A little calamity

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It was difficult telling the school the news from Raleigh. As I explained as best I could their reasons for not helping the school, Raymond covered his face with his hands. Continue reading

The topic was clothes…

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These guys just break my heart sometimes. I really want the meeting on Friday (originally Tuesday) to go well.

“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…

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

Tanzatoto

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That’s the title of the Tanzanian Sign Language Dictionary I originally had copied just for my students. It’s beautifully clear, fantastic for children and my kids were desperate to take them home.

Mimi itwa kuwa na mafanikio!

(I will be successful!) Continue reading

A little more thought…

“That’s what you’ll find when you’re starting a project here – one step forward 97 steps back…Perseverance is the key to living here”

It seems that there are some things that I hadn’t considered when I first started this project. The jealousy of the older students being one of those things. I honestly hadn’t thought about it being difficult for them to see me bring finger paints and crayons for the children to work with or sharing chai and mandazi because the school insisted I had to otherwise I couldn’t teach the kids. Clearly I had done no thinking at all… Continue reading