“It’s like a zoo in here!”

So, after time off yet again, this time with a strange eyeball eating bacteria (I kid you not, must remember to blog about the hospital visit – hi-lar-i-ous, in an “Oh god I’m going to have to look good with an eye-patch” kind of way) I’m back teaching at Bugando. The next few weeks are on the topic of animals (originally entitled “Safari Animals” until my friend pointed out that a pig is not a safari animal…). Continue reading

Countdown…?

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So, things they are occuring…at least I think they are…at least I hope they are…Aitch it’s all very Tanzanian “There’s no hurry in Africa”. Pole pole, slowly slowly – rather fitting I think sometimes that pole is also kiswahili for sorry (you bloomin well will be if you don’t hurry up!). Raleigh International are coming within the next 3 weeks, I have a meeting with the founders of the Deaf Unit…but no one’s said yes yet. Keep your fingers crossed…

Leila

So here she is, finally… Glamourpuss, face-paint devotee, artist, sous chef (don’t expect much potato left after the “peeling” process), dancer, HUGE supporter of Ben 10, awesome nativity lamb, queen of “sucking your nostrils in and holding it”, pirate, fairy… The list goes on. More than anything she is just really good fun to teach and work with and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far. Continue reading

I get by with a little help from my friends (and family)

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Often people will text, email or write to say how proud they are of me, what an amazing thing I’m doing, how brave I am. It’s not to be knocked (actually, I quite like it) but I think it’s important to make the point that I really would not be able to do any of this without the support from everybody at home. Continue reading

Can you help?

Me looking a bit pleased with myself

Yes, I can hear you, “more sodding requests for support *dramatic sigh*” but really, with your respective countries in the state that they are I’ll wager all your doing is sitting on your couch, glued to yet another depressing news story about house prices going down, food prices going up, possibility of triple-dip recessions and desperately in need of the feel good factor. Well here’s a way you can have it and it won’t even cause charity fatigue. Isn’t that nice of me? Continue reading

Exciting news!

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Having followed up a contact from a friend, I’m very excited to say that Raleigh International http://www.raleighinternational.org/ are coming in March to see me and the school with a view to taking on Bugando as a project.

Raleigh’s approach to project work is to usually engage with partners over a long term period in order to add to their capacity. This ensures that we are undertaking work that has already been identified by local organisations and that will have on-going governance once our volunteers leave. This usually leads to us working with local NGOs and government departments. However in the case of this work, given that the school is well established it could become the partner.

 I would be more than willing to visit the school in the coming months, with a view to seeing if the work needed is suitable for our volunteers and understand the needs of the project.

Feeling so encouraged by this. Everyone keep your fingers crossed for March!

New year, new topic

Oh I know – sorry it’s a bit late. I’d love to say I’ve been kicking up my heels and what not but actually I’ve been poorly sana for most of this month. Still, I got to experience first hand the medical care available here… Well, I’m alive and for that I am truly grateful. Continue reading

Leo, ninajifunza lugha ya alama ya Tanzania


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(Today, I am learning Tanzanian Sign Language)

So today I went for my first proper Tanzanian Sign Language lesson at Tunaweza (We can). Continue reading

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So, amongst the highs and the lows and the amazing experience you’ll be having, they forget to mention that sometimes you’ll feel terribly lonely and miss your friends and family dreadfully… Thank goodness mine came for a visit! Thank you both for being so bloomin’ marvellous – such adventures! For all your support and each and everything – you are both “beautiful and up-to-date” people. See you soon xx