Arusha Project


Settling In
June 18, 2007, 8:12 am
Filed under: Abroad Program, Uncategorized

The Arusha Project House
We (the staff) are fully settling into our new house located in Kwa Idd, just outside of the city centre. The house is quite large, with three bedrooms and two common rooms filled with bunk beds and tables constructed by our new friend Masawe, a local woodworker. Our yard, complete with a fire pit and local straw furniture, is filled with banana, papaya and avocado trees, just to name a few. Earlier this week, teachers from the Tekua school hung student and teacher artwork on most of our walls, and it feels much more homey now.

Tekua Art

This past week has been filled with numerous meetings with local organizations and last minute errands. Cheryl had a busy time of meeting with many womens’ groups to explain our microfinance structure and is now reviewing loan applications from individuals and non-profits.

Microfinance Meeting

Jennifer found a great plot of land on which to start planting (it’s just around the corner from our house) and is in the process of getting a chicken coup set up on our property. Valerie, probably the busiest of us all, has finalized our support staff (drivers, cooks, matrons, guards, etc.) and secured the last bit of furnishings and extras we need and is about to run to the airport to pick up a group of volunteers. Chris and Dina, our two head chefs, spent a good 5 hours on Saturday shopping for food to fully stock our kitchen. We are all very excited to welcome our first group of students who will get to experience some traditional cuisine and a local singing and drumming performance tonight before they start working with their respective organizations tomorrow.

-Kaia

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