Mr. Mamuya, vice principal of the school, greets us in the morning and brings Felix and Hanna to his oldest students, who have been divided into two classrooms so they can each hold the prepared presentation simultaneously and converse with students aged 16-17 about environmental pollution. We thank our first host of the Walk and make our way back to the main road to get an early start collecting. Hanna returns via pikipiki (motorcycle) an hour later to hold another presentation for the staff and to discuss the possibility of they themselves starting a collection bin on campus. Generally they seem to agree that it would be a simple measure to benefit the environment and help bring in a few extra Tanzanian Shillings, but altogether stay noncommittal.
Today we learned from yesterday’s mistake and appointed volunteers to a distinct material – plastic bottles, compromising the majority of waste, were collected by half the volunteers. The other half divided itself again, some amassing aluminum cans, others compiling general plastic waste such as bags and packaging. It established itself that whoever was in charge of cans also included shoes of all sorts into the array, primarily because cans weigh very little and the sack fills quite slowly due to easy compression. Shoes, though in contrast to the other materials we collect are not recyclable, are to be counted daily in order to create a number easily grasped by the mind as opposed to a vague number of kilograms of waste. On top of this, we have heard of an organization which recycles broken flip flops into art, the sales profit of which is donated to charity.
Tonight our destination is St. Joseph’s Catholic Boys Secondary School of Science in Kituri, where we divide the group again into a team of tent builders and the rest being in charge of weighing the days’ yield and organizing the truck. A quite pointless task, we would learn in theory but try again and again in practice.
Vice and principals Father Ronald Pinto and Father Victor Machado, natives of India, had also been contacted by Gasiano ahead of time in regard to our visit. Thus they had prepared, to our surprise, a school wide assembly in their large dining hall offering us to present our project via projector and speakers. The congregation was livened up by music performances and entertaining rehearsals by students. Hanna holds the presentation and the group introduces itself and answer questions across the board of topics concerning environmental and political issues. The day comes to an end in our tents, which have been built up in some unfinished classrooms.