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2: -Paper work to go to Tanzania. Do they really need the kids report cards? -Do we really have to pay $150 to the government to volunteer? -Did we get all the right shots to protect us from yellow fever and who knows what else? -Hoping our malaria pills arrive from the stinking mail order pharmacy before we leave -Getting the kids to jump in with some of the organization -separating "good money" from bad. They only take bills dated after 2006. No credit cards of course. Side trips, safari and hotels all want US dollars. ATM occasionally work, but give only shillings. -Guess that means we are each carrying lots of cash. -Taking my kids half way around the world to a country in Africa!! | DEFINITION OF STRESS

3: How many more airports do we have to go through?? | July 21st 6:00am Chicago to Washington DC July 21st 12:00pm Washington DC to Addis Ababa Bole, Ethiopia July 22nd 7:45am Addis Ababa Bole to Dar Es Salaam Tanzania

4: Dar Es Salaam

5: Our hotel was pretty nice in the business part of town but our business of the day was sleep, wake the kids up, go eat and sleep some more. I will say I had an amazing dinner of King fish for just over $10.00 that would rival any Chicago restaurant. Favorite part of the night was when Stuart asked what kind of drinks they had, the first response was Killi, the local Kilimanjaro beer. When Lizzy ordered a rum and coke, the waiters response was "double or single"????? | Our flights were long, but uneventful. Getting in to Dar Es Salaam a day early was a good idea. Using the full name seems to mark you as a tourist, so it will forever more be referred to as Dar!

6: The long road to Bagamoyo

7: We were picked up at our hotel as expected and on the way to Bagamoyo. We needed to stop at a bank for one of the families to change money. Bagamoyo has a single ATM which is frequently out of money or not working. When I walked out of the bank, I was surprised to see a bank guard and a policeman sporting an assault rifle crowed around the van the kids were in. Fortunately, our silver tonged driver defended Stuart, who had pulled out his computer and was assumed to be hacking into the banks system to steal their shillings. Stuart felt our driver, Didase was actually chastising them for not being nicer to us when they came to the car. I was starting to feel like we were in good hands.

8: The annex where we, along with a critter or two slept | The man who sat guard all night outside. Sure scared me first time I saw him! Didn't know we had a guard.

9: This the way we wash our clothes, wash our clothes, wash our clothes. | All the comforts of home

10: Farida | Anna | Charles Njonjele | Stuarts placement UKUN

11: Traditional healer

12: UKUN NGO: Working with people affected by HIV/AIDS General Information Mission and Needs of the Partner Program UKUN envisions a health and poverty-free society for the people of Tanzania. Their mission is to offer information and awareness to the community about health improvement and to alleviate poverty within the community.

14: Bagamoyo Anglican Nursery School Daycare Center: Teaching Children and Assisting Teachers Mission and Needs of the Partner Program: The Mission of Bagamoyo Anglican Students Centre is to prepare the children with basic knowledge and skills they will need to attend primary school. It is under the Anglican Church sponsored by Compassion International.

16: The first day of our placement, we understood we were to observe and get a feel for the classroom. You can imagine our surprise when Julius handed me the pointer and sat down in one of the 2 chairs in our classroom. These with a wooden bench were the only furniture in the room. It didn't take Liz and I long tho to partner up and put together some good and fun lessons. We knew when Julius's face lit up we had an especially good one. Word searches, The Hungry Caterpillar and Liz's art work were some of our big hits. The lack of supplies really presented a challenge.. Would have payed lots for a pencil sharpener to use rather then a razor! | Classes run from 8:00am to 11:00am. 10:30 if the cook is not there or there is no porridge. Faaux Pas the first day was including the word breakfast in the morning English instruction when in most cases the porridge given after school may be the only meal the kids get. Many of the students are orphans and street kids, several with AIDS. They are generally taken care of by relatives or friends. There is no orphanage as we think of them. The expression "it takes a village to raise a child" is in practice everywhere. This is also a "private school and is there for considered a really good school. The government schools may have 100 children in a classroom. We have about 30.. The government schools don't start teaching English until 5th grade. The private start right away. All testing for advanced schooling is done in English.

19: FRIDAY !!! Sports day at school and when the Indian Ocean is in your back yard, thats where you go. Now why does it take 6 kids to try to braid Lizzy's hair???

20: " | Walked this road into town most every day. | What wonderful people we met!!

21: . | We are very well taken care of here. Safety is a very high priority. Our program is overseen by Zik, a man who surely must be quite powerful in this community. He is the man we ask where we should and should not spend our precious American dollars. I so appreciate his candor and respect his judgment. During on of our early meetings, he did emphasize that CCS curfew is 10pm because Bagamoyo curfew is 11pm. That give them an hour to go look for you.. One Saturday, Zit was eager to pass on an invitation Stuart had gotten from one of the girls at his placement to attend her birthday party at the Hillside, a restaurant and bar just around the corner. The invitation was for 7,. The typical 5 of us got there at 7:30. After an hour and a half, the birthday girl turning 19 showed up wearing her tierra. Joseph was there from the CCS staff, but the private room and music set up made it obvious the invitation was special for Stu. and we left him in Joseph's good hands.. As is typical, I went to bed early, when Liz and Bella woke me about 11 concerned that Stu. was not back yet. I wasn't worried as I knew that Joseph was with him, but concerned about the curfew issue. I went and talked to the guard and within minutes Zik was assuring me "I gave him a special lease to stay out late tonight". Think I like this takes a village theory... Keeps me from being the bad guy all the time! | Stuart and his body guard Joseph

22: We had been invited to meet the Zawose family. There are 3 generations of musicians and stock tenders. There are over 100 family members that live together on the compound. We were served tea at their home and learned about the instruments and met some of the family. Later in the evening they did a performance at the Hillside Cafe.

23: The male dancer is 83 years old!

24: Weekends everywhere are fun!!!



28: Li | Elizabeth, became well know and respected for her talent in the large artist community

29: Stuart expanded his beading knowledge and made bracelets for his friends back home

30: Traditional healer | The figurine is for exorcisms the orange stuff moved and is for palpitations

31: Modern science | Womens center and hospital

32: Making dinner with Rosemary, a women who does catering. We "helped" her make food for 60 children coming into town This was the only place we saw food animals other then chickens. Her husband tutors math, in the class room on the far right. Jennifer met Rosemary who had no association with CCS. This amazing women then invited all of us to her home!.. Just before we left, she got a permit to open a restaurant near the bus station. Quite an accomplishment for a women!

35: Chapati See one do one | Flour Water Salt Oil | Mix till right and fry

38: Time for safari!

39: Coffee from the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro


42: Foot hills of Kilimanjaro Waterfall

43: So how cold was it Stu?


56: How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You! | Live well, laugh often, love much

58: "He holds her hand,She holds his heart."

59: To the world you may be one person, but to me you are the world.

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