News from Ifakara

We have finished all of the painting work at Mang’ula Primary School. The last two nights we have camped at Udzungwa Primary School (Jo finally got to use his solar shower!) and have been working hard to get the classrooms completed. 150 Tanzanian Scouts joined us for activities yesterday, including stretcher races, boules, football, knots and team work challenges. There was then a massive campfire in the evening where we joined in with singing, dancing and clapping along. Ruairi definitely won the prize for best dancer! Tonight we are having a rest in a hotel in Ifakara, just had chicken and chips for lunch. Tomorrow is back to project work, we have 4 days to complete everything!

Mangula Primary School

Yesterday was spent at Mangula Primary School. They had two classrooms and an office with rotten woodwork. We funded for this to be replaced. Now our efforts are going into painting the walls. Yesterday we managed the first coat of whitewash and one of the blackboards, today we will finish the second coat and the other two blackboards.
GCSE results came through yesterday, all did great – well done team!

Happy Birthday Georgina

Today we climbed up Sanje Falls in Udzungwa National Park and swam in the waterfall at the top. The water was freezing but after the long, hot, steep climb most of the team were more than happy to swim. After swimming several of the team were invested – a stunning setting for it!
We got back to Hondo Hondo campsite just after four and the brave souls that wanted to help to dispatch a chicken for dinner set off to choose one at the local chicken farm.
Deed done and dinner was made, we sat and ate our delicious dinner. Then for pudding we surprised Georgina with a birthday cake, a small pressie and an email from her parents. Happy Birthday was sung – she’s going to have to go a long way to beat this experience!!

Project work

Internet connection is really rubbish, sorry for the lack of posts! Also not able to post any photos at the moment.

The past few days have been hard work at our main site – Udzungwa Primary School. We’ve thrown hundreds of bricks, mixed lots of concrete, put together shuttering, used our brick laying skills to build a wall, shifted hardcore and have entertained the school children with our ‘talents’.
The local villagers have been lovely – cooking us lunch, drumming, singing, giving us sugar cane and dancing to show their appreciation.
Tomorrow is a rest day from project work, we are climbing to the top of a waterfall! Everybody is having an amazing time and enjoying all the new experiences.

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Project work has begun!

Sorry for the lack of posts, but internet connection is rubbish!

It has been a busy couple of days at Udzungwa Primary School. We’ve thrown hundreds of bricks, mixed lots of concrete, put together shuttering for beams, used our brick laying skills to build a wall and have entertained the school children with our ‘talents’. The local villagers have been lovely – cooking us lunch, drumming, singing, giving us sugar cane and dancing to show their appreciation.
We’re all having an amazing time, still lots of hard work and experiences to be had…

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Morogoro

We stayed in a hotel in Morogoro last night as we wouldn’t get to the National Scout campsite before dark.
We visited the site this morning instead, where we met 6 Tanzania Scouts who showed us around and enjoyed a sing song with us. The last two years of learning the Tanzania national anthem (in Swahili!) paid off!
It was then time to drive to our project site, going through Mikumi National park. We saw lots of animals including giraffe, zebra, vultures, antelope and warthogs, a great taster for our safari at the end of the trip. The hard work starts tomorrow…