Smart Boyz at the Beach

After a long morning of dala dala rides, we arrived at a home for street boys, called “Smart Boyz,” started by Loyola High School graduates. There are eight boys currently living at the home and, although they all come from different parts of Tanzania, they live together like a family. Three of them travel the two-hour trip each day to go to Loyola High School, where they excel in school at the top of their class.

After introductions and a tour of their home, we decided to take a trip to the beach together. All 17 of us stuffed into a dala dala and made our way down to the Indian Ocean. To our surprise, the beach we were dropped off at was the Sunrise Resort, a trendy tourist spot where we broke a few rules playing football and bringing pre-made pb&j sandwiches (a little SJU class). The crystal blue water, palm trees, and white sand really put the Jersey shore to shame, but the boys’ company was what made the day truly spectacular. Cassie and Alena gave swim lessons, and Michael joined in burying one of the boys in the sand. The kids were really going to town with Joe’s iPod and even had fun with Jenn’s old-school CD player. The day was topped off with some dancing to Bob Marley sung by a local rastaman.

Our goodbyes were unfortunately rushed because the dala dala couldn’t fit all of us, so Michael took the boys in the first one as we followed in the next. However, we were elated to find them waiting for us at the final stop where we all got off and were able to share a more proper goodbye. We huddled in the middle of the crowded street as Athmani, one of the boys, sang for us.

We finished off the perfect day with a dinner hosted by the Dar es Salaam JVIs who have welcomed us into their community so generously.

Amani ni Kupenda,
Kelly, Cassie, and Jenn

P.S. Kelly loves her family and all of their posts.


8 Responses to “Smart Boyz at the Beach”

  1. 1 Dave Odorisio July 9, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Hello everyone!! I’ve been enjoying these posts immensely – thanks for sharing so articulately your experiences. Just wanted to say hello to Matt and Beth – do you hate each other yet?

    Orientation is going well – 1/2 way done! Its 97 degrees here – probably similar to your climate in Tanzania?

    Anyway – hope all is well – see you soon!


  2. 2 Ginny July 10, 2007 at 2:24 am

    Swimming in the Indian Ocean, Wait till I tell the family at the beach. Cassie you may never want to go back to OC. I guess your peanut better came in handy. Enjoy the journey. Love MOM

  3. 3 Pickle Platoon July 10, 2007 at 3:12 am

    Dear Joey-Poo,
    Thanks for letting me bounce on your bed.

    Just kidding. We love and miss you and we are excited that it sounds like you are having a great time. Not that what has been going on here compares to dancing to IPods in the Indian Ocean, but still… we have been updating you via voice-mail so, well, yes.

    We love your face.
    Shaved or unshaved.
    We love your face!

    Love from your girls.

  4. 4 Nenner July 10, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Sounds like you are having fun!! Keep posting! I love the nenner humour and gramatical correctness of each post in which you are involved! Enjoy your time in Tanzania!! I miss you!!!
    love always

    ps HP 5 is in theaters in about 15.5 hours!
    pps Can we travel back to Tanzania? I want to see this beach on the Indian Ocean.
    ppps Hope the moon is shining brightly!
    pppps Glad the CD player is still holding up! I found a tape player so I’m waiting for my mixed tape!

  5. 5 Marianne and Ron Grace July 11, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Thank you Kelly and all of your wonderful friends (old and new) for including us in your incredible journey. Love, Mom

  6. 6 Eileen(Alena's mom) July 13, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    It sounds like a beautiful day! Way to go Alena – you might have sparked the next Steve Zissou-ocean adventurer.

    Love mom and pickles
    (we miss you – hope the green ban is working)

  7. 7 Aunt ee July 16, 2007 at 2:21 am

    Hi Nenner,
    I am enjooying the hawk experiences. thanks for sharing. Everyone is missing you. Enjoy the rest of your time.
    Love ee

  8. 8 Margie April 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    If only your articles were all exactly like this, sorry if that sounds bad.

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