Tanzania Expedition

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In recognition of Mothering Sunday in the UK, the 17D Raleigh Expedition team would like to pay tribute to our homestay Mama’s, who have been taking great care of us all over the past couple of months.

Words by Marie, Harry and Stafford. Photos by Harry.

March 26, 2017

The United Nations General Assembly declared the 21st March as the International Day of Forests. The day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On this day and throughout the year countries are encouraged to undertake national and local activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. This year the theme is forests and energy highlighting the importance of wood energy in improving people's lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change. (www.un.org) To mark this day Alpha 3 held an Action Day all about the sustainable use of forests in relation to the use of wood in homes, focusing on an alternative method of cooking using rocket stoves.

Words by Ciara. Photos by Alpha 3.

March 21, 2017

March 20th has been established as the annual International Day of Happiness. All United Nation member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be seen as a priority. A change in attitudes is happening all of over the world and people are now recognising that 'progress' should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just about growing the economy. Alpha 1, who are currently on the youth leadership trek discuss what makes them happy.

Words by Alpha 1. Photos by Harry.

March 20, 2017

48 football fields of forests are destroyed every minute around the world. Deforestation in rural Tanzania largely contributes to this as it remains an ongoing issue. Across the country, timber is a huge source of income and firewood is an essential resource for every household in rural villages across Tanzania. Natural beauty is destroyed in a manner that can take centuries to recover. This also affects sustainable incomes and livelihoods; natural resources are lost and biodiversity is consequently lessened.

Words by Ciara. Photos by Harry.

March 17, 2017

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for sustainable development. If these goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. For the goals to work we all need to fight for them to ensure our governments stick to them and that we succeed. Alpha 2, who are currently half way through a ten-week SWASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools) project in Chimlata village, Dodoma discuss Global Goal 6 and how the work they are doing will contribute to this goal.

Words by Sam. Photos by Kate and Beth.

March 16, 2017

It sounds simple: how do you wash your hands? For many individuals, however, the answer to this question is unclear, though this knowledge is essential. Throughout our time in Chimlata village, Alpha 2 have been raising awareness about the significance of proper hand-washing, as well as the importance of maintaining personal hygiene. Read on to see how we have been raising awareness of this important issue.

Words by Eleanore. Photos by Ryan

March 12, 2017
Tanzania ICS

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The 2017 theme is ‘Be Bold for Change’ (#BEBOLDFORCHANGE). Malala Yousafzai is definitely a role model for being bold for change. Her speech to the UN in 2013 where she spoke powerfully about every girl’s right to an education, has been set to music and will be aired for the first time today. Read on to discover how we are contributing to Malala’s mission of ensuring girls have access to education.

Words by Marie. Photos by Harry.

March 8, 2017

Phase 1 of the 17D Raleigh expedition is officially complete! All of the Alpha groups have been reunited at River Valley training centre, Iringa for the first changeover. We are also pleased to welcome Tijn and Bindy, who have travelled from Dubai and New Zealand respectively to join the expedition for the remaining seven weeks. Read on to see what the groups got up to at changeover and find out what projects everyone will be on for phase 2.

March 8, 2017

On Friday 24th February 2017 Alpha 3 were excited to be heading to the village of Igoda, approximately 20km from Ihanu. Igoda is a village where Raleigh volunteers worked to build a tree nursery at the local primary school in July 2016. Alpha 3 had the opportunity to witness the next stage of this Natural Resource Management (NRM) project and see how the sustainability of it has been managed by the village.

Words and photos by Lottie, Becky, Sam, Maria, Ben, Zhibin and Vicky.

March 4, 2017

Alpha 3 talk about the importance of building strong relationships within the community and how this contributes to the success of the project. Throughout their time in Ihanu village they have really started to feel part of the community. At the project site they have worked alongside the villagers, and at Ihanu Primary School they have conducted awareness raising sessions about environmental issues.

Words and photos by, Sam, Lottie and Ben.

March 3, 2017