Tanzania Report

Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither one nor the other!, Benjamin Franklin.

Well this year’s ‘Tanzania team’ richly deserve the rewards of having abandoned the security of home for a month in the African interior. For three weeks our five students (Philip Albrecht, Emmett Carey, Andrew Grey, Ian Molloy & Charlie Sheil) and Orla Ryan (daughter of John ’74) integrated remarkably well with the children of Mvimwa Abbey Primary School near Sumbawanga, Tanzania. Their mornings were filled with giving ‘grinds’ in conversational English, each Irish adolescent being paired with groups of three/four Tanzanians (aged 12-14). The early afternoons were spent sharing IT skills, on computers donated by Camara. ‘Activities’ followed in the late afternoon – chess, Irish/African dance, music and sports, etc.

And the young Tanzanians were remarkable – such good humour, such ambition and such a desire to learn! Thanks to those who responded to our fund-raising since Christmas. €10,000 was also made available to provide scholarships for girls to proceed to secondary education. Their futures can therefore be more than doing domestic chores and having children too early in life. Our dream is still to provide a residence for girls to attend secondary education – so if there is anyone out there willing and able to help reach this target, now is your chance!

Our final week was spent returning to Dar es Salaam but we  halted for a three day stop at Tandala Safari Camp. No one wanted to leave this paradise of Ruaha National Park! But after a quick visit to Bagamoyo, the final stage for slave route in the 19th century, and a swim in the Indian Ocean, we were glad to  catch a flight and return to our creature comforts.

Andrew-Grey-TanNow, most of all, we want to thank all you who have contributed to this project, and especially our Tanzanian hosts who couldn’t have been more courteous, reliable and generous in their hospitality! Asante sana!