Nigel’s visit (2009)

Nigel arrived on Wednesday and we had a good few days in my village. Today we have come into town cos tomorrow we leave at dawn for Arusha which is a 13 hour bus ride away. We’ll then spend 5 days visiting 3 game parks: Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Manyara and the Serengeti. I’m looking forward to it – it’s a holiday within a holiday.

Yesterday I used some of the money that’s been donated to buy 1000kg of maize for the rehab centre and then today we visited other blind in Dodoma and distributed maize, onions, soap, bananas, beans, fish, talking watches, a white cane, school books and pens to 25 people. Here is a photo post of our activities:

Nigel enjoying one or three beers

We had a couple of teachers over so we could see if they liked gin and tonic (Nigel picked a bottle of Gordons up in Duty Free) and olives. The reaction was varied!

Here I am at the rehab centre handing out the maize

Meanwhile Nigel taught the kids how to make noises with blades of grass

Good old maize

We found ourselves walking around hand in hand with the children

This fellah had a groovy hat

Some of the kids had found an ingenious way to make toys with few materials

Back home some kids played on one of the 2 new Boppits which Nigel brought out

And we gourged ourselves on lollypops

This morning we had a civilised breakfast

Then caught a lift into town on the back of a pickup

We handed out the exercise books and other items

The children queued for sweets

And others looked on


About Imo & Tom Feilding

I'm in my 30s and work for the University of Bristol, I regularly visit Buigiri Village slapbang in the centre of Tanzania in East Africa. It is a very poor semi-desert area. I spend much of my time and money helping individuals improve their situation and I write about it on here.
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