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.