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on running in rural tanzania

“How’s the morning,” he offered as we passed one another.

His words were twisted and accented, though, making them sound more like, “Za asubuhi?

I was so happy I didn’t even notice.

I’ve been running in and around Geita town for three years now.  And this was the first time I’d ever passed someone else running for exercise.  He was Tanzanian, probably 20 years old, and jogging slowly up the hill in our neighborhood.  I was jogging down the same hill. Continue reading



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the rocket stove: a very appropriate technology

With the help of our summer interns, we built our first rocket stove for use in the village a little over a month ago.  A rocket stove is a more efficient way of cooking with fire.  It uses smaller diameter wood — and less of it — but still cooks faster than a traditional open fire.

A rocket stove is incredibly easy to construct, and it can be made entirely out of materials already present in rural areas. Continue reading


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bugakara village: a short video

We recently sent a short video to one of our sponsoring churches, in order for them to show it during their VBS, the theme of which was missions.  Filming was both short and hurried as it was raining, but, still, this ought to give you guys an idea of what we’re doing and where we’re working:

So… that’s Bugakara village.

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