It is now early Monday morning.  Yesterday I reached a longtime goal – to visit Rafael’s hometown Handeni.  (Click to see map).  Described with Rafael’s own words, Handeni is

An end to the nice towns of the Tanga region. They call it the last frontier in the Wild West  and is actually an entry point into the Maasai step to the west.  When it is raining the town gets cut of totally

I wanted to go here almost a week ago, but the rain stopped our journey.  From Tanga you first take a bus to Korogwe (100 km) on tarmac roads, and then a daladala the 70 km to handeni on a gravel road where you seldom can drive more than 30km.

I was greeted by Rafael and we went to his office which you can see here.  This is the home of the organization Imosut e Purka which was founded by Rafael in 1997. The office is up a hill, enjoying a cool breeze.

Now this office is not very active with few commnity actitivies.  Presently it serves at administration centre for the Handeni Road works security project, which has engaged our organization now for some time.  We have employed 160 Maasai warriors as watchmen along  the new road past Handeni, providing security for construction material and equipment along a 140 km stretch where there a tarmac road is built by a Chinese company, Sinohydro

When I arrived yesterday there was no Internet in the mobile network and we assumed that it does not work here.  But this morning, the Vodacom network suddenly was online.  We will see if this is just temporary, but it’s really good news.  Below you can read the original Objective Statement of Imosut e Purka

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