Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Connecting People

MCC Connecting People Learning Tour Visit Dodoma
By Jodi Holzman

The men helping the women.
Last week has been very busy here in Dodoma. Not only are we working with and encouraging the three self-help groups to complete the trench digging before the mason arrives from SASOL, but we have had a MCC learning tour group here with us. There are six people in the group, one from Canada and five from America. They arrived safe and sound (and jet-lagged of course) in Arusha, Thursday, April 28th. Before heading down to Dodoma on the thirteen hour bus ride they went on a day safari to the Arusha National Park.
On Saturday they spent the day on a long bus journey and had a 'wonderful' introduction to traveling in Africa. Sunday morning they all came to the Mennonite Church at Iringa Road for a wonderful and blessed service. The rest of the day was a day for rest and relaxation. On Monday the Sand Dam team here in Dodoma and our guests spent the day visiting all the sand dam projects. We went to all three of the new sites as well as last years’ sites so they could see a completed project.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were spent mostly at Kawawa helping with digging, watering, cooking, visiting, picture taking and of course lots of laughter and singing. They then spent their Thursday afternoon and Friday with the folks from the health program at the Iringa Rd Mennonite Church, Grace and Healing Ministries. From what I saw and heard all six of our visitors had a wonderful experience and many good stories to take home with them.Here are some photos from the week courtesy of Jodi Holzman and Matt Kaeb
Trying out the pick-ax.

Learning Tour Group.

Matt trying to carry water and doing a good job too.
Valerie helping with the digging.

Larry with a group digging.

Ed climbing into the deep trench.
Getting a helping hand (or two).

Getting water.

Carrying water.

Working on the water cistern.

Helping with the ugali (local Tz food).

Collecting sand.

'The Office' at Chididimo.

Question and Answer time.


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