Hujambo from Arusha!

It’s hard to believe that we have only been here in Arusha for three days! The travel team has been keeping very busy. We are picking up some Swahili, and enjoying the heat after Hanover winter. Everyone here is incredibly welcoming and friendly, and we hear “Karibu!” (welcome) everywhere that we go. And the food! I could rant about how amazing the food is for several days. We have a wonderful cook, Nema, who is teaching us about Tanzanian cuisine and Swahili.

Peter and Frank left for Dar es Salaam on Monday. They met with Dr. Rajabu today, and will return on Friday.  Before they left, we had the pleasure of meeting with Miss Ayoub, Violet, and Veda from Vision for Youth. It was wonderful to finally meet everyone after hearing so much about them from the summer team!

Vision for Youth Meeting

Sammie and I were able to meet with Vision for Youth again on Tuesday to observe a burn in their brick kiln. The travel team is using initial meetings with our partners to see what progress they have made since the summer team visited, and we were very impressed with the operation that Vision for Youth has set up. Their knowledge, skill, and ideas for the future were tremendous, and we greatly look forward to working with them further. We plan to meet with them again on Friday, to review posters that the travel team brought with us and meet the rest of their briquetting team.

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We are excited to meet with the women’s group at EMORG tomorrow! Didas and Troy at EMORG have been extremely kind to us, and we are delighted to be able to finally see EMORG and meet the briquetters. We also look forward to meeting with Upendo on Saturday.

I think that’s all for now, and we will update again soon! Kwaheri!

About Anna Miller

Anna is a sophomore mechanical engineering student from Anchorage, Alaska. In DHE, she loves being able to experience the real-world application of engineering skills, particularly human centered design. As trip coordinator, she is incredibly excited to learn from and work with DHE’s partners in Tanzania, and discover how knowledge gained on campus translates into local implementation. She also really, really wants to see a giraffe, a gerenuk, and a baobab tree. Outside of DHE, Anna loves to read, play contact sports, and explore outside.

3 Responses to Hujambo from Arusha!

  1. Vision 4 Youth February 6, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    Wwe are so pleased to welcome Dartmouth College’s Humanitarian Engineering team in Arusha, Tanzania. BEA has continued our collaboration with DHE to improve our process of briquette-making.
    We are looking forward to learn much from you guys…… Here is our latest Newsletter and we talk a lot about DHE and Briquettes.
    Follow the Link to learn more: http://bit.ly/N6K11i

    By Violet
    Vision 4 Youth
    http://www.v4y.org

  2. Tina Miller February 12, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    Happy birthday Anna! Great blog!

  3. Jim hewitt February 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Hi Anna,

    Sounds like an amazing trip/stay so far. We’re very excited for you! We look forward to hearing more as you continue to post. Take care, and enjoy the ride. This is an adventure you will be able to share for many years to come!

    Love,
    Jim and Lisa

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