August 2nd, 2011

tanzania

Part 6: Makumira University and it's students + driving!

The thing that made Daris want to come here to Tanzania was the people.  The students at the university are generous, caring, resourceful, and strong.  Most have overcome obstacles in their lives that are unimaginable to Americans just to be there.  Daris knew she wanted to go to Makumira University and teach and help these students succeed and improve the lives of them and their families.  She made it happen through a Fulbright grant and both her and Tom have been teaching music there all year and working to improve the facilities and music program there.

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Part 7: Cultural Heritage Museum and Arumera Lodge

After hanging out with Tom and Daris friday morning, in the afternoon we decided to brave driving on the roads through Arusha and we borrowed Tom and Daris's car and headed to the Cultural Heritage Museum. I don't think I would have done it, but Mike can drive anything anywhere, and navigated the chaos with little trouble.   The museum is a very modern, large, clean museum somewhat incongruous with the more primitive surroundings. It is a beautiful building made in the shape of a large drum and shield honoring the history and culture of Tanzania.


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