23rd June 2014
This week the Volunteer Managers have been busy visitng their projects sites in preparation for the expedition, which will also be their home for the next three months. The four Raleigh sustainable projects aim to work with rural communities to improve their environments. Read more for an overview of this year’s summer projects.
Raleigh Tanzania will be working with several in-country partners from DMDD (Diocese of Mbulu Development Department), SEMA (Sustainable Environmental Management Action) and Wildlife Connections. This unique opportunity for cultural exchange and the learning of each other’s best practices will no doubt help to empower and build community resilience.
In addition, we also hope to inspire leadership and active citizenship amongst our Volunteer Venturers with the Adventure Trekking phases.
Community Resilience & Sustainable Livelihoods
Project: Promoting Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, Endashang’wet village, Arusha
Project Partner: DMDD (Diocese of Mbulu Development Department)
Endashang’wet village is spread over 5km of arid, dusty and flat terrain. The land is magnificent in its remoteness but dry land can exacerbate water issues for health and food security.
During the project visit, Volunteer Managers Stan, Andy and Min met with Mr Nicodamas Malley (the Village Executive Officer). Whilst discussing project ideas on how to raise community awareness of sanitation, fuel efficiency and how to support the on-going conservation of draught resistance trees, he said he welcomed us in the community, our ideas and our energy; “In the village there are many groups that are ready to conduct projects, they want to help Raleigh.”
Project : Environmental Protection (Beehive Fencing), Katisi
Project Partner: Wildlife Connections
This pilot project, which will begin in August 2014 and only run for one phase, will involve assessing human and animal conflict. In addition to this, Raleigh Tanzania also hope to promote the economic benefits of harvesting and selling honey using beehive fencing. We look forward to hearing more about this project in due course!
Community Resilience & Access to Education
Project : Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD), Salawe, Shinyanga
Project Partner: Save the Children
Nearly 65% of Tanzanian children enter primary school without any early learning experience and in some circumstances, some children even enter primary school with permanent physical or mental damage because of malnutrition (Human Development Report 2010).
Raleigh Tanzania have been working closely with Save the Children who have identified the Sukema tribe of the Salawe Village as an area that would benefit from having an Early Development Centre for children aged 3 - 6 years.
Volunteer Managers Sally, Emma and Anna, in conjunction with the Save The Children project partners, will work with the community to build the ECD Centre and raise the awareness of the ECD benefits. 'We felt very welcomed by the people of the Salawe Village. The Village Leaders advised [that] everyone that was looking forward to our arrival - they were ready for us.' Emma, Project Volunteer Manager.
Project : Water & sanitation, Mbeya
Project Partner: SEMA (Sustainable Environmental Management Action)
Project VMs Penny, Will and Doug were warmly welcomed by the village of Hangomba this week, a small rural community located in the heart of the Mbeya region. The aim of the project is to build a school sanitation block in partnership with SEMA, PATH (a global health organisation), WaterAid & Starbucks, whilst raising awareness of hand hygiene by establishing youth peer groups.
The group of VM’s visited a local primary school where a total of 650 students currently share 11 latrines – the SEMA guideline is 30 latrines to be built to serve this population. On the VMs’ meeting with Daniel, the deputy head, he shared "I am looking forward to your arrival but I wish that you could commence tomorrow!"
Project VM Doug assesses the local water supply in Hangomba
Youth Leadership: Adventure Trekking
Leons, the Trekking guide
Project: Iringa Trek (The Southern Highlands)
This is a challenging Trek but it is also very rewarding with amazing views and landscapes. Adventure Volunteer Managers Sue and John recently spent time learning the routes with Trekking guide Leon; ‘’We are especially looking forward to the Massai homestay and enjoying many more splendid views!’’ - Sue (Project VM).
When asked on what was valuable about the trekking phase of the expedition Leons replied “it is a great opportunity to learn about the cultures of the people in the area and about the different habitats, you will get yourself fit and learn to be self- sufficient and have lots of leadership experience”.
Due to positive feedback from the planning visits, we anticipate project success! Check the next blog post where we will introduce the Venturer members of this summer's expedition.
Kuona wewe baadaye! (See you later)