Monday, March 22, 2010

Kaengesa Seminary

Things are going very well here in Sumbawanga! I am really liking living here. School is going well. I haven't started teaching my classes yet becuase the students have had mid-term testing and don't finish until this Friday. But, I've been going to school for the past week anyways. The teachers all seem very fun. They are always laughing and joking around. And, I think the students are really excited to have me there. I am going to be focusing on 'spoken English' with my students, so hopefully I'll be able to come up with some fun activities that will improve their ability/confidence in speaking English!

So, I want to tell you about last Friday! I went to Kaengesa Seminary to celebrate the feast of St. Joseph. The seminary is located about 1 hour away from Sumbawanga, up in the mountians. There is a boys boarding school there as well. The overall day was really fun. After a good mass (with an amazing choir), we sat outside for 2 hours and had all sorts of entertainment by the students. The students did different traditional dances from various regions of Tanzania. There was african drums and singing. There was even an acrobatic show! It was so neat. Then, after a huge lunch with about 30 brothers/sisters from around the area, we watched a student soccer game then headed back home around 7:30. It was really need to watch the tradtional african dancing and listening to the signing ... a very cool cultural experience! Here are a few pictures!




12 comments:

  1. Sarah,

    Wow - fantastic! I love seeing the pictures and I know everyone else does, too! I can't believe we will actually be there soon!

    What an experience for you to see the traditional Tanzanian dancing, drumming, etc.

    See you soon!!!

    I love you tons,
    Mom

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  2. Sarah!
    What a great way to start my day--I just caught up on your last 3 or 4 blog postings over a cup of coffee and I must say that my day is all of a sudden looking brighter (despite some pretty ugly clouds heading my way over the Atlanta skyline).
    I got to see your parents about a month ago when they were passing through Atlanta on their way back from Florida. They are so proud of you and are SO excited to see you in Africa....Wait a second, I (underline/ capitalized) am so excited to see you in Africa! We're coming along with our travel plans but we're still keeping our fingers crossed for a Victoria Falls reunion (tentative dates look like Jun 9 - Jun 11...)
    Your blog really is amazing, SaraBara. Without knowing it, you are really touching people, and everyone in different ways. Some people might pick up a book tonight instead of turning on the t.v. Someone else might take their shoes off next time they're at the park to feel the dirt between their toes. Someone else might strike up conversation with a stranger they might otherwise not have. For Whitney and I, you've given us the right "glasses" to take with us on our own journey to Africa.
    Keep the pictures and stories coming, Sarah, and can't wait to see you in a few months time!
    Much love,
    Cousin Danny
    p.s. Book recommendation for you if you haven't read it yet: "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World"...

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  3. Sarah,
    I just got a chance to read your most recent blog and see the pictures. What amazing experiences you are having. Your words give us a great picture and the photos make it even more vivid.
    I'm anxious to hear if your Mom and Dad made it there safely. They were so excited to see you.
    It's strange right now - I can't call either Karen or Donna - they both are out of the country.
    Kim and Bode arrived home Monday evening and are doing well. I'm going back up there on Wednesday (Kim's birthday) and will stay a week. I can't wait!!
    Take care Sarah. Lots of Love Diane

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  4. My name is xpery Sadala I also studied at Kaengesa Seminary left there around 1992. By now Iam living and working in West Africa Sierra Leone as an agricultural specialist.I enjoyed to see the pictures cause I know all of those places. I was the head of various projects there including the construction of the pond of Wagaba named. some p'ple I can rmember who were with me are Father Batromeo Bachoo,Deo Kapufi,Anastazius Mpwiniza now a teacher Meta sec.in Mbeya.I will pass to see Kaengesa in March by the grace of God wheen Iam in my holiday love you all keep the hope living
    MOtto Elimu na Fadhila

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  5. Very nice you remind me those days i was in Kaengesa seminary from 1998 to 2002 if you have many picture would you send to me through my email please fatakialbert@yahoo.com

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  6. My wife and I were US Peace Corps volunteers in 1985 and became friends with Karl and Beata Waldinger that were German volunteers in Sumbawanga. They had a school that taught brick making and masonry. We have lost touch with them and thought you might be able to give us some advice on how find them again. We enjoy your blog, it brings back good memories. Best wishes on your experience.

    Ken and Ann Avery
    Spokane, Washington USA
    ken@jackson-avery.us

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  7. KIMETA AT ONCE I WAS THERE MY HEART AND MY SPIRT ARE STILL HOLDING THE LOVE 4 YOU KAENGESAAAAAAAA NINAKUPENDA MAY THE ST JOSEPH PROTECT YOU

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  8. IN OUR TIME WE USED TO PRAY AT BLAMBILO HOUSE AND PRAYED AT PAMPATIRA GROUND AND FOR THOSE DOJAZ WE USED TO HIDE OURSELF AT KANTONGO VALLEY TODAY THE EVENT REPEAT ITS SELF IN MY HEAD IN THE LESS DRAMATICAL WAY I MISS OUR TIME THERE THE TIME OF RECTOR SANGU, FR KISABI A.K,A SOPE FR LYELA A,K,A KAFYEGE AS WELL AS FR NANDI AM NOT SURE IF I SAY HE IS THE SAINT FR OF OUR MODERN TIME THE MAN PRAY AS IF ITS PANSHMENT I CANT FORGET TARIMO AS WELL AS DANSINA YOU MAKE US TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF WOMEN THROUGH YOU BARBINA I THINK YOU HAD NO DRESSING TABLE AS WELL AS MIRROR IN YOUR ROOM ITS ME KIMETA OF THAT TIME VIVA LA WASANTO AND ALL WASAYUNI BY KIMETA OR NICO

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  9. MY NAME NICODEMAS TAMBO A.K.A KIMETA I WAS THERE AT KAENGESA SEMINARY IN 2000 T0 2004, I HAVE MANY THING TO REMEMBER WHEN I SEA THESE PICTURES THE FOOD WE ATE I MEAN MAKANDE KONKO AS WELL AS MMEA AND KITIMOTO BUT MY HEART GET SHOK AND STRESS WHEN I REMEMBER THE POWER OF HEAD PERFECTS OF OUR TIME THEY WERE TYRANY AND DECTATORS MORE THAN MY COMRADE MUMMARY GADAFY THEY USED TO STICK US IN LISBONY ROOM IT WAS MORE THAN INTERROGATION AND WHEN I REMEMBER THIS DATE 09-09 OF ANY YEAR THE BIG EVENT HAPPEN THERE IS THIS THINGS STILL THERE
    HEY MY YOUNG BROTHER OF THERE DO YOU STILL PUTING PUTING IN THE FOREST ? DO YOU STILL GO TO THE VILAGE EACH MOUTH ON THE DATE OF 14 SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SHOPPING MNADANI
    DO YOU STILL WAJE UP SO EALY SO THAT YO MAY GO FO THE PRAYES DO YOU SILL CLEAN FOR THE FIREMAJINI IT TAKE ME A LONG TIME TO UNDERSTAND THAT FAYAMAJINI MEANS FIRE-MARGIN IN OUR TIME IT WAS THE LAST JOB TO DO IN THE END OF THE TERM AND WE COULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GO HOME IF WE HAVE NOT COMPLEATED TO SLASH AND CLEAN FAYAMAJIN ARROUND OUR SCHOOL BOUNDARY DO YOU STILL DO THE SAME
    IS STILL AMINA BRIDGE STAND STRONG I DONT REMEMBER ALL DOMITORY NAME BUT IN OUR TIME THERE WAS MIXTURE UJAMAA, RUGAMBWA, PENGO, NYERERE ARE THEY STLL OR THEY HAVE CHANGED
    FOR THOSE WHO YOU STILL THERE STUDY HARD MANTAIN YOUR HEART AND LISTEN TO THE VOICE WHICH IS CALLING YOU IN YOUR HEART THAT VOICE WHICH CONVISED YOU TO GO THERE AND JOIN WITH OUR SEMINARY MANTAIN THAT SO THAT IN THE COMING DAY LET OUR SUMBAWANGA PROVICE TO THE EXPORTER OF PRIEST AND NOT TO BE THE IMPORTER OF PRIEST
    ALBERT FATAKI I WILL SEND TO YOU MANY PICTURE OF KAENGESA SEM, I HAVE YOUR EMAIL SAY HI TO OBAMA WHICH PROVISE DO YOU STAY IN AMERICA CHEK ME IN
    nicodemasmwikozi@yahoo.co.uk

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  10. I remember many thing while at Kaengesa, Kantongo, amina valley, and Cow and pig project those thing present until now? Or they have destroy them! Kaengesa wonderful one Jamani.

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  11. men, you guys reminded me log time, i think Kaengesa/Mpona is one of the place many of us will never forget.
    do you remember "special" (vitengo maalum), during work hours people used to go to their "special" , i remember one of my friends (1988 -1991), who used to play piano very well, when students are told to go to their special places , he will go and star playing piano.

    I love Mpona

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  12. Interesting and bringing nostalgia. Originally from Kala along Lake Tanganyika but now living in the United States, I am a1969 graduate of that seminary. That is the school that has produced some of the national leaders, notably H.E. Polycarp Cardinal Pengo and the current Prime Minister. Dr. Chailla

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