2nd Annual Make a Difference Now Trip: Arrival and Orientation

Habari za asubuhi from Moshi, Tanzania everyone! I am at the Make a Difference Now guest house. Check out the shot I captured of Kiliminjaro during our walk last evening:

Jason Bui, a Philadelphia chess teacher, who famously won $10,000 on The Today Show, and I departed from JFK airport on Wednesday, July 10th on a 12:55 PM flight to Nairobi. It was the longest flight I’ve ever been on, which took 14 1/2 hours. I stayed busy writing a review of Make it a Habit, watching 3 movies and getting some needed sleep.

After a 3 hour layover in Nairobi, we took a short 45 minute flight to Moshi. When I boarded the flight and was taking a bus to the actual plane, a 2.5 year old future prodigy randomly said hello. It turns out her father was the Kenyan Airlines pilot who just flew the plane that I was on. This time though he was a passenger going to a cousin’s wedding in Arusha. Following the six days of teaching, we will be doing a 1 day trek of Mount Kiliminjaro and a 1 day walking safari in Arusha National Park.

When we arrived in Tanzania, I gave our driver and good friend Paul Njau a big hug and made the 1 hour trek to the guest house. Along the way, we picked up Luis Cuerdo, the Spaniard chess teacher who was on our trip last year. You can see a great photo of him teaching in the December 2018 issue of Chess Life.

After a healthy dinner of rice, peas and vegetables, we went to sleep for a long day today. This morning we had an orientation and Swahili lesson. We are off soon to Uru Secondary School for our meeting with school headmaster and introductory lesson.

Stay posted for updates and please consider donating toward the 31 students that Make a Difference Now sponsors. Asante Sana!

-By Premier Chess CEO Evan Rabin

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