A few weeks back in the blog post, Africa in Jersey, I wrote about the 2019 annual general meeting of the Segal Family Foundation.  I alluded to a trip that my colleagues, Augustino Valerian and Emmanuel Mnubi, were planning to undertake to Tanzania’s de facto capital city, Dar es Salaam.

Augustino and Ema did indeed make the trip, about a nine-hour bus ride due south from Moshi, Kilimanjaro (a bit less exciting perhaps than Bill and Ted’s time travel, but still noteworthy as Ema had never been to Dar before).  The purpose of their journey was to attend another Segal-sponsored event, this time an in-country organizational development workshop specific to Tanzania and hosted by our Tz program officers at Segal, Gidibo Tindwa and Sharonrose Msaki.  Many other Segal grantees from Tz were in attendance for nearly a full week in October to discuss OD and, in particular, to learn about financial management.

In addition to participating in this workshop, Augustino and Ema took advantage of the travel to plan other meetings such as with: Nathalie Louge, an education technical advisor at FHI 360 who had reached out to me the previous month looking to learn more about how Toa was able to achieve success with the RTI model in Tz; Veronika Rovegno, Toa’s sole Tanzanian member of the US board who resides in Mbezi Beach; Gwamaka Mwabuka and Ian Tarimo of Tai Tanzania (a Segal grantee) to discuss collaboration on message-driven as well as academic short animated videos for our students; Oscar Machange, again someone who had reached out to me, about traditional African dance lessons for our students’ Friday Fundays; and Jackie Bomboma, another Segal grantee, who founded Young Strong Mothers Foundation, to discuss women’s empowerment with our all-female tutoring staff.

Below, please find some pictures from Augustino and Ema’s stupendous safari.  Enjoy!  🙂

Glimpses of others at the Segal workshop


Ema takes center stage


Augustino watches with interest from the sidelines


The guys talk with Jackie about empowering young Tanzanian women who oftentimes face motherhood a bit too early


Ema and Oscar enjoy a chat about African dance