Thirst Relief Project Update: Day 2

The things that we have been witnessing here in Africa are mind blowing. I’ve never been good with words like Jasmine Star but I can only hope to convey what I am experiencing through my photos. The footage that Anton Lorimer & Bob Davis have been capture are going to be amazing and will help complete the purpose of our trip back home. I can honestly say that my lifestyle will definitely change after this trip. Things we take for granted are considered a great privilege here. Yet in the midst of all this poverty, there’s so much hope and joy in simpleness of their lives. I got teary eyed (which I didn’t want to admit to the guys) as I was passing out candy to some of the local children and seeing their eyes brighten up as they receive it has left an impression on my heart that I will never forget. I am so thankful to be here to witness the work and the difference that Thirst Relief is making through their efforts to change lives. Here are few more shots that were captured throughout the day.

I understand that posting too many photos on blogs is not a popular thing to do these days. Narrowing them down was so hard to do after taking several hundred photos. My heart is so touched and I am torn in trying to be wise about how many images to share. I hope these images will give you a glimpse of what everyday life in Dar es Salaam is like.

A young woman goes about her daily chores around the house. A quick glimpse inside her home and you will never believe that someone actually can live there. Yet to this girl, she takes pride in taking care of her place.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

A young boy smiles for the camera. Their smiles are so contagious you can’t help but to hug them after taking their photo.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

The president of Thirst Relief, Jim Davis Hicks, sits amongst the local folks who has a Thirst Relief bio sand filters installed in their home and listens intently as they share about how the filter has improved their quality of life and more.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

As we walked around town, we noticed a small room around the corner. It took us a few seconds before we realized that it was a school for local small children. Believe it or not this room can fit up to about 28 kids! Talk about too close for comfort!
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

We gave them some lollipops & pencils to their teacher so that she can pass them out to the kids.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Here’s Bob & Anton hanging out with the kids. A way to win kid’s heart is through a lollipop. 🙂 Anton decided to call them “God-pops”. 🙂 Kids often surrounded us as they were amazed at the size of our cameras!
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

A muslim woman stops by a general store stand to make a purchase. I can tell she was staring at me through the corner of her eye so I snapped a photo of her. I wonder if she smiled underneath her cloak? This was taken in an area where they were heavy concentration of muslim population. Many women covered themselves like this and avoided making eye contact with men.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Here’s Bob mounting the 5d camera to our SUV. Wait until you see the footage that he captured with this!
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Next time you decide to abbreviate, make sure you know what you are abbreviating! 🙂 I think it’s suppose to be Assembly. At least I hope! 🙂
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

We were blown away when we visited a market street where many vendors were selling hand-carved wooden statues. At first we didn’t think much of it. But our missionary Todd Ziems asked the store owner to give us a special tour of them making the products. We were led through a narrow gap between the stores and found this: Rows of tented huts filled w/ people working 24/7 to constantly produce these statues by hand.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Depending on the details of the statue, it could take up to several months to complete a statue. Having a job like this gives these folks a sense of pride and job security – a means to survive. Although their jobs looked hard and degrading, these guys did them with passion. We had fun interacting with some of them.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

These are hands of skilled craftsman who makes amazing work of art!
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Jim and I got try making some of them. I think we probably messed them up and will probably go into the “defective” section. 🙂
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

I probably made it even worse! Look at the guy behind me shaking his head seeing how bad I was! 🙂
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Cooling off for few seconds before going back to work…
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

I had a chance to walk around a town on my own for few minutes without the rest of the team. I have never gotten stared by so many people until then. I think to them a bald asian = an alien.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Walked by a local butcher shop who was selling “fresh” lamb meat. It also comes with flies. 🙂
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Children in Africa are beautiful. I want to smuggle one of them back home with me. 🙂
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Inside this home there is a ceramic filter that cleans the water so that it becomes a clean drinkable water. A muslim woman who is the local leader owns this home. Some of the groups that are supported by Thirst Relief are Christian organizations (such as Vineyard). This group is allowed to bring the water filters to a place where it is normally prohibited because of religious differences.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

A typical kitchen of working class people. Their main menu consists of rice & beans with some vegetables.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Did I mention that the kids in Africa are adorable? 🙂
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

If you guys know me, bananas are one of my favorite fruits. They had abundance of bananas here. They grow in plants everywhere like dandelions back home. 🙂
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

Finally here’s a shot at night in front of where we are staying. Dar es Salaam is a coastal city so we have an awesome view of the Indian Ocean. During the night, the tide ebbed the ocean water away. Anton & I were tempted to walk out to see how far the tide had made the water go out. We are all going to attempt to rise up early tomorrow to catch the sunrise over the ocean.
Thirst Relief Project Tanzania

That’s all for now guys. I hope to share a few more blogs about our trip soon.

When you have a moment, please check out Thirst Relief International. This organization is making a positive impact in the lives of many people around the world.

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6 Responses to “Thirst Relief Project Update: Day 2”

  1. Carolynn says:

    What great photos. The kids just move you… Can’t wait to see more from your trip.

  2. Regina White says:

    Kenny these are great. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  3. Sharon Snow says:

    I had not realized until the end of your photo’s that I was almost holding my breath looking at them all. very touching.
    I know exactly what you mean by it being life changing. When we were in Thailand we handed out candy to some local children in very poor areas, and they did not understand about taking the paper off first. So, as I was attempting to help the little ones the chocolate was melting fast and in one little guys’ attempt to not loose any of it, he accidentally bit my finger! We both jumped as I sqealed, but then we laughed, hugged and for me it was one of those moments that changes how life will be from there on. I know you are having a time in your life that words can’t explain, but believe me Kenny your pictures are saying it all.
    The children are so beautiful, those dark deep eyes just light up as their huge bright smiles beam from ear to ear, wow! simply precious. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  4. DAWN DAVIS says:

    Life changing indeed. You are all missed back home so much and we are all so proud of you guys! Love to you all…. xoxoox ~ Dawn

  5. I love what you guys are doing out there. Stay safe and come home being inspired.

  6. Kenny,

    Beautiful photos. I’ve always wanted to travel to Africa and you’ve brought me there through your pics. Thank you!!

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