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The Last One/10 Things I Learned in Tanzania | Nourish International

August 9, 2007 | Posted in 2007, Duke, OSU, Tanzania, UNC | By

Home sweet home, or atleast kind of. I am now in my final destination of Hyderabad, India which apart from being my place of birth will also be my home for the next three months. Also this will probably be the last post about the project until later when I may get some updates from the projects themselves however it is the first post with some pictures!! (my family here has broadband)

So after the safari we went back to Moshi and travelled the next day back to Tanga. In Tanga we met with the secretary of the Environmental Committee of Kigombe to purchase the supplies and travel to Pangani to meet the rest of the villagers working with the project. The difference with this project compared to the previous coups we had built is that the committee seemed not only more motivated but more unified therefore we decided upon a large communal coup versus the individual ones we built. This is preferrable because it is more cost effective to vaccinate a large number of chickens versus a small number due to the shelf life after opening which is relatively nothing. Also simply because of numbers if someone loses 50% of there chickens if they started off with fifty chickens they are much better off than if they started with 10. Basically it was nice to finish the trip atleast feeling like the success of this coup was a little more assured. Also since it was at the very end of our trip we only had time to oversee the very early stages of building the villagers themselves had to pitch in and it was wonderful to see them all participating in not only their but our common goal.
As for the pics I loaded the three that were supposed to have loaded on my prevoius post and one of the group in Kigombe and one from the beach in Peponi which is where we stayed during our visit to Pangani. (Pangani is the “city” Kigombe is the specific village we were in)

And Finally the list.

1.The word Hurry is either entirely absent or holds very little meaning to Tanzanians, however the word Pole pole (POH-lee POH-lee) which means slowly is used quite often.

2. “Maximum Capacity” definitely has no relevance as evidenced by the occupancy on busses and Dala Dalas

3. Tanzanian cuisine consists almost entirely of Indian dishes.

4. Tanzanians will laugh at you if you are Mzungu, which although means “white man” applies just as readily to those of us with brown skin.

5. Akon is still always on the radio.

6. An answer in the affirmative i.e.

“Can you do this for me?”


Could mean yes, maybe, or definitely not.

7. Even in poor villages many people have cell phones, mostly for txt messaging.

8. An answer in the negative probably means they don’t understand what you are asking for.

9. It is nearly impossible to ever make change (Tsh 1250:$1 you end up with too many 10,000 notes)

10. The most important lesson to surviving in Tanzania was taught by Timon and Pumba: Hakuna Matata