Name ID 2012
Extract Author: Emil Karafiat (junior)
Page Number: 2005 02 23
Extract Date: 1950's
I was most excited to come across this website for one particular reason. My father, Emile Karafiat, was a Swiss Professional Hunter in Tanzania in the 1950s and early 60s. He died in 1964 at the age of 51. I was only 12 years old at the time. Meanwhile I have tried to find out as much as I possibly can about my dad.
In his little Safari Report booklet, in which he listed all his safaris, I came across a little handwritten entry, about 1961, with the name Pat Hemingway. Of course I am most curious to know whether Pat might remember my father in any way. My father was already very ill at the time.
Could you possibly pass this message on to Pat, requesting him to provide me with a feedback, or could you supply me with his address so that I might contact him? My sole motive is to try and fit together the pieces of a puzzle that might enable me to learn more about my father.
Many thanks in advance for your help. Emil Karafiat (junior)
I don't have any direct knowledge of Pat Hemingway, but I'll put your email on the web site, and maybe someone will come forward.
Extract Author: Emil Karafiat
Page Number: 2005 01
Extract Date: 1959
I have just found some info on the Trappes / Czurns / and Emil Karafiat / and the Arusha School Alumni of up to 1958. Is there anything on the alumni of 1959ff?
I am Emil Karafiat and would like to get in touch with former pupils of Arusha School as well as with the Czurns. Unfortunately, there is no link on that particular website. Incidentally, I have founded an NGO based in Switzerland, which helps build schools in Northern Tanzania. So far we have built a primary School, a water pipeline of 1.6 km to the school and are currently completing a secondary school in the area. A high school will follow. Our project is currently financed by donors in Switzerland and, we hope, will also be joined by other countries in Europe and the US.
With best wishes Emil Karafiat
Thanks for the email. By bcc I am copying Dieter Czurn, so perhaps he will get in touch with you.
So far I have made it a policy not to put email addresses on the web site, not so much to preserve privacy, but more to avoid providing address for spammers.
I think that all the Arusha School Alumni from the 1958-9 time who have been in touch with me are included on the web site.
If you have time it would be interesting to hear more about the school(s) you are involved with, and from the past any more you can add for the web site about your time at the school.
Thank you so much for enabling Dieter Czurn and myself to get in touch. You are doing a wonderful job. I am most impressed with your website ntz. I shall supply you with information on my work in due course. You might throw a quick glance at our website www.Kisimiri.ch. We have a German and an English version. You may publicize the link if you think it is suitable. Unfortunately, I must admit, it could do with an update. Cheers Emil
Extract Author: Sarah C Slater ( nee Burnett )
Page Number: 2004 10 24
Extract Date: 1958-1963
I was @ arusha school during the years above.
My parents are Joan & George Burnett. My father was an entymologist, & worked @ the Colonial (Tropical) Pesticides Reseach Institute.
My brother Patrick & sister Victoria were also @ the school.
I think I was in the same class as Vanessa Pope, Elizabeth Cashin, Rosemary Purchase, Geraldine Swynnerton, John Bovennizer, Emile Karafiat, Pamela Carter & Joyce Thompson, Huw Jones, Diana Yeo.
I think Sandro Legnani was in the same class as my brother.
Does anybody remember the Beaumont family who farmed @ Sharok?
Or the McPhillips, an Irish family of 10 children who's mother was a doctor at Meru Hospital?
I remember BL Jones & family well, & Miss Jenkins & Mrs Papadopoulos amongst others.
My parents kept in touch with Paddy Purchase, father of Rosemary, Nigel & Melody & Doug & Margaret Yeo whio were neighbours & colleagues of my father.
My Mum is very ill now. I would love to be able to pass on news to her. She was an artist & used to run art classes on our lawn. Her & my father were very active in the Little Theatre, Arusha. He used to build the sets & she would paint them. I remember being Fairy Crystal Fountain in a production of Sleeping Beauty, in a wonderful white tutu made by a lady, I think Mrs. Bloom, who had been a profesional costume designer.
Does any one remember Narajan Singh, the grocer? I remember it being an Aladdin's cave of sweeties & the lovely kind staff.
My parents moved to Aberdeen Scotland, where they still are. I lived in Scotland until 2000, & now live in Suffolk, England. I would be absolutely delighted to hear from any-one from those idyllic childhood years.
Sarah C Slater ( nee Burnett )
Lots of memories, and names - thank you. Iíll be updating the database in the next week or so, and will include your email, which Iím sure will trigger some responses.
There have been some recent feedback emails mentioning some of your names. Did you see the email from Miriam Pope mentioning the Purchases and the Little Theatre. Iíve also just this week been sent a photo which includes Emil Karrafiat - it should be on the web site with the next update.
As for Naranjan Singh - did you see the clips on the site from Hatari
I heard that after independence he moved to India, and became very rich with a department store. His sons have been in England, and visited someone I know who had been in Arusha in the 1950ís.
Thank you so much for the fascinating information. The web-site is a wonderful resource & the work that goes into producing it is much appreciated.
I printed out some of the pictures of the School, Boma & Hospital ( where I was born) for my parents, which were pored over, & recognised by all the family. They were totally amazed, being internet 'unfriendly'!
Extract Author: Bart Moore-Gilbert
Page Number: 2007 07 10
Extract Date: 1960's
I was at Sao Hill (Southern Highlands) School 1960-2, then Soni (St Michael's) 1962-4. Keen to contact any contemporaries, of whom I am sure Emil Karafiat was one.
My father was also in the Game Department until 1965. Really enjoyed the message-board which triggered lots of memories.
Best wishes, Bart Moore-Gilbert
Extract Author: Dieter Czurn
Page Number: 2004 11 15
Just yesterday some friends from Momella came to visit me. They are the owners of the Hatari Lodge in Momella, the former house of Hardy KrŁger, who was an actor in the film Hatari with John Wayne.
They came with a nurse, who was taking care of their baby. She seems to work or have worked for Rolf Trappe jun.. Rolf and Richard Trappe are both living around Arusha. I met Ricky and his mother 3 years ago. At that time they lived near to the western slopes of Mount Meru. I know, that Ricky's health is quite bad, but Rolf seems to be quite ok.
I will try to find out both addresses for you or at least where to find them. I will also come to Tanzania in January. Maybe I will have time to meet them.
The Trappes belonged to our best friends in Tanzania. My father even knew Mrs. Margarethe Trappe, the famous hunter, very well. He came to Tanzania in 1933. We went to Momella many times and Rolf and Ricky visited the same school in the Usambara Mountains ( where I was born and where I grew up ) as we did.
I have attached a photo for you, showing the Trappes. It was my first school day in Soni ( 1963 )
From left to right:
Ricky Trappe, Rolf Trappe( Putschi ), my brother Mani, me and Emil Karafiat, the cousin of the Trappes.
Rolf Trappe sen. and Emil's mother were brother and sister-- both children of Margarethe Trappe.
Many thanks for the email, and for the great photo.
I guess it was Jorg and Marlies who came to visit you. I met them also last week at WTM in London, and we had been in email contact before that sharing historical information about the Momella area and the Trappe family, and the making of Hatari. They were looking forward to finding the book about Momella which should have been waiting for them in Germany.
You may deduce from this that itís just me behind the nTZ.info web site, and that I am based in England. I managed a trip to Arusha in October, but I think that you will be back before me.
If you are in contact with Rolf and Richard Trappe could you please put them in contact with A M Hausheer-Hiltpold. (He emailed me in March looking for information about them).
Thanks for your help
And do please send any more photos or stories which you think will contribute to the site.
Extract Author: Eliefo A.Kilutha
Page Number: 2009 02 18
Extract Date: 2000
I'm Mr Eliefo A. Kilutha
I living in Karatu Arusha Tanzania now try to look for life I'm try to looking for the History of Kisimiri Village at the online but there is no, but on my search I got the one issue which is very tuf to me because I remember when I was standard one at Kisimiri Primary is the time when Mr Emil Karafiat reach there I want to say thank for Mr Karafiat for growth up our school and when I graduate standard seven 2000 I was real enjoy because I was in good condition there is good classroom at time when I was in standard seven.
Please if you contact with me Emil pass my great to him I wishing you all the best in your daily activities.
Extract Author: Amani H. Mchau
Page Number: 432
Extract Date: 12 Aug 2006
Kisimiri Secondary School in Ngarenanyuki ward now has a modern high school after running under tree shades and in an old building since 1994.
The Kisimiri school which is the only co-educational special talents school at A level in Tanzania now boasts of modern buildings including sufficient teachers quarters surpassing even better placed urban- based schools.
This positive development at Kisimiri school has come about through an Arusha born President of Swiss Intermediate Education Fund, Professor Emil Karafiat, who was also brought up at Kisimiri until age of 12 years when his mother died. His father had to be sent home to Switzerland due to illness and died in 1965. He also had to leave Tanzania then.
Karafiat said Kisimiri, his childhood residence, had never gone out of his memory so he made a point of visiting it in 1994 and found students attending lessons under trees and in a dilapidated old estate buildings something that gave him a strong feeling to extend support towards the village.
So on return to Switzerland he started mobilising supporters to contribute towards a fund to develop the Kisimiri secondary school.
Karafiat told The Arusha Times that among the respondents towards Kisimiri school was Professor Nava Settler, the President of Swiss Talent Foundation who decided to take care of the high school. He transformed what was once an eyesore to a well- furnished co-educational special talents high school after the government of Tanzania had given him a go- ahead.
Professor Karafiat said he has prepared enough solar panels for supply of power in the school as the area has no electricity. The school, he said, must have computers and satellite communication system for better global contacts for the students and teachers.
The Swiss supporters have also planned to offer annual study tours of three weeks for teachers working in secondary schools based in Arumeru district to give them exposure and hence improve their teaching proficiency.
Karafiat was born in Arusha municipality (then township) in 1951, brought up by his parents in an estate at Kisimiri until he was 12 years old in the early sixties. He is now a Professor of English at the KME University in Switzerland.
He thanked the people of Tanzania and the government for their cooperation and commitment and promised to go on supporting educational efforts in Tanzania as he believes education is a pre-requisite in any meaningful advancement of humanity.
The founding head of the Kisimiri High School, Abner Mrema, said the school that he and his colleagues started under the forbidding conditions has at long last grown into the present ultra-modern institution through the efforts of Professor Karafiat who had decided to extend a helping hand to the villages of his childhood.