today, alhamis (thursday) monessa and sara join us from sweden. they have been in moshi for several weeks volunteering for another organization but wanted to live somewhere where there were other mzungus and mazungumzo (conversation). so they will be part of our group for perhaps another month? madelon (holland) will be leaving us saturday to travel about tanzania before returning home. she has been away from home 2 years.
today, i am still pampering the massive blister on my heel (reported last week). okay maybe it’s not massive but it IS the worst one i’ve ever had. so massive it is. 🙂 because the work i am concentrating on for foot2afrika and rudisha is internet/computer oriented, i have been working from the hostel for a few days . and this gives my heel a bit more time to heal. 🙂 i don’t mean to be a big old baby about the blister but it has actually been fairly painful; my primary concern is infection as we are always in the dirt and i have no good ways to keep it clean and sterilized. i cannot wear a regular shoe either because of it. the tevas are awesome, love them! but my foot apparently was not used to the heel cup as it rubbed and i did walk probably too far before adjusting to them. my bad.
now…. i would like to introduce you to the project leader at rudisha. it’s rather basic right now, but i hope that i can share more with you later.
aisha (ah ee sha) juma ally is 50 years old. most of the volunteers, being younger, call her mama aisha (common to call women older than you mama and their name). i haven’t divulged that i’m older so i just call her mama too 🙂
aisha is a hard working woman and is the leader of the group. she is married to a man with mental problems. they had seven children before her husband became sick about 8 years ago. and now, the everyday life and family care lies in aisha’s hands. due to the families hardships, the children are not able to attend school. aisha’s children include: chichi (16), aziza (13), aduly (8) years and maimune (14) years. Three other children have passed away.
mama aisha is capable of reading and writing kiswahili and is eager to learn to speak english better. she has the self determination to develop the other women and manage her family.
my note: with a ready smile, a willingness to learn and listen, aisha is very easy to work with. and because she does speak limited english, we are able to converse with her to a degree. i hope to share more about her later….
swahili time! random (sorta) selections while browsing thru my e-sw dictionary. good night time reading 🙂
moyo – heart
nywele – hair (oh,speaking of…i’m thinking about having braided extensions put in! i will let you know if i make that particular leap)
lengelenge -blister 🙂
kupona – heal
posta – mail
manyunyu – shower