We are starting our visits to students on service!
Ben and Lydia are in one of the remotest villages: Kemgesi is largely settled by Ngoreme people. It lies on a broad plain between distant hills.
Ben is teaching Physics and Math at the secondary school. One of Mw. Nyerere’s strategies for uniting the 120+ tribes of Tanzania was to send students to secondary schools in different parts of the country from where they grew up. Like many schools, Ben’s has a dormitory for boarding students. But most students are “day scholars” from the local community.
Lydia is teaching in a chekechea (nursery school) in the mornings. She walks to school–about 30 minutes from her home. Her mother runs a food stand by the main road, and served us midmorning chai of chapatis and tea. We visited with Ben’s mom, and had lunch, tambi and maharage, a bit later.
They are both finding great ways, including their work, to be involved in their community, and are speaking a lot of Swahili.