A little calamity

Aside

It was difficult telling the school the news from Raleigh. As I explained as best I could their reasons for not helping the school, Raymond covered his face with his hands. Continue reading

“If there is no struggle…

…there is no progress”. Frederick Douglass c. 1818 – February 20, 1895

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Raleigh International’s visit…

Bungando (27)“He’s a good looking boy”

“Yes and he knows it. He’s the smartest, the cutest and the naughtiest in my class” Continue reading

“It’s like a zoo in here!”

So, after time off yet again, this time with a strange eyeball eating bacteria (I kid you not, must remember to blog about the hospital visit – hi-lar-i-ous, in an “Oh god I’m going to have to look good with an eye-patch” kind of way) I’m back teaching at Bugando. The next few weeks are on the topic of animals (originally entitled “Safari Animals” until my friend pointed out that a pig is not a safari animal…). Continue reading

Leila

So here she is, finally… Glamourpuss, face-paint devotee, artist, sous chef (don’t expect much potato left after the “peeling” process), dancer, HUGE supporter of Ben 10, awesome nativity lamb, queen of “sucking your nostrils in and holding it”, pirate, fairy… The list goes on. More than anything she is just really good fun to teach and work with and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far. Continue reading

New year, new topic

Oh I know – sorry it’s a bit late. I’d love to say I’ve been kicking up my heels and what not but actually I’ve been poorly sana for most of this month. Still, I got to experience first hand the medical care available here… Well, I’m alive and for that I am truly grateful. Continue reading

Leo, ninajifunza lugha ya alama ya Tanzania


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(Today, I am learning Tanzanian Sign Language)

So today I went for my first proper Tanzanian Sign Language lesson at Tunaweza (We can). Continue reading

Tanzatoto

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That’s the title of the Tanzanian Sign Language Dictionary I originally had copied just for my students. It’s beautifully clear, fantastic for children and my kids were desperate to take them home.

A little more thought…

“That’s what you’ll find when you’re starting a project here – one step forward 97 steps back…Perseverance is the key to living here”

It seems that there are some things that I hadn’t considered when I first started this project. The jealousy of the older students being one of those things. I honestly hadn’t thought about it being difficult for them to see me bring finger paints and crayons for the children to work with or sharing chai and mandazi because the school insisted I had to otherwise I couldn’t teach the kids. Clearly I had done no thinking at all… Continue reading