A Student Development Experience in a Development Context

Power Outage in Tanzania

During our first week in Karatu we experienced a temporary national electricity rationing strategy. For one week (Monday to Friday), between the hours of 9:00 and 19:00 the electricity was out across the whole country. The state house, major hospitals and other important venues still had power supplied. The national energy company was doing repairs to a gas powered power station. Can you imagine if the power was out across Canada for one week? When Japhet informed us of the situation I was baffled. I thought it would be a major problem but surprisingly we barely missed a beat. Food in restaurants here is generally cooked over fire – no need for electricity there. Since the power was out during the daytime there wasn’t really a need for indoor lighting. The power came back on overnight so there was ample time to charge electrical gadgets. There was one minor issue that is worth mentioning, the beer was hardly chilled for happy hour!

Scott

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One response

  1. Ken Yuel

    I was saying to myself, I could handle that, until I got to the warm beer…:-))

    June 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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