Ambassador Maajar visits Powering Potential

Today the Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S. Ambassador Maajar (in black and white head scarf) and her VIP safari group of distinguished American business people visited a Powering Potential school (Banjika Secondary School in Karatu). She arrived with a police escort accompanied by the District Commissioner and other high level district officials. She gave an inspiring talk to the students. I showed them the computer lab and spoke to them about Powering Potential. They were very impressed with the educational content (RACHEL) which we have installed on the computers. It was an especially exciting day for us and everyone was very honored by her visit. A reporter from the Washington Times was part of the ambassador’s group and he interviewed me and a few students.

Tomorrow morning I am off to Dar es Salaam for meetings and then on Saturday I will join the ambassador and her group for dinner with President Kikwete at the State House.

I arrived in Tanzania on June 19 and hit the ground running with meetings, technology issues, etc. I was a guest at the Arusha Rotary Club and had a chance to tell them briefly about our work. There is so much interest here in Powering Potential and the students and teachers are eager to learn about computers. Our work is cut out for us.

Stay tuned….


  1. great news, Janice! It sounds so exciting. It is so great that there is so much interest in Powering Potential.

  2. Janice — hurray, more blogs from Tanzania! Keep 'em coming, as you hob-nob with government officials, school administrators and ambassadors … oh yeah, and the PRESIDENT of the country, too! Good work, as always … and I'm sure making these contacts will enhance Powering Potential's ability to reach more students. It's amazing what one person can do … but of course you now have the help of some of your graduates and they are passing along their computer skills to their fellow students … that's a great system you have in place. Bravo!

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