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Nord Anglia
30 January, 2024

Nurturing Bright Futures: Our Students' Hands-On Contributions in Tanzania

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Working alongside one of our partner charities in Tanzania, Seeway, our students engaged in a highly rewarding programme of sustainable service work, to improve the health and long-term prospects of children and their families in Tanzania. Last week, our students worked with project partners across the globe providing new educational facilities with Seeway Tanzania and improvements to local families in most need.

During this time, the students built confidence, independence and leadership skills. They worked as part of a team to manage their own time and develop resilience, persistence and resourcefulness, and a real sense of international mindedness. Before and after the expedition, the students engaged with the Global Campus online platform, where they fundraised money for all the necessary building materials, goats and preparations for the trip. The Tanzania Expedition was a fantastic opportunity to experience not just the culture and challenges faced in Tanzania, but also to meet fellow Nord Anglia students from around the world and build lifelong friendships.

In an extraordinary display of compassion, community spirit and a commitment to making a tangible difference, our students embarked on this transformative journey to Tanzania. This immersive experience saw them not only contributing to the construction of classrooms but also engaging in a variety of projects aimed at enhancing the lives of the local community. Let's delve into the incredible work our students accomplished, leaving a lasting impact on families and communities in need.

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Constructing Classrooms with Heart and Skill

Our students embraced the opportunity to get their hands dirty – quite literally – as they took part in laying bricks, mixing concrete and building classrooms in Tanzania. This hands-on experience went beyond the physical act of construction; it symbolised the creation of spaces where knowledge could flourish and dreams could take root. Children’s faces glowed with excitement as they had the opportunity to play football and other games with our students.

Goats for Good

In a heartwarming gesture, our students also contributed to sustainable livelihoods by constructing goat sheds and gifting goats to the families. This initiative aimed to provide a source of income, nutrition and empowerment for the families, reinforcing the idea that small acts of kindness can lead to significant, positive change.

Illuminating Lives with Solar Lighting

Understanding the importance of access to electricity, our students worked diligently to install solar lighting systems in six homes. This project not only brightened the evenings but also opened new possibilities for education and productivity, creating a ripple effect of positive change within the community.

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Revolutionising Cooking with Smokeless Stoves

Recognising the health hazards associated with traditional cooking methods, our students took on the challenge of building smokeless stoves using cow manure. These stoves not only improve air quality but also contribute to the overall well-being of families, particularly women and children, who are often exposed to harmful smoke in traditional cooking environments.

The impact of our students' work in Tanzania extends far beyond the physical changes to infrastructure. The construction of classrooms, the gifting of goats, the installation of solar lighting and the introduction of smokeless stoves collectively represent a community transformed and uplifted. Families now have access to improved living conditions, sustainable resources and a brighter future.

The Tanzania Expedition was not just an educational excursion; it was a journey of growth, compassion and cultural exchange for our students. They gained a first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by communities in Tanzania and, in turn, discovered the power they hold to make a positive impact on the lives of others. We understand that the expedition involved a range of physical and intellectual challenges, and our children faced them with admirable courage. These experiences undoubtedly contribute to their holistic development, fostering qualities such as adaptability, empathy and a global perspective.

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During their stay in Tanzania, they embarked on an unforgettable journey through Tarangire National Park. Our students were treated to a mesmerising safari adventure that surpassed all expectations. The vast landscapes unfolded before their eyes, revealing the beauty of the African wilderness. From the towering acacia trees to the sweeping grasslands, every moment was a tableau of nature's wonders. Our students witnessed the majestic wildlife in their natural habitat – graceful giraffes grazing on the horizon, mighty elephants traversing the plains, and the elusive big cats sheltering from the sun in the tall grass. It was a masterclass in biodiversity, with knowledgeable guides sharing insights into the intricate ecosystems that make Tanzania a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. As the sun dipped below the horizon, our students had the opportunity to camp under the stars and listen to the sounds of roaring lions and hyenas; a once-in-a-lifetime experience etched into the tapestry of their memories.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the parents, teachers and everyone who supported our students on this remarkable journey. As we celebrate the accomplishments in Tanzania, we also look forward to fostering a continued commitment to global citizenship and social responsibility among our students.

In the end, the work accomplished in Tanzania was not just about building structures; it was about building bridges of empathy, understanding and hope. Our students have not only left a physical mark on the lives of the Tanzanian communities but have sown the seeds for a brighter and more interconnected future for all.

Thank you for your unwavering support.

Mrs Emma James

Deputy Head
Trip Leader