Thursday, December 1, 2011

Life in Dar es Salaam and a Little History Lesson

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania and is located on the east coast of Africa on the Indian Ocean. The name Tanzania is a combination of two names..."Tan" from Tanganyika (the former country) and "zan" from Zanzibar (the island nation off the coast of Tanganyika).  On April 26, 1964, the two nations merged into the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The name was changed to Tanzania six months later.  The people here are beautiful and friendly and we enjoy living among them everyday. Even though they are a third world country the people are bright and hardworking and desire to become a first world nation. Education is the key and we are so excited for the first PEF "Planning for Success" class to start next week. More on that later. We wanted to show you some pictures of what we see on our streets each day.
The women can carry amazing things on their heads.
Beautiful smiles!
We pass by this junction everyday. It's called Ubungo Junction.
How could we refuse to buy a drink from such a happy guy?
This guy is selling water and soda as we are stopped at Ubungo Junction.

Our new Ubungo District: Elders Nyazungu, Mulondo, Jimu and Mpahlele on the street where they live.       
Our newbies Elder Mulondo, from Uganda and Elder Mpahlele, from Port Elizabeth South Africa. 

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