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Monthly Archives: February 2011

My House...the white one

People have been asking me where I am living. I live in a two bedroom house on a gated property with two other houses. It is a new house. In fact the carpetry inside is still not finished.

I live in a community called Rau. It has very rutted and muddy roads and all types of housing. I can walk to the main road in 15 minutes and to town in about 45. I get around mostly on foot and by Dala Dala (100 year old vans full to the brim with people…but cheap). Occassionaly I take taxis when Dala Dalas don’t go easily where I want to go.

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Plans are in place for me to visit every secondary school in Moshi next Monday and Tuesday, together with the Municipal Secondary Education Officer, Bernard.

Andrea

The first Do Science workshops for teachers will be Monday and Tuesday March 7 and 8. When visiting schools next week I will extend an invitation personally as well as do an informal assessment of their resources and staff.

And Andrea got a school uniform….

* Andrea is the youngest of the 4 children who’s education I am sponsoring.

'Red'

I have arrived safely in Moshi, all bags present and accounted for, although two were soaking wet. Luckily only clothes and not electronics.

I have met some of my neighbours.

'Edward'

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

The fundraiser on Friday night was a huge success.  The science activities and dinner were attended by 80 guests and several more student volunteers.  The silent auction raised $1500 through the  items given by generous and caring individuals and local businesses.  In addition, $400 was donated through the Wishing Well.  On the evening, an amazing $2000 was raised for DST.

I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to come out and support my project.  The diverse group comprised of community members, students, families of students, formers students, teachers and friends.  I was honoured that Barrie Hammond, Director of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board dropped in to show support on behalf of the Board.  My students, who managed the kitchen, served the meals, set up, cleaned up and ran the auction and the music were amazing.  I am proud to be associated with you all.  I will miss you.

Apart from the fundraiser event, many individuals have stepped up to make financial contributions to Do Science.  I am so grateful for the faith and confidence that you have shown to me through this project.  I will make sure that your investments are well spent and that the equipment purchased for the lending library is protected and well managed.

I am heading off on Tuesday to get started and am extremely excited.  I could not do this without you all, so in effect I am taking pieces of each of you with me.

Richard Ye, a student who is a master web designer and programmer has offered to create a web site for Do Science Tanzania, so keep watching as we get things up and running.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

Listen to my interview with Kathleen Petty on CBC Ottawa Morning, Tuesday February 8.  Interview titled ‘Tanzanian Education’.

http://www.cbc.ca/ottawamorning/episodes/#