Jambo!

Wow! I can’t believe I’m really here! Thank you Kim & the Phil Simon Clinic for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a life long dream. I am awed by the incredible beauty of Africa,dismayed by the incredible poverty and enriched by the incredible friendliness of the people. This was brought home in a most […]

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I Am Back!

JAMBO EVERYONE, WELL AFTER ALMOST 30 HR PLANE FLIGHT I AM BACK. WHAT A WONDERFUL FEELING. DRIVING TO THE LODGE AT 930PM WAS JUST FULL OF WONDERFUL SMELLS OF THE LAND,TREES, FLOWERS. I HAVE NEVER SMELLED ANYTHING SO FRAGRANT AT HOME. I AM BACK IN THE LAND OF MY ANCESTORS FOR A 2ND TIME IN […]

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Day 1

Jambo everyone in the States. We arrived last night after our 30 hour ordeal….all intact and tired to be sure. As the plane doors opened, we saw a full orange moon and smelled the wood fires we have come to know as Africa. Getting through Customs was not as easy as some times that we’ve […]

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Note for 2/5/07

This is a late journal note for Monday February 5, 2007. Ann Kleeger. The living positive group met this day deciding to give them a new name, Maisha Mema, “The good Life”. Fourteen members showed up Monday, most from the original group plus a few more new people. Two people of the thirty have died […]

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Off to Africa

It’s been a busy year for The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project. After our successful trip back to Arusha, Tanzania in February 2006, we gave several lectures updating our work here and in Africa. Our second annual fundraiser in April 2006 was a huge success thanks largely to the incredible talents of the children of […]

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Flying Home

There really are no words to describe the last thirteen days…hopeful, heartfelt, challenging, surprising, awe inspiring, tearful,joyous. We’re heading home (currently somewhere over Greenland) after a sometimes frenetic but very fruitful time in Arusha. This has been a trip of hope. The antiretrovirals (ARVs) have finally reached sub Saharan Africa and our now being used; […]

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Kwaheri (Goodbye) Tanzania

Back from our safari safe and sound. More than I can say for the cape bufallo and the zebra being enjoyed by the lions of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, however! We’re saying goodbye (kwaheri) to Arusha today. Everyone’s a bit quiet, and, for some, the tears have already started (well, that would be me. […]

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Dalla Dalla’s & American Pop Culture

We all talk about the people and the hope and the spirit. In addition to the amazing people of Arusha, I have been facinated with how American pop culture is alive and well throughout the town. So many bars with American names (The Hollywood Bar, Moonlight Bar, Las Vegas Bar). Then there’s the Dalla Dalla’s […]

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Greetings

Hello Everyone, One again I find myself back in Arusha, East Africa. This has actually been my fourth trip and I have to say that I am very happy to say that there has been such a huge change in the care of patients living with HIV/AIDS. We have met many of our old friends […]

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My Entry Part II

So, my entry the other day got cut short! Not used to being limited to my time on the computer, when my 30 minutes was up, IT WAS REALLY UP! Anyway, I just wanted to add that seeing the Tumiani group return to Upone was one of the highlights of my week! The connection we […]

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