About us!

We are Amisadai and Louisa Monger (aged 10 and 7). In 2010, we moved to Tanzania in Africa - look at the map below to see if you can find it! We hope you will enjoy reading about our adventures and looking at our photos! Please don't forget to send us a message too!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

News from Amisadai

Did you know that we were on the BBC Radio Berkshire! We were interviewed by Anne Diamond, with questions like ' Do you like living in Tanzania?' or ' How do you do SODIS?' She asked us about water, our fundraising and Tanzania. It was very exciting, but a little short. Did some of you hear us? You can listen if you go to the link on our webpage.

But because the  radio time was shorter than we thought, we were able to go to the performance of 'The Wizard of Oz' at the International School. It was very good. It was also very funny! There were lots of songs, and one in the jungle was one of our favourite songs called 'In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight'. There were two lions acting in this song, and lots of monkeys. We really enjoyed it. At the end, dad bought us ice lollies!

The day after the radio, we went for a little holiday to Musoma! This is a place about three hours away from Mwanza. We had to drive through the Serengeti Park! On the way there, we saw LOTS of zebra, lots of buffalo, a few baboons and some gazelles. We arrived at our hotel, which was called Afrilux Hotel. Louisa and I had our own room! Two beds, a large window, table, TV, armchair and an office chair and a bathroom with a bath! We also had a great view of the town. We had a picnic lunch and then had a short rest. then we went to a place on the Mara River, the river that wildebeast cross to Kenya. We went to look for crocodiles, but we didn't see any :(  We had pizza for tea, after a long delay! We had ordered before, at lunchtime, for what we thought was sausage pizza. As it turned out, it was actually four sausages on a plate! So we ordered beef pizza, and chicken pizza instead. 

On the top of the rocks in Musoma.
Trying to push a big rock into the lake!

The second day,  Louisa and I got up early and saw the sunrise. I got a really good picture! Later we went to a place called Rehema. It is very like Neema Crafts in Iringa. It has a little shop and also a great café! I bought a little pouch and Louisa bought a wallet. We had baby chinos just like we used to get at Marks and Spencers! We also had burgers for lunch.
Sunrise ... on Friday


The women working in the Rehema workshop


Rehema Shop

Playing at Rehema

Sunset ... on Friday
On the third day we had a lovely breakfast at Afrilux. We had sausages, pancakes, chappatis, eggs, samosas, fish, (though I didn't have any of that!) and cornflakes. We played games for a while, and then went to Rehema again, to pick up some backpacks we had ordered the day before. Then, when they were ready, we set off, to Mwanza.

Sadly, for the first time in Tanzania, we had an accident. An eighteen year old boy ran out on to the road. He saw a lorry coming his way, so he ran. But he didn't run back to the side of the road he had come from, he ran straight into us. We now have a big dent in the number plate and bars and the bonnet is bent and the windshield is cracked. We drove on, because there might be someone with the boy who might throw rocks or burn our car. We drove on until we saw some police and they took us to the police station. We were there from just past 2pm until almost 8pm and didn't have any lunch or dinner. It was very sad because the boy died. Mum phoned some friends who helped us to find some people we could stay with. The Archer family very kindly let us stay in their guesthouse and gave us food to eat. Mum and Dad had to go back to the police the next day, but we were able to stay with the family. We played lots of games and watched some movies which was a big treat for us!

We are now back home in Mwanza but we don't have our car. Next week on Thursday, April 17th we are going to go a village called Kayenze to do our SODIS SHAKE!!! We are going with Jountwa from our church here and will teach people about the clean water and how to treat water to make it safe to drink! Maybe you or your friends would like to sponsor us for each litre of water we will treat. We are going to shake 100 litres of water!

On Saturday, April 19th, we are going to do our water walk. Dr, Makori, Pastor Zakayo, our friend Laura from Iringa and maybe Megan from our church are coming with us ... and maybe other people too! We are walking 6km and you can sponsor us for all the kilometres here!

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Thank you very much to all the people that are sponsoring us! And also to people that are planning to do things to raise money to help people here! You can see what the Braithwaite boys are doing by clicking here!



Saturday, 22 March 2014

WORLD WATER DAY!

Hi everyone!

We just got back from Kome Island, which is where the clinic is that we are raising money to help. We had lots of fun there with The King's School team from Langley, B.C. We visited a school and the clinic. We went round visiting lots of people on the islands, praying for people and sharing rice. A lot of them were very sick and some wanted to know Jesus. Our friends went farther to visit another lady very sick with HIV Aids whose family wouldn't pay to get her to hospital which is a long journey away. We hope she has now gone to the hospital but it would have a difficult journey because it is long and bumpy! We saw one lady going to the hospital when we came home on the ferry. She was lying under a khanga on the metal bench and I don't know how she did going on the crowded daladalas.

Dr. Isaac checking Emma's blood pressure at the clinic. We were all normal!

A man called Joun Twa came with us and did a seminar about health in Kome as well. We taught about SODIS, because many people complained that boiling water to make it clean took too much time, and made them sick. They just drank normal lake water, which was dirty and actually made them sick. Max, mum, Auntie Laurena ( Miss Hensel ) and I taught at the seminar how to do SODIS, treating water to make it safe to drink. We had filled the bottles three quarters full at the guest house we were staying at, and took the bottles there. Mum did a short speech first about how to make the water clean, and then we gave three people bottles to shake. Then we filled them up and told the people there what to do next. We also taught the waitress at the guesthouse how to do it as well.

Teaching SODIS
The team doing SODIS for themselves!
TODAY IS WORLD WATER DAY!
It is funny because we actually don't have any water on world water day. But it makes us remember that water is important. You probably know now that we are fundraising to get money for the health clinics on the island and a project vehicle. I have just added another poem to the website which has lots of information about what we doing, www.mongergirlswaterworks.webs.com. We are doing the fundraiser through March and April! Please sign our guestbook and if you can donate even a little bit, it would help! Thank you!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Launching the SODIS Shake and Water Walk

We are starting our sponsored SODIS Shake and Water Walk Fundraiser!

Follow the link and see our new website www.mongergirlswaterworks.webs.com

We are going to a sponsored SODIS shake (where we will shake 100L of water) and do a sponsored water walk, the distance that people in the villages here walk (an average) to get water.

Go to our website and you can find out all about why we are raising money and how we plan to do it. You can find out all about water and sanitation which we have been learning about at school, how to treat water with the SODIS method and watch our videos on how to make a tippy tap and do sodis!

Please think about sponsoring us for the SODIS Shake and the Water Walk. You can donate safely and securely here with CharityCheckout.

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And you can think about doing your own fundraiser as well! March 22nd is World Water Day, so that would be a great day to organize a fun sponsored event to help us raise the money! We really need your help because it is hard to raise money by ourselves here!

SODIS treating our water
Making our Tippy Tap
We are going to split the money we raise between two important things. One is for the medical clinics on the islands and the other is a project vehicle. We are fundraising to help Dr Makori's medical clinic work on the islands on Lake Victoria. Dr Makori needs money to get medical supplies and equipment for his mobile clinics. A mobile clinic is one that travels around to lots of people, in distant villages. He also has a base clinic. He need things like an x-ray machine and an ultrasound. He is raising money to run a big mobile medical camp which he hopes to start in the summer. (He needs $12 000 or £7000 for this). This camp will give medical care but also lots of health education; and one important thing he will teach about is the importance of water and sanitation.

We are also fundraising for a Land Cruiser that we can use for our projects. The roads are very rough here and it is hard to get to far-away villages. We want to be able to go to villages on the big islands (that we can get to by ferry) and also to villages on the mainland. Then we will be able to help more people with health projects and other things as well. It will cost about $50,000 (£30,000) with shipping etc. So we do need lots of help!
So please think about if you can help us in any way! And please share this with your friends! Thank you very much!

Friday, 21 February 2014

Kome Island by Amisadai Monger

Dark green trees in the distance. Small wooden shacks on the shore. Crowding people peered through a large fence and stick gates. The late afternoon sun beat down on the island of Kome, the second largest island in Lake Victoria. Tin roofs glinted in the sunshine. The children stared as the ferry docked. Roosters crowed. The mill groaned as it worked. A narrow dusty dirt road ran down to the market.
 
Boats on the shore
The people of Kome are friendly but curious. They stared at my white skin and tugged my blond hair. Many of them are farmers or fisherman.  The farmers might have an acre or two to grow crops like cassava, potatoes, beans, and kunde. It is difficult to farm maize (corn) because of monkeys which come and eat it. The fisherman catch tilapia in the day and Nile perch at night. The fishermen’s small boats are made out of either wood or woven reeds. 
Fishing boats on the Lake
Close to the shores of the lake, there is an old guesthouse which has now been made into a little clinic. It has a small office, 4 beds in separate rooms, a room for giving birth, a lab, a medicine room, and an area for patients’ family to cook. In the lab, there are trays of glass slides, a shelf of medicine bottles, a counter for their microscope, samples of stools, urine and blood and a sink. Dr. Bernard Makori started the clinic and Dr. Isaac runs it.  The most common illnesses on the island are malaria, which is from mosquito bites, and parasites such as amoeba and worms resulting from dirty, bad water.

Kome Clinc
Down a small dusty path through small hair salons and shops selling flip flops, through wooden stalls of tomatoes and onions and tables of smelly fish, through puddles and fields and straw-roofed huts there is a group of people sat in the shade. The leader shouts “Wee!” and the group replies “Waa!” This group of men and women join together to save money which they can then borrow for their businesses.  It is called a Village Savings and Loans group. There are about forty men women in this group. They meet every Tuesday and all pay 500Tsh (40p) into the group money pot.

The Village Mamas Savings Group

 
The Group Mamas (with their children) with friend, Naha and us

Kome Island is just one of Lake Victoria’s many islands. I would like to visit some of the other smaller islands. I wonder how far away they all are and what work we might do there. We were only on Kome Island for a few days, but in that time I found out many new things.

See how life for kids on Kome Islands is compared to kids living in the UK!
 
Name
Food
Language
For fun
Chores
Kids in the UK
Mia,
William
Sausage, mash and peas
English
TV, reading
Tidying rooms
Kome Girls
Upendo, Jema
Rice, spinach and fish
Swahili, Kisukuma
Dancing, sit and talk
Cooking, sweeping, washing clothes and dishes
Kome boys
Amani, Saidi, Yusufu
Ugali, papai, Avacado
Swahili, Kisukuma
Play football,  running
Herding goats, fishing

 

Results of "Daylight Hours around the World"

Thank you for taking part in my survey! I got results from 66 people from 16 countries! Here are my results averaged out. We found out that of the countries represented, the country with the longest day this week was New Zealand and the place with the fewest daylight hours was in north of England.



LocationDaylight HoursSunriseSunset
Feb. 18-19, 2014
USA
WA10:3107:0817:39
MINN10:4007:2018:00
PA11:0006:4517:45
FL11:1807:0418:22
CA11:0606:2917:35
PITT11:0007:0018:00
UK
UK South10:1407:0817:22
UK North09:5207:2417:16
CANADA10:2607:0817:34
(BC, Ont, Nfld) 
SA
Montagu13:1006:1819:28
J'Burg11:3506:1017:45
Pretoria12:5005:5618:46
NZ14:0306:3520:38
AUSTRALIA12:5605:3418:30
DUBAI, UAE11:4006:5018:30
CHINA10:3406:3617:10
HONG KONG11:3006:5218:22
MALAYSIA12:1507:3019:45
ITALY10:4007:0617:46
GERMANY10:1907:2117:40
ALBANIA11:3006:0017:30
GAMBIA12:0007:2119:21
TANZANIA12:1106:5719:08
MALAWI12:1505:4518:00

With all the results that came in from all over the United States, we graphed the differences there in daylight hours. Here are the differences in daylight hours on Feb 18th, 2014:



I also compared daylight hours throughout the year in Tanzania (near the equator), England (northern hemisphere) and Australia (southern hemisphere).