Here are a few rules to know when visiting East Africa – First of all when you greet a person no matter who they are you always say hello in their native tongue which is JAMBO. Greetings are a very important part of the culture in East Africa as is one person’s name, their name could be one of the most important things that happen to a person in East and South Africa. I am sure other parts to, but these two I do know for sure.
Your NAME and you do not get to pick it. Why you ask? Because in Africa the African’s believe and so do my mum and I it is the only thing you take with you when you die and it is what you are remembered by, so you surely want to do right. Your given name (last Name for you yank’s) and your Birth name which is the name both your parents have given you.
Now in many cases like my long name Lord Captain Bowes Rees my Mum & Papa took important family names and gave them to me, for example Captain is for my grandfather on my Mum’s side of the family, it was an inside joke sort of because they could not be calling Ambassador here, Ambassador come, Ambassador or shorten it to Amb. So my Papa came up with Governor first then Senator and then Captain, guess they ran out by the time little man came along he he he he he. The first being the next part of my name Bowes is on my Papa’s side of the Family and my Grandmother Rees was and is her Maiden name, she comes from the Bowes Lyon family. So they always wanted me to remember that side of the family and lastly and my title, well they come from my papa and way, way, way back in the olden days when they did not have anything like we have today. This is how us dogs and the families we came from are known. I hope you all are starting to understand just how very smart our East African friends are.
It is very interesting two facts, one the whole world over use’s names to identify all of us from what “tribe” we are from whether it is the dog, human, cat or the outer space Tribe we all have names but here is where it changes a bit. Culture to culture in East Africa and in the UK my Birth place my name and my title are passed down and very important to my family as in Africa your given name is one of the most values possessions a dog or person can have. Where it is different is say in Los Angeles, CA it maybe the nice Maserati I drive where the people look at first to say “hey look at that dog”
To wrap up our first lesson when first getting to East Africa we want to remember to always greet people with the word JAMBO and please let’s do our very best to remember their names it is a sign of respect also and let’s just be pawstive us pooches have great manners and we need to show them off when traveling and at home too! Ok Mum…
I have included a picture of one of the many different type of animals the Prince and I are going to see on our trip. This was taken with my Mum and her family when they were on safari and I have always just LOVED it.
• Hello = Jambo / hujambo / Salama
• How are you? = Habari gani
Let’s paws and take a moment to consider
6 in every 10 Africans lack access to a proper toilet.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 322 million people lack access to clean water and 463 million people lack access to adequate sanitation.
Together, unclean water and poor sanitation are a leading cause of child mortality: an estimated 5,000 children die daily from diarrhea, which is spread through poor sanitation and poor hygiene. Universal access to improved sanitation could reduce diarrhea-related morbidity by more than a third.
Studies have found that about half of girls who drop out of primary school in sub-Saharan Africa do so because of a lack of separate toilets and easy access to safe water
Some of the young children of Ntulya (town.village)
Ho Ho Choos!
Choo (pronounced "cho") is the Swahili word for toilet. In Ntulya, we have begun construction on eco-friendly; sustainable, self-composting pit latrines for our campus of 14 classrooms and 10 teacher houses. The school enrollment of 630 students requires 30 latrines for both girls and boys; the teachers living on campus in 10 individual homes will require one latrine each. These hygienic and innovative toilets are simple: while one pit is in use, the other is left covered. Within two years, the waste in the covered pit will dry up, ridding itself of pathogens, so that it's suitable for use as clean and usable crop fertilization!
And while this topic may seem an odd one for the holidays, remember to be especially grateful if you're blessed with proper and clean sanitation today - because many people (one-third of the world's population - 2.5 billion folks), unfortunately, are not.
...and, please help spread the word.
Lord Captain Bowes Rees & his Friends lend a paw to the Africa Schoolhouse and please we hope you to may lend a paw or two ©2009 WNR LCBR & MR
That is it for today here in sunny Los Angeles, and as we say in London,
Love Cappy Bowes Rees
Well one last note when it comes to the Choo, remember what the word means? Toilet. Us Pooches should care too what our parents do when picking up our little packages of LOVE. Please remember to use recycled Poo bags whenever possible. It only takes a few to start a movement… no pun intended.
Last But never least from Cappy Prince Gomez, Little man, Senny and Little Lady Please remember to always make your wish of the day just go to