Tanzania Expedition

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Over the past three months, a group of International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteers have been working alongside entrepreneurs in the communities of El Porcal and El Volcan in Northern Nicaragua to assist them with expanding their businesses within their communities.

As part of their project, the group of volunteers recently visited a local school to promote the importance of entrepreneurship and to explain the many benefits and opportunities, which arise with having your own business in rural Nicaragua.

En los últimos tres meses, un grupo de voluntarios del Servicio de Ciudadanos Internacionales (ICS) han estado trabajando junto con empresarios en las comunidades de El Porcal y El Volcán en el norte de Nicaragua para ayudarlos a expandir sus negocios dentro de sus comunidades.

Como parte de su proyecto, el grupo de voluntarios visitó recientemente una escuela local para promover la importancia del emprendimiento y explicar los muchos beneficios y oportunidades que surgen al tener su propio negocio en la zona rural de Nicaragua.

May 7, 2018

It is 3am in Matambú, an indigenous Chorotegan community of the Pacific Guanacaste province in Costa Rica. The earthy trails through the forest are cool and dark at this time, the river they lead to slow and quiet.

Not all the village sleeps, though.

A 10-strong team of women are already preparing desayuno for their husbands, who will need a hearty breakfast before starting on the neighborhood project of the day: roofing another family rancho.

Son las 3 a.m. en Matambú, una comunidad indígena chorotega de la provincia pacífica de Guanacaste en Costa Rica. Los senderos terrenales a través del bosque son frescos y oscuros en este momento, el río llevan a lento y silencioso.

Sin embargo, no todo el pueblo duerme.

Un equipo de 10 mujeres ya están preparando el desayuno para sus maridos, quienes necesitarán un abundante desayuno antes de comenzar el proyecto del día: techar otro rancho familiar.

May 7, 2018

The WASH teams of Makwanpur have already settled in their community. The four teams will be working in Aapchaur, Sanutar, Solithum and Baghmara. After four days of induction and training, they were excited to leave for their communities. Here is a glimpse of the teams:

May 7, 2018

Litter and pollution is a global problem which affects natural environments across the world. But in Koudi, in rural Nepal, Raleigh alumni Santosh is taking action to tackle the issue of litter head-on. After volunteering in the community last year, Santosh decided to set up Koudi Kids Club, a group of litter picking enthusiasts who are keeping the community clean and championing environmentalism across the village. Together they are inspiring a clean environment for everyone in the community of Koudi.

May 4, 2018

Beekeeping is a key sustainable micro-enterprise that can impact the lives of young people living in rural Tanzania. Beekeepers do not need a large area in which to put their hives. The bees do not need constant attention, as they are very self-sufficient. The production of hives and processing of
honey is relatively inexpensive. Just a small amount of technical knowledge is needed to keep bees. In this blog, successful entrepreneur, Ninga, shares with us how he discovered beekeeping and how he is making it his livelihood. Thanks to the support of project partner, Tanzania Forest Conservation Group and Raleigh Tanzania’s entrepreneurship programme, Ninga is currently building more hives so that he run a sustainable business, both for himself and in contribution to the sustainable Forest Policy in Tanzania.

May 1, 2018

Last week, Elizabeth (pictured), gained a Raleigh grant to start her own business in the rural village of Ihombwe, Kilosa district, Morogoro region, Tanzania. For the past ten weeks Elizabeth has been attending a Raleigh Tanzania ICS Livelihoods training programme. Last Friday 27th April, Elizabeth successfully pitched for a grant to start a porridge mix supply business. Her unique selling point? Elizabeth’s porridge is made of specific, locally-sourced ingredients which are full of nourishment. Children in particular are in need of this nutritious source of food in rural parts of Kilosa, as Elizabeth experienced first-hand when she took her own daughter to hospital. How will Elizabeth overcome challenges to create a sustainable livelihood for herself whilst also addressing a key issue in Kilosa? Before Elizabeth’s pitch last week, volunteers spoke with her about her business idea.

May 1, 2018

We are now eight weeks into our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project in Loma Fría in Nicaragua and this beautiful community now feels like home. The people we live with have become our brothers and sisters and we are now beginning to see the outcomes of our work here.

Aside from the physical outcomes of us being here – the eco-latrines we´ve helped to construct, the Tippy Taps and bins we´ve put up around the community and the family allotments we´ve helped nurture – the behavioural changes of the people in the community are now becoming visible.

Ahora estamos a ocho semanas de nuestro proyecto de Agua, Saneamiento e Higiene (WASH) en Loma Fría en Nicaragua y esta hermosa comunidad ahora se siente como en casa. Las personas con las que vivimos se han convertido en nuestros hermanos y hermanas y ahora estamos empezando a ver los resultados de nuestro trabajo aquí.

Además de los resultados físicos de que nosotros estemos aquí, las eco-letrinas que hemos ayudado a construir, los Tippy Taps y los contenedores que hemos puesto en la comunidad y las asignaciones familiares que hemos ayudado a cultivar: los cambios de comportamiento de las personas en la comunidad ahora se están haciendo visibles.

April 30, 2018

We are now eight weeks into our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project in Loma Fría in Nicaragua and this beautiful community now feels like home. The people we live with have become our brothers and sisters and we are now beginning to see the outcomes of our work here.

Aside from the physical outcomes of us being here – the eco-latrines we´ve helped to construct, the Tippy Taps and bins we´ve put up around the community and the family allotments we´ve helped nurture – the behavioural changes of the people in the community are now becoming visible.

Ahora estamos a ocho semanas de nuestro proyecto de Agua, Saneamiento e Higiene (WASH) en Loma Fría en Nicaragua y esta hermosa comunidad ahora se siente como en casa. Las personas con las que vivimos se han convertido en nuestros hermanos y hermanas y ahora estamos empezando a ver los resultados de nuestro trabajo aquí.

Además de los resultados físicos de que nosotros estemos aquí, las eco-letrinas que hemos ayudado a construir, los Tippy Taps y los contenedores que hemos puesto en la comunidad y las asignaciones familiares que hemos ayudado a cultivar: los cambios de comportamiento de las personas en la comunidad ahora se están haciendo visibles.

April 30, 2018

Rosanna Preston is an 18-year-old from Yorkshire in the U.K. who is currently on a gap year.

She has just finished a seven-week programme with Raleigh International where she has volunteered on a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project and has also completed a 260km trek through Nicaragua. Before volunteering with Raleigh, Rosanna was working as a Teaching Assistant at a school to raise money for her trip.

Rosanna Preston es una joven de 18 años de Yorkshire en el Reino Unido que actualmente tiene un año sabático.

Ella acaba de completar un programa de siete semanas con el voluntariado de Raleigh International en un proyecto de Agua, Saneamiento e Higiene (WASH) y también ha completado un recorrido de 260km por Nicaragua. Antes de trabajar como voluntaria en Raleigh, Rosanna estaba trabajando como asistente de enseñanza en una escuela para recaudar dinero para su viaje a Nicaragua.

April 30, 2018