Crew from WOU
                        in Tanzania

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Jane and More

The nine-thirty pick-up by the OFF vehicle actually showed up an hour and half late. Roadwork at the entrance blocked the road. Samuel, a young man from Uganda, a volunteer at OFF for the past two months, introduced himself as our guide for the day. Minutes later we were at the bank exchanging money with plans to buy more crafts. The exchange declined again, this time to 1500tsh (Tanzanian shillings) for an American dollar, after 1540 on Sunday and 1520 on Monday.

The road to Jane's Center starts with pavement through the center of Arusha but ends with very rough dirt streets squeezed between businesses or hedges. James, Jane's husband, met us as we peeled out of the Land Rover, slowly validated our leg muscles which stiffen in the cramped space as they fought to maintain balance on the bumps. In a small dark cold room with benches along walls, we signed a guest book.

Our first walk took us to the home of James' mothermother in law which was rather typical of a residential hut, entering into main room with a bedroom to a side divided bycooking hut curtained door. The smell was a blend of smoke from the cooking fires and dung for the mud in the walls. A small round adjacent hut was used for most cooking. Immediately next door was a building built of slabs to house some of the children. Across from this building was concrete skeleton of a house for Jane and James that may be finished in three years.


Back in a classroom we were ushered to benches at the front of the room with about one hundred facing us. A group of about 18 older students sang and danced to the mere beat of a drum. After a dozen or so songs Jane arrived, thanked us for coming to visit and told us her story of being called by God to care for children even though she would have to go without food for days. The entire class then stood up, and swayed from side to side with arms on each others' shoulders.

A distraction to the presentation was a little girl who stepped in front of her desk and wiggled her hips in the cutest of fashion. Later a row of little children lined up directly in front of us and sang and danced. Finally the chorus which had been standing along the side of the room, paraded and sang directly in from of us exiting out the door. The clothing ranged and varied greatly being primarily western clothing.

The next stop craftswas the house where Jane and some dozen orphans lived. A nice house with electricity, indoor plumbling and a television. In the courtyard lay and hung crafts from Maasai women. Our plans are to stop by the same shops we visited a week earlier, but knowing where the profits for these sales would go, many souvenirs were purchased.

On the way back to the plantation, we stopped at Tanzanite Experience to check out some tanzanite, a semi-precious gem found only in this area of the world. We were met by a gentleman who gave us a brief tour of a series of work stations were handicapped persons melted recycled glass into beads, made candles in Kilimanjaro beer cans, melted and molded recycled aluminum into small characters for wind chimes.

In the gift shop there was abroad range of crafts as well as a separate room with cut tanzanite. When a light was cast through a raw stone, three colors green, blue and red appeared depending on the angle of the light. Charts of color and clarity hung on the wall verifying the observations of the eye. The gems were stunning to say the least. An inquiry about the price of a pair of small stones was answered with $2390. Pieces in the $200 range were the size of broken glass. Needless to say no purchases were made.

The evening ended with James serving us our meal and some time by the TV available thanks to the generator as again there was no electricity from the network.

Pictures will be added later.