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Published: January 30th 2013
RAIN, COOL QUOTES, and MALIMU KATABARO
Another packed and enriching day. I feel as though I may be running out of good adjectives to describe how these days are passing. Our team is commenting on the cool temps, the rain, and the fact that this is supposed to be the dry season. We have been told that the weather is confused. I flat out use my toe-warmers at night.
We visited Brighton's father's farm today. It was a joy to see his father again and see what his home looked like. It is neat and well-kept and Mr. Katabaro was a kind host. Banana everywhere. Coffee too. Pedro and Jay were in their element talking bananas, coffee, soils, and other Ag-related topics. Beautiful and sunny to boot.
We stopped at one more farm on the way to Kayanga. It was Eunice's mother's home. Eunice is a student from Karagwe accepted to attend EARTH University in Costa Rica - where she is now. Eunice's mom was so happy to see Daniel and her dad actually hugged Daniel. I would tell you what we were talking about but the rain on the tin roof made that impossible.
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some cool quotes to share from our time with people of Karagwe. "Transformation is not coming - it has already begun" "To be a farmer is to be a somebody" "Farming has been seen as a punishment: KARUCO is changing that"
We asked what she was looking for in a university, one secondary student replied, "Good faculty, a good program, and water". We asked what she meant by that - and she replied, "University students have to pay for water if the university does not have water and I want to have my money for my school fees". RAIN
We visited Rachel Kakulima at her home in Kayanga. Her children were with us for a while and it started to get a little dark. We headed out toward the Kayanga Hotel when suddenly it was raining so hard it made dents in the ground. Jay was carrying Ashley's camera backpack full of gear and I know I wasn't the only one concerned about that. We climbed up hill in the pouring rain and some lightning. Not exactly an ideal situation - when suddenly it began to hail. Ok - now this is just ridiculous.
Visit to a Shamba
Malimu (teacher) Katabaro, son Brighton, Coordinator of KARUCO, and Jan (ETI)
We kept at it and in about ten minutes were at the ELCT. Edina came and greeted us on the porch of the hotel. She was worried and so was Rachel. But we were fine and laughing. Absolutely SOAKED. Edina took our photo and I will upload that when I can.
We had a warm dinner and then sat on the back 'porch' watching the rain and our Tanzanian friends at the hotel run through the dark, pouring rain with their flashlights. The power is out and each of us on the team has a candle. It's kind of sweet. Yes, a sweet day in Karagwe
. (NOTE: Our team learned the next day that a woman was killed in the storm the night before. She ran to assist someone else in the storm and was struck by lightning. The team expressed its sadness and condolences and was grateful for their own well being.)
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