring and engaging conversation nevertheless, especially for our environmental studies students.
We finished the day with a bites and drinks mixer at the University of Dar es Salaam. Hosted by Dr. Ernest Mallya, Department of Political Science, NIU students spent 2 lively hours engaged with graduate students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Research in Public Policy (MRPP) programs. It could have gone on much longer, but U Dar students are taking exams and needed to get back to their studies.