Apologies for the delay in blogging! It’s been an eventful few weeks which I can’t wait to share with you all through my blog over the next few days. I spent Eid weekend (about 3 weekends ago) in Dar es Salaam where I was able to spend my time visiting family, trying new foods and seeing as much of the city as I could in the short period of time that I was there.
Overall, Dar es Salaam is simply amazing! The city is very different from Mwanza in terms of overall development and pace of life. I found Dar to be a lot more enjoyable in terms of things to do, not to mention that it was a food lovers paradise! From the moment that the city came into view from the airplane, the high rise buildings and busy roads reminded me of home a little – there was even a Pizza Hut! It was still quite humid despite being the ‘winter’ season – I can’t imagine summer there! I had more food than you could ever imagine during those 3 days – Biryani, Mishkaki, Burgers, BBQ Chicken, Cassava, Coconut and lots of ice cream! We were able to visit Oyster Bay beach (although it rained like crazy!), Slipway Market (a great place for handcrafted souvenirs and ice cream along the water) and Seacliff area (right against the ocean). Being able to relax and spend time with my family was amazing and my short trip to Dar es Salaam is definitely one of my favourite experiences of my trip so far. I was sad to have to come back to Mwanza but ready to get back into routine after my weekend away. I’m hoping to be able to return to the city at least once before I go home!
The next day after returning to Mwanza, the Mikono Yetu Interns paid a visit to Foundation Karibu Tanzania (FKT), an NGO that works to eliminate Child Domestic Violence in Mwanza. It was incredible to see some of the success stories from the organization of rehabilitating children and seeing how far they’ve come from when they first arrived. Kathy and Megha have partnered with this amazing organization to test the health benefits and positive effects of new Fiti products such as juice and uji (porridge) with the children there. It should hopefully be a successful project!
Stay tuned for the next post all about the Serengeti and updates on our projects!
Until next time,