In many Tanzanian villages, food and nutrition are in short supply. The primary staple in Tanzania is ugali, a dish made from corn flour. It is very filling and enjoyed by the local people, but when eaten on its own, it lacks sufficient nutrition. You can help parents assemble, plant and harvest household container gardens which increase the production of fruits and vegetables. Work with students at the school garden planting, weeding and harvesting. Show moms and school cooks how to use garden produce for the most nutritious meals. If you have experience raising poultry or constructing chicken coops, you can be especially helpful.
“I’ve never met happier, more welcoming people. The children run up to us, hold our hands and walk wherever we’re going. People invite us for tea and generously share what little food they have.”
“I attempted to read a few paragraphs of gratitude in Swahili, and had a terribly hard time holding back tears. Every child in my class smiled, listened intently and responded with their own thanks, and came up for hugs. It was the most memorable event of the week.”
“Tanzania was amazing, and hands down the best trip I’ve been on!! I can’t wait to go back!”
“I was surprised by how appreciative and eager the students are to learn. Their respect for the teachers is something I’ve never before witnessed. I learned so much from them about their lives and the village. I have a great deal of respect for Tanzanians.”
“The experience allowed me to re-assess what’s truly important. These people may not have material wealth, but they have a cultural richness and a closeness that could never be bought or owned. I taught children who barely had clothes covering their bodies who were happy and laughing.”
“I have worked with the Tanzanians, sang and danced with them and together we have discovered that the world is the same and that life is not always easy and that we cannot give up and we can succeed and we can follow our dreams and aim for the stars because everything is possible if we focus, work and persevere.”
“The music at the church service left me speechless. Though words cannot do justice to all we felt, I heard murmured after the service, ‘resonant, inspirational, mesmerizing, tears- and chill-provoking’. It was a beautiful experience… I will be forever grateful.”