Foto’s Blog: The best guide ever in Zanzibar

Mar 9, 2013   //   Tanzania, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: The best guide ever in Zanzibar

Phodographer Simai Mkadam outside of Stonetown, Zanzibar with Mark Schwartz and Carolyn Lane

One of the easiest entree to a Dog Meets World experience is to email or ask at your hotel. Hotel staff are familiar with local guides and locales/schools/orphanages where kids are bereft of personal photos. The staff at Emerson Spice Hotel introduced us to Simai Mkadam. In his respectful manner he made arrangements for a visit to an orphanage outside the tourist-laden Stone Town. Prior to our arrival he sought interest and permission for us to come and photo the children. Simai is a remarkable young man as his KV Tours also runs KV Academy, an afterschool program to teach underprivileged kids computer skills and English. In Simai’s words he explained the technique to make them (the students) happy with their own photo. The children ranged from age 3 to 15. Teaching the little ones to sing and sign the Itzy Bitzy Spider was a joy. Please take note of the dearth of teaching materials in the classroom.

Our guide with KV Tours and a few of the adorable children from the orphanage.

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