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Himo & Tanzania
The town Himo is located in the north east of Tanzania (East Africa) and is part of the Kilimanjaro Region. The next bigger town here is Moshi and is around 30 km away from Himo. According to the german deffinition of towns Himo will be a small town, although it looks more like a village because the people are more scattered over a large area. The habitants of Himo financially belong to the poorest people in Tanzania and they predominantly living out of trade and agriculture. At the moment in Himo is one small supermarket and a big market two times a week, where food and other stuff will be sold. But when something is needed I went mostly to a so called duka (small shop), where you can buy all the things for daily life like bread or eggs. Every day it is possible to have a power breakup in Himo. This happens often in times when the water is running out, because in Tanzania current will be mainly produced by hydropower. Also water itself is a precious resource and not available too much.
Landscape, Nature & Culture
The Kibo is with a height of 5895m the highest mountain of Africa.
Tanzania has a considerable nature and is a multicultural country. It is possible to find many different climatic conditions like the icy regions of the Kilimanjaro or the rainforest zones at its slopes. At the coast are white sand beaches and under the water of the Indic Ocean a lot of reefs. Also there a lot of wildlife animals in one of the different national parks or conservation areas. The temperature of the tropic climate is mostly above +20°C. The three countries Uganda/Kenia/Tanzania are seperated by the Victoria Lake, the biggest lake of the african continent. This lake is the third biggest lake in the world after the Caspian Sea (Asia) and the Lake Superior (North America). In the north of Himo extends the Kilimanjaro Mountains which have become World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1987. The highest peak of the Kilimanjaro is the Uhuru-Peak (5895m) which is part of Kibo. At the moment this peak is covered with ice and snow, but scientists assume that this can not resist the climatic changes in the world. The climatic changes represent a general problem for the habitants of Tanzania because the needed rain is rare.
From September to December 2014 I have lived together with 6 other volunteers in the former building of the Faraja Hospital. Here we have shared together a bathroom, a kitchen, a sitting room and a garden. Also everyone of us got his own room. For showering we go into a cabine where we pouring water with buckets about us. Also our clothes we wash in bucket. As toilet we use an earth closet. Since January 2014 we live in a new house, because the contract of our former house was not extended. Here the life conditions are quite similar to those we have had in our former house but we do not own a water supply. So we must go everyday to the lokal fountain to collect water with buckets.