Salamu parents! We are writing this at the end of a long day which began with an early start if porridge. Todays, market team included Sean, Luke and Sam Bailey who went to buy fruit and gifts for our hosts in the afternoon. While the team, under Fionas capable leadership and Aimeés medical skills, continues on the project, painting then erecting the hand washing stations.
At break we re-grouped to devour Helena's gorgeous chapatis and finished our work day early to go on a community walk. When we nearly reached the house of our hosts we were serenaded by about 2 dozen members of the tribe, vibrantly dressed and chanting in Swahili. We joined in, with impressive dance skills from Pieter and Simon and we were ushered to a row of benches by a number of smiling elders.
After a short welcome by the two hosting brothers and the community council, we were invited to introduce our finest Swahili- "Shikamone gina lango.." Following that we were presented with a fine spread of various Tanzanian dishes that included a number of textures- 'the texture of this is like slime' - Kate. To our surprise, spoons become a rarity and we resorted to eating our food with our hands, discovering exotic ingredients such as kidneys.
After lunch, we had an opportunity to ask and answer questions through our well spoken translator Yohanna, where the locals were shocked by our outrageous British taxes, in particular inheritance tax. Julian, the founder of LTT, brought up key issues of gender equality and deforestation which were met by mixed responses.
With a final dance we returned to the school: showered and played with a few kids. A Tanzanian spa was created and opended where hair washing took place and a chain of hair brushing was formed. Simon was able to display his talents of combing Fionas hair, which lead to Bea while she read and Aimee at the back. Although gender roles seem set in Tanzania, Sean's wise words meant Simon wasn't discriminated against- 'it's important to get in touch with your feminine side'.
Spirits continue to remain high with Craig David, Marvin Gaye and Ben E King constantly being harmonised and imaginary ping pong getting competitive.
Sean, Sam Barrett & Kate