An Eye-opening Experience

The curiosity in the kid’s eyes and their expressions were absolutely priceless when we began our lesson on reproduction. I forget what it was like to learn about the topic and how fascinating it was…I forget how many questions I had and how clear everything eventually became. The lesson involved puberty and the changes that occur in both boys and girls, the anatomy of male and female reproductive systems, FGM, and male circumcision. We decided to separate the boys from the girls to teach them about both genders to provide an environment where the students felt more comfortable asking questions. We also had Zak instruct the boys on his own and us girls instruct the female students. When it was time to teach the boys about the female reproductive system, Del went in to help out. The students at Kunzugu presented us with very insightful questions and participated really well throughout the lesson. We finished off the unit on Monday with a Jeopardy style quiz game to see how well they retained the information from Friday’s lesson. They proved to remember the information very well and the winning team got Manitoba pins, which the kids were very much excited about. The unit went well at Rubana as well; however, the students are a little bit younger and are less mature so there were a lot of giggles throughout the class. They did not have many questions at all but what 13-year-old feels comfortable talking about that kind of stuff in front of their classmates? I sure didn’t. All we can hope for is that the information translated and they learned something new.

The power was out yesterday, which is somewhat of a regular occurrence in Tanzania. It seems as though it is due to line maintenance. There is usually an announcement the day before informing the public that the power will be out from approximately 9am-6pm. Hurray for propane! Although we did need to write out our lesson plans by hand and had to endure a day without Internet. We filled our time by going for a nice afternoon walk for tomatoes. There are little vegetable stands everywhere in Bunda, many of which that sell tomatoes, onions, and sardines. Being the “smart”, pale Canadians that we are, we wanted to get our tan on and figured that a 20 minute walk at the hottest part of the day, near the equator would be harmless without sunscreen on…yep, it’s safe to say we’re idiots. We all got burned except for Ginny. It literally still looks like I’m wearing my bag over my shoulder.

Yesterday’s lesson at Kunzugu included the different ways of being safe when engaging in sexual activities. CPAR even provided us with a penis model. Zak bravely demonstrated to the class by use of the model how to properly use a condom and Del even stepped up to demonstrate how to turn a condom into a dental dam! The students were astounded by such demonstrations and once again blew our minds with excellent questions. We finished the day with some class photos and handed out condoms to each of the students.

Ginny and I helped Lucy prepare dinner last night and are now experts at making masala sauce and ugali. She’s going to show us different ways to prepare sweet potatoes and how to carry a baby on our backs with just a piece of fabric. She’s literally Superwoman. I’ve never seen someone multitask but yet conduct herself in such a joyful and calm manner, all the time. We’ve grown quite fond of her and her husband Manyama and of course their 7-month-old son Faustine.ImageImage

Asante to our magnificent hosts



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