Hike to Hekima

Good morning.   It’s 4:40 PM local time and today were at BUWEA.

Yesterday, we spent the day at Hekima.

Form 3 (11th grade) girls who participated in the nutrition class.

Initailly there was some confussiom about transportation to the school.  We thought the driver from the school would be picking us up, but Sister Esther thought we were going to be driven there by the BUWEA van.  So, we got a taxi from the hotel.

There was some confusion about roas closures so the driver took the back roads.  However, the back road was the one closed and when were close thr city officials were upset with the driver.  There was some confussion and we did end up hiking the remaining way to Hekima.  I would say it was about 3/4-1 mile walk/hike.  

We were greeted and escorted to the office.  We had a tour of the new guest house and gardens.  The scenery was breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful.

The girls amazed us.  They were so well behaved throughout the two hours.  They asked questions and were very sweet.After the presentation they played the amino acid game to drive home the message of the importance of obtaining the essential amino acids from their diet.

Afterwards the sisters treated us to a traditional Tanzanian lunch of bananas and beans, rice, meat stew, and greens.  It was delicious and lunch was complemented with a juice mix of pineapples, passion fruit, and avocado.  All of the food was from their garden.

We then made our way back to the hotel using the main road- no closures.  Note to the next group: do not go the back way. 🙂



  1. I am jotting down your notes and tips for us and know we will find them helpful. What is temperature. What is one item you packed in your bags that you ate so glad you did not leave home without ?

    1. The temperature is in the 70s/80s.

      We keep buying instant coffee because the coffee here is a mix of robusta and aribica and we are used to drinking arabica.

      I brought oatmeal because it’s a comfort food for me and protein bars.

  2. Wow! I can smell and hear it like I was just there.. Thanks for the stories.. My heart and prayers go out to Sr Esther, Hekima and Regina and BUWEA.. Great work WGC team!

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