A Few Busy Days

Beautiful Tanzania

Beautiful Tanzania

I have been sooo busy with all kinds of things.  After the serenity of the Serengeti and appreciating the almost total  lack of civilization, Randy were thrown back into it full throttle.  The car trip from Kilimanjaro to Mbeya took two days in very stressful African traffic.  Our host, the provost here at SHUCo said that drivers take the oppor

tunity when they can to make their moves.  And boy do they ever, weaving in and out of traffic, travelling at breakneck speed approaching speed-bumps and speed-dips (yes, just as hazardous to your vehicle) and passing cars way to close for my sanity.  There were endless detours, called “diversions,” over dusty, bumpy country lanes and more. The Tanzanian police make it their business to stop you at every turn, sometimes just to see who is in the car, or to check whether you really carry that fire extinguisher that you are supposed to have on board.

We finally arrived yesterday afternoon dead tired but glad to be here.  There was the grand welcome, and then off to do some housekeeping things, like finding someone to wash our smelly safari laundry, getting connected to SHUCo’s wi-fi so we could tell family we were safe, trying to post more safari pictures on Facebook for the folks back home and most importantly, taking a well-deserved, much appreciated shower.

Today started with a long walk around the campus which astounded Randy to no end since it had changed and grown so much since he was here last year.  Many buildings have gone up, including new classrooms, a couple of large lecture halls, and a big assembly hall is under construction.  After the tour we spent the rest of the day with the provost and the major staff, talking and learning about this year and the future.  So much to share when we come back home to the USA.  It is exciting to be part of this young college with so many hopes and dreams.  And imagination!  And that is important.  Our driver and tour guide in the Serengeti said it was.  He too is young and a start-up entrepreneur.  He said that imagination is more powerful than knowledge and I think he is right.  He had it spades.  And so the people here.  They can imagine their future.  And I am glad I am here to take part.




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  1. Myrna Eshleman on said:

    Hi Randy and Anne:
    Sorry we lost you after your description of the situation at the two mission
    hospitals. But it was good to see and hear you even if only briefly.
    I was talking to Dale Ressler at church this morning about some of your findings.
    He made a few points of interest. Re: autoclave–Shirati never buys anything from China. Re: possible tariffs on items in container– Stress to government that all items are for the Lutheran Church, e.g. Lutheran Church of Tanzania SHUCo or
    L.C. Matema Hospital. But he did recount that Shirati has had numerous problems
    dealing with the government in the capital. Many delays, requests for payments on
    incoming items etc. Re: solar panels– He thought the only way to go in that direction is to pay a Tanzanian contractor. One project at Shirati cost $20,000, if
    my memory is correct.
    Church leaders in Mbeya, SHUCo administrators have likely already done this.
    But in addition to emphasizing the church affiliation of SHUCo, the hospitals, Manow Sec. School etc., they need to stress to the government that none of the items in the container are entering the country for resale or monetary profit. All
    are for the use of church-affiliated, non-profit educational, medical or religious institutions. Assessing tariffs and other fees would not only burden these institutions, but also likely cut them off from future shipments of needed items.
    Get some rest. You can’t fix all that is wrong or meet all needs. All you or T4T
    can do is make a little dent–God willing.
    Blessings to you,
    Ken with Myrna

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