Tanzania Expedition

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During the start of the Natural Resource Management (NRM) project in Ihanu Village we conducted a survey among 49 households to better understand their social and economic conditions. The survey included questions that covered areas such as home construction, access to utilities, household economy, land and resource use. After collecting and analysing the survey data, we conducted two focus groups with members of the community to share the results with them.

Words and photos by Alpha 3.

April 21, 2017

As a Raleigh Tanzania volunteer, I would like to say thank you very much to Raleigh International for making me part of the team since 2015 and giving me the opportunity to work alongside other Tanzanian and International volunteers. I feel very proud working with Raleigh. I have gained more and more experience each time I have worked with them and have learnt a lot from working with other volunteers.

Words and photos by Adam Mbullu.

April 12, 2017

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization and provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of this year’s World Health Day was ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’. Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family, friends and the ability to earn a living. A better understanding of what depression is, how it can be prevented as well as treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help. (www.who.org) Alpha 2 discuss mental health and how they have looked after their’s whilst on expedition.

Words and photos by Alpha 2.

April 11, 2017

Last month we received some exciting news from SHIPO (Southern Highlands Participatory Organisation), one of our project partners, that the sanitation block at Nundu village primary school had officially been opened. At the end of 2016 our 16P volunteers had been working with SHIPO and the community of Nundu on a large project to construct a latrine block consisting of 12 drop hole toilets, an incinerator and hand washing facilities.

Words By Marie.

April 4, 2017

World Water Day, which is on the 22 March, each year is about taking action on water issues. This year the theme was wastewater and the campaign, ‘Why waste water?’, was about reducing and reusing wastewater. Alpha 2 who have completed phase 2 of the project in Chimlata discuss the issues facing the community in terms of water supply and learn how the villagers conserve and re-use water.

Words by Sam. Photos by Alpha 2.

March 31, 2017

Where has the time gone! Phase 2 of the 17D Raleigh Tanzania expedition is complete and all teams met up for the second and final changeover at River Valley in Iringa. All of the coasters (buses) carrying the Alpha Groups, and the fieldbase team arrived on Monday afternoon. Everyone was excited to see each other and eager to catch up on events of the past few weeks. Amongst the excitement, we were also all aware that we would be saying farewell to the seven week venturers, Mike, Zhibin, Anne and Max.

Words by Marie. Photos by Harry.

March 30, 2017

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