FC: Tanzania 2012
1: The African Queens from left to right: Diane Thomson, Mary Watkins, Yours truly, Jackie Kaufmann, Doris Hayes
2: Karanga Village Moshi Municipality Kilimangaro Region Tanzania, East Africa August 2012
3: Pray, then move your feet African proverb
4: Neighborhood Kids of Karanga Village We stayed at the Cross Cultural Solutions dormitory for 2 weeks while working at local schools. These kids played on the street outside our dorm everyday.
5: Staff of Step Up Center I worked at Step Up for two weeks. I helped children between the ages of 3 and 5 learn to read, write, and speak English. My Swahili never improved!
6: Technology is Changing Peoples Lives People of all ages found technology fascinating. Kids clamored around phones to view photographs and they loved video games. All but the poorest people have cell phones in Tanzania. It wasn't unusual to see a Maasai warrior tending a herd of cattle and talking on his cell phone.
7: Story Time at Step Up My favorite time of the day! I read a story in English and the teacher, Haseem, would repeat the story in Swahili. The classroom was always chaotic and crowded but everyone loved story time.
8: 85% of the Population is Under 35 Years Old AIDS has devastated the adult population. Orphanages have been opened in every village. Everyone made us feel welcome! Kids and adults alike would smile and wave to us as we drove to work each morning. Note the woman on the right. Women are the primary providers in the family. This women captures fish from the Karanga river and dries them to sell.
9: "Good bye" Step Up Center Step Up center serves about 100 children every day. Our last day at school was marked by a big party! The kids sang us songs and everyone got a piece of candy.
11: Tanzanian's Are Resourceful and Practical People Homes don't have electricity or running water. Trees and bushes are routinely used to hang laundry. It makes for a lovely, colorful landscape!
12: Nothing Goes to Waste in Tanzania SIMBA is the local cement manufacturer. Their bags are recycled by everyone! They are used to shield the sun, to sleep on, and make partitions between rooms in houses.
14: 80% of Tanzania is Christian or Muslim The remaining 20% is other indigenous groups. We visited during Ramadan and when we had trouble crossing the Karanga river on foot, this muslim man helped Mary by carrying her across on his back!
16: There are 126 Species of Bananas Grown in Tanzania Even the poorest families have a banana tree growing nearby. Bananas are everywhere! Coffee is grown on the hillsides of Kilimanjaro. We visited a small local coffee farm and met the family. Grandma and her grandchild chat with Doris in the picture to the right
19: Kilimanjaro is the Highest Mountain in Africa at 19,340 ft. Diane, Mary and I hiked to the first base camp, about 9,000 ft. The path was wide and easy to follow. Mussa, our guide, gave Diane his shoes when her feet got sore! I fell on the path twice coming down and Mary got really tired. But we all made it back and had a great day.
21: Many young men from the surrounding villages make a living being porters on the mountain. They carry supplies for people hiking to the summit. It takes between 5 and 7 days to hike to the top. Mussa's first job was a porter and he found the work very hard. So he taught himself about the flora and fauna of the area and became a guide. Now he is part owner of a travel company and was our guide on our hike and driver on safari. | Mussa, our friend and guide
24: Serengeti National Park is 5,700 Square Miles 2 million wildebeest migrate through the park every year. However it was very quiet the morning Doris and I took our balloon ride.
25: There are 120 Ethnic Groups in Tanzania Most are of Banto origin. The Chagga are predominate in the Kilimanjaro region and I took the Chagga name, Monka during my stay. Alyce was just too hard for Tanzanian's to say. However, a highlight of my trip was meeting the Maasai people. They are warm and friendly people; eager to share their culture with visitors, and fighting to hold on to their traditions.
27: Technology Bridges the Communication Gap Diane shares her pictures with Maasai women
28: Learning to Say "Hello" in the Maasai Language The Maasai people don't speak Swahili. They speak their own language "Maasai". We met several young Maasai warriors who spoke Maasai, Swahili, and English! When visitors come to their village the men file out first and perform a jumping dance, followed by the women of the village who chant and shake their wide, beaded breast plates. Jackie is learning to say hello with the Maasai women.
31: The Men of Maasai Maasai men are herdsman. They keep goats and cattle on the hillsides of Kilimanjaro and are the only people allowed in the Ngorongoro Crater to maintain their herds. These young men are junior warriors, recently circumcised. They will live on the plain for up to six months being mentored by older men. Only after this period of mentoring can the boys wear the bright red or blue shuka of the Maasai warrior. The boxes in the photo hold our uneaten lunch. Maasai kids hang out on the roads near the park to collect food from tourists leaving the park.
32: Stone Town, Zanzibar's Old Quarter Zanzibar was originally populated by Arabs, is primarily muslim and had a large slave market, selling 30,000 slaves a year in the 1870's.
33: Stanley Livingstone petitioned the British government to abolish slave trading in 1873. The Cathedral Church of Christ was built on the slave market site shortly after. This memorial was built in the 1960's.
34: The Zanzibar Doors Ornate doors were a status symbol during Arab rule. Many doors are now is disrepair but a few stand as testament to the wealth and power once held by the elite on the island.
36: Dhow on a Zanzibar Beach at Sunset Locals use the mast of these boats to dry their clothes!
37: The Queens on Safari Dusty, bumpy, unimproved roads and a wonderful, amazing experience in every way!
44: I can't complete this project without giving special thanks to queens who made this book possible. They lugged cameras and equipment, struggled to get the tough shots and looked for batteries on the Serengeti. Thanks for all your hard work and patience. | Dada Doris | Dada Jackie | Dada Diane and Dada Mary