We got back from Tanzania yesterday. It was an amazing time and everything went off well, but it is nice to be back home again. We (5 adults and 17 students)were staying at Managhat Primary school in the Manyara region near Babati, sleeping on the floor of some classrooms. We were doing work for the charity 'Livingstone Tanzania Trust'. Although we did have some electric lights (a welcome surprise!) we had to fetch all water from a single tap and cooking was with the help of a very smoky wood stove.
Apart from a few problems with bats, a couple of scorpians and a number of nosebleeds we had a successful visit. We renovated a classroom and turned it into a library, planted 15 banana trees and 'helped' the local builders to build a cowshed. The latter will be linked with a bio gas digester which will provide the fuel for the school kitchen to cook meals and reduce the dependency on firewood.
The students worked very hard despite the very hot weather. They also started to learn some Swahili so that they could play with the children and buy some souvenirs from the local market. We visited a local secondary school and also had a meal at the house of a local family. There we were lucky enough to be entertained by some other villagers, who encouraged us to join in with their dances. It was great fun, but exhausting! At the end of our trip we were taken on Safari. We saw lions sharing their kill with their cubs and got very close to a family of elephants. We also saw herds of zebras, wilderbeasts, impalas and hippos. There were many beautiful birds and baboons and even a snake. I am looking forward to seeing all the photos! Peter and I are now exhausted, but very glad that we went. I don't think that the students will forget their experiences in a hurry!