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Nkoaranga Headmistress Margaret Mbise writes: "to greet you all and share the joy that is in my heart for Christmas. Here we have been busy with external and internal exams. We thank you very much for your support in academic issues. We bought some of the science books as the invoice indicates and we are sending the receipts and the list."

Specifically they bought 25 copies of the math books for forms 1-4 and for physics and chemistry, forms 1-2, and stamped them to give credit to TEAA. Although this leaves additional needs unmet until next year (biology at all levels and form 3-4 physics and chemistry), she welcomes "your tireless efforts to support this school... May the peace, joy, and wonder of Christmas be yours."
For Michael Brown, no words can bring him back, can give him a second chance to act as humble as a white officer may require and thereby not be summarily executed.

"It is nearly impossible to convey the  fear  that strikes at the heart of black Americans every time a cop car pulls up." And so responsible Black adults warn their kids that if they displease a white officer they may be ... what? punished? jailed? no, that they may be killed! End of innocence – at the age of  seven!  "Black children don't get to be  children ." And now a jury, having been " misled by [the] DA ," has let the killer walk.

Sick at heart, how should we react? I will not presume to answer this question for African Americans, but for the rest of us we can start by trying not to be " oblivious ." It would be a good start to read the articles linked to the red boxes here. Even for the not-so-oblivious, a refresher course can be useful.

But then what? Will TEAA-ers go beyond reading? be part of the solution? I'd like to think so. After all, we are not typical. Long ago, laughing at the concerns of our parents and others, we went off to be ... what? an authority figure, yes, but also a minority of 1 in the classroom and a good guest in an unfamiliar land. And we say it transformed us and we have had five more decades of life experience.

If all that has made us wise, let us put that wisdom into the fray. If time and strength are still at hand, please look for a way to help oppose this sea of troubles. To further the discussion of this or related topics, do send email (see upper right corner) and state whether it's ok to quote you.
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TEAA Grants have gone out to two more schools each of which (unlike in those in August,  below ) received its first TEAA grant in 2013 after a visit in January of that year. Return visits took place 16 months later. Nkoaranga Secondary in Usa River, Tanzania, 15 miles northeast of Arusha, received funding in October for badly needed science textbooks. Part of their motto appears at right. MaaSAE Girls Lutheran SS in Monduli, Tanzania, has just received the 2015 installment of our commitment to its scholarship fund, a form of assistance that is unusual for us but the only one they accept.
Friends of Tanzania, consisting mostly of returned Peace Corps folks, began funding projects in 1991, making it about twice as old as TEAA. Per year, their expenditures and number of projects are remarkably close to the same as ours. Whereas we have focused on education, FoT has spread its net widely, leaving 8% for "education and other," according to its latest (Fall 2014) Newsletter;  more . This is consistent with what the Peace Corps itself did in its early days and still does, with "projects that range from constructing latrines or health clinics to providing books and supplies to libraries and schools," according to the Peace Corps' own website;  more .

Bodabodas originated at the Kenya-Uganda boda (border) some decades ago, where they would take you from exit-processing on one side of the shared boda (at Busia) to entry-processing some distance away on the other side. Over the years, they have become widespread in both countries and many others, and have morphed from bicycles into motorcycles. Now, thanks to TEAA-er Ted Essebagger's Facebook page, we learn of the latest comfort upgrade in bodaboda technology. In the 2004-14 decade, intrepid TEAA school visitors have from time to time enjoyed taking advantage of two earlier versions of this convenient transportation alternative.

TEAA Grants have gone out to two schools both having a relatively long history with us. Moringe Sokoine SS in Monduli, Tanzania, received funding for a portion of the lab tables they will be getting and Notre Dame Academy in Njiro, Tanzania will be getting textbooks. TEAA paid visits to each of these schools earlier this year; see  photos .
JULY 2014
"A work of art," Brooks Goddard wrote last February, describing a remarkably thorough grant application from Charles Nuwagaba on behalf of Ntungamo Secondary School, for which Charles is the executive director. In his message to the TEAA Steering Committee, Brooks also noted that "over the years [TEAA-er] Moses Howard has developed a friendship with Charles" who hails from southwestern Uganda. Moses informed the committee that he had visited the school in 2010 and had subsequently started sending academic items to the school.

The note from Brooks mentions Moses telling him "that Charles's school might be a good recipient for TEAA grants and that Charles was a local force with multiple degrees." Brooks encouraged Moses to make a formal request and then a few rounds of email between Moses and Charles resulted in the documents that led to a TEAA grant for science lab materiel. All of the items agreed to in the grant process have now been purchased, duly documented and, as at right, photographed for us.
This connection is as old TEA itself and decades older than TEAA. In fact, writes Moses, "I met Charles' father and the entire family when I first arrived in Uganda as a Fulbright Scholar in 1961. Charles is one of the younger brothers in a very large family. His father was a well-known county chief in Ankole. Two daughters were teachers [and] I believe Charles' mother started a school on the very site where Ntungamo is now located."

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