The people of East Africa are beautiful.
They are very dark skinned and happy.
They laugh and sing constantly.
The culture is very close. For example, we had eleven people in a Toyota Land Cruiser coming back from church (two-hour drive) one Sunday, because you always help someone who needs a ride regardless of how crowded you might already be. There is always room for one more!
They like you and want to meet you and shake your hand. Most East Africans are clean and their clothes are clean and pressed. They appreciate your being clean and neat also. However, many of the children, especially the orphans, are filthy.
The men wear long pants and short sleeved shirts – even in the heat. They never wear shorts or sleeveless shirts. Women wear Kanga’s (fabric wrapped around them) with skirts or dresses underneath. Women over 40 generally should not have uncovered upper arms. They don’t wear pants or shorts. Skirts should be below the knees. Although they wear open shoes, conditions are dirty and I would strongly advise against it, as a general rule.Open shoes can lead to snake or tick bites.
Pants are OK for travel to and from Africa and around the hotel, but not while working with the people there.