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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bagamoyo Young Artist Center

 Dee getting tangled up in her mosquito net.  It sounds kind of glamorous.... not so much.  But we're grateful to have them.

Our room.  I lucked out with the non-bunk bed

Zikulu, the CCS program director and Jane, our new friend from the UK.  Another "mama" as we oldies are known.  The greeting for us is "Shikamoo"

The Bagamoyo Young Artist Center where I'm working.  It actually looks much better in this photo than it truly is.  We have been asked not to take photos of the village.  Two brothers and two sisters who are musicians and artists opened the BYAC in March to support children who are interested in the arts, get them off the streets, and teach them how to avoid HIV.  The children range in age from 4 - 18.


  Amulike - 4

Irham, Taji, Anulira, Massiga - The Teachers
They are telling the story of what happens to young  people when they are promiscous.  They get aids and go crazy.

BYAC does not charge children to attend their program but they can't move beyond drumming and dancing because they have no supplies.  I wish you could see how happy these kids are to have a piece of paper and a pencil.  More the next time.

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