See you soon, baboon

See you soon, baboon
Oct 30

Today is our last day at Mwagusi.  We woke up because nature called…that is the baboons.  They were having a convention or something.  They were running on the roof of Charlie and Terry’s banda and occupying the tree in front of Kathy’s banda.  At first we thought we were dealing with a few dozen, but there were baboons, baboons and more baboons.  Eventually we estimated about 100.  Mind you, the verandas of our bandas are open-air and the baboons were mere feet from us, climbing, chasing each other from branch to branch, dropping down to the riverbed and then running up the tree again. Once Kathy was spotted the challenge became how to get out of the three without coming to close to the stranger.  The antics were really entertaining.

We said goodbye to Stan and Maryline. Our adventure is winding down.  These last two days have been much appreciated r and r.  We could get accustomed to hammock living.  Sorry we have not been able to supply pictures to go with the blog but we are out in the bush, literally.  We were lucky to have an office that would charge our devices, not that we could use them.  But the computer needed to charged and batteries for the cameras. No outlets in the room.  Kathy has abandoned any pretense of fashion:  no hair dryer, no curling iron, no hair spray, no make-up.  It is not a pretty sight.   We would like to close with our last three profiles.

Sister Judy…yes, they have one too.  Sister Judith Mahembe

Taught by both the Consolata Sisters from Italy and the Maryknoll Sisters from New York, Sister Judy made her vows in 1970 with the Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. In 1974 she entered Rosary Hill College in Buffalo, NY and received a degree in social studies. From 1983-1985 she was the Superior General of the congregation and upon her return to Tanzania, taught in the secondary schools in Iringa..  She celebrated her silver jubilee in 1995.  Currently retired, she is giving religious instruction in secondary schools and she is a member of the parish council for Sacred Heart Cathedral Kihesa.

Miraji Vanginothi, our Swahili teacher and sometimes tour guide

Prior to his employment with Global Outreach Tanzania, he was a country manager, school program coordinator and technician.  In 2002 he went to the US for training at Prince George’s Community College in Washington D.C. at the Byte Back Computer Training Center.  He was also an intern instructor.  When he returned to Tanzania, he was the first person to introduce the computer training program for Global Outreach in Iringa.   Miraji has a quick smile and he knows everyone.  We nicknamed him The Mayor.

Maryline Z. Mamuya, Coordinator of the Windows to Knowledge Computer Lab and our constant companion, translator, diplomat.  She is multi-talented and cute!

Maryline was born and raised in Arusha and Kilimanjaro, which is in the northern part of Tanzania near the Kenya border. She attributes her success to her mother who was born again and gave Maryline the foundation for her religious faith. Additionally, she gives her mother full credit for her education.  She graduated from college last year and is hoping to go to graduate school.  We would have been lost without her.