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DECEMBER 2013
Sponsoring a student: "On the basis of informal visits to MaaSAE Girls Secondary School in Monduli, Tanzania, in 2005, 2011 and early 2013, TEAA decided to sponsor a student at this school for 4 years. Our student, Tumaini Yuda, has just completed her first year and I thought you might like to see some videos and other information related to her life," writes Brooks Goddard. To learn more about the school, click on  MGSS . On the other side of the Tanzania-Kenya border, a young woman refused to accept the continued oppression of women in her Maasai village, so she built a primary school with a mission similar to that of MaaSAE Girls, in opposition to similarly unsavory social practices. For more, click on  why  you should listen to her in this  video .
Principal Okunya writing to Ed from SW Kenya: "We have woken up today to a very wet day; it is like the last drops of the rain this year have just remembered to fall. We have a rest day today following the celebration of Kenya @50 yesterday. Despite the cold I am happy because I am told that my crops at school have done well. As part of our work study program I engaged three of my needy students to pick the beans at a cost. The same will be credited into their fees next term, while those who wedded had their fees credited by the same figures in Term three this year. At least my maize and beans will supplement whatever we shall buy next term for students' meals.

"The day after tomorrow, we are burying the remains of Nelson Mandela, a great African icon and a great human being, a character larger than life. We are fortunate to have lived in his days, at least the final parts of it. Reading about him has made our life richer. I was amazed at the throng of world leaders who came to pay tribute to him. It is like the walls of division of every kind simply melted at that stadium. We shall miss him."
Was this woman your student? She's about the right age, I'd say. As Okunya notes, yesterday was Kenya@50, celebrating a half-century of independence. In recognition of that, this photo and others appeared on a CNN web page. Photographer George Kanyingi said: "Many times we have sat down around a fire and this lady told us stories of how things were before, during and after independence."
NOVEMBER 2013
"It is an extraordinary quirk of geometry that the apparent sizes of the Moon and Sun are nearly equal in our sky and when the Moon passes directly between Earth and the Sun the result is a spectacular piece of natural theatre for those lucky enough to be within the narrow band of the Earth's surface beneath the shadow."

Gulu, Uganda, got lucky on November 3 and there to see the 22 seconds of total solar eclipse amidst 2 hours of partial eclipse were TEAA-er Fawn Cousens and her husband John, a native of New Zealand and, like Fawn, a half-century resident of Kenya and Uganda. In Kampala the Cousenses have been frequent and generous hosts to TEAA travelers. News of this trip reached North America via Skype on Nov. 11, 95 years after the Armistice in Europe.

The east coast of the USA got a glimpse of partial eclipse at dawn but at that point the moon's cone of full shadow did not quite reach Earth. The strip of totality extended from east of Florida across the Atlantic to Gabon and onward to Somalia.
source of quote      Wikipedia coverage
Kudos to Gene Child and TEAA. Each has been recognized by a plaque from MacKay College, Nateete, Kampala, Uganda, citing assistance made possible by Gene's major contribution. The plaques were brought across Africa and the Atlantic Ocean by Fawn Cousens and presented at our Colorado reunion in September. One of them is shown here.
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Robert Taylor, who went to Uganda with TEA Wave 2A and taught at King's College, Budo, passed away in late October. Thanks to Lee Smith for this information. The notice on the website of Teachers College, Columbia University, mentions Bob's 1970 Ed.D and calls him "a digital pioneer who founded TC's Computing in Education Program in 1976 - one of the first such graduate programs in the world." It says much  more .
OCTOBER 2013
In the Twilight: Having "lived and worked in the Twilight of Empire (and about everything else), certainly also the Twilight of Democracy," TEAA-er Mike Rainy reflects that "it's been quite a run and Judy and I are both pleased that it isn't quite over. Any of you joining us for the 2014 edition September and October down here? Earlier in July and August there are far too many observers and at crossings you might think you've arrived at a sale of previously owned long-wheel-base safari vehicles... Love and Blessings from Mike and Judy in the Mara Triangle at the tail end of the 2013 Great Migration."
Principal Okunya writes,
to several TEAA-ers:

Friends - It was Charles Dickens who wrote of Hard Times, and these times in Kenya fit the phrase. That was a dark Saturday for our country, what with so many people trapped in the mall. The dust has now settled but our hearts bleed for those who lost their lives. While we salute the work of our gallant soldiers, we mourn those of them who paid the ultimate price in the course of duty.

Yesterday I invited four colleague principals to join us here at Wandiji Secondary for our school family talk. Mrs Aloo, a long time Physics teacher was a good inspiration to the girls. Pastor Obiero, calling on his experience as a church minister and a Biology teacher, made us aware that all are indeed winners because we were conceived by a winning sperm. We coined a clarion call for this year's Form four class. Thanks and be blessed. - Okunya
Evils of Colonialism #937,
a reminiscence from TEAA-er Jerry Atkin

"We were on our way to Bomba where the soccer game with the Sudanese refugees using a dead rat for a ball took place. Jay [Jordan] and I were in the back seat, traveling in the car with two Oxbridge types. As we were bouncing along the washboard road an African woman was walking along the side with an avocado cradled on a grass circlet on her head. Probably wearing Kitenge cloth. You know, your standard issue African elegance and grace. The driver from Oxford, who would later graduate with a First, turned to his friend and asked, 'Do you think an African woman could ever be beautiful?' His friend, without hesitation, replied, 'No.' And for centuries the sun never set on this..."
SEPTEMBER 2013
Finding of TEAA-ers continues, with the most recent find reported by the already-found Bill Cahill. He and Fran Cahill ran into fellow Wave 3-ers Dan and Millie Schultz on a recent Ireland trip. In the photo are Dan, Bill and a beehive hut. For a taste of the early days of Ed Schmidt's quest to find us all, see the quote (below, right) from Ed's Newsletter #1:
"Brief log of creating the directory-- dates are all 1999.

"March 29. Talk to [Hal] Sondrol. He agrees to help. The lists I have are the original list for Wave 1, the booklet with photos of everyone in Wave 4, and a directory from 1970. Hal mentions getting a letter about a reunion from someone in Ohio in 1990.

"April 1. Do a Yahoo search of 'Teachers for East Africa' and get 5 hits including two TEA vets, Charles Good and Sandra Taylor, whose CVs are on the websites of the institutions where they are teaching! Each CV mentions their TEA experience -- I am impressed with the power of internet search engines! A similar search on Alta Vista turns up Dean McHenry. Of these three I knew the first two which also amazes me since I really knew very few people in TEA. Sandra's reaction to my e-mail:

" 'Absolutely amazed to read this email! If I wasn't recovering from a broken arm and under doctor's orders to avoid accidents, I would have fallen off my chair.' "
AUGUST 2013
The TEAA story project has a new format for efficient reading. Although new stories can still be added, the 80 already present have now been divided into topics. Each topic now sports a chapter introduction, as does the collection as a whole, all thanks to project editor Bill Jones. We are calling this a  living hyperbook,  since every mention of every story is a link to the story itself. Thus if a title or an author sparks your curiosity, the relevant story is only a click away. The story software makes it easy to comment on the work of others and to add links. Help is always available.
Projector in action, with image on both monitor and screen, comes from Bungoma Baptist Girls in western Kenya. If you look closely you'll see that the day's lesson involves purple witchweed, a good choice of subject matter, since it is a pathogen of crop cereals that infests about 40% of arable land in the African savanna, including much of East Africa.

Projector reports have arrived from Kilakala Girls in Morogoro and Moringe Sokoine in Monduli. Both of these Tanzanian schools tell us of growing interest from the teachers and note their ability to use the web to find content. Teachers from both schools mention diagrams in particular as something for which LCD projectors are particularly well-suited. (Diagrams on retired produce sacks, a presentation technology we funded earlier, were a cool idea, but limited.) Each school notes a shortage of electrical sockets, but that would seem to be a curiosity readily overcome.

Communication sources are, respectively, principals Rose Kalerwa (via Ed Schmidt), Tabitha Tusekelege (via TEAA-er Joan Schieber) and Ndesamburu Kwayu (direct to me).
East Africa to Nepal by road in 1964, the homeward-bound  story  of TEAA-ers Don Adams and Jerry Barr, was received today (August 10) at the editorial offices of this website and the Newsletter.

Greetings,

As a long-time reader of the newsletters and one who has never attended a gathering, I was hoping to do so this August. But alas, we will have started our Fall semester here in St Kitts where I came out of retirement to work full time. Thank you for all that you have done in keeping the memories alive and in assisting the education effort in East Africa.

In terms of memories, Jerry Barr and I have put together our memories after 50 years, and we have created an HTML5 website of the first leg of our jaunt home to the U.S. through northern Uganda, the Sudan, and Egypt. We were both part of the 1C contingent of the first wave of T.E.A.

You are free to share our website with any who might find it educational or interesting. The website is: www.EastAfricatoNepal.com. So many memories came alive for both Jerry and I as we reconstructed our trip for this program which was authored in Articulate Storyline.

Best wishes to you and for a wonderful reunion, Don Adams
JULY 2013
TED talks are "the wise person's YouTube," writes TEAA leader and literary correspondent Brooks Goddard. Click for a list of  segments  (with brief descriptions) of several that he has found particularly powerful. Mukoma Wa Ngugi is, we learn from his website, a novelist, poet, and literary scholar. Born in Illinois and raised in Kenya, he has, among various distinctions, twice been short-listed for African writing prizes. This too is from Brooks. Click for  more    
TEAA-er Gene Child has received two plaques of thanks from MacKay. One is to him for his contributions that played a major role in the completion of the new library building. The other is to TEAA for computer contributions.
30 new tables and chairs are now part of the learning process
at Bishop Tarantino Girls Secondary, a school in Lira, Uganda,
where we hope these items will help. Photo from the school:
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