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Published: January 26th 2013
We're here! Precision Air ran on time and got us to Bukoba a little after two. Brighton greeted us along with Enoch, and it was good to see them. Brighton's wife Ann is in Denmark because she will deliver her baby there, so Brighton is missing her and their son, Mukiza. Things are going well for him and for KARUCO though. Lunch in Bukoba. Rice and egg for me and grasshoppers and fish for others. I was appreciative of the cultural norm that the grasshoppers are so special that only men get them. Then a familiar red dirt road and about 15 monkeys en route to Kayanga. Good to be back.
Greetings, greetings, greetings. Bishop, Sam, Titus, Fortunatas, Anna, Sister, Eluid, Edina, Genegeva, Emmanuel. When the bishop greeted me, he said, "KARUCO is taking the next big step".
We were ushered in for Tanica coffee and then to a beautiful reception dinner with the KARUCO Task Force and the Curriculum Team. Singing, receiving, dining. The traditional mashed banana, beef, chicken, sauce and rice. Introductions, short speeches, and giving of the gifts. The group liked the Groundbreaking book that celebrated the beginning of building Phase 1 of the university.
Dr. Bagonza and Jan
Preparing for an intense week
Everyone liked the Educate Tanzania t-shirts. Thanks to Jim, owner of Qwest Marketing in Mankato, thirty people have ETI shirts. Everyone was grateful.
The US Team met for a while afterward and articulated some more refined plans to gain the information it needs to move on. The 'guys' seem a tad hard on themselves for wanting immediate understanding of a semi-complex situation. The promise that we would deliver curriculum looms just over our heads. Do-able but intense. They cannot create a program until they know the context (this very part of Africa). We will meet with the bishop and the task force tomorrow. Very, very tired. DAY ONE IN KAYANGA Scroll down for more photos.
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