A day in Arusha

On Monday Judy and Katharine headed into Arusha to greet Rachel Blackmore, the founder and UK Coordinator for Western Turville Wells for Tanzania (WTWT) who works in a neighboring Maasai village. Similar to NCN, WTWT focuses on a myriad of issues aimed at improving the lives of the Maasai people. We conferred, comparing our microloan programs and finding platforms to potentially work together.

Not only did we experience the Tanzanian dala-dala (Kiswahili for many stops, a dala-dala is an overstuffed minivan filled with people and chickens), stuff our faces with amandazes, and stop by the Cultural Heritage Center – to fulfill Katharine’s tourist needs – we also learned about SAFE MAA, an organization that uses film as a means to educate people on HIV/AIDS as well as combating female genital mutilation. With WTWT, NCN aspires to combat these societal misconceptions about HIV/AIDS that are crippling the communities. We recognize the importance of education and awareness for both men and women as a means to bring an end to this disease.

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