After our pre-trip to Mt. Kilmanjaro, we traveled back to Arusha to meet the rest of our group. Here we visited Safewater Ceramics of East Africa , a local non-profit that makes water filters out of clay. These filters use colloidal silver to take the bacteria out of the water and are supposed to last 5 years. They only cost $40, but are still unaffordable for many people that do not have access to clean drinking water. Something that we take for granted here in the US. Check out their website www.swcea.org to donate.
The next day we started at the local non-denominational church next door. They have services every Tues., Thurs., and Sat. all day long. It was a great way to start the day… Then we visited the Cultural Heritage Museum that has alot of authetic artwork. The woodcarving outside was almost 20 feet tall and took over 35 years to make!
Our last stop was a local coffee plantation and the Shanga River House . The Shanga River House employs people that are hearing impaired and have other disabilities. It provides training for them to make upcycled products out of recycled metal, glass and fabric. Check out their website at http://www.shanga.org/ to learn more about them and order their products.