Tanzania

Meet Eddy. She is a farmer and has lived in the village of Muungano all her life.

14th April 2018

Eddy Zakaria Gwasma is 31 years old and has a 6-year-old son. Her 14-year-old cousin also lives with her. During the dry season in June and July she sells her sunflower oil and maize and throughout the year she makes and sells the best mandazi’s.

Eddy outside her home.

Eddy’s son has been attending the SWASH (school water, sanitation and hygiene) club lessons at school and he comes home and tells his mother what he has learnt.

“It is a good thing for the Raleigh volunteers to be here.  People are learning a lot, especially about tippy taps and the importance of cleanliness.  I am praying that my son and the other children finish school and have hope for a good future.  The volunteers tell the children to go and study and maybe be a volunteer in the future.  The children are friends with the volunteers and this helps them look to a future.  As the Tanzanian volunteers come from the same background, the children can see they can aim to be whatever they want to be in the future.”- Eddy.

Muungano is a mixed community of several different tribal groups who live there together peacefully.

Outside the homestay where tribal groups live together peacefully.

On the subject of varied peoples living together and the challenges in the community, Eddy says, “this is a good thing as we learn about each other’s cultures, but it is challenging.  It helps the community grow and develop.  Life might seem easy for those of us born here, but others coming from outside might see it as hard because the availability of resources such as water, different foods and health facilities is hard. Water is very scarce in this village and it is far to get water if you don’t have money to get it delivered.  The first time the volunteers went to fetch water they found it very hard to carry the buckets on their heads.  They all got very wet and all the villagers had a good laugh”.

We asked Eddy, how does it feel to have the volunteers living in the community and even staying in her home?

 

Eddy outside her home laughing with volunteers.

“This has helped me with my English.  I left school long ago and I forgot all my English, but now the children and I are learning more English from the volunteers being here in the community”.

Logistics Officer, Joanna, outside the homestay.

Expedition programme volunteers are working to inspire behaviour change in rural communities in Kongwa, Tanzania. Our direct partnerships with local government authorities continue to support the Government of Tanzania’s School WASH initiative, which aims to contribute to the National Sanitation Campaign Programme.

Eddy in her community.

Raleigh’s ‘Youth-led School Sanitation and Hygiene’ project establishes school, water sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) clubs, promoting improvements in hygiene practices amongst children, empowering them to encourage WASH behaviour change amongst their peers and wider communities too.

Our purpose? A global community working to build a sustainable future. Our vision? To create lasting change through youth. Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for further updates on our work in Muungano.

Interview conducted by Joanna Elding and Scholastica Mbilinyi, Raleigh Tanzania volunteer Logistics Officers. Words, images and interview by Joanna. Edited by Communications Officer, Rebbie.

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