About us!

We are Amisadai and Louisa Monger (aged 11 and 9). 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!

Monday, 14 September 2015

New Rabbits, New School and an Old Snake

Last week, early on Tuesday morning, Maisy, Louisa's rabbit, had babies! On Monday, we got excited because she pulled out lots of her fur and made a nest, so we knew something was happening! Since they were born, we have been dying to know how many there are. We couldn't see because they are all completely covered in Maisy's fur! Yesterday, we were able to see some of them for the first time and I saw Maisy feeding them. We think there are about six or seven! The other three older bunnies are getting very cute and fat! I am selling them now!
They are so tiny! And no fur yet!

Did you know?

  • Baby rabbits are called kits.
  • Only 15% of baby rabbits make it to their 1st birthday. So, to ensure the population grows, rabbits have more babies.
  • Rabbits can see everywhere around, even behind, except for a tiny blind spot on their nose. This protects them from predators.
  • A group of rabbits is called a herd.
  • Though very quiet, rabbits communicate vocally a lot.
First day of Secondary School
I have now started Secondary School at Isamilo International School. I am able to wear trousers at last! I am really enjoying it, except for all the homework! Sometimes we get four pieces of homework in one day with some of it due the next day. I have also started the Swim Club which I am enjoying!

A few days ago, we started training our dogs. We are starting with "SIT, COME and STAY" and then will try training them to bark when there are people at the gate. Mum made peanut butter dog treats to reward them. I don't think it's going so well yet! But give it some time!

Mum gets Snowy to Sit!
We found a snake in the garden the other day! We were playing bows and arrows and I didn't see it under the grass and stepped on the end of it. Joseph was there and shouted! He used my bow to kill it for us!

Disposing of the dead snake

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Going Shopping on a Daladala (by Louisa)

Today my family and I went shopping. Our car has a problem with the brakes so ...

We went on a daladala. Now, daladalas are a little bit scary and very crowded but quite fun too. On the way when Amisadai and Mummy had jumped off, many big ladies piled in. One lady was sitting next to me or should I say sitting on me! I was squished on the edge of the seat because she put her massive handbag (like a suitcase) behind my back! There were lots of crying babies, a lady singing and loads of boxes.
On the daladala

Coming into town on our daladala
We went to the Post Office and found a treat waiting for us in a package from James and Dan! We were very excited to get chocolate because we haven't had any since we left England! The lady in the Post Office said she wanted my sunglasses! It was very busy in town. The Chadema party (a political party) and lots of teenagers were marching all over the roads making lots of traffic jams and there were soldiers and policemen everywhere.

On the way home we counted 25 people and lots of cabbages in the 15-seater daladala. It was VERY squishy! I got a very hot bottom sitting on the floor over the engine. When we got to our road, I shouted "Hapa Hapa!" but he didn't hear and carried on. We had to shout louder to get off.

Going to Kayenze
Yesterday we went to the village of Kayenze to go to the church there. We were gone all day! Here are some photos we took!

I am holding baby Annis, our friend Anna's new sister.
We went to see Pastor Amon's family in their home after church

Amisadai is helping me climb out of the mango tree.
The man on the motorbike was laughing at us!
There were lots of kids under the mango tree and we
were doing Bible verses and teaching English!

We had some cows with scary horns come towards us on the road home.
I thought this one would scrape our car with his horns.

Going Camping
Last week my family and I went camping for two nights! One day we decided to climb Balili Hill. On the way up, Amisadai and I found a rock that was shaped like a couch! We had a rest before we carried on climbing.

Resting on our "couch"

We saw lots of baboons with their big, bare bums! They really should wear knickers! This one was running around the playground!

Bare-bum baboon
We had lots of fun riding our bikes and playing on the playground there. Here are some photos!



We had lots of washing to do after camping.
Here I am wearing all the pegs after collecting it all off the line!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Three Twitching Noses

Guess what?! I have baby rabbits! Three cute, fuzzy bunnies, running and lollopping around their hutch now! They are two and a half weeks old. They have all opened their eyes, though they still do not have teeth yet. I have called the grey bunny Twitch (because he twitches his nose so much!) but the other two do not have names yet. I need some GOOD suggestions for two more names for two adorable bunnies. Any good ideas?
Twitch is on the left

Flora (the mum) with her 3 babies (one is hiding behind her)

Playing It!

My bunnies 5 days old.
The bunnies were a great surprise when we arrived in Mwanza just over a week ago! Before we arrived home we went to Morogoro from Dar es Salaam. We went on the bus which took almost five hours. At the bus stations it is so noisy because sellers are trying to sell you carrots, sodas, bananas, hard-boiled eggs, watches... A man tried to sell nail polish to my Dad and a man even tried to sell cigarettes to Louisa!

This lady was selling carrots to people in the bus through the windows
In Morogoro we stayed with our friends, Matt and Amy, Elia, Fin and Tilly. We had never met Tilly before (she is just over one year old). I loved her so much, she is so cute and she loved cuddles with me! 
While we were in Dar, we went to Bagamoyo for an overnight holiday with Uncle Huruma and his family. Bagamoyo is historic for trade and also for sad reasons. It is the place where slave traders brought people captured from all over the county and where they were traded to go to Zanzibar and overseas. The name Bagamoyo means "Lay Down Your Heart." Today it is a lovely beach on the Indian Ocean. They have a swimming pool at the place where we stayed and as well, we had fruit salad for breakfast from coconut shell bowls!

Mum relaxing in a hammock!
Me relaxing on the sand!

Louisa, Joan and Marion in a hammock all having fun together!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

From England to Tanzania

Our last days in England were fun ones! We went to the New Forest for a day out with Grandma and Granddad. Throughout the whole day I counted 264 horses! We saw squirrels, lots of bees, caterpillars (really cool stripy ones) many different birds and a trail of ants collecting crumbs from someone's lunch and making a pile of it, like in A Bug's Life. We went to the plain that we went to before, and enjoyed lunch there, followed by a game of football (me and dad), a game of boules (Louisa and granddad) and a game of sleeping lions without all the trying-to-keep-still-and-not-laugh bit, just the sleeping part (by mum and grandma).

Last time we went to the New Forest we found a rope swing across a stream. I certainly wanted to get straight on but dad said no. Mum and Louisa were disappointed about "chickening out" or as dad said "being sensible." True, we didn't have spare clothes or anything ... but still.

We did it this time though! I was first ... and managed to do it without getting wet. It was so much fun! Then Louisa went, and then mum. She skimmed the top of the water with her feet. Then Louisa went again and kept swinging  until she was stuck in the middle! We managed to pull her up. But after doing it staying dry, we did get pretty wet in the end!

MVI 0268 from Rachel Monger on Vimeo.
After some more swings, Louisa asked me to go again and to try to touch the other side. I decided to run a few steps, and then jump for the handles and swing. I did it well, but I didn't touch the other side. Louisa told me to try again. So I did. I took a flying leap at the handles and caught them, but my foot got stuck on a root under water, and I slipped straight off,  and fell flat in the water. I got the water all in my eyes and nose, and got a cut on my knee from a sharp rock underneath me. I was soaked, and everyone was laughing, I was too. It must have looked very funny! Dad awarded me the honour of the best fall of the day. But not for long.
Mum was next. She jumped at the handles but her hands slipped off them! She was in the position for swinging, not landing so  her feet were underneath her, and she cut her ankle on a sharp rock and bruised her foot. But it was a funny sight and she made a big splash! Now she had the best fall of the day award!

Year 6 performance of The Peacechild

Roasting marshmallows after a BBQ with our cousins
Louisa gets a shock in the loo at Milestones Museum!!!

We woke up at 2am early on Saturday morning to be on time for our flight at 6:30am. Our flight was ten and a half hours all together (we stopped in Amsterdam on the way). We arrived at Uncle Huruma and Auntie Joyce's house at 11pm. On my first step in Dar es Salaam, I could feel the humidity already! I am still not used to it, but I will get used to it over the weeks. All the Tanzanians say it is cold here now; we say it is hot!

It is nice to see our friends, Joan and Marion, and spend time with them again. We have a week in Dar es Salaam.


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Canadian Hats Too!

We loved seeing the photos of the Hat Day that The King's School in Langley, Canada had in support of International Albinism Awareness Day last week! They looked really great and we are so happy that they did it too! We are looking forward to visiting Lakeview School in Mwanza when we get back and telling the kids there about the schools that are thinking of them and praying for them!

Hat Day in Canada!

Taylor from the King's School with the kids at Lakeview School last year.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Hat Day for Albinism Day

We did an assembly today at school for International Albinism Awareness Day today! We used lots of different hats (sunhats, winter hats, swimming hats, helmets ...) to show that we are all a bit like hats ... we are all different colours, shapes and sizes and all special with different things that we are good at! We can all remember how important it is to love one another and also pray for children that haven't been loved, like some of the children in Tanzania who have albinism. We encouraged people to do that.

 Here is a photo of me with my friends!

Loads of kids at school wore all kinds of hats today, it was really good! And other people have been wearing hats to remind people about Albinism Day too!

Happy Albinism Day for Saturday! Don't forget your hats!


Friday, 5 June 2015

It's International Albinism Day and CRAZY HATS!!!

I don't think you all know this, but the first World Albinism Day is coming up on Saturday, June 13th. This is a day where we can remember all the people with albinism (a condition where you have no pigment in your skin, and have weak eyesight) and are thankful for their lives. We are doing crazy hats to celebrate and remember the day! Also on Friday, June 12th, Mum, Louisa and I are going to do an assembly at our school explaining what albinism is, and the problems in Tanzania, watch a slideshow video and tell some of the stories we know of our friends in Lakeview School.
Crazy Hat Day
We and everyone else trying to help people with albinism want all the attacks and killing of people with albinism to stop, so there is this day in hope that as more people get to know of these huge problems, the more people will try to stop it, and all the attacks and killing will stop.
The reason we are going to wear hats and encourage other people to wear hats or funny sunglasses on this day, is because the people with albinism need to wear them, as their skin burns VERY easily from the sun, and they can get serious burns and skin cancer, and they need to keep their eyes from getting damaged. We know Maria, our friend in Mwanza, really didn't like wearing a hat. Other kids in Tanzania don't wear hats beacuse they don't need to. But WE do wear hats and Maria liked wearing Louisa's hat and now she wears it all the time!
Maria with her two sisters and Louisa
Louisa doing fun crafts with kids at Lakeview School
As this is an international day, we hope that people all over the world will remember Albinism Day! We would love to see your crazy hats or sunglasses! So please email us or post on the Albinism Day Facebook page with your crazy hat photos and we will post them here on our blog! We hope lots of people remember!

Samweli puts his hat on!