Having returned to our day jobs, and thinking that this time last week we were in the Serengeti seeing some of God’s wonderful creation in their natural habitat; it feels somewhat surreal. Here are some of our final reflections on the visit:
Despite being moved in all of the schools we have visited, this was by far the most harrowing visit. Nyumba Salaama is a safe house presently giving refuge to 52 girls. Eight workers (matron, secretary, social worker, computer teacher, sewing teacher, driver, temporary manager, Melina Galibona and a chaplain) all share the vision of protecting the girls from harm.
Bunda Girls school
Following yet another fantastic Tanzanian welcome from Deninsia, the Headmistress, three girls from Bunda girls' school were delighted when they received gifts sent from their sponsors at Halifax Trinity Academy.
With us succumbing to the effects of wobbly tums and general exhaustion from all the travelling, it has been a welcome rest this weekend. It was, however, punctuated by two notable events: seeing the sunset on the shores of Lake Victoria and the wonderfully colourful service at Musoma Cathedral yesterday.
Sad to leave, we were glad to be heading back to the hotel as it was late and the clouds were gathering. Arthur's fear was that if the rains came, the bus would not make it through the mud. Having already had the drama of the flat tyre, some of us were a little apprehensive about the journey back. This was to prove justifiable.
Having dozed off, Diane awoke suddenly to the sensation of sitting sideways, the bus listing precariously to starboard and lots of concerned voices.
We were well and truly stuck.
In the middle of nowhere.
It began to rain.
Along a bumpy road we went. Seeing a collapsed bridge. It brought it home how hard it is to access Ragata. Black clouds were forming and Arthur filled us with confidence “if it rains we must go. The rain will wash the roads away”. Thanks Arthur.
Our journey (Swahili- safari) to Ragata took an unforeseen turn when the bus came to a halt due to a flat tyre.
At St James Primary School, Friday’s in Tim’s class is known as “Funday Friday”. Who’d have thought this name would have followed us to Tanzania!
A very early start ready for a long days travel to Ragata Primary School and a visit to Nyamisisi on the way. The group all said that today would be an adventure. How right we were!
On arrival at Nyamisisi children stared on and ran out of their classrooms to greet us. It was difficult to absorb as the older children were herding them back into the classroom with some force.
Asante kwa kutukaribisha
Written by Ruth Randall and Kate Morrison
This morning, the group headed off on a longer journey to one of our more rural link schools, Kinyariri. Kinyariri is the most deprived of the schools we have seen so far and the link school to Ruth from Southdale CE Junior School.
From Michael Walker and Kate Wilson
On our fourth day in Tanzania it was a privilege to visit two schools whose English counterparts where members of the group.
The first visit was to Mshikamano, the school of Michael Walker, Headteacher of Ackworth Howard School. This is a new link that is to be established.