Tanzania Blog

Welcome to the official Raleigh International blog for Tanzania! Here you will find updates, stories and photos of our life on expedition, the adventures and the impact of our sustainability projects on communities. Stay in touch by posting your messages below! All blogs are written by our volunteers, unless otherwise stated.

Project Chibe Update: Part 2 - Joining the group on the project site...

Between two imposing prehistoric rock formations and neighbouring the village primary school sits the future site of Chibe Early Childhood Development centre. Now in its second phase of construction as part of a partnership with Save the Children and The Myles Trust in the UK, the project will span two Raleigh expeditions here. Foundations have now been laid and the hard work of hand mixing and laying concrete  starts in earnest the day after I arrive. An evening ritual of shifting barrow loads of sand across the project site is followed by a hot morning mixing and pouring while the local fundi (tradespeople) look on ready to smooth and screed what will be the floor of the new classroom. 

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Project Chibe Update: Part 1 - Visiting Save the Children in Shinyanga

It was visiting an Early Childhood Development centre in Ndala, outside Shyinyanga, when the realisation of the impact of poverty really hit me. Around 70 pence a month will pay for a child of 3-6 years old to spend each weekday morning learning the basics of Swahili, Maths, and Civics, along with a cup of porridge. Despite this, on the morning I visited, just over half of the children enrolled were in attendance; many parents and grandparents struggling to find the money on time each month, leaving the teachers to make up the shortfall so that the children can eat.

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Why Tanzania needs Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programmes...

In 1854 in London, England an outbreak of cholera swept through the Soho district. Rapid population growth and terrible sanitation meant that raw sewage was being dumped into the water supply with terrible consequences for the population. At the time, medical research on the spread of disease was limited to say the least and it wasn’t until a physician by name of John Snow turned his attentions to Cholera that things were to change.


Child in Bassadowish collecting water for the day.

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Looking back on Phase One - Team Chibe

It seems the fairytale ending that our amazing time in Chibe deserves was not meant to be. This was not the time for sneaking away early morning from this sleepy village. The reality was a monsoonal downpour, a storm to end all Chibe-related storm stories. Our nostalgic night of recapturing immense moments was cut short by a horrendous gale, sending everyone running for the shelter of the boys tent for a sleepless and stormy last night. 

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Looking back on Phase One - Team Bassadowish

On a hazy Wednesday morning our incredible stay in Bassadowish came to an end and we began our trip back to WAMO. Passing the children that we have grown to know and live amongst as they walked to school, we all felt incredibly sad to leave and wished we could stay. 

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