News from Shumba
KCT-Hartglas window - New partner of Shumba
Joseph Kony - a sad chapter in the history of Uganda
"Glissade" - or again been lucky...
At a downhill it happens. I only mean: "we slip" and as a response I get a murmured "right" - and it crashes.
The truck slides sideways in front, the rear part follows, counter-steering does not help, by braking the load does not getting slower, on the contrary. The truck was no longer to be held. So inevitably we drive into the embankment laterally. The impact was so violent that Klaus is thrown out of his seat and almost ends up on me. We are lucky! The embankment is more than a meter high and stops the truck thoroughly.
"Seed of hope" - A Visit in an Orphanage
In Karibuni camp in Kitale we learn to know three young women from the Swabian town Sigmaringen. Two of them, Melissa (21) and Janina (22), were some time ago in a local children's home to help to work there for half a year. Now, during the holidays, they are here again, to visit "their" children and the caregivers they have worked with. Spontaneously we decide to accompany them during their visit in the home.
The Orphanage "Seed of Hope" was founded by a young German couple and built outside the city Kitale. Attached are a small clinic, where also emergency cases from the nearby village are treated, a computer school, a tailoring school and a small farm that offers everything for self-catering basically.
In the home about 60 children with various backgrounds are living. From very small up to the age of 18 years, they here receive affection, care, food and especially education.
We look around, the dining room, the kitchen, the girls 'and boys' house and the house of the little ones, where two children share a bed. Then we visit the associated school, of course the children are at school during the day.
It is amazing how we, the "Mzungus", are received there. ... read more...
SHUMBA in the journal "Explorer"
In the latest edition of the Explorer magazine is a very interesting article about long-term travelers. For this article we, but also our friends from Mantoco and Mankei-Travel have been interviewed.
The Acrobates of Takaunga
In Kilifi a young backpacker tells us from a small village, away from the main road, on a beautiful creek with a small but beautiful beach, which has so far resisted the influence of tourism. Sounds good, but is hard to believe. View costs nothing.
From the main road to Mombasa a well maintained dirt road branches off into a village along many palm groves and corn fields. The village lies on a beautiful creek but has seen its best days already, some houses are empty or lie in ruins. There is a small fish market and a ruin of a former slave house. During the time of the Arab slave trade Takaungu was a stopover for many black slaves on the way to Mombasa where they have been "loaded" on ships.
The people live mainly from their fields and fishing. They are incredibly nice. Many wave to us and greet us. And when we ask for the beach, they tell us that it is no problem to stay there. Only a few fishermen use the beautiful beach in the morning and in the evening to go to dive from here. It's already afternoon when we arrive at the beach.
Why are so many good-looking and well-built young men here?
... read more...
Lake Turkana - a looming environmental desaster
The „Elmolo", the smallest tribe in Kenya, fights for survival. For generations, the "Elmolo" have been fishermen on Lake Turkana in the north of the country. They are excellent swimmers and with their harpoons they hunt Nile perch, crocodiles and even hippos. But since in Ethiopia a huge dam project on the only inflow to the lake, the Omo, is planned, they fear for their existence. And they are not alone also the tribes of the Turkana and the Samburu are afraid of losing their habitat.
The largest permanent desert lake of the earth, the Lake Turkana is in danger of drying out. Why? In Ethiopia, three gigantic dams are built at the Omo to win electricity. And in addition huge sugar cane plantations and cotton plantations are planned to be built also in the area of the dams whose irrigation should be ensured from the Omo.
These projects will cause extraordinary damage to the region midterm and particularly long term. The water level of the Turkana, the people fear, will fall by 10-20 meters the lake will initially split in two lakes. Because there is not enough water to come in the Omo and due to the already high level of evaporation in this dry, remote region, the lake becomes more and more reduced and will disappear sooner or later.
The livelihood of humans and animals is in serious danger. ... read more...
...Some critical thoughts ...
For some time, some thoughts about our travel came into my mind, to disclose them is not easy for me.
For the first time on our trip a feeling of insecurity creeps upon me. But where does it come from? We are not for the first time on our way in African countries.
Every day we drive through this poor country. Get out buy our bread, our vegetables. We are taking pictures try to keep our impressions, in some cases even from the moving car, sometimes we do not even get out of the car in order to shoot photos. We collect impressions and images and archive them on our hard drives. ... read more...
Around the world with a lion
Going out and experiencing the world – Tina Weidinger and Klaus Jentschke have fulfilled their lifelong dream. The adventurers are traveling with a very unusual companion – a converted MAN TGM.
This articel can be found on the Global Corporate Website of MAN
...Visa for Saudi Arabia - all's well that ends well ...
After 16 days we received notice from the embassy in Abu Dhabi that our application got approved in Riyadh. On the very next day, Thursday, we go to Abu Dhabi to issue the official visa application at the VFS service center. Our documents are there already. As a "special case" we are immediately taken care of, and after one hour it's done. Now we have to wait again, the processing time is about 3-4 days. On Tuesday morning we receive a call from the Saudi Embassy. Our passports are finally stamped and ready for collection. Wow! Now the embassy is already calling us personally! What a joy! We would not have thought a few weeks ago. ... read more...
... UAE - dead end for Africa travelers?
or - the efforts to obtain a visa for Saudi Arabia
Since 28 October 2013 we are back in Dubai from our holiday. At the beginning we were very busy making our Shumba ready and to set up again. And, since we were very confident about the fact, to get a visa through Saudi Arabia through good contacts, or with enough persistence, we did take our time at the beginning.
Now, more than 90 days later, we are then very disillusioned and find that we reach our limits. It's hard to understand that in 21century the journey through a land apparently is denied, the more so if the embassies of the same country in other countries authorize the transit. The thought of arbitrariness comes to mind quickly.
Here is the story from the beginning :
SHUMBA supports AMREF - flying doctors
Southern Sudan is currently in a state of emergency. More than half a million people are on the run from the bloody power struggle between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar. The majority of them flees inland in less embattled regions. However, they can hardly cope with the care of refugees. In particular, the treatment of the sick and injured is insufficient. The medical care of South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda and Kenya is extremely difficult. More than 72,000 people, mainly women and children, are already seeking refuge in the refugee camps Dzaipi (Uganda) and Kakuma (Kenya). Now additional visits of the flying doctors are urgently needed in order to perform the necessary operations. In Juba Teaching Hospital alone, there are currently 465 operations on the waiting list. By the violence threatened women and children arrive completely exhausted after weeks of escape in the refugee camps in neighboring countries where they need to get medical help urgently .
There are messages like these that make us thoughtful again. Today we want to draw your attention to an aid organization AMREF - African Medical and Research Foundation, whose work we support. Maybe we can convince some of you to follow us. read more...