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Published: January 27th 2013
Woo! We are in high gear and yet life moves very slowly here. Our program is packed with interactions with the community in Karagwe. We are meeting with many people who have input about KARUCO at the same time that our team is trying to absorb absolutely everything and offer some ideas of their own.
So far in Kayange we: SATURDAY
: Visited the KARUCO site (Saturday). The team commented how beautiful it was and the potential for KARUCO. Jay immediately got into the soil and started digging in the dirt. He commented regarding the lack of soil fertility and need to amend soils. We are managing expectations as the KARUCO program is formed and merging all the different needs and agendas.
We had a conversation with secondary teachers and students at KARASECO school. We broke into two groups so we could capture a little more of what each person had to offer. Learned a lot and met some cool people. I would tell more if I had better Internet connection. SUNDAY:
Four hour church service where we got to introduce ourselves, the KARUCO project, and listen to a sermon on unity. (That is what I am told
it was on - I really have to get better at this Swahili.) The congregation was touched when Pedro said he wants to bring his daughter to Karagwe especially to hear the music at the church. Daniel said that "Agriculture is a great gift" which confronts the view that farmers are somehow lesser than other people. It was fabulous. SUNDAY AFT:
Our team met with a group of community leaders. My hope was to have each person tell what they thought of when they heard KARUCO and then follow up with more specific questions and interactions. As it were, we got through the first question before our time was up. We gained some valuable insights and legitimized the community sharing their thoughts and beliefs about KARUCO.
Full day and tomorrow is another one. That is good. I am grateful for the Oswald Family Foundation
and the Mortenson Family Foundation
for making this possible.
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Take me to the Educate Tanzania website: www.educatetanzania.org
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