tatintanzania

I will be flying out to Tanzania for 3 months from the 15th Feb to 10th May. When I am in Tanzania I will be mainly in a Primary School working with disabled children. This will be in a south western region near Mbeya by Lake Malawi.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Tukuyu

After spending last weekend in Mbeya with a very nice family I was slightly reluctant to return to Tukuyu. However, on the monday morning I met Charlotte, a Dutch girl who is doing some research at the school for her thesis at Uni. We were both so pleased to meet each other so that we would not be alone anymore and decided to share a house together. We are planning to move in tomorrow-it is a lovely house with garden big rooms etc the only problem is that there is no furniture! We bought mattresses today and have got a little electric stove to cook on so we should be alright!
Last Wednesday we painted the Physio room and I was delighted to see the disabled children painting and enjoying it so much!I had a bit of a fight on my hands to get permission for this as most people immediately dismissed the idea of the children being able to help but in the end we came to an agreement that we would get some painters in to teach them and to complete the second coat to ensure that it looked good! Today we have been rearranging the furniture and trying to get rid of some of the clutter. At the weekend Charlotte and I went to Mbeya to meet her friend and we stayed for a night and spent the following day by the pool of a coutry hotel called Utengule which I used to go 10 years ago!
We also went to a Leprosy village and after meeting some of the lepers and shaking their hands, the Dr we were with asked us if we knew much about Leprosy. He then went on to tell us that it is very contagious and that you can get it through touch and inhalation! So we were slightly angry that he hadnt warned us before! However, after washing our hands and texting some people to find out if this was true, we found that thankfully he wasnt entirely correct!
I will try to use my computer skills developed through many years of ICT lessons to load my pictures onto the web if i fail i will try email and if I am really rubbish you will have to wait until i get back home!!

Friday, March 18, 2005

Iringa-Safari-Katumba

I have been rather busy since I last wrote so I shall try to give you a brief summary of my travels! I continued working in Iringa hospital for two weeks and then stayed with a very nice English family who have a farm just outside of Iringa. From there I arranged a safari to Ruaha National Park with another guy and had a fantastic time there. The lodge we stayed in was amazing and it was all very beautiful-the manager is called Ethan and after chatting to him for a while we realised that he had stayed with us in our house in Dar es Salaam on a school trip about 9 years ago and that we had also been in Mombassa with them! Also met Matteo, an Italian on the day I left who is working in Mbeya for the company my dad used to work for!
After leaving Ruaha last friday I stayed in Iringa until sunday and had an crazy night on Sat at Ruaha Disco with volunteers working for SPW! Travelled down to Mbeya on Sunday with Matteo and stayed with him for a couple of nights before coming here to Katumba to the school.
I arrived in Katumba feeling very anxious. Everyday I have been going into the school to the physio room . There are over 90 disabled children who board at the school. I have been rather disconcerted with the conditions here. Next week I am planning to tidy and paint the Physio room with the childrens help and see about having shelves or cupboards made for the children to have somewhere to keep some of their things. It is now the easter holidays for most of the children although the disabled stay here for the whole time. so I will be coming in to attempt to offer some entertainment!
I did say this would be brief so i do apologise for going on so much! hope you are all well
Take care