Tanzania Diary: August 8

August 8: Headmistress Catherine Boay Buxay of Ayalagaya Secondary School had hoped that her counterpart at nearby Dareda Secondary School would explain how Ayalagaya could connect to the Internet.  The Safaricom modems with which Dareda School’s Dell computers access the Internet, via Safaricom’s cellphone network, are affordable enough, costing only $40 to $5o apiece.  But the Dareda School Headmaster pays $120 or more per month for continuing access, too much for either Ayalagaya or Karimu (www.karimufoundation.org) to commit to right now.  For the moment, therefore, Karimu may have to settle for replacing all or most of Ayalagaya’s dozens of broken or missing windows and for building a new, smokeless kitchen for its cooks.

The men who prepare hot lunches for the five hundred-plus children of Ayalagaya are named Peter and Faustini.  Their health worries us because, like huge numbers of people in sub-Saharan Africa and in poor countries elsewhere, they cook over open fires.  The schoolchildren, who are also exposed to the toxic, drifting fumes when they line up to receive lunch, express another concern: deforestation.  The Rift Valley escarpment rises immediately above Ufani Primary School and not far from Ayalagaya School.  It is heavily wooded, unlike much of Tanzania, and unlikely to be stripped bare any time soon.  The forest is nevertheless not an inexhaustible resource, so we appreciate the students’ anxieties.

More evidence of the forward-looking attitudes of the children comes from the interviews of them that some of our volunteers have conducted: many of these children of subsistence farmers say they want to become doctors or engineers.  If their extreme poverty ought to deprive them of hope, nobody seems to have explained this to them.


About Don Stoll

Don and his wife, Marianne Kent-Stoll, are co-founders of the Karimu International Help Foundation. They established Karimu in 2008 at the request of the people of Dareda Kati Village, in the Manyara Region of northeastern Tanzania. Karimu is devoted to working with the residents of Dareda Kati in order to satisfy their development needs, as defined by the villagers themselves.
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One Response to Tanzania Diary: August 8

  1. Barbara Leites says:

    All so interesting! Received a flyer for an internet offer called “exede” There’s a demo athttp://youtube.com/exedebroadbandSeems cheap compared to regular plans and might work in a remote place…..Barb



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