Archive for December, 2008

December 26, 2008

krismas njema na heri ya mwaka mpya!  

(merry christmas and happy new year!)

 

well, once again it’s been a month since we’ve shared some of our daily experiences. rather than writing a novel, we thought it best to post a pictorial summary of the past month. enjoy!

 

with the help of play it forward and our supporters, our team donated much needed soccer jerseys, shorts, water and balls to the youth of DYOC

with the help of play it forward and our supporters, our team donated much needed soccer jerseys, shorts, water and balls to the youth of DYOC

 

many of the 120 youth from this organization were once homeless or abandoned. it has been a blessing for us and our teammates to have an ongoing relationship with them.

many of the 120 youth from this organization were once homeless or abandoned. it has been a blessing for us and our teammates to have an ongoing relationship with them.

 

 

tanzanian culture 101 - we attended the wedding of our friend, alois and his stunning bride, jeni. the ceremony was LONG and we had a blast!

tanzanian culture 101 - we attended the wedding of our friend, alois and his stunning bride, jeni. the ceremony was LONG and we had a blast!

 

 

we went to a neighborhood just outside the city for the wedding. everyone at the small, dirt floored church was SO welcoming to us and surprised that 'these wazungu' even like the food here! we loved it and the kids did, too.

we went to a neighborhood just outside the city for the wedding. everyone at the small, dirt floored church was SO welcoming to us and surprised that 'these wazungu' even like the food here! we loved it and the kids did, too. hongera alois and jeni!

 

doug made barbells and dumbells out of wooden poles, concrete, and our empty water jugs! he used our luggage scale to estimate the weight. now THAT's a guy determined to stay in shape.

he's crafty: doug made barbells and dumbells out of wooden poles, concrete, and our empty water jugs! he used our luggage scale to calculate the weight. now THAT's a guy determined to stay in shape.

 

of course, we decked the halls! it may be 95 degrees, but it's still christmas! we put up our first fake tree ever and got out some good old staples from christmas' past that made the cut in our luggage.

of course, we decked the halls! it may be 95 degrees, but it's still christmas! we put up our first fake tree ever and got out some good old staples from christmas' past that made the cut in our luggage.

 

 we even organized a cookie exchange - memories of doug's days at TWHS! here is elliott working hard on his gingerbread man. we had a great time baking (in the sweltering heat) and we've been eating wonderfully yummie, homemade christmas cookies

we even organized a cookie exchange - memories of doug's days at TWHS! here is elliott working hard on his gingerbread man. we had a great time baking (in the sweltering heat) and we've been eating wonderfully yummie, homemade christmas cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

doug and the coaches from DYOC - george, brown and aluko

doug and the coaches from DYOC - george, brown and aluko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

last saturday our team had a holiday party and invited many of our tanzanian friends. ben and melissa hosted over 50 people – we talked, ate, and had fun celebrating with our many new friends.

Our dapper neighbors and friends who joined us at the party.

Our neighbors and friends who joined us at the party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lyndi and stela at the christmas party

lyndi and stela at the christmas party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

swahili teachers, friends and tanzanian team members

swahili teachers, friends and tanzanian team members

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lyndi captured the moment on film.

the good: doug buying 25 kilos of corn flour for the boys who live at the DYOC hostel. the bad: he thought he was buying 25 kilos of rice. the ugly: lyndi captured the moment on film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

visiting the DYOC hostel

visiting the DYOC hostel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jude nathan enjoyed wrangling the boys’ christmas goat!  mbuzi choma!  (grilled goat)

jude nathan enjoyed wrangling the boys’ christmas goat! mbuzi choma! (grilled goat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this young man plays soccer for DYOC and voluntarily cooks every meal for over 35 youth.  one day he wants to cook professionally; for now, this is his kitchen.

this young man plays soccer for DYOC and voluntarily cooks every meal for over 35 youth. one day he wants to cook professionally; for now, this is his kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the boys are proud of their new jerseys and that they are 3-0 since they started wearing them.

the boys are proud of their new jerseys and that they are 3-0 since they started wearing them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

our team distributes christmas goodies to the boys living at the hostel.

our team distributes christmas goodies to the boys living at the hostel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

new shoestrings, socks, candy bars, and many kilos of rice, beans, sugar, wheat flour, 25 kilos of corn flour! (thanks to doug’s “learning experience”), and mafuta (cooking oil)-  the boys were happy and thankful!

new shoestrings, socks, candy bars, and many kilos of rice, beans, sugar, wheat flour, 25 kilos of corn flour! (thanks to doug’s “learning experience”), and mafuta (cooking oil)- the boys were happy and thankful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

aidan watching our first DYOC soccer game from a tree.

aidan watching our first DYOC soccer game from a tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

our pre-christmas eve trip to the central fish market—quite an experience!  yes, that is a 30 lb. grouper you see on the table!

our pre-christmas eve trip to the central fish market—quite an experience! yes, that is a 30 lb. grouper you see on the table!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the shark was like kryptonite to superman!

the shark was like kryptonite to superman!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thanks to our loving family and friends aidan and elliott got to open many gifts on christmas.  shirts were not needed this year!

thanks to our loving family and friends aidan and elliott got to open many gifts on christmas. shirts were not needed this year!

dad’s shopping skills have improved a bit.  he bought this bike on the street and even managed to get the seller, who is know for being quite stubborn, to punguza bei (reduce the price) 5,000 shillings, about 4.50 USD.  aidan is learning to ride.

dad’s shopping skills have improved a bit. he bought this bike on the street and even managed to get the seller, who is know for being quite stubborn, to punguza bei (reduce the price) 5,000 shillings, about 4.50 USD. aidan is learning to ride.

elliott rode his bike around the house all of christmas morning.

elliott rode his bike around the house all of christmas morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tanzania team (minus the lyatuus who were visiting family) enjoy christmas dinner at nyumbani kwetu (our house).

tanzania team (minus the lyatuus who were visiting family) enjoy christmas dinner at nyumbani kwetu (our house).

 

 

 

the tanzania team kiddos after a game of charades

the tanzania team kiddos after a game of charades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

merry christmas!

merry christmas!