Lynda Kearns is CanaDares’ Project Director and is a founder and serves on the board of both CanaDares and Vijaliwa Vingi Societies. Lynda currently spends about six months of the year at the project in Tanzania; the other six months are spent recovering from the African heat in the Canadian winter. There she spends her time fundraising and raising awareness for the work being done at Vijailiwa Vingi.

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Nane Nane: Celebrating Agriculture!

August 8th is a national holiday here: NaneNane, celebrating farmers and Agriculture. There are numerous what we used to call 'country fairs',  but the biggest exhibit is in Morogoro at a fairgrounds developed for the purpose. In size (8 square kilometres, with each exhibitor growing its own gardens, and many with concrete halls) and attendance (millions over ten days), it is similar to the Pacific and Canadian National Exhibitions. (Playland excluded! though there was one big mechanical ride, and two overworked camels.)

Ditrick and I took our groundskeeper, Iliasi, and four of our children for the day on Sunday the 7th. It was an educating day!

I had given the children an assignment: to take notes, and each one choose one topic to share with the rest after we returned. Since the 8th was a school holiday, we gathered after lunch upstairs on the rooftop, to hear the presentations of the four: Mariam recounted a lesson on raising crossbred chickens; Rehema taught us all about keeping bees and producing honey; Hamidu shared the recipe and reasons for composting; and Husein, after doing an excellent job of reminding the other three of points that they had forgotten, did a great job of teaching how to make organic pesticide.

It was a fabulous exercise! Congratulations to each of them. Now that we have seen how well it works, we will be looking forward to more chances to explore more extra curricular learnings.

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