To the ends of the earth…and back!

A Few of My Favorite Things

Doe a deer, a female deer…

A few weeks ago, I watched SOUND OF MUSIC, rekindling my love for the classic film. Truly I forgot how much I love it. I think every little girl (and perhaps boy?) has done exactly as Maria did in the opening scene: twirling around, hands out as though one is flying; I certainly remembered the many times I reenacted the beloved scene. The joy continued as Maria made her way to the Von Trapp family and taught the children to sing. Though historically inaccurate, it’s hard to deny Julie Andrews’ amazing vocals paired with the picturesque Austrian landscape. As Maria and the children frolicked about in clothing made from curtains singing in Solfege (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti), I remembered the afternoon I spent at Tumaini teaching Standard 5 students about Solfege.

The classroom of roughly 30 children dripped with anticipation as small groups proceeded to the front of the room and sang their respective Solfege bit after my explanation and singing examples. Beautiful harmonies echoed, mixed in with some laughter when a few of the boys sang in falsetto and near bass…Ray, a drop of golden sun. Truly.

Brown paper packages tied up with string…

I recently received not one but TWO brown paper packages decorated with Tanzanian stamps. Much to my delight, one batch contained letters from the children and Tumaini’s head teacher and the other contained the children’s letters to their sponsors.

The watoto (children) have started their second term of the school year and I’m delighted to report they all received good marks for the first term. Yay! The 9 additional children enrolled September-November 2010 have especially started to blossom as they’re becoming more accustomed to life at Tumaini where their courses are taught all in English (except Kiswahili and French language classes).

Notes from the children and Tumaini teachers to me

Along with the children’s progress reports and notes, I received updated photos (below). I cannot believe how much they’ve grown in just five months since I last saw them. I cannot even imagine how much the children will have changed in the next few before I see them.










Glory A

Glory A.



Rose V.

(Surprise Surprise, she is part of the Scouts at Tumaini)




When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

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