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
…there is no progress”. Frederick Douglass c. 1818 – February 20, 1895
“Yes and he knows it. He’s the smartest, the cutest and the naughtiest in my class” Continue reading
These guys just break my heart sometimes. I really want the meeting on Friday (originally Tuesday) to go well.
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
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…
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
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
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
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!