Habari Gani? ("Hello how are you?" in KiSwahili) or Jambo!
The proper response is: Safi (Safee) which means "clean".
So we find ourselves in Tanzania! We left our home on a Wednesday Jan. 29 at 9:30 am and arrived at City of Hope on Friday at 7:30pm. Where did we lose a day? We did spend one night in a guest house in Nairobi, Kenya; however, we arrived there at 1 am and left at 5:30 am. We have heard the guest house is a beautiful place, however it was dark when we arrived and dark when we left!
|Entrance to City of Hope|
Someone was to meet us at the end of the bus trip, and we knew the name of the town. Apparently the bus driver was picking up extra passengers and dropping them off where they wanted, so every time the bus stopped, we asked another passenger,is this the right town? I was a little anxious because this was the first time Dee and I had traveled alone. We had one problem after another and could not get our phone to work, so we had no way to contact anyone if something didn't go as planned.
Well everything did go as planned, we met our gracious host at the last bus stop, did the necessary paperwork to cross the border from Kenya into Tanzania and we were on the last leg of the trip to the City of Hope; dead tired. It was dark, the roads were dirt with potholes everywhere. People walking,kids playing, and motorbikes flying past, and our driver also going very fast! I think they could hear us coming and everyone flew out of our path! The most I would have gone was about 10mph on that road! So here we are flying through the country and all of a sudden he turns left and it was like another world. Beautiful flower pots, flowers everywhere and a beautiful painted gate with a roof over it! We passed through the gate and there were 100 children standing there singing to us that they were glad we were there and they were happy to see us! I can't explain to you the feeling of joy, peace and happiness that instantly came over me! It just couldn't have been any better, then all the children came to us wanting to tell us their names and shake hands. It just couldn't have been any better!
|Walking to the Clinic.|
One student was pregnant. I think it was on Thursday they said she could not come, she had some pain. She had her baby that night and told Dee she would be back to our class on Monday! Can you imagine? She had her baby and 20 minutes later was on her way home!
The food has been great,except for the rocks in the rice. And if there is going to be one rock, it will always be in my rice!They are so small, you can't see them to pick them out.
If you ever have trouble waking up, take a cold shower in the morning as we are doing. Guarunteed, you will be awake, instantly! Glad I brought biodegradable soap, so it is not too hard to rinse off.
Downtown Ntgatcha. Also known as "keep left".
Amani Hospital (the City of Hope clinic)
City of Hope grows a lot of their own food, so the kids are up at 6am every day to work on the farm before going to school. They don't have high school at City of Hope yet, so the older ones have to walk 1 1/2 hours each way to school, that is a long day. Everything is so organized, and the children all seem to be so well behaved, friendly, and happy. I have only seen two adults in charge of them, one for the boys and one for the girls. They give a lot of responsibility to the older children.
Destiny Primary School, City of Hope
I almost forgot to tell you, one of our students is so excited about learning this dentistry he is already talking about possibly going to dental school!
|Examining the Children.|
|Cooking ugali. (ground maize mash)|
Janet and Dee