It’s a few days before the end of my internship, and I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I’ve missed my family and friends very much, but on the other, I’m going to miss the warm sun and relaxed lifestyle of Mwanza. It feels like just yesterday I stepped off the airplane and met Maimuna, and now I’ll be saying goodbye in just a few short days.
This past week was a busy one. Kathy and I wrapped up our nutritional intervention at Foundation Karibu Tanzania. We thanked the staff for the warm welcome they gave us and were happy to know they meant to continue implementing Fiti uji and juice with the children. The best part of that day was playing with the kids. One of them especially took a liking to me and refused to let go, and I was not complaining!
Lily was one of the first friends we made in Mwanza, she let us use her kitchen to test new Fiti products. Recently, she and her husband Brian invited us over for dinner and she made a delicious meal for us! Lasagna, fried chicken, salad, vegetables, chocolate cake and tiramisu – and she gave us each a kanga, kitenge (patterned fabrics that women here use as skirts or to carry babies) and apron. Lily’s warm welcome and generosity touched me, and I am so grateful to have been able to get to know her. I plan on keeping in touch and hopefully visiting her again!
As we prepare to leave Mwanza, we’ve been working to ensure our contributions will continue to benefit our host organization. This involves creating brochures and pamphlets that will help with public education around Fiti, training videos that MikonoYetu can use when opening more kitchens, and a compilation of standard operating procedures for all Fiti products. It’s rewarding to know that the work I’ve done will play a part in improving the health of this community. This internship has taught me the value of holistic interventions that target both socioeconomic and health-based issues, and I plan to use this knowledge to improve my own community back in Canada.