Sunday, February 24, 2013

Arusha street scenes

Looking towards Mt Meru while travelling along the Arusha/Nairobi road.

Tanzania's national anthem

We have been learning Tanzania's National Anthem at school. I think it is really beautiful.

Tanzania was the first African nation to use the popular African song "God Bless Africa" as its anthem, in 1961 when it was Tanganyika, and was retained after union with Zanzibar in 1964. It is now also used by South Africa (as part of the current anthem) and Zambia (with different words), and formerly used by Zimbabwe, Ciskei, and Transkei.
National Anthems
Kiswahili Lyrics

Mungu ibariki Afrika


Mungu ibariki Africa
Wabariki Viongozi wake
Hekima Umoja na Amani
Hizi ni ngao zetu
Afrika na watu wake.


Ibariki Afrika
Ibariki Afrika
Tubariki watoto wa Afrika.


Mungu ibariki Tanzania
Dumisha uhuru na Umoja
Wake kwa Waume na Watoto
Mungu Ibariki,
Tanzania na watu wake.


Ibariki Tanzania
Ibariki Tanzania
Tubariki watoto wa Tanzania.

English Translation

God Bless Africa


God Bless Africa.
Bless its leaders.
Let Wisdom Unity and
Peace be the shield of
Africa and its people.

Chorus :

Bless Africa,
Bless Africa,
Bless the children of Africa.


God Bless Tanzania.
Grant eternal Freedom and Unity
To its sons and daughters.
God Bless Tanzania and its People.

Chorus :

Bless Tanzania,
Bless Tanzania,
Bless the children of Tanzania.


It has been fun having Ian staying with us over the past week and a half.
There have been endless Napoleon Dynamite quotes... and then laughter about the quotes.
And Oliver has spent hours trying to beat Ian's highscore on Ski Safari (a game on Ian's, and now my, iPhone).
He very easily became one of the family.

Yesterday Ian took us out for lunch at one of Arusha's nicest places, the Mount Meru Hotel.
It was delicious luxury.

Unfortunately we had to drop him off after lunch to meet his safari group.

Goodbye Ian. We miss you!!

We now have to wait until July for our next Australian visitors, the Sapsfords.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scenes from the school house this week

 handwriting - based around the animal we are studying each week
 lions - we made pet rock lions from rocks we found outside
 Swahili and storytelling

 lunch - Ian joined us for some ugali on Thursday
 trampoline fun
relaxing in the shade
 painting what will become a vulture mobile - look at our lovely new paint aprons

science - discovering the best way to pour sand into a balloon

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Endupoto Primary School

Today I had the great privilege of visiting a primary school in Simanjiro (Kerere, Losinyai village in an area called Endupoto). Endupoto is a Maasai word that means fruits.
Cheryl, an American who had lived in Tanzania for many years, but now travels back and forth between the US and here, has raised money to build and finance the school.
Cheryl had another visitor with her: Rob, a professor of education from a Californian university, who is visiting Tanzania briefly, looking at the different types of schools/education offered in the Arusha area.
We left the road and traveled to the school by following Cheryl's car across country.

We were able to sit in on lessons in each of the classrooms.

Stephanie even demonstrated her Math skills during one of the lessons.

The school collects the little rain water they can. The children use this during the day.
Two meals are given to the children during the day. A maize porridge in the morning and makande (a maize and bean stew) for lunch.
Below: the school's kitchen where the students line up for their meals

 students drinking the maize porridge

Some of the students donned their sports uniforms and played soccer and netball.
The sun was punishingly hot however and we didn't stay long to watch them.

 Maasai mamas with some of their beaded jewelry

Below: the ladies loved seeing their photos Cheryl took on her iPad

Cheryl has also built a house for the teachers to live in. It has 6 bedrooms. The school is a long way from any towns so the staff need to live nearby. A couple of the teachers live in Maasai bomas in the area as well.

Below: the kitchen at the teacher's house

We had sodas in the staffroom with some of the staff and groundsmen after our tour of the school.
They also sang for us and presented us all with beaded necklaces.

Below: I loved this mobile phone carrier pouch on one of the men

It was such a fantastic day. I loved meeting all the lovely staff working in and around the school, and seeing the children in the classrooms.
There was some discussion about slaughtering a goat for us, but we had to leave to get back to Arusha before that occured. Maybe next time.