Good evening from Musoma!! Happy to report that we made it safe and sound. After leaving Brussels at 11am on Thursday, we finally got to Musoma at 4pm the next day. First layover was in Doha (Qatar) where we arrived at 7pm and left at 1:45am. Here we got the chance to experience the Arab and European culture blend and to enjoy our first group dinner. After sleeping throughout the flight to Nairobi (Kenya) we arrived in the Nairobi airport at 6:30am to board on our final flight to Mwanza (Tanzania). This was still not our final destination as from Mwanza we had another 4 hrs to go by minivan to Musoma.
Once in Musoma, we first went to visit the headquarters of Global Resource Alliance (GRA) where we were welcomed by our project partners. GRA is the NGO collaborating with Deloitte since 2011 / 2012. GRA is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Tanzania’s water, permaculture, solar cooking, orphans care and natural medicine programs.
At around 5pm we were able to check in at our hotel, Afrilux. Once unpacked, Benoit, already experienced with Musoma, took us for a short tour around the city, stopping shortly at the nearby beach and at the local market, leaving us with no doubt that we were in “authentic” Africa.
On Saturday, after a well-deserved sleep, we did another tour of the market, this time getting the chance to admire the wonderful fruits & vegetables and the hand-made clothes & accessories. After lunch, we departed by boat to Lukuba Island, a wonderful peaceful place in the Lake Victoria, the second biggest lake in the world. Lake Victoria borders Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, its surface is of 68 800 km2 (= more than two times the size of Belgium) and it is at an altitude of 1 133 m above sea level.
During the time spent on the island, we got the chance to bond as a team and to get fully recharged for the upcoming 2 weeks of training.
As of tomorrow, we will start our teaching of the students and NGOs. Although we have been preparing this trip for months and we believe that we are ready, we are anxious to see what we can achieve. Therefore, please follow our blog in the coming days.
Don’t forget about our quizzes, you can find the second question at the following link: Quiz question # 2