Loving hands for Arushan children

Being a mother comes naturally to Mama Happiness Wambura, who has taken on 352 children. Well, to be specific, she has 5 children by blood and 347 children that she has taken under her wing. Mama Wambura never thought she would found an orphanage. “I thought it was just going to be a small project. Maybe 1, 2 or 3 kids. From there, the whole … Continue reading Loving hands for Arushan children

Searching for an Arushan waterfall

I didn’t realize I was going to climb a mountain on Saturday. I knew I was going to find a waterfall, but I didn’t realize what that would entail. When I met my guides, I quickly realized that the waterfall was in fact 4 hours uphill away from the city. Ezekiel and Goodluck, two Maasai men from a village near Arusha guided myself, Emanuela and … Continue reading Searching for an Arushan waterfall

The proud Tanzanian woman

“There is no true education without creating independent, proud, Tanzanian women,” Mama Kamm told a crowd at the Alliance Française in Arusha, May 6. Mama Kamm was speaking as a Woman in Resistance. French photographer Pierre-Yves Ginet began photographing Femmes en Résistance  in 1998. Ginet was inspired to photograph empowered women in order to combat the images of victimized and objectified women he saw around … Continue reading The proud Tanzanian woman

Tracing my family’s footsteps

  My granddad grew up in Arusha, Tanzania. He loves to tell stories about hiking up mountains and warding off snakes. I grew up wanting more than anything to explore this foreign place. I wanted to see the mountains and the snakes, to understand the Swahili words my grandfather spoke and to meet the Tanzanians who still live there now. This summer I’ll be working … Continue reading Tracing my family’s footsteps