The morning began with our usual beautiful sunrise and delicious breakfast at Travelers Lodge. We soon piled in to two vehicles, one that didn’t quite return as it started. Little did we know what an adventure we were in for! After starting off on the highway, we stopped along the way to a school where we made an appointment for a Days for Girls program and then generated multiple smiles and squeals of joy when we gave them two soccer balls to play with. A turn off the main
Here’s my take on BEE. Here’s a little sing-along: “Continent, oh continent, oh do you know your continents? Asia, Africa, North & South America. Europe and Australia, Antarctica too.” Very good. Now here’s a little Pop quiz! Can you name all the countries on the continent of Africa? Neither can I. Since there are FIFTY-FOUR countries it’s no wonder. And to be quite honest, neither can the pre-schoolers at BEE Montessori Preschool run by Asante Sana for Education in Bagamoyo.
Friday (Day 5) we got to help the BEE Montessori Preschool children paint t-shirts. They came out six at a time, and watching their curiosity as to what was going on turn to an intense concentration on the task at hand was very heart warming. Several children tried to put their smocks on like jackets, with the open part in the front. And while it was nice to know they knew how to put on a jacket, we had put them through a confusing experience of wearing a smock so they wouldn
Our educational adventure to Bagamoyo with ASFE started out as it should, with an interesting and insightful historic walking tour with our very knowledgeable and friendly guide, Doto. We learned about the Arabic, German, and British influences as well as the history of the slave trade that was centered in Bagamoyo. Architecture is a mix of all past influences and of course the proximity to the Indian Ocean makes fishing and related industries very active. There’s no doubt we