Here’s an update from the Tanzania Team’s first week on the project…
All the team have reached Tanzania, though some unfortunately
without their luggage thus many necessities. This has thankfully been resolved with a coordinated effort from both Alix and Simon. Two of the lost bag shave reached our Babati (Finlay’s and Louisa’s) while Alastair’s bags are expected by Monday. This is as relief as we feared the worst and Alastair was getting sick of constant clothes washing and the one pair of boxers! Visas
and bumpy roads prolonged our journey through Kenya to Arusha in Tanzania but Babati was reached by the next day. All the team are well and getting on brilliantly having settled into daily life well.
Weather has been warm providing good tans and some peeling skin. Our first project of renovating a classroom and building a staff toilet at Managha primary school has been very successful. The children were very lively causing much distraction through playing games and taking photos but our target was reached. The building included impressive cement mixing from Finlay and Alastair, brick laying skills from Katie, Jordan, digging from Joanna and much more. Also a marriage between Steph and Athuman the builder almost occurred while Evie managed to keep herself stylish throughout the building. Days have been long but fun ending with a much needed and looked forward to shower to remove cement and dust.
Food has been good with an incredible number of sauces resulting from the same ingredients and many have fallen in love with a sweet chapati made at the school. Many good times have been had in our Toyota truck with Jason at the wheel. These have included doors swinging open (much to our amusement and Alix’s distress). There has been some illness within the members including Jordan but all have made a swift recovery. Everyone is having a fantastic time and look forward to the days ahead – next stop is foundation building at Wa’angaraay…
Alixi, Sister Staf, Gordon, Katie, Ivi, Mike, Fin, Alistair,
Louisa, Joanna and Niroj xx