KA: Kitenge-holics Anonymous

Hi, my name is sophy, and i’m addicted to KITENGE!!!! Yeah! [above: Rita, the amazing tailor-seamstress-textile-artist, and me – with the bags she made with my design sketches] [above: Joelle sporting a hoodie made out of kitenge]

OUT with a BANG!

[above: mentoring Team TZ – Jenny, me, Guy] My LAST week of fellowship and work in Tanzania is now OVER! We came back to Moshi to do direct mentoring at the Mawenzi Hospital HIV clinic. Mawenzi is dreadfully representative of the broken health care system in Tanzania. It’s the regional referral hospital for all of …

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photo of Mt. Kilimanjaro


[above: aerial view of Kilimanjaro at dawn] Ahhh, back in Moshi, my home away from home. It’s funny how familiar everything feels, even though we stay in hotels. I stay at the familiar Bristol Cottages, where Mama Sakina and Mr. Aggarwal and the staff take good care of me. I also have my friends Mei …

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i’m eating real chinese food in Tanzania!

above: Panda Chinese restaurant staff, Feng Yu (the owner) and me in Moshi There are few things in life as lovely as eating freshly-made tofu, garden greens sauteed in garlic and good rice made by a new friend, who also happens to be a sassy, tough, adventurous Chinese-in-a-foreign country woman.