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My Recent Trip to Tanzania
Posted in the September 2023 Newsletter
This August, I took my 4th trip back to Tanzania since moving back to the US in 2020. This time it had been over a year since I was last in Mwanza and I noticed so much that had changed, AND so much that had stayed the same.
I drove up some of the same dirt roads and saw some of the same businesses thriving and struggling. The cultural features of people out and about in town also remained the same. The ease of catching up on friendships and relationships remains one constant that I hope never changes.
At the same time, I noticed some differences. A new airport terminal nearing completion. Brand new bus stands that were bustling places of transportation and business. Even tracks being laid for a brand new electric train that will run from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza.
This is similar to what I encountered at Wesley College. I enjoyed spending time catching up with staff, hearing how they are doing, and seeing the new things they are working on.
Some of the challenges are the same. Unstable internet connections, missing certain library resources, and an outdated computer lab are some of the challenges with which we are still struggling. There are challenges with government processes slowing down the college’s growth as well as our style of practical, community college education still being a new concept in Tanzania and not fully accepted.
Yet there were new things brewing as well. A new Gender Based Violence Desk which will provide a safe space to report any sexual harassment or discrimination. A new social work program close to receiving its accreditation. New efforts towards community engagement, receiving training on service learning which links community volunteerism with classroom learning. Many staff who are in the process of continuing their education--working on a degree in computer science or human resource management or a master’s degree in business, accounting, or theology.
Staff are continuing to grow and as they grow they model a growth mind-set for students. Often we focus on students and how they are changed by their time at Wesley College or graduates and the amazing work they are doing in the world. However, the growth of our students is directly tied to the dedication and growth of our staff. The classroom and corridor experience is what creates the progress in students and graduates that are the heart-beat of Wesley College. Despite the challenges, and the slow grind of development and growth, Wesley College staff stay dedicated to their work.
Seeing them was a blessing-- sharing time with them an inspiration. And I am excited to be finding better ways to support the work they do every day as we move forward.
I look forward to this continued growth and connection with staff at future events for Wesley College. I will be running in the Rock City Marathon on November 4th with Wesley College staff and students. One way you can partner up to connect with our staff and students is by "joining" us on the run--virtually.
We love linking together across the ocean for good- and what better way than through exercise and sportsmanship. The Rock City Run is a virtual race that you can run solo or with a group while benefiting students in Mwanza. I am also posting training videos on social media with inspiring stories from Tanzania that provide motivation.
You can learn more about this virtual run and can join by clicking here.