Lucia’s Big Dream

Lucia’s Big Dream

Lucia’s family was burdened heavily by poverty, so she stopped going to school at the end of her primary years in 2008 when they could not pay her school fees. She worked at home for the next several years, helping her family grow food, tending to household chores and...
Building Bridges of Home for Humanity

Building Bridges of Home for Humanity

In Uru Tanzania the dirt roads are rough and pitted, the paths are steep, and walking or driving is often dangerous. Seasonal small rains turn the red clay soil into slippery impassable slides that are treacherous for vehicles and anyone on foot. An Uru teacher was...
A Cistern is a Beautiful Sight

A Cistern is a Beautiful Sight

In all my life I could never have imagined that a water cistern would become a ‘beautiful sight’. But in ways that are nothing short of God given and mysterious, I am now moved to tears by the Grandfather Cistern taking form in Kyaseni Village. Mr. Antony Ngowi...
Pig Round Up

Pig Round Up

On a recent visit to Alphonse’s Kyaseni village home, we were alerted to ‘something happening’ by the insistent barking of Simba, the watch dog. Simba is Swahili for ‘lion’, and Simba was living up to his name quite nobly, barking fiercely and straining at his leash....
The Long View

The Long View

On arriving in Tanzania every year for our work trips, the first thought that comes to mind is “the mountain”. Our first glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro and it’s glaciered peak rising above the clouds is an anchoring image for us. It is Africa, it is our work, it is...
Miles & Smiles

Miles & Smiles

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”  Mother Teresa As we continued to handle construction and engineering priorities for the water project, our days have contained celebrations of hope and happiness in...
Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

For me, the experience of Africa is living life at its fullest. It is a place where I am keenly aware that life is precious and fleeting and where I am constantly amazed at the resilience of humanity. There is little opportunity to avoid the darkest sides of life,...
Hope Is a Verb

Hope Is a Verb

“Hope is a verb with it’s sleeves rolled up”. — David Orr, ‘Hope Is an Imperative’ Our first week in Uru brought its own reminders of how much cooperative effort is required in a community participation project. ICBD’s role...
I Walk the Line

I Walk the Line

As sure as night is dark and day is light  I keep you on my mind both day and night  And happiness I’ve known proves that it’s right  Because you’re mine,  I walk the line.   — Johnny Cash, “I Walk the line”       Monday was a day...
Old Friends

Old Friends

This is my fifth journey to Kilimanjaro and I am delighted to be bringing my dear husband James Zinzow with me, for the first time! James has been serving as an engineer consultant with our project for several years now ‘sight unseen’, so we are both...

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