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Bulmershe School Expedition to Tanzania, 2003 - Day7

Day 7  - 22/7/03  - Tuesday

Last day at the school. Fundi's being difficult, wanting all the work, the painter insists that two coats of half gloss half solvent is better than one of gloss, this makes rather a mess when red gloss is applied to the top of a black gloss undercoat! Oh well... Being pestered by the school, council and local village officials for more money / resources / equipment. Maybe just the diarrhoea and headache talking but not all the people seem so great now.

They see white people as people with money, when people in the past have given them assistance with the school or gifts and such, so they expect the same from us. Its hard for us to say no, knowing what they want would cost about the same as a meal for 6 in a restaurant back home, but the budget has gone and we've already put our own money in.

Colin's got what I had yesterday. By lunch had finished 2 rooms and nearly finished another, all but the messy skirting board to a good standard. The group is feeling better after a "bitch" session, that I happily slept though, last night. In the afternoon the school had an assembly for us with singing, dancing and speeches in Swahili and some English, we presented our gifts (basic resources, and sports gear). Next the meal, we had asked the village women if they would to prepare a traditional meal if we bought the ingredients. The meal was roast goat with various side dishes created entirely out of yams and banana (Geoff accurately summed up as - you stew the ingredients in a bucket for a week, then eat the bucket). The goat was roast whole, and carried into the room to be served, legs, hooves and head included. Was washed down by the local brew, banana beer! More speeches followed the meal, they spoke in order of importance, head master, head of school board, village chief, pastor. (Geoff made the suggestion that they decided who was most important in a pie eating contest, which given the relative sizes was plausible!) In the pastors speech I discovered that I was sent by Jesus who had shown us the light and given us the will to help those with less than us... So there!

The meal finished in the twilight and we struck camp, and moved in to the class room, to enable an early start the following morning, dangerous task getting into bed with all the lines supporting mozzi nets around! Went to bed, slept badly, went to the loo at around 2 am to find Colin still there! 6 hours later!


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Bananas dont grow in plastic bags in supermarkets!
Bananas dont grow in plastic bags in supermarkets!

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Now isnt that cute!
Now isnt that cute!

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A banana flower
A banana flower

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House plants growing outside
House plants growing outside

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More cute kids
More cute kids

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The headmaster and some kids pose for a photo
The headmaster and some kids pose for a photo

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The box gets some finisheing touches
The box gets some finisheing touches

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Geoff models the box
Geoff models the box

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Geoff makes sure the sports equipment will be comfortable
Geoff makes sure the sports equipment will be comfortable

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Colin the day after his 18th..... being fanned by chris with a banana leaf
Colin the day after his 18th..... being fanned by chris with a banana leaf

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Colin the day after his 18th..... has a bug not a hangover..
Colin the day after his 18th..... has a bug not a hangover..

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Line danceing, africa style
Line danceing, africa style

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The last day of the project there is much dancing and singing
The last day of the project there is much dancing and singing

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Much dancing at the celebration for the end of our stay
Much dancing at the celebration for the end of our stay

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A goat, cooked
A goat, cooked

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The celebratory meal with various food made from banana and yams.
The celebratory meal with various food made from banana and yams.

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Vicky, Jenna and Jenny doing tradional dance
Vicky, Jenna and Jenny doing tradional dance

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Vicky, Jenna and Jenny dancing like....locals
Vicky, Jenna and Jenny dancing like....locals

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More Mozi nets in the classroom we used as our base
More Mozi nets in the classroom we used as our base

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