As the WASH groups had previously missing out on the perks of phase review at River Valley in Iringa, they were treated to staying at the Highlands, with some breath-taking views of the Uluguru cluster of mountains. The debrief lasted two days, with speeches from Team Leaders and some games to unwind before the journey home.
Final reflections from WASH volunteers
“The biggest highlight of my ICS experience was teaching the MHM lessons to the girls. All of the lessons we taught were extremely important for the student’s wellbeing and health but the MHM lessons gave me a real sense of achievement. Seeing the girls so engaged and empowered to ask so many questions and participate so actively in the classes really reminded me why I decided to take part in ICS” – Jamey, Charlie 5.
“The community will benefit for long term since through educating them we raise awareness about MHM rooms in the school toilets, usage of clean water, building tippy taps at school and within the streets as well as conducting regular meetings to the youth, elders and women groups” – Kakarabo, Charlie 1.
“The community know that we as young people are supportive to the development cause. The youth are also strong and when the community see that we work so hard, they are more accepting, positive and supportive about development since we have set an example for other young people”, Stephania, Charlie 2.
Meanwhile, at WOCO training centre in Morogoro, the Livelihoods groups were previously given a Christmas related theme they had to turn into a performance. We were treated to six original performances, written and performed by our youth livelihoods facilitators and they were a delightful end to a successful cycle.
Final reflections from Livelihoods volunteers
“Looking in the long term, I would say the biggest impact on the community is the level of empowerment that has been created. Through running the entrepreneurship program and creating Action Days we have been able to encourage people to take pride and ownership of their village” – Darnell, Echo 5.
“Young people are important to development as we can inspire others to be more open minded and improve their lives for the better. We can be active and work hard to make a difference that will last long into the future and we can therefore ensure it does last and create a legacy” – Leila, Echo 2.
“After leaving here I plan to go to University to study for Community Development because being with ICS in Kihanga has shown me that there is still much work to do in rural Tanzania. It has also given confidence that change can happen with hard work and the correct people, therefore we must continue to work hard for development. In the future I want to have my own project for development which will involve young women and it will focus on promoting Gender Equality” – Frida, Echo 3.
These positive and inspiring perceptions is a good note to end on. We thank our Team Leaders and Volunteers for the incredible work done over this cycle and wish them all the very best with their future, and hope they remain engaged with Raleigh. Stay tuned for the next cycle, as the projects will continue in the new year.
Words by Miguel. Images by Paul and Miguel.