Community Life – Charlie 2

18th July 2013

Charlie 2 kids

Members of the field base team have just returned from visiting our Charlie groups.

With them they brought entries for the blog, complete with photos… Read how members of each of the teams are adjusting to life in their Tanzanian communities here!

First, we have a post from Charlie 2.

  

Mambo! Now we write to you from Mgongo village in the Iramba district of Singida.  After travelling here from our project partner, SEMA’s base, we spent most of our first day looking for a place for our new home.  That decision was very difficult as we had to find a place that wasn’t too far from the water source and from the village where we’re planning to do our daily food shopping and community project.  Despite all of the land around us being very dry and barren, we eventually found a spot with a couple of trees for shade and some beautiful mountains in the background to admire.

We had our first taste of mixing with the community when we visited the bore holes at the river and again when hundreds of children came and watched us set up our camp! Although we were tired from putting up a pretty awkward tent, we still found the time to have a playful kickaround with the kids.

Charlie 2 kids

 

We started properly making friends when we explored the local market and when we were shown around the village by the village leaders.

Its true to say that we certainly lived up to our self-titled team name of team ‘Majanga’ (meaning team disaster) when we found ourselves with the wrong tent poles, a collapsing long drop and two broken water filters. Rest assured though that we are safe and well and we have rectified everything now!

C2 long drop

 

As of last Wednesday we started our action research whereby we interviewed residents from the local community and asked them about hygiene and water sanitation. We even included two schools in our research. The results of our surveys were both shocking and interesting. We’ve found that the lack of awareness and practice of basic hygiene principles have led to a spread of preventable diseases.  With this knowledge we plan to put together a plan of action to raise awareness of sanitation in schools and help to improve health in the community.

Right now, we are still continuing with our research. Next week we will write to you explaining how we’ve been getting on. And hopefully have a plan for our actions in the future….

Kwaheri, Tutaonana! (Goodbye, see you soon!)

Charlie 2 xx