The Ride to Ngorongoro Crater

Our safari trip was the most memorable trip of my entire life. Following the short plane ride into Kilimanjaro Airport, we visited Tuma and Emma’s families. They were so excited to see Tuma and it was really sweet to have Tuma show us his home and family. After that we had a long car ride ahead of us to Rhino Lodge at Ngorongoro Crater. Our wonderful safari driver, Abbas, was in a hurry because we needed to be in the crater before the gates closed. It was dark when we arrived at the gates where we were greeted with guards carrying large rifles. I was very intimidated because I had never seen a gun so big in person before. We drove into the gates along the steep edges of the deep crater when

Baga-Beach-Lovers Day

Day 15 (July 07) of this great adventure, we rounded up as many SES students as possible and headed to Firefly for their scheduled Baga-Beach-Lovers cleanup day. The SES students are so great and willing to be involved. They arrived on our "mzungu" time (which means they were on time) as opposed to African time (which means sometime) and eager to start the day. When I traveled to Bagamoyo in 2012, one of the things that bothered me the most was the trash that littered the streets and the beach. Much has changed in the past 6 years and the local citizens have taken the initiative to clean it up. They schedule Saturdays to meet and clean and have provided recycle/trash bins on the beach for ev

Making Mobiles at BEE Montessori Preschool

One of the projects we enjoyed doing with the pre-school children was to make hanging mobiles from items collected from the Bagamoyo seashore. There is a newly constructed roof to protect the space between the school entrance, offices and classroom, washroom and kitchen area where Ashley thought could use some decorating. At one of the school’s Friday “Sports Day” during our 3-week visit when the children wear their white sports uniforms, we bussed them, along with several of our Students Empowering Students’ members, to the beach to collect various shells, coral, coconut shells and driftwood into plastic bags. The children enjoyed taking a big bus to the beach and searching for shells and

Sharing Cultures Through Artwork

The third day of our trip was spent visiting the primary school built by ASFE in Magogoni village that was about an hour and a half outside of our group’s home base in Bagamoyo. On this summer day when school is not in regular session, the schoolmaster had traveled to each family with daughters the night before to invite them for a special day of learning. We arrived to approximately 100 girls ranging in age from 4 to 15 who ran up to our ASFE van to greet us. They were split into two groups by age. The 11- year olds and up went to a Days For Girls lesson on personal hygiene, and I spent most of my time with the younger girls in another classroom. All of the children sat silently at their ta

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