I have much to be thankful for—including having this medium to publicize my gratitude. My blog is of course a byproduct of the accidental eruption into my life of the remarkable people of Dareda Kati Village. Marianne and I first visited them as tourists during the summer of 2007, with absolutely no idea that the few days we planned to stay there would transform our lives forever. So I give thanks for the villagers as well as for the American volunteers and donors who, along with Marianne and me, have involved themselves with Dareda Kati.
Besides offering my appreciation for the overwhelming generosity of all of Karimu’s volunteers and donors, today I want to give special thanks to two-time volunteer Eileen Hodson. Last Saturday night she celebrated her seventieth birthday with the extraordinary gesture of asking that all her gifts should take the form of donations to Karimu. The contributions in Eileen’s honor totaled close to two thousand dollars—in effect nearly four thousand due to the Santa Cruz business Quantaphy’s pledge to match every dollar donated up to twenty thousand until the end of January. Marianne and I are very happy you were born, Eileen, and we hope you decide to go to Tanzania with us again next August.
I am also thankful that Ugandans do not celebrate Thanksgiving. From his office in Kampala, Ugastove CEO Muhammad Kawere has just e-mailed me costs for the two sizes of Aprovecho rocket stove which his factory makes: about thirteen and fifteen dollars, respectively, meaning Karimu can probably avoid buying the stoves in China. We want to combat respiratory disease and deforestation in Dareda Kati Village but also, if possible, put a little bit of money into the East African economy. Thank you, Mister Kawere.—Don Stoll