I’m sitting near a window thinking about my trip.
Cheku Water Project
The Cheku Water Project started in 2007 at Queen Victoria School, a small inner-city elementary school on Vancouver’s east side. The entire school completed an extensive, school-wide, interdisciplinary study of water which taught the kids to be socially aware and compassionate. As a result of this process, the idea of raising funds to help build a well in Africa was born. Pen pals and a sister village relationship between the school community and the village of Cheku, Tanzania was established with the help of Kondoa Cultural Tourism Enterprise’s executive director, Moshi Changai. The small school community raised over $20,000.00 to dig a borehole and with a grant from CIDA were able to install a solar powered pump that is currently working today. Emails were sent to the community by Moshi about the day to day development of this process that you can read about.
This was the first exchange that happened between a Vancouver school and Tanzania. We exchanged letters and drawings and the kids at Queen Victoria put on a play which brought the artistic community together because they also helped. The community of Cheku worked together as well, building reservoirs and planning the well. All of our information is open source and you can see it on the Tanzania Cultural Tour site.
In 2013 I brought my daughter to Tanzania to see the well (and if it was really there!) We spent a month working on environmental projects which became the beginning of adding environmental projects to Tanzania Cultural Tours and becoming a partner in this company.
We are sitting in the hotel room thinking about food.
Today our plan was to plant trees near the water.
We headed to Cheku to check out the well.
Just when I thought I couldn’t get more remote.
I really don’t want to blog tonight.
We are in the middle of nowhere.
Spent the day looking at the different projects.
Today was a very relaxing day.
Know a few words of Swahili, people smile.
How we were going to get back to Arusha.
We met Richard in the morning for breakfast.
Today we decided to go to tangiere and Manayara.
We just finished a good meeting with Clive.
We woke up to the sound of muslim prayers.
We decided to stay one more day in Dar.
We still didn’t have our bags.
In the morning our shower was cold.
We landed at 2:30 in the morning in Dar.
The first part of a journey is the most exciting.