Our work is focused in the Kilimanjaro region of Eastern Africa, specifically Tanzania. Just outside of the growing city of Moshi, nestled in the villages near Mount Kilimanjaro, our families and school call home. It is here that winding dirt roads lead to clusters of humble dirt and cinderblock homes. Sunrise is marked by crowing roosters while sunset comes to a close with howling street dogs. Early mornings and afternoons you can find small clusters of children in uniforms walking home leisurely from their morning classes.
Tanzania is known for its wildernesses and national parks and is therefore visited by many tourists for safaris and treks up the world's largest free-standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is home to around 120 different indigenous people groups though the country is noted for its sense of harmony and community, so most citizens identify first and foremost as Tanzanian. The two main religions seen in the country are Muslim and Christian. Just outside of most towns (as well as right outside of Kilimanjaro International Airport) you will find many Masaai tribes living and working.
Manners and respect play a large role in Tanzanian culture. The country is full of hard working, joyful and easy-going individuals. Many adults work in the fields of agriculture, construction, small business or hospitality. Farming is very common with the biggest crops being Maize, Sugar Cane, and Coffee. Full-time consistent work is hard to come by and therefore many adults find themselves working odd jobs.
Overall Tanzania is a beautiful and fascinating country, with a rich history and a captivating people.