It can be all too easy to assume harmony is achieved through our alikeness. In our schools, our workplaces, our friendship groups we instinctively seek out ‘similar’ people. But, in truth, none of us are the same. We are painted from different colours, our complex minds are made from differing jigsaw pieces. We have different upbringings, different cultures. And it is these differences that should be sought out and celebrated. They unite us as one team and allow us to grow.October 15, 2015
The WASH volunteers in Mpangala were eager to get straight to work in their first week, starting by addressing the issues of hygiene, sanitation and hand-washing in their community. After gaining permission from the head teacher of Mpangala Primary School to run a session on hand-washing and sanitation, the team began forming a lesson plan on how to introduce thorough hand washing techniques to the students. The team will focus on the six step hand washing procedure which can help to prevent the spread of infectious disease, which currently cause over 4000 childhood deaths worldwide every day.October 15, 2015
Roll out the red carpet... our volunteers have arrived! Safe and sound, and raring to go, we have a full house for Expedition 15K.October 10, 2015
Pre-primary education in Tanzania tend to largely focus on academic skills. This might, at first, seem perfectly reasonable. Education, after all, is paramount. ‘Quality Education’ is Global Goal Number 4. However, there is a cry in Tanzania for a more holistic approach to pre-primary education. Here’s why.October 8, 2015
Gender equality, good health and sanitation are cross-cutting themes across many of Raleigh Tanzania’s projects. In the wake of the Millennium Global Development Goals, perhaps one of the most notable improvements in Tanzania is that most children are now enrolled in Primary School education, grace aux the abolishment of school fees. That’s the silver lining.
In a world of infinitely accelerating digital growth, nothing can be more invigorating than going slow. Strip away the background din of constant whirring, buzzing, beeping, ringing and revving and you might just be able to hear your own thoughts. Remove the convenience of every place on earth being accessible out of the space in the palm of your handheld device, and you may have to look up. Open your eyes. Use your head.October 8, 2015
The WASH volunteers arrived last Wednesday from the UK and across Tanzania and after five days of introductions and information about the programme and life in rural communities, they set off on Monday to their respective villages. The teams travelled to Njombe in the Southern Highlands region of Tanzania before arriving in their villages yesterday to meet their homestay families and settle in. The Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) methodology has already begun in the WASH communities so the groups will be working alongside project partner SAWA to help raise awareness of the sanitation and hygiene programme. Every week, two groups will be writing blogs with an update on their progress and weekly activities so check back for updates!October 7, 2015
The Entrepreneur volunteers arrived last Wednesday from the UK and across Tanzania and after five days of introductions and information about the programme and life in rural communities, they set off on Monday morning to their respective villages. The teams travelled to Njombe and Mbeya in the Southern Highlands region of Tanzania before arriving in their villages yesterday to meet their homestay families and settle in. Over the course of the next week they will be meeting community leaders and entrepreneurs who completed the programme in the summer as well as those who will begin training next week. Every week, two groups will be writing blogs with an update on their progress and weekly activities so check back for updates!
After four days of intensive training and a practice trek, our Volunteer Managers are brimming with eye-opening knowledge and new found skills. Only one question remains: where will everyone be allocated for Phase One? Who will be spending the second half of October venturing forth into the Southern Highlands to head up the Leadership Development Trek? Who will be muscling in on the community resilience action, helping to establish an Early Childhood Development centre in Didia? Who will be making themselves at home in Endagikot, working on Schools, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects? And who will be nobly holding the fort at Fieldbase?October 2, 2015