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Web site problems

There have been a lot of strange things going on with this web site in recent days and weeks. Many blogs have been posted that have not come from me. Also it seems that a couple of hundred people have also somehow gotten my password and the ability to change things on the web site. My nephew Steve, although super busy with work and family has sorted these things out. I am now feeling confident enough to begin blogging again. Many thanks Steve. You’re amazing.

Here at Olbalbal the rainy season has come to an end. Following the drought of last year, the rains have been good in many parts of Tanzania so there should be a good harvest. People are still hungry and the price of corn has tripled in the last year. If the expected and hoped for harvest becomes a reality, the availability of corn will improve come July. The price hopefully will come down too. It has been a brutal time for the Maasai who depend on corn as their staple food. Very few people have sufficient cattle to provide much milk.

Lenkangu Hopeful

Lenkangu at his Teacher Training College

Lenkangu graduated from Teacher Training College Last May, one year ago. Together with his classmates he has been waiting for the Education Department to assign him to a school to begin his teaching career. The class before his has also been waiting to be posted. For them it has been a two years since they graduated.

Lenkangu teaches in our remedial school for weak students.
Lenkangu speaks to the parents of the weak students.

In recent days the government has let go almost ten thousand civil servants because bogus school leaving certificates. Many teachers are among them. Since this has left numerous schools throughout the country understaffed, Lenkangu is hoping that he and his classmates will be hired to fill the vacated teaching positions. There are thousands of Teacher Training School graduates from all over the country hoping for a posting.

Lenkangu giving a prize to a Ngoyo, who has made a huge improvement.
Lenkangu plays for and manages our village football team.

Lenkangu has been doing volunteer teaching at the local grade school and has received some financial help ($225 dollars over the course of the year) from the school and from the village of Olbalbal. He has now been doing the volunteer work for a year now and is hoping to get is teaching career onto a more solid basis.