Hey everybody, it's been a few days since we posted here on the group blog but don't be worried, we've been up to a lot and still are keeping busy. Hopefully everyone is doing well at home, we're all thinking of you. We can't wait to share pictures and stories when we return. From where we left off from the last blog, we've played a soccer game against the Native Masai tribe located here Bukoba, we traveled toward Uganda to spend the weekend at a Islamic and Christian school to see how they lived and work with the kids. Yesterday, we returned to our temporary home in Bukoba and today we were back at Bukoba Secondary School to work with the students this time on computer basics such as powerpoint, more excel, and typing skills. The game against the Masai was a lot of fun! We really thought we did well considering our extreme lack in soccer experience. We played the game for quite a while and I think most of us were pretty worn out by the end. However, it came down to a 5-5 score and we decided that the next point would win. In this overtime, we went on a while and played really well; however, they made a break and scored the game winning goal. I must admit that even though we did play well, because we were short of players, one of the local boys that happened to be very good at soccer, was put on our team and one could say that he put the team on his back. After soccer, we danced with the tribal members and this was an amazing experience. The sounds they made with their voices were something that could really never be repeated by any of us, so luckily, we got a good video. Their style of dancing consists of rhythmic jumping that at first looks very simple but once in the circle surrounded by the other dancers, it's easy to understand that they are talented dancers. The next day, Friday, we walked to Mr. Raza's to eat lunch with the Islamic students and heard some more stories about the student's journeys to Mr. Raza's school. Mr. Raza is an elderly man that has done much of the planning for us here in Bukoba and funds quite a few giving organizations here in Bukoba for the homeless and elderly. Mr. Raza told us about one street boy who loved the street life but after being attacked, begged Mr. Raza to allow him in the school. He was a student that caused mishaps and had a hard time succeeding in the classroom. However, one minor dedication to become a boy scout changed his life and now he is an upstanding student and a role model for his peers and the younger kids in the school. After lunch, we were driven to Kubwoba School which is about an hour away and near the Ugandan border. The school is located in a very rural village where the community is very poor. We took a tour through the village the first night and got to see how the villagers live and it was really eye opening. There was a sort of hotel across from the small village where we stayed. There was no electricity and the outhouse bathrooms were right next door. I think it's fair to say that it was an experience for all of us; much different than American life to say the least. Light at night was supplied strictly by lantern and it was something all of us got use to. Saturday, we were brought back to the school where we were introduced to the kids shortly after, they sang for us their school song. It was a really a great experience standing and listening to all some 80 kids all singing in harmony. After that, we broke up in to groups; the boys with the boys, and the girls with the girls. The older boys were really curious about a lot of American life. They asked about things such as biology, school, math, music, and other subjects as well as controversial issues that are being discussed in America. The younger boys were a little more laid back and did most answering once the questions were asked. Just the same, they were so excited and clingy to the Wazungus that were visiting their school. All the girls had a fun time dancing for hours in the dormitory. They all had a ball and the girls in the school were very good dancers. After supper, we got out the soccer balls and the older boys took the big field while all the younger ones needed help from the Mzungu to organize a game of soccer. Everyone had a great time and everyone was really interested in the cameras that we brought. The girls talked for a while and then ended up playing volleyball with a soccer ball that we had brought. Sunday, we went to the Ugandan border and got to walk around a Ugandan market. It was clear that Tanzania is the more developed country, even though we were just on the border. We also visited one of the nearby timber areas where the men were taking trees down. Near this site, a bunker existed on the top of a hill from the Ugandan-Tanzanian war. On our way back, our driver took us by his farm where he has cattle, pigs, goats, and beehives. The Shambas (farms) of Tanzania are an interesting site and it was a great experience to see how the farmers lived in those very rural areas. Today, we returned to Bukoba Secondary and taught the students basic computer lessons such as powerpoint, some more excel, and typing skills. It was sad to say goodbye to those at Bukoba Sec. but both the group and the staff at the school were so grateful for the time that we spent together.
Hope to talk to you all soon. Thinking of all of you!