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Oct

10/29/2012 - 5 visitors from America

By: Ann
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We had 5 visitors from America who spent a week at Amka from September 28 to October 7. They are juniors from 5 different colleges who are spending a semester in Tanzania with ACM. They chose to spent their semester break at Amka. They brought songs, lessons, bulletin boards, games and lots of hugs. In return they received hugs back, smiles, attempts at English, fascination with white skins and straight hair, and joy. The college students, Barbara, Erin, Hannah, Matt and Reilly, stayed at the new house I had just rented the day they arrived.

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14
Jan

1/14/2012 - Science Class

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Science Class

Friday, the end of the first week of the new term at Amka. After three periods of study and a break for tea and bread, we all had science class. Today’s topic, forces of flying…. with kites!

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14
Jan

1/14/2012 - Whose Turn Is It To Walk The Mzungu?

By: Ann
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One of the most difficult parts of being in Tanzania is the notoriety that follows me wherever I go, because I am mzungu — white. I have not seen another white person since I arrived in Babati. Whenever I go out, I here people calling, “mzungu!” It’s a very new, unfamiliar, uncomfortable feeling. Most people are curious, friendly, anxious to connect, share a greeting, try out their English or test my Swahili. Children love to touch my hair and arms.

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11
Jan

1/11/2012 - What’s New In 2012

By: Ann

Container Update–January 11, 2012

The latest word from Carrie McConachie (received Jan. 9), who talks to the container company, who talks to our agent in Dar Es Salaam, who talks to the officials in the Treasury Department is…..

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20
Nov

11/20/2011 - A Quiet Weekend in Babati

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A Quiet Weekend in Babati

The kids where I live have gone home for the weekend. They took exams last week, and there is one more week before the term ends. Next week teachers will grade exams and fill out reports to parents. My job is to find something for the kids to do. I’ve decided we’ll have a Sports Day, an Art Day and a Tanzanian Animal Day. Then we’ll take a trip to Tarangire National Park on Thursday. I’ve been to Sifuel’s house where the supplies from the Blue Horizon Travel group are stored. That treasure trove of materials has helped me plan all three days.

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19
Nov

11/19/11 - Deliberate Acts of Kindness

By: Ann
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Dear friends,

I have been the recipient of many deliberate acts of kindness in the last month. The Tanzanians I live and work with can’t reciprocate when I buy food, water or a tank of gas. But they still show me, in many ways, how much I am cared about. Here is one example:

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09
Nov

11/9/11 - UNO

By: Ann
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Dear Friends,

When I arrived at Amka Afrika School on my first visit, I brought along a deck of UNO cards. During a break in their studies, I showed the older kids how to play. They picked it up immediately and became fanatical about the game. I taught the boys first, but the girls soon wanted to play too, so the deck was split, one half to the boys, one half to the girls. They played at every opportunity: inside, outside, during lunch break. They never forgot to yell, “UNO,” when they got down to one card, only they pronounced it, “You-no.”

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07
Nov

11/7/11 - Dinner Party in Babati

By: Ann
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I have started a message to all of you so many time and then stopped, completely overwhelmed by the prospect of trying to describe what has happened since I arrived in Tanzania Oct. 20. So, I think I will not try. A wise English teacher once told me, “Less is more…” Here, then, is a little piece of what has happened.

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