Monthly Archives: July 2013

Tanzania Diary: July 11 (morning)

The Bridging the Gap Africa team has been complete for a couple of days, ever since its founder, Harmon Parker, joined Nate Bloss and Sylvester Ouko here. Even though the preliminary work has been grueling, the Karimu volunteers have not … Continue reading

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Tanzania Diary: July 10

Relative to the hundreds of billions of philanthropic dollars spent every year on international development, all Karimu projects are tiny. Today, Marianne and I heard a story that made us think that small may not be bad. We were told, … Continue reading

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Tanzania Diary: July 9

Throughout our current visit to Dareda Kati, Marianne and I had worried about the cost of supplying clean water to Bacho Primary School. This morning, however, we finally met with their teachers and the chairman of their school committee, who … Continue reading

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Tanzania Diary: July 8

When Tumaini Munisi showed her fuel-efficient stoves to Marianne and me last year, we were intrigued. If Tumaini and the nine other village women who were her partners could sell their stoves to most of the families in Dareda Kati, … Continue reading

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Tanzania Diary: July 7 (afternoon)

This afternoon’s work on the new bridge supplied plenty of evidence of why the village needs it so badly. I saw an old woman make it across the existing bridge only because Etelle Stephan, one of our high school volunteers, … Continue reading

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Tanzania Diary: July 7 (morning)

Because today was a Sunday, we did not work in the morning. Instead, our volunteers went to services at the local Lutheran church, which is small, and the local Pentecostal church, which is miniscule. In this ardently faithful country, we … Continue reading

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Tanzania Diary: July 6

Our volunteers took today off from their hard work on the Ufani School teachers’ house so that they could break ground on the new bridge. Most of the volunteers walked to the bridge site, but I rode there with two … Continue reading

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