Mambo! We arrived in Dar es Salaam just over a week ago, on June 14th, and are finally starting to feel more acclimated. We are living with an amazing and welcoming Tanzanian family, so there is always someone to ask how to get somewhere or how much a bajaj ride should cost for a particular distance. Since our arrival, bajaj drivers that know we are not from around here have tried to charge us up to 7,000Tsh for a ride from the local shopping mall, which should only cost 1,000Tsh. For the next two weeks, we are at the University of Dar es Salaam working on the Women Leading change program (we even have our own office!) and the commute from home to the school is minimal. We’ve taken ubers, the bus, and my personal favorite, the bajaj.
This week, we have begun planning an event for the nearby women who were a part of the inaugural Women Leading Change cohort to meet them, discuss how WLC has positively impacted their lives and what challenges still remain. Looking for venues took us into city center, where we have been to some great restaurants with even better views. Dar is a beautiful city with very friendly people.
We have also begun the process of connecting with embassies in Dar and researching other nonprofits in the area. We even have some meetings set up for the upcoming weeks! We have also met some people in the area who are friends of the Sasamani Foundation and have introduced us to the NGO landscape in the area. We are looking forward to connecting to other NGO's and the women from WLC, all while learning more about Tanzanian culture.