March 3 – Greetings to all and a happy beginning of March! For those you not in the know, this past Saturday was our first annual S.O.S (South of the Sahara) Fundraiser in Nairobi. About sixty people descended in Muthaiga to spotlight TFFT’s projects in and around Tanzania. And in the end, we raised quite a bit of money for the Foundation – and raised a considerable amount of awareness for our work (helped in part by an amazing video produced by Quite Bright films based in Nairobi. If you get a chance, pick up a copy. It really does an amazing job of explaining what we do and why we do it. Plus there’s a pretty cool scene in it that – I believe – captures the essence of my beard exquisitely.)
So yes! There was live dancing, some singing…. And attendees might have had the opportunity to hear a Program Director who will remain nameless belt out an impromptu version of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”.
Now I’m currently in Nairobi hashing out the Teacher Training program with one of the many international schools here. However, one of the big issues is that the Tanzanian teachers speak Kiswahili predominately, whereas the teachers in Nairobi speak English almost exclusively. But I’m speaking with a professor tomorrow regarding a mentorship program for six Tanzanian educators over the coming year. All in all, should be an interesting program… especially given the amount of work that’s gone into the proposal. Honestly, I must have re-written this thing front to back six different times. And that doesn’t even include the internal revisions since the fledgling idea.
So that’s all from here, little campers. Hopefully you’re all rocking it well.