About us!

We are Amisadai and Louisa Monger (aged 15 and 13). 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!

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!
For fun
Kids in the UK
Sausage, mash and peas
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
UK South10:1407:0817:22
UK North09:5207:2417:16
(BC, Ont, Nfld) 
DUBAI, UAE11:4006:5018:30
HONG KONG11:3006:5218:22

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).

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Dr. Louisa's Clinic Report

We went to Kome Island last week and visited Dr Bernard’s clinic with Dr Isaac. We signed the visitor’s book and three lines above we saw that a Dr. Louisa had visited! We had a tour around the clinic and Dr. Isaac taught me how to do lab tests and what the shape of an amoeba is under the microscope. Parasites like amoebas and worms and snails are a big problem on the island because of bad water and because they don't have good places to go to the toilet and wash your hands. I would like be a doctor when I grow up. Here is my doctor report  from my time at the clinic.
Lab Work
Dr. Louisa’s Clinic Report

February 13, 2014: In the lab I tested for amoeba in the patient’s stool. He brought the stool in a small matchbox. A bit of the stool was put on a glass slide under the microscope. The stool had the schistosoma mansoni ora (the egg of a long thin, sucking worm). This is what I saw:

Learning about the schistosoma mansoni egg
(Stool sample in match box)

There were also samples of blood to test for malaria and there were urine samples that had to be checked. The urine test was clear.

In my office I checked Mr Isaac’s heart with the stethoscope. He was healthy.
Health check for Dr. Issac

Kome Island Clinic

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Daylight Hours across the World

In school we are learning about SPACE! We have learned about the planets and about the earth, sun and moon. The orbit of the moon around the earth is 28 days (about a month). The orbit of the earth around the sun is 365 days (about a year). And the spin of the earth on its axis takes 24 hours. The spin of the earth on its axis affects our time zones around the world.

In 1884 (with people moving more quickly with trains), people from 27 countries met to agree a system of time zones for the world. There set up 24 zones (which are one hour apart) and they are counted from a line in Greenwich in London called the Prime Meridian. The earth spins anti-clockwise on its axis so that means that here in Tanzania we are facing the sun before all of you in Europe and North America.

In Tanzania we are GMT (Greenich Mean Time) +3. This means that when it is 8:00am in London, England, it is 11am here. When it is 8am in Vancouver, Canada, it is 7pm here. Where do you live and what is the time difference between us?

The earth tilts on its axis. This means that there are different seasons. When a hemisphere is tilted towards the sun it is summer and there are long days. When it is tilted away it is winter and the days are short. But we live near the equator and our days are almost all the same all year.

I am doing a survey on daylight hours across the world. Please can you answer the four questions on my survey (click below). I am trying to find out how long or short the days are in different places on the globe. Please pass this on if you know friends in other countries! I will let you know what we discover! Thank you!

Click here to take survey