In the mid of June High School students from Delbarton in New Jersey, USA, had the opportunity of spending time at Hanga Abbey. Delbarton school is run by Benedictines of St. Mary's Abbey in Morristown in New Jersey, USA. The school has established a program to expose students to the world outside the US. At Hanga Abbey in Tanzania the students witnessed the low standards of learning facilities of students at St. Benedict School of Hanga Abbey and other schools. As such they brought with them a gift of text books for students at St. Benedict School.
Books for St. Benedict school, a gift from Delbarton school, in the US.
The students from Delbarton also helped Coland Secondary school, a
branch of St. Benedict School, to make bricks from clay and put the
bricks in kiln ready for baking. The process of making bricks involves
digging clay soil and pounding it with water. Then the pound clay is put
in wooden form and released on a flat ground for drying. After the
brick get dry they are put in a kiln for baking using fire wood. You can
see in the photos students from Delbarton and their host students
digging clay, pounding it, putting in wooden form and laying bricks in
the ground and then bringing them to a place to make a kiln. Indeed it
was a new experience for students from the US to do the work.
At the end of their stay at Hanga there was a farewell party to the
group form Delbarton. There was also exchange of sovenirs of T-shirts.
Delbarton students received T-shirts from St. Benedict students and gave
their T-shirts to St. Benedict students. Thanks to the monks of St.
Mary's Abbey in Morristown, fuculty and students for their assistance to
the students at Hanga Abbey.
A farewell dance by St. Benedict's students and a cake for Delbarton students