Mara is a region in the north of Tanzania
Our link with Mara goes back to 1989 when parishioners at Christ the King were invited by Bishop Gershom Nyaronga to set up and run a secondary school at Issenye, on the edge of the Serengeti Plain.
Issenye is 100km from the nearest town, Musoma. There are no mains services. This
cotton farmer is taking his crop to market on an ox-
The school now has 560 pupils living on campus taking ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level examinations.
They range from 15 to 25 years in age,
depending on when they started their primary education.
The school has an agricultural bias and has its own ‘shamba’or smallholding, growing fruit, vegetables and trees.
Science teacher sets up an experiment in the school laboratory, 1992.
The same teacher Joseph Nyamgoncho but 20 years later is now headmaster at Issenye
Water is a major problem at Issenye -
This is the village’s main source of water for cooking, washing and drinking
This is how it is collected. Each bucket holds 20 litres.
Don’t try this at home – it takes training from an early age.
The answer is to build large underground tanks.
Rainwater which falls on the roof is then harvested for later use.
Issenye is in the Serengeti, which is stiff with animals.
This is a serval – a dog-
More animals later!
Time out after lessons at Issenye proved a good opportunity for the
visitors to demonstrate their skills to the students.
Rudi tena baada ya
wiki moja au mbili
zaidi za Mara.*
*Translation from the Swahili next page!