As many of you know I have been working on a water project in Tanzania for over 2 years. For those people who don’t know…
In March 2016 I partnered with a teacher named Perry Buchan (again) and Doug Sherrit (Strathcona elementary) and we did a virtual exchange with a school from Iyoli, Tanzania. ALL of the curricula was translated into Swahili by Jackline Omondi and followed simultaneously by a teacher in Tanzania and Doug’s class in Vancouver. I went back to Iyoli primary school with a projector and generator to show the Iyoli storytelling club the Strathcona creations and help create the Iyoli content. We also did a water survey and walked with the kids to see their water source.
After I got back I approached over 1000 water organizations and NGO’s and businesses to help fund and dig a well in this small and remote village. Sivan, the CEO of Innovation: Africa was one of a very few people who responded to my emails and she passed my name on to Bar, director of Africa programs. They were the only ones who stopped and listened. Innovation: Africa agreed that they would help find a donor for the project AND over Christmas they did it. A donor (who wants to remain anonymous) gave to Innovation: Africa specifically for Iyoli. When Genna, director of communications, let me know that Iyoli had a donor I wondered if it was just a dream (it was morning) and I re-read that message 1000 times over. I am still pinching myself and wondering if it is all real.
So I will be going to Tanzania to document the construction of the well with Moshi and the Innovation: Africa team.
Moshi, who I have worked with for over 10 years (how time flies), will lead the team. Our friendship has stood the test of time and 10 years later we are going to build another well. Unbelievable!
While I am there Perry and I have cooked up another virtual music exchange that will happen with the same kids from the original storytelling club in Iyoli and a school in Vancouver (yet to be finalized).
At the end of all of this I am going to take a little break and go to music school in Zanzibar to learn taarab music.
I feel that this is the last chapter of a long journey and an ending to this story, however it all plays out. That is up to the universe.RETURN TO IYOLI WATER PROJECT