One of my tasks while in Tanzania was to shoot photos of all the Mavuno kids that I met. So I figured I'd post some of those below as well as some generic "slice of life" shots that I happened to get while in Eastern Africa. The first photo below is an example of this. Typically anything to do with agriculture in this area is done by hand and considered women's work. Below you can see the hoeing tools they use to kill weeds out in the fields. (Click on the photo for a larger file to view.)
This is Malucha (Mavuno's off-campus facilitator) with two little Mavuno orphans named David and Martin. The amazing thing about these 3 photos is the difference between how the boys look now and what they looked like when Mavuno first took them in. For a reference go to www.mavunovillage.com and look for David and Martin Paulo's story under the "Mavuno Children" tab. It was great to see them doing so much better.
We interviewed David and Martin's foster parents for the video presentation. The interview was done in Swahili and Malucha helped me translate a few days later. It was quite the experience as I'd never done anything like that before. It was fun but I'm very grateful that Malucha is a patient guy! While we were interviewing the parents a fairly large group of village kids gathered outside their yard and I got some photos of them below afterwards.
A couple of the older boys were showing off a bird they had caught to Dave Helsby. These kids seemed very intrigued to have a couple westerners visit in a rarely seen Toyota Land Cruiser.
This is Daniel. He is another Mavuno orphan we stopped to visit.
Mavuno's staff taken at the Christmas get-together outside the team home.
We all headed down to the beach of Lake Victoria to play some sand volleyball as part of the Christmas festivities. As you can see it was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun. The huge dude in the white shirt is yours truly. Showing off my crazy American VB skillz :)
This is Eva. She is a Mavuno orphan who is doing very well in her studies as well as with her new family. She has learned enough English that we were able to interview her for the video in English. I'm pretty excited about that as her story is motivational and she is doing great!
Eva's family... The Tobotobos. They are living on the campus of Nassa Theological seminary where Lameck and his wife are students.
These last two shots are a couple of kids at the George family residence where we stopped to visit one day. Dan Tanner and Mavuno Village are very involved in helping this family as the father has passed away and the mother has HIV. Four of the George kids are under Mavuno's umbrella of care.