4 of the 22 young people who went to Tanzania, along with a teacher, gave a slide and commentary show about their trip.  They worked on laying block for an addition to the local school and, due to good weather and hard work, got 9 rows of block laid rather than the anticipated 5.  A new room means the government assigns a new teacher and given that there are over 600 kids at this school, a new teacher is a real plus.
They lived in camps while they were there and used outhouses, took showers from buckets (which taught them a bit about how lucky we are to have access to taps) and saw another way of life.  They attended Mass with the community and with members of two other school missions and they found those services to be lively and 'so fun', with music and involving but long, at three hours.
They had an 'Olympics' sports day at the end with 10 teams taking a turn at each of 10 activities and enjoyed the spirit of play.  A more sobering effort was the 2 km water walk with a 20 liter can of water, a walk that the mothers take several times a day and an experience even more effective than being limited to 5 minutes in the shower.  And, as they noted, an injury or illness means no water at all.
They were able to take several dozen soccer balls to distribute and found one group that had been playing with a taped up jug.  They played local teams but had help from some adults that saved them from embarrassing defeats.
They also got to go on a safari and saw giraffes in the distance and lions and elephants up close.
They felt they had given a lot but had also gained a lot themselves and it was a very emotional parting when they had to leave.
Bill R thanked them for their efforts and their presentation and remarked that they are great ambassadors for their school, for Canada and for Rotary.