On November 11, 2012, Harrieth, the Project Co-ordinator of the Mushroom Project in Mwika, Tanzania, invited the Micro Business Catalyst Fund East Africa team to attend her nephew's Confirmation and fundraiser to build a roof for a Catholic Church in Moshi, Tanzania.
As the ceremony commenced, simultaneously a few women grabbed a child from the audience, placed the toddler into a basket and put an open Bible in front of the child. What I though would be a Baptism turned out to be an animated presentation of the Bible to the Priest.
Throughout the ceremonies, these young girls had a front row view of the activities. In the distance, you can see the kids who are soon-to-be confirmed singing. The kids enthusiasm echoed into the crowd and left us clapping to the beat of the music.
Into the fourth hour of the service, the kids started to show signs of boredom and fatigue. After a few sips of water, her attention veered to balancing the water bottle in her mouth. the ceremony gave us insight into the Tanzanian culture and introduced or reintroduced a couple of us to the concept of time in Tanzania where it is viewed as an endless resource.