One group of visitors were comprised of government officials from the capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, to salute the work being done at City of Hope. Each year the government of Tanzania identifies certain places where significant contribution has been made towards the improvement of life in Tanzania. As a symbol of honor, the Mwenge Torch travels to each of these chosen locations over a period of 2-3 months. This year, City of Hope was chosen to be the first to host the Mwenge Torch! On August 13th and14th, we scurried around the compound cleaning up in preparations for the celebration. The party started around noon on the 14th. Government trucks filled the drive into City of Hope, dancers moved to the beat of drums, an acrobatic group made tall human pyramids, and we (teachers, interns, missionaries, and students) stood in awe of all the activity surrounding us. Once all the trucks moved through the gate, the Mwenge torch made it down the main drive in front of the children’s home. The torch was then placed momentarily inside the children’s home. Much of what was spoken throughout the torch visit was in Swahili but it was definitely entertaining. The kids listened to each speaker attentively while Dr. Cha Cha, Regina, Ty, Christopher, and others were honored for the work being done at City of Hope. Afterwards, we hosted a lunch for the government officials inside the newly decorated mission house. It was an exciting afternoon to say the least. Not to mention that our second group of visitors from Duke University arrived the same day!
|Mwenge Torch cermony-Kouria traditional dancers|
|Duke U. Nursing students, and Mukwenda|
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