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Project Tanzania Report 2010

Global Service Learning: Preventing HIV/AIDS

Nubra Floyd, Phd

Purpose: The main reason for making this trip to Tanzania was visiting Hubert Kairuki Memorial University in Dar es Salaam to explore possibilities for a Fulbright teaching year,  but it was also intended to be an opportunity for continuing involvement with Second Saturday Network’s Arusha area projects. For the first time in three years, my travel included visits to both the northern, and the southern regions of the country.

Goal: While the emphasis was still on helping the next generation envision a world without HIV/AIDS, the goal was also to identify possible contacts for future faculty led travel.

Young Woman and Child at Africa Inlands Church: Arusha

Objectives: Continuing past discussions about ongoing collaboration with the Arusha Pastorate of Africa Inlands Church was a major priority for this trip. Efforts would also be made to set up exploratory meetings at Mt Meru University and with local small business development agencies.

Swahili Translator  poses with Prof. Nubra at African Inlands Church: Arusha

  • Promote cross cultural understanding: My conversations with Pastor Amos Maduhu about project development were both enjoyable and productive, and there were also some helpful encounters with church members. Another twenty single use cameras had been sent to Arusha in 2009 and were collected from Mr. William Kavalambi, the church youth leader to be brought back to Santa Cruz for processing at Bay Photo Labs in February.

Father poses with Daughter at Africa Inlands Church: Arusha

  • Foster participation in the worldwide spiritual community: On our way to meet with Mt Meru University Dean of Students, we made a brief stop at St Theresa Secondary School to present their English teacher with two American Heritage dictionaries and new writing prompts that Blair Bowman plans to use with his current Global Connections Club students at Vistamar. We also got approval on the final version of our design for the pen pal tshirts.

St Theresa’s Fidelis Bea Displays Donation Dictionaries: Arusha

  • Encourage mentorship: Before taking the bus down to Dar es Salaam, the better part of two days was devoted to buying shoes for Mandela, who was one of the kids to first tell me about Mkombozi. With some help from an older guy called, Pele Pele, we managed to bridge both language, and cultural barriers and were eventually able to accomplish our goal, but in the end it felt like our young friend had somehow hoped for more.

    Mandela and Pele Pele in front of  Postal Station: Arusha

    My last day in Arusha was mostly spent visiting an organization called, Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) located just a few blocks from the Arusha clock tower. That chance discovery yielded much useful information and provided the basis for a very encouraging discussion about what was learned with two ASVO members, who later joined me at New Safari Hotel coffeeshop.

Talking  with Kosiano  and Noel at New Safari Hotel : Arusha