Crew from WOU
                        in Tanzania

Team Blog
Day One
Day Two

Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six
Day Seven
Day Eight
Day Nine

Day Ten

Day Eleven
Day Twelve
Day Thirteen
Day Fourteen
Day Fifteen
Day Sixteen

Day Seventeen

Day Eighteen
After Day 18

The Flight

First Full Day
VIllage Bound
A Birthday
Garden Beds
Hot Springs
Back Again

No Electricty
Start Safari

Heading Home
Follow up

O.F.F. Site

Email us


No flatcomputer class tire, no brake repair, no road work detour, the vehicle arrived four minutes earlier than expected.We had to hurry a bit as we were to trained to expect them to be late. Thirty-one minutes after leaving the house, we were at the office of Orphans Foundation Fund, with plenty of time to prepare. Of course, we had to wait for them to start the portable generator as there was no power from the grid.

The computer classcomputer classwas one step shy of chaotic. About eleven girls showed up and were invited to sit by a computer. We suggested that they start their computers and discovered that they didn't speak English.So plans quickly changed and rather than having a central teacher,everyone became a teacher and had one or two students to work with. The system was neither Windows or Mac and so we had to extrapolate from our knowledge. After a couple hours we were completely exhausted and the students had much of what we showed them but we're concerned that the understanding was not complete.

The second computer classgroup came in as the first group was leaving notching the level of chaos for the start of the class a half step higher than the first group. Not only that but they seemed to respond more quickly giving us gaps in what to do next. Some went beyond Word by playing a card game and other introduced email programs and facebook. At noon the calm came over the room and we were invited to rice, beans, vegetables and fruit in the next room.

The word came down that we would go to Help to Self Help at 2:30 so some of the team, actually the five college girls,went for a walk to become immersed in the culture.Help to Self Help was a project giving young people skills so they can get jobs. We sat in, literally stood in, on a cooking class as the teacher wrote the objectives, recipe and procedure on a blackboard in English and then clarified in Swahili what she was about to demonstrate. We left as the students started into step one: clean their hands.

The second room was a chisweasewing room with treadle sewing machine which the students were mastering by practicing pedaling and sewing a straight line on a sheet of paper. In this class as in the last several students chiswea from our morning computer class were here. Several of the team tried their hand at coordinating hand and foot by also sewing a straight line on a sheet of paper. The students from the computer class appeared excited to see us.

On the return to the plantation, we stopped for an opportunity to exchange money and buy a bit of junk food. Electricity was on for a while up until about 6:30 so some slipped in a warm shower. Reflection time was awesome as one of the team took her turn leading the event by posing the question about what are we going to do differently when we return to the states that might be a continuation of what we discovered, learned and experienced on this trip. With hands held in a circle we pop-corned a prayer giving thanks and asking for guidance and blessings.

The walk to the remote lodgings was in complete darkness as there was no electricity and only the light from the stars. The clear night suggested a second clear crisp morning the next day with a quarter of a moon.