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Raleigh alumnus and active member of the Raleigh Tanzania Society, Pius Matunge has recently won a grant worth 11,000,000 shillings (5000 USD) from the Diplomatic Spouses Group to Tanzania (DSG). Awarded to his organisation, Tengeneza Generation (TEG), the grant enabled Pius to purchase and donate an Everest V5 Braille printer to Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School in Dar es Salaam.
Words by Kennedy Mmari

July 27, 2017

Charlie 5 are based in the village of Kiswanya in the Morogoro region working on a School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (SWASH) project. The local economy is dependant on agriculture, primarily the growing of rice and maize and there are many challenges facing the people of Kiswanya. One of these is access to clean water and good sanitation. A simple activity like not washing your hands before eating can have deadly consequences for the local community.

Words and photos Charlie 5.

July 26, 2017

Alpha 3 has finished a brilliant phase one. Whilst in village they have, alongside the local community, successfully filled 100,000 tubes with soil in preparation for seedling transplantation, held a successful action day and learned to work together as a team.

Words by Rachel, Oriana and Alastair.

Photos by Oriana, Rachel, Stefan, Jack and Volunteer Manager Lewis.

July 24, 2017

Phase one of expedition is complete, and the venturers and volunteer managers have spent four days at changeover in River Valley, Iringa. The groups joined together to de-brief phase one, share their experiences and stories with each other and receive their allocations for phase two.

Words Alice. Photos Hilary and Rosie.

July 22, 2017

Charlie 6 are working on a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project in the village of Chimlata. They will be carrying on the work that was started by an expedition group last cycle. Although the previous group finished building the structure of new toilet blocks on the school grounds, toilet doors and finishing touches are still needed. As well as concluding the construction work, we will be concentrating on teaching SWASH (School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) lessons within the community, to ensure the message of good sanitation spreads far and wide and continues when we are gone.

Words and photos Charlie 6.

July 20, 2017

Whilst venturers and volunteer managers are working on projects in rural villages across Tanzania they stay with local families. These homestays allow our venturers to build relationships and make lasting connections with the community they are working with. Delta 2 are currently based in Nyamwezi working on a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project. They offer us an insight into their experience living with a host family, including what they have learned so far and how they hope living in a homestay will impact their time spent in village.

Words Delta 2. Photos Delta 2 and Rosie.

July 18, 2017

Today is World Emoji Day - a day celebrating the emoji and all it can express beyond words. To mark the day, we asked Echo 2 to reflect on their time in village and what they have learned about expressing themselves. The team are based in the village of Kitunduweta, in the Kilosa district, working on a Livelihoods project. They will be delivering entrepreneurship training in the village helping to develop businesses in the community and supporting the local economy.

Words Echo 2 and Alice. Photos Alice.

July 17, 2017

Each year July 15th marks World Youth Skills Day. World Youth Skills Day was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 11 November 2014. The Assembly designated 15th July as the World Youth Skills Day in order to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.
Words by Kennedy Mmari.

July 16, 2017

Today is World Youth Skills Day. The day is marked by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of investing in the development of skills in young people. Currently four groups of 17-24 year olds are taking part in Expedition with Raleigh Tanzania. They are working on projects including NRM (natural resource management), WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) as well as undertaking a 19 day trek.

Words Alice. Photos Rosie and Delta 1 & 2.

July 15, 2017