A Week in Korogwe

On Monday we left Dar es Salaam for Korogwe, a somewhat large town to the North. The drive took about 6 hours, but we also had to wait in a bus depot for a while so that all of the seats could be filled.

It was odd to observe the villages that we passed on the way. Some of them were quite well kept, organized, and tidy, while others were nearly falling apart. The state of the village was completely unrelated to location you had nice villages within just a few miles of those which looked like they were about to collapse on themselves. It was very strange.

In Korogwe, a busy town just below stunning mountains, most of our time has been spent with Ana, Sam, and our fellow PCs. There was a group of projects that left about a week before we did and we spent a night with them, bidding them a fond farewell the next morning as they made their way off to their projects which were all first established last year.

We’ve been working our way through a curriculum that Sam and Ana put together. It covers a little bit of Swahili, Tanzanian history, and 2Seeds development practices. It’s all thought provoking and stimulating, but it is a lot to take in in such a short amount of time.

On Wednesday we visited Magoma, one of the already established projects. In Magoma last year, Ana and Kristina helped to organize a program to provide lunches at the large school in the area. All schools in Tanzania own a little bit of land for farming, but the land this particular school has is a little too far from water for their land to be useful. Now they are also leasing land near the river that passes close by and the profits from the farm are sufficient to cover the lease and provide food for all the students, hopefully year ’round.

These last couple days have been the beginning of our shopping sprees to get all of our supplies. We’re going to need a lot more than our fellows from last week did as our houses are completely unfurnished. Already we’ve bought buckets, washbasins, pots and a lid, a seal-able container for dry goods, a kerosene lamp for our sitting room, a straw mat to sit on, sheets, a straw basket, cups and bowls, and a thermos for tea and for softening beans, which will be one of the staples of our diet. We still need to buy a stove, frying pan, extra mosquito nets, and food, among other things. We may not buy it all in the next couple of days, but only get the strict necessities. We’ll see what things of which we feel the lack once we’ve lived in Tabora for a couple weeks. Eventually we’re going to buy some bikes to get us between the towns as well.

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About Joshua Paul

Due to his father's military background, Joshua spent his childhood moving throughout the continental United States. Though he did not travel out of the country until his teens, Joshua has been interested in cultural anthropology and linguistics as long as he can remember. A recent graduate from St. John's College in Annapolis with a B. A. in Liberal Arts, he has studied ancient Greek and French for literary purposes. He currently lives near Boise, Idaho.
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