‘Choo’ is the Swahili word for toilet and November the 19th marks the annual global occasion, declared by the United Nations (UN) as World Toilet Day. The UN Sustainable Development Goals aims to ensure access to safely-managed toilets for everyone by 2030. Raleigh’s focus on sustainable development through youth tackles the issue through our school water, sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) programme in Tanzania. Providing access to adequate sanitation facilities is paramount to a safe learning environment, and while it establishes a strong foundation for our work, it also encompasses wider challenges on our road to lasting, sustainable change.November 19, 2017
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Part two of three segments of spotlight on Buildbase / Hirebase employees and Raleigh volunteers for the cycle this autumn. Part of the expedition Alpha 2 team working on the school water, sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) project at Nanenane school in Nyamwezi, funded by Buildbase / Hirebase, we looked for their insights on teaching at Nanenane as well as the importance of community integration. Besides the construction of new toilet blocks, handwashing station and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) room, Alpha 2 two are also delivering SWASH and MHM lessons for the students at Nanenane.November 16, 2017
Ruaha national park is an emblem of Tanzania, cherished for the abundant presence of wildlife it hosts across its full stretch of over 20,000 square kilometers. On day 10 of the youth leadership trek phase, team Alpha 1 took a much deserved break from walking the vast region of Iringa Rural to embark on a safari through Ruaha in the hope of coming into proximity with wild animals in their natural habitat…November 16, 2017
At the end of last month, expedition team Alpha 2 received a special visit from Kate Tinsley and Adrian Watts, CEO and Managing Director of Buildbase / Hirebase respectively, who are funding the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project at Nanenane primary school in Nyamwezi. Kate and Adrian were keen to see the progress of the project, speak to community members and join the volunteers working on site.November 15, 2017
The first of three spotlight blogs on Buildbase / Hirebase employees volunteering with Raleigh International this autumn. Simon and Maxwell from Alpha 2 have been busy working on a school water, sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) project at Nanenane school in Nyamwezi, funded by Buildbase / Hirebase. We looked for their insights on working in a rural Tanzanian village. Besides the construction of new toilet blocks, handwashing station and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) room, Alpha 2 two are also delivering SWASH and MHM lessons for the students at Nanenane.November 6, 2017
‘The Road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can.’ – J.R.R. Tolkein, The Lord of the Rings (1954).
It is ten to six and the fire is lit; the volunteers scramble around to find honey for their porridge. Tents come down and water is topped up. At the edge of camp, medic Rosie patches up blisters from the day before, making them as clean as the breakfast cooking pots. As the sun is coming up, the day leader rallies the troops for an energiser…
Expedition team Alpha 2 arrived in Nyamwezi village in the district of Kilombero, eager to get started on construction at the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project site at Nanenane primary school. Following the journey from Morogoro, the team arrived safely and settled in to their respective home stays. Work soon began at Nanenane primary school with the continuing construction of new toilet blocks and handwashing stations, as well as toilets with disabled access and a menstrual hygiene management (MHM) room. The MHM room will create a safe a private space for the female students at the school and awareness around the issue of menstruation hygiene will be a big part of the teams work during this phase. This WASH project is exclusively funded by Hirebase / Buildbase, a UK based builder’s merchants company who have found a passion for Raleigh’s work. Furthermore, several of their UK staff have joined the project as volunteers to help complete the new facilities.October 27, 2017
The time has come for expedition 17P teams Alpha 1 and Alpha 2; journey into villages to begin work on the first phase of their program. The induction and training period concluded, volunteers and volunteer managers embark on the next stage of their Raleigh journey.October 26, 2017
Teams for the first phase of expedition have been announced! The induction period leads up to the moment where the new recruits find out the teams and projects they will be assigned to for the first phase of the cycle. Their volunteer managers, donning sheets as cloaks and bearing twigs for wands, decided to add a magical element to the occasion by recreating the ‘Sorting Hat’ scene from the Harry Potter films. As each volunteer stepped up to the front of the stage, their allocation was announced to cheers echoing around the hall of the Raleigh training centre. Here are the teams:October 24, 2017
Monday the 9th of October marked a big day for everyone on the expedition program; the 17P volunteers arrived safely in Morogoro! Following a long journey from Dar Es Salaam, they were greeted at the Raleigh training centre by the expedition volunteer managers who prepared induction in the days leading up to the arrival. The volunteers would spend the next four days training in preparation for deployment to their villages.October 20, 2017