This week we began to talk about HIV and AIDS in detail for the first time. HIV rates in the Bunda District have risen from 3.6 % in 2012 to 5.8 % in 2014, so it was imperative that we stress the importance of HIV knowledge and awareness. Both schools were very interested in the subject of HIV and asked lots of questions, ranging from how it is transferred to how it can be maintained. While there is progress in containing the initial spread of HIV, scientists are far from discovering a cure. It is hard to tell the class that there is no cure, seeing as it is a very real part of their every day lives. However, HIV awareness is a step forward in preventing the spread of the disease and we hope we have made an effective impact on these children through this unit.
Outside the classroom, life has been relatively slow. We have discovered a small path that turns out to be a short cut to the center of town. Roaming the markets and looking for goods have become a daily occurrence that keeps us busy. Delaney and I saw a Maasai Warrior the other day and stopped to have a chat with him. He was extremely friendly and was enthusiastic to take a photo with us!
For the first two or three weeks at the hotel, it was only the four of us staying there. Recently there has been an influx of guests at the hotel, and that has been a nice change. The past few nights I have stayed up late talking with Manyama (the hotel manager) and a few Mwanza locals about African and World politics. We discussed the status of the Syrian Civil War, Tanzanian Trade Relations with Europe, and most notably the future of Tanzania’s economy.
A couple nights ago Nikki came up with the ingenious AfriBurrito. In this food creation, we use chapati (a crispy fried naan-like bread), avocado, chili sauce, cooked greens and beef to make possibly the best food we have had on this trip so far. I could easily have that for the next 8 nights that we will be here.
Until next time,