Who am I to say…

In preparation for my trip, I had spoken to numerous experienced development staff and researched piles of historical texts, development strategies, journals, papers, personal accounts, etc. I had lived in Singida before and used that experience to draft a flexible framework of activities that would engage the villagers and stimulate collective learning and practice. And … Continue reading

Happy Coincidences, Chicken Experiments, and of course, Soccer

The Tanzanian Development Workers held their annual nation-wide 5 day meeting this past week. Each year, the meetings are held in a different district. Luckily for me, this year, the meetings were held in Singida. Even luckier still, the visiting workers were staying in my hostel. Mary (I love that she is a woman since … Continue reading

Working hard or hardly working?

Been feeling under the weather lately. flu/malaria-like symptoms are keeping me bed-bound most of the time. However, i have been working! met with OVCC at last and watched a youth soccer game. These young players love their soccer.. some playing with no shoes (as they cannot afford them) on a ground scattered with tiny thorns. … Continue reading

Soccer as a global langauge

“brings to life the global language of football and demonstrates how it can bring together two peoples of differing beliefs into one afternoon of playing the beautiful game”

Soccer, Mapping and Storytelling

Last fall, during my volunteer-school-build in rural Singida Tanzania, I met a school master who wanted to address the youths and vulnerable children in his community. Together, with a group of dedicated villagers, we formed Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Care (OVCC). Currently, OVCC organizes a soccer league where youths come together to play and learn … Continue reading