Sat, 30 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0100 Blog at EdUKaid http://www.edukaid.com/ KohanaPHP School Development Project - We Don't Stop There! - 0 comment(s) <p>The EdUKaid team have begun work on our 15th School Development Project, Mkunwa Primary. But, what comes after renovations? Well, it&rsquo;s only the start for us. In our small corner of Tanzania, it is essential to make the biggest impact possible. With the schools being so rural, this is easier said than done. However, we are always introducing new projects which benefit the schools, the children, the teacher&rsquo;s and in fact, the whole community.</p> <ul> <li>Community Projects</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left: 30px;">In Tanzania, the community are hugely important. We involve them from the very start by arranging a meeting to discuss the plans for the school. From there, they get involved in all sorts, from digging foundations for buildings to creating resources for classrooms. It's a huge joint effort resulting in much lower costs, happy staff and an engaged community.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 30px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/11220864_953541218035582_1408328459098067051_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="181" /></p> <ul> <li>Maintenance Projects</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left: 30px;">The schools in Tanzania face many challenges, for example, extreme weather which damages the buildings and unexpected growing class sizes. To meet these challenges, we have set up the maintenance project. This project varies depending what challenges the schools are up against. Without keeping an eye on schools which have already been renovated, they would gradually get worse. The maintenance project can include anything from building outdoor shelters (important when class sizes swell) to fixing a whole in the roof (often due to storms).</p> <ul> <li>Staff Meetings</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left: 30px;">You can feel rather isolated when you are a teacher in Tanzania. With limited training available and the realities of village life, they do not get the chance to improve their teaching. We wanted to help with this. And so, we set up regular meetings. The pre-primary teachers and assistants meet to learn English and to discuss lesson ideas. The head teachers meet with each other and local Community Education Officers to see where they can make the biggest impact. The pre-primary teachers meet with standard one and two teachers to ensure the children&rsquo;s smooth transition from pre-primary to primary. These meetings are held in our community centre in the heart of Mikindani, and we fund lunch and travel so all the participants can make it.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 30px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/IMG_0425_1024.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <ul> <li>The WASH Project</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left: 30px;">Access to drinking water and sanitation is a huge problem in remote villages right across Africa. There are some simple things we can do. The WASH project (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) was introduced to our schools a few years ago. Firstly, guttering and sim tanks are installed. Rainwater is collected in the sim tanks and filtered so it can be used. When we renovate a school we also need to renovate the latrines, which often have doors missing, no taps, and in the worst cases, a roof or wall has collapsed. Alongside this, the team install <a href="../../../news/entry/the-tippy-tap-small-steps-big-changes2">tippy taps</a>, a simple device made from a plastic bottle and some wood to hold it in place.</p> <p style="margin-left: 30px;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/3e5017d177b9149c1f120deff442507d.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="141" /></p> <p>These projects continue to make such a huge different to communities in Tanzania. It is not just the school who benefits but the whole village. Thank you for your support, without it, this wouldn&rsquo;t be possible.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/school-development-project-we-dont-stop-there http://www.edukaid.com/blog/school-development-project-we-dont-stop-there#add-comment-link Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:14:24 +0100 Shangani Primary - Little Changes, Making a Big Difference - 0 comment(s) <p>There are many challenges facing children and their communities in Tanzania, including no access to simple resources and having to survive a day on little food. For some, this challenge is far greater. During our visit out to Tanzania in October, we visited Shangani Primary School. Within this school is a classroom with a small group of children and two teachers. The teachers have to not only teach children of different ages but also different disabilities. With minimal staff training available and just a small amount of resources, education is that much harder for these children.</p> <p>Despite the difficulty of the situation, the children are happy and the teachers give them the best possible education they can. It is, with thanks to Helen Middleton and Family who held a bridge lunch at the end of last year, that we could fund some resources for the children. When we first visited Shangani the classroom looked like this...</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/IMG_3116.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>Now, it looks like this...</p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Shangani_3.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="141" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Shangani_4.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="141" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/shangani-primary-little-changes-making-a-big-difference http://www.edukaid.com/blog/shangani-primary-little-changes-making-a-big-difference#add-comment-link Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:25:35 +0100 5 Interesting Facts About Tanzania - 0 comment(s) <p>Since EdUKaid first started in 2003, we have made many trips to Tanzania. It's hard not fall in love with the country, its culture and its people. To celebrate this wonderful place, we have put together our top five interesting facts.</p> <ul> <li>There is over 120 languages spoken in Tanzania.</li> <li>It is the only country in the world which has allocated at least 25% of its local area to wildlife, national parks and protected areas.&nbsp;</li> <li>Tanzania has a population of around 39 million.</li> <li>It is over four times the size of Great Britain.&nbsp;</li> <li>Tanzania is home to the largest crab in the world, the coconut crab</li> </ul> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/IMG_0795_1024.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/5-interesting-facts-about-tanzania http://www.edukaid.com/blog/5-interesting-facts-about-tanzania#add-comment-link Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:51:49 +0100 Another Warm Welcome to Tanzania - 0 comment(s) <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/17202729_1369950329728000_2377353042794515311_n.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="400" /></p> <p>Programme Director Teresa Wells and EdUKaid supporter Sarah Ride travelled to&nbsp;Tanzania this month to see the incredible work the team are undertaking there. Teresa and Sarah visited several schools where they warmly welcomed by children, teachers and local community members &ndash; they were even given gifts in appreciation for the work that EdUKaid has undertaken over the years (Check out the Kangas in the photo above). They also met with local and regional government education officers as well as other NGOs working across&nbsp;Tanzania. &nbsp;</p> <p>Teresa said:</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;it was so encouraging to see the amazing work carried out by our local team and the difference we are making to these children and their communities&rdquo;. &nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>Sarah said she was completely blown away by the warm welcome she received and inspired by the commitment of the EdUKaid team. She said</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;it was a truly incredible experience and I can&rsquo;t wait to go back&rdquo;. &nbsp;</p> </blockquote> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/another-warm-welcome-to-tanzania http://www.edukaid.com/blog/another-warm-welcome-to-tanzania#add-comment-link Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:22:25 +0000 Introducing... Leanne - 0 comment(s) <p>At the beginning of the 2017 we welcomed Leanne to the EdUKaid team. Here is her story.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Snapchat-6827219618709255702.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="444" /></p> <p>So I&rsquo;m coming to the end of my first couple of months as a Programme Assistant at EdUKaid, an education charity which works to improve the education prospects of children in one of the poorest regions in rural Tanzania.</p> <p><em>Why I&rsquo;m doing a placement year</em></p> <p>When I first started university, I was on the fence about a placement year. I was going into further education after a year out already, and to be honest I wasn&rsquo;t 100% sure on the idea of still paying (admittedly reduced) tuition fees to work, when surely that&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;d be doing when I graduate anyway? But after two years at university it became abundantly clear that it was something that would hugely benefit my employability after graduation.</p> <p>While I love my course, and being able to explore different theories of development and figure out what interests me and what I hope to specialise in, is fantastic, working in the industry has been a real eye-opener to the kind of skills you need in addition to the theory to be employable in the development sector. University is designed to prepare you for the real world, and taking the opportunity to test the waters so to speak, while still having the University to support you is a great way to do that. So to anyone reading this who is considering a year in industry I can&rsquo;t recommend it enough!</p> <p><em>My role</em></p> <p>Because EdUKaid is dedicated to keeping overhead costs low, Programme Director Teresa has taken over the day to day running of EdUKaid in the UK, and as Programme Assistant my role is to support her in any way I can! This changes day-to-day, in the morning I can be researching links between primary education and economic development, and in the afternoon I can be drafting a proposal letter for DFID funding. Because it&rsquo;s just the two of us alongside the Chair of Trustees, there&rsquo;s a fair amount of responsibility.</p> <p>Of course it&rsquo;s not just us here in the UK! In order to ensure that development is sustainable, it&rsquo;s incredibly important that the community take ownership of the projects and adapt them to be as localised and effective as possible. This is key to EdUKaid&rsquo;s ethos and so we&rsquo;re incredibly lucky to be working with a committed and capable team on the ground in Tanzania who provide us with an abundance of information and research which helps to shape our policy.</p> <p><em>So far</em></p> <p>This is an incredibly exciting time for EdUKaid, we&rsquo;re going through a bit of a restructure, trying to formalise our strategic plan for the next few years and focus on maximising our effectiveness. We&rsquo;re also starting to expand our project reach into inclusive education, which is an incredibly exciting project to take on, and so crucial to community development.&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve already had the opportunity to meet with people from various organisations in Development, such as ADD and the Salisbury Soroptomists, I&rsquo;m attending the British Foreign Schools Society AGM in London. Working with EdUKaid has already provided some fantastic experience, as well as amazing networking opportunities, and I can&rsquo;t wait to see what the rest of this placement has in store!</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/introducing-leanne http://www.edukaid.com/blog/introducing-leanne#add-comment-link Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:24:09 +0000 The Value of Community in Tanzania - 0 comment(s) <p>From helping teachers to digging foundations, the local communities in Tanzania do rather a lot. Here are a few examples:&nbsp;</p> <p>Making Porridge - The school day is extra-long when no food is available for the children. At some of our partner schools parents have clubbed together so they can provide porridge for the children part way through the day.&nbsp;</p> <p>Painting Classrooms - The husband of one of our pre-primary teachers has been painting the pre-primary classrooms for us.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/IMG_3716.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="141" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Painting the Pre-Primary Classroom</p> </blockquote> <p>Helping Pre-primary Teachers - Recently we have invited parents to our community centre to learn the basics of pre-primary teaching - enabling them to help out teachers. They have also been making basic resources, essential for Montessori teaching, where children learn through play.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/IMG_0428_2.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="141" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">A parent helping to make resources</p> </blockquote> <p>Attending Meetings - When we decide to do a whole school development on a school we invite the local community to meet with our Tanzanian staff so they can find out about what will happen and if they can help. There is always a big turn out!</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Digging Foundations: Before our fundi can start building classrooms and latrines, the commmunity step in to dig foundations. The photo below shows the local community from Mnaida Primary digging foundations for new teacher latrines.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../uploads/IMG_2253.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Local community of Mnaid digging foundations for teacher latrines</p> </blockquote> <p>Fundraising - At the same time as holding pre-primary graduations to celebrate the youngest members of the school move to standard 1, the local community's have also fundraised. Last year, Singino Primary raised &pound;50 during their celebrations. This money will enable them to buy porridge for the children.&nbsp;</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/the-value-of-community-in-tanzania http://www.edukaid.com/blog/the-value-of-community-in-tanzania#add-comment-link Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:36:17 +0000 Spring Fundraising - 0 comment(s) <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/12a721b9-dfbc-4d5a-93f9-8ea667bb3aa9.png" alt="" width="250" height="141" /></p> <p>Two brave supporters, Jemma and Oli are tackling a Marathon each in April, and their fundraising for us! Jemma is running the Brighton Marathon and Oli the London Marathon. You can support them by going to their <a href="https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jem-and-Oli-Run1">just giving page!</a></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/spring-fundraising http://www.edukaid.com/blog/spring-fundraising#add-comment-link Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:53:25 +0000 Pre-primary - Ending the Year on a High - 0 comment(s) <p>We're coming to end of 2016 and our partner schools have been holding graduation celebrations for the pre-primary children. With local communities invited, along with teachers, students and parents its been quite a party. Singino Primary went a step further and used the event to fundraise&nbsp;to help pay for porridge to feed the children at school. Incredibly they raised a massive 145,000 Tanzanian Shillings. To you and I this is only &pound;55. To a community in Tanzania this is a big sacrifice that they are prepared to make because EdUKaid have helped them to understand how important education is for their children's future.</p> <p><img src="../../uploads/15196101_1272590506130650_2116502683970782405_o.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="141" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/15283929_1271479169575117_9208287205007742446_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p><em>Left - Singino during fundraising and Right - Pre-primary children at Lwelu.</em></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/pre-primary-ending-the-year-on-a-high http://www.edukaid.com/blog/pre-primary-ending-the-year-on-a-high#add-comment-link Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:55:02 +0000 A Warm Welcome to Mikindani - 0 comment(s) <p>This October our new Programme Director, Teresa Wells made her first journey over to Tanzania. This is her story&hellip;</p> <p>Day 1: So, all packed for Tanzania and ready to go (1 &frac12; hours too early) feeling both excited and a little nervous. Not my normal travel packing &ndash; less bikinis and romance novels &ndash; more mozzi spray and packs of pencils. Really looking forward to meeting the amazing team and seeing our work in action but also I know I will see a great deal of desperate poverty and stories that will be hard to bear.</p> <p>Day 2: After a long but pretty easy going journey we are in Mikindani. We have spent to day exploring and meeting some amazing people. Everywhere you go people say hello &ndash; or &lsquo;Jambo&rsquo; and the kids just want to play all the time. Not a bad place to spend your working day.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/IMG_0151.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/IMG_2655.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>Day 3: Meet some of our new friends.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/14523128_848588425277742_4172721116347599940_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="334" />&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/14567996_848588458611072_7016266000416661061_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="334" /></p> <p>Day 5: Lovely boat trip to the village of Pemba on our day off.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/14591701_849663345170250_6358282317421983540_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="333" />&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/14633617_849777605158824_1993763196650884387_o.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>Day 8: I have spent the last few days visiting our school and meeting our staff &ndash; they are all truly amazing and have made us feel so welcome. I have also met the teachers, head teachers and government officials who we are working with to improve education for thousands of children in Mtwara. &nbsp;&ndash; they say many many times thank you to EdUKaid for all we have achieved. Their lives and the lives of the communities they work are transforming each day. These schools, which have so little, gave us gifts of cashew nuts and clay dishes as thanks for our work - astonishing and incredibly humbling. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/14700924_853299961473255_9106643117207007534_o.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/14706769_853300891473162_2931313922750706653_o.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>Day 9: Up early this morning &ndash; Off to visit some more schools today so will post again later. In the meantime, here are some pics of my basic but homely accommodation. Loving the mosquito net &ndash; it&rsquo;s like having your own den.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/14642124_851958361607415_5252957691218674157_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="234" />&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/14702355_851958464940738_9212817698234638952_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="253" /></p> <p>Day 10: It&rsquo;s been an interesting night &ndash; having had no electricity from late afternoon we spent a lovely evening at 10 degrees meeting some new friends from Austria, Namibia, South Africa and Bath!!! Returned to the house at 9 with still no electric so had an early night.&nbsp;</p> <p>Day 11: Well it has been an amazing week meeting some incredible people, young and old, and getting to know the region better. Feeling sad that I am coming to the end of an amazing trip but looking forward to seeing the family and a warm bath!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/a-warm-welcome-to-mikindani http://www.edukaid.com/blog/a-warm-welcome-to-mikindani#add-comment-link Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:20:16 +0000 Great Vending Get Together - Over £16,000 Raised! - 0 comment(s) <p><br /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/IMG_8244.jpg" alt="" />Our 6th year of the GreatVending Get Together took place over the weekend and we reached our highest ever total. &pound;16,000.&nbsp;A change in venue this year, the annual celebration was hosted at The Haven Hotel in Sandbanks, Poole. People from across the vending industry turned up dressed and ready to party, generously donating money at the same time.</p> <p>A competitive auction with prizes ranging from African carvings to hotel stays followed a delicious three course meal. Afterwards it was time to hit the dancefloor resulting in a good night had by all.&nbsp;</p> <p>A big thank you to everyone who attended and donated auction prizes. The money will make a huge difference in Tanzania. Over the last six years the vending industry has raised over &pound;100,000 through partying and crazy challenges. Here are a few snaps from the evening...</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/IMG_8214.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="137" />&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/IMG_8264.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="128" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/IMG_8365.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="156" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/great-vending-get-together-over-16000-raised http://www.edukaid.com/blog/great-vending-get-together-over-16000-raised#add-comment-link Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:17:30 +0100 Easy Fundraising Ideas - For when it's a little cold outside! - 0 comment(s) <p>The weathers getting a little cooler but there is still a lot of fundraising opportunities to be had! Here's a few easy events you can put on to raise money before Christmas:</p> <ul> <li>Bake Off - Gather your friends for a little baking competition. Of course an important part of the event is sampling the food.</li> <li>Dress Down Day - Ditch the smart clothes for a day and bring in a pound to dress down. This work well in office as well as at a school.</li> <li>Film Night - Create your very own cinema at home for family and friends. Sell popcorn/drinks and ask for donations.&nbsp;</li> <li>Tea and Coffee Morning - Invite everyone you know over for a chat and a cuppa. You could even hold a cake sale at the same time.&nbsp;</li> <li>Sponsored Silence - This one works particularly well with school children. Encourage them to be silent for the day while letting of some steam at breaktime.&nbsp;</li> <li>Cheese and Wine Night - Impress your friends with a sophisticated evening. Don't forget to ask for donations.&nbsp;</li> </ul> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/easy-fundraising-ideas-for-when-its-a-little-cold-outside http://www.edukaid.com/blog/easy-fundraising-ideas-for-when-its-a-little-cold-outside#add-comment-link Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:01:38 +0100 Feel Good Shopping - 0 comment(s) <p>Up to now easy fundraising has raised over &pound;13 million for causes throughout the UK. We decided to sign up EdUKaid to the fantastic site to see if we could gain some donations through our supporters doing their normal online shopping. It's really easy for you to get involved...</p> <p>Step 1: Sign up at <a href="http://www.easyfundraising.org.il">www.easyfundraising.org.uk</a>&nbsp;and choose EdUKaid as your charity to support.&nbsp;</p> <p>Step 2: Each time you wish to purchase something online, head to <a href="http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk">www.easyfundraising.org.uk</a>&nbsp;and type the store in to the search bar and click through to the website.&nbsp;</p> <p>Step 3: Choose you products and purchase. The company will be aware that you clicked through to them from easy fundraising and will give us a donation. The best bit is that it's at no extra cost to you!</p> <p>So next time you need (or want) to buy something online do it through easy fundraising and raise a little money for us too!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/EF-Reminder-Social.png" alt="" width="300" height="150" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/feel-good-shopping http://www.edukaid.com/blog/feel-good-shopping#add-comment-link Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:45:38 +0100 Montessori Teaching - So whats all that about? - 0 comment(s) <p>In the early days of EdUKaid local village schools were visited and it became clear that a pre-primary classroom and teacher were missing. The children, just 4-6 years old turned up every day in their uniforms ready for school but they were often left unattended usually under the shelter of a tree. It is widely believed that pre-primary serves as a foundation for better educational outcomes yet many children were missing out on it. UNICEF understand that in Tanzania only 35% attend pre-primary and of that small percentage many children are met with this:</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Likonde_Pre_Primary.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Pre-primary children at Likonde before the school was renovated</em></p> <p>After deciding that the children were massively missing out we started to introduce pre-primary classes. This often meant building a classroom from scratch or doing up an unused building, employing Montessori trained teachers, assistants and providing a variety of resources. Montessori education fundamentally focuses on giving support to the natural development of a human being.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/P1070537.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>A set of Montessori resources at Lwelu Primary</em></p> <p>The elements of a Montessori classroom include:</p> <ul> <li>Mixed aged classrooms.</li> <li>Students choice of activity from a range of options.</li> <li>Specialised educational materials.</li> <li>Freedom of movement within the classrooms.</li> <li>A trained Montessori teacher.</li> </ul> <p>After initial training learning does not stop for the teachers. Just this week a group attended an event put on by the Montessori Training Association of Tanzania. Importantly in the last few years we have started running workshops with our pre-primary teachers and assistants to support them and so that they can learn from each other. Hundreds of young students have benefitted from these classes and hopefully hundreds more will in the future.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Imekuwa2.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="333" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>A pre-primary student concentraing at Imekuwa Primary</em></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/montessori-teaching-so-whats-all-that-about http://www.edukaid.com/blog/montessori-teaching-so-whats-all-that-about#add-comment-link Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:25:59 +0100 A little helping hand - 0 comment(s) <p>We decided to offer a little extra help this week for Mikindani Secondary School who were in need of some very essential resources. It goes to show that a small donation goes a long way. With less than &pound;20 we purchased a selection of pens, notebooks, paper and chalk. These vital materials make all the difference for students and teachers. It's safe to say they were very happy when Manager Ally turned up at the school to give it to them.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="../../uploads/IMG_0934.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/IMG_0930.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/a-little-helping-hand http://www.edukaid.com/blog/a-little-helping-hand#add-comment-link Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:17:29 +0100 Top tips for an awesome fundraiser - 0 comment(s) <p>1. Spread the word: Use social media, email, put up posters locally and generate a buzz!</p> <p>2. Aim for a goal: Set a target to motivate everyone involved.</p> <p>3. Use photos to tell us a story.</p> <p>4. Show your supporters how far their money will go.&nbsp;</p> <p>5. And finally let us know if you want any information or photos to help get the message across (Contact <a href="mailto:admin@edukaid.com">admin@edukaid.com</a>).</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/top-tips-for-an-awesome-fundraiser http://www.edukaid.com/blog/top-tips-for-an-awesome-fundraiser#add-comment-link Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:29:52 +0100 Imekuwa - A Case Study - 0 comment(s) <p>Way back in 2009 we renovated one of our first schools, Imekuwa Primary. When we first visited the school this is what we found:</p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Imekuwa_Primary_a.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Imekuwa_Primary_7.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Broken_desks.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="187" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Imekuwa_Nov_2010_1.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>Changes to this rural village school included employing a pre-primary teacher and assistant. Although pre-primary children are entitled to a free education in Tanzania, often the school budget does not stretch. 4-6 year olds head to school yet are met by no teacher or even a classroom. They now have teacher Atma, teaching assistant Lucy, a selection of resources and of course a classroom!</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/thumb_Imekuwa2_1024.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="200" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/thumb_Imekuwa_2_1024.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>Another big part of the renovation is the main primary school outside and inside. This is what the main school looks like now:</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Imekuwa_Primary.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Imekuwa4.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="141" /></p> <p>Although renovations were completed in 2009 we frequently visit our partner schools to see how they are getting on. Part of EdUKaids work includes meetings with the pre-primary team, headteachers meetings, and standard 1 &amp; 2 workshops. All of these ensure that we are aware of current problems the school faces and work out ways to help. One problem the schools face is hygiene. Towards the end of last we installed four tippytaps for the children and teachers to use. Project Manager Ally Simba presented a hygiene workshop before the students tested them out. We will continue to work with this school so keep an eye on social media for the latest details!</p> <p><img src="../../../uploads/11655291_10207190930190791_1901954903_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="141" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Imekuwa5.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="178" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/imekuwa-a-case-study http://www.edukaid.com/blog/imekuwa-a-case-study#add-comment-link Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:21:00 +0100 Montessori Conference - The Pre-primary team - 0 comment(s) <p>This month the Annual Montessori Conference was held by MTAT (Montessori Training Association of Tanzania) at Montessori College Mtwara. The conference offers the chance for teachers to discuss problems they face and also to learn different topics. Six of our pre-primary teachers along with EdUKaid Education Advisor Emmanuel attended the event and were able to be a part of the following workshops.</p> <ul> <li>How to make teaching and learning materials by using local resources</li> <li>Teachers ethics</li> <li>Entrepreneurship&nbsp;</li> <li>How to teach a new lesson</li> </ul> <p><img src="../../uploads/Picture1.png" alt="" width="250" height="168" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Picture2.png" alt="" width="250" height="168" /></p> <p>The pre-primary team had a fantastic time at the event and will arrange a meeting with the rest of the pre-primary team back in Mikindani to discuss what they learnt.&nbsp;</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/montessori-conference-the-pre-primary-team http://www.edukaid.com/blog/montessori-conference-the-pre-primary-team#add-comment-link Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:04:16 +0100 Bringing teachers together - and why its so important - 0 comment(s) <p>Sometimes the most effective projects a charity can put forward do not cost the earth, they just cost some time. Realising the influence teachers can have on each other we started early years workshops. Unicef states that early childhood (spanning the period up to 8 years old) is critical for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. By working together teachers can help each other to provide a smooth transition for this vital stage in a child's life.&nbsp;</p> <p>The workshop brings together pre-primary teachers with standard 1 and 2 teachers so they can share ideas, and spend time together. We have rolled this workshop out to all of our primary schools, and EdUKaids Education Advisor Emmanuel is working towards starting the second of meeting.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/DSCF8378-002.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/bringing-teachers-together-and-why-its-so-important http://www.edukaid.com/blog/bringing-teachers-together-and-why-its-so-important#add-comment-link Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:01:16 +0100 Working together - 5p at a time - 0 comment(s) <p>Supporters come in all shapes and sizes, from those who donate 5p to those who fundraise &pound;5000. Some supporters prove that no matter how small the donation every amount has an impact. As the Tanzanian proverb goes, 'Little by little, a little becomes a lot'.</p> <p>One of our fantastic partners Revive have chosen to donate 5p for every hot drink they sell in their <a href="http://www.doozy.life">Doozy</a> machines to us. Up to now this scheme has raised over &pound;1000. The different this makes over in Tanzania is huge, with current projects including a school's improvement project of Naumbu Primary the introduction of the tippy tap across our partner schools.</p> <p>So if you are ever doubtful whether your donations will make a difference, take it from us, it really does!&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/thumb_IMG_1872_1024.jpg" alt="" width="360" height="211" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/working-together-5p-at-a-time http://www.edukaid.com/blog/working-together-5p-at-a-time#add-comment-link Tue, 10 May 2016 11:05:20 +0100 Run Tim Run - 0 comment(s) <p>Back in 2012 Chair of Trustees Mr Tim completed the London Marathon raising money for EdUKaid and vowed never to run it again. Of course when the opportunity to take part in the 2016 London Marathon came around Tim couldnt resist. In fact, he has decided to take part in two marthons. The first took place in Manchester on the 10th of April and the second takes place this weekend in London.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to sponsor Tim you can do so on his just giving page <a href="https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MrTimisnuts">here</a>.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/12932771_10154015271420675_8220962946735632720_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/run-tim-run http://www.edukaid.com/blog/run-tim-run#add-comment-link Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:31:52 +0100 Naumbu Primary - From Start to Finish - 0 comment(s) <p>We have regonised that the learning environment plays a big part in the success of children&rsquo;s education. Back in 2001 free education for primary school children in Tanzania was introduced and the now the attendance at those schools is fantastic. But the conditions of them, particularly the most rural, is poor. Students and teachers are faced with run down classrooms, broken desks, little access to clean water/latrines and some of them are without a classroom or teacher.</p> <p>11 schools in Tanzania have benefited from our school&rsquo;s development projects. The latest is Naumbu Primary. We are early on in the development of this school so keeping checking back to this blog to see the progress.&nbsp;</p> <p>1. First things first, which school needs help? Rural Naumbu Primary is in much need of renovation as seen from the very first visit in 2008.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Naumbu_Primary_4.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="150" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Naumbu_Pre_primary1.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="133" /></p> <p>2. Naumbu was still on our minds in 2012 when we went back to visit however with a list of schools to renovate we couldn&rsquo;t help just yet.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Tanzania_Photos_191.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Tanzania_Photos_192.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" /></p> <p>3. Last year our School Builds Coordinator Ally Muhsini took his fundi team to do an audit and calculate how much money we needed for the project. The hard work of raising funds for Naumbu had already begun.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/20151112_111232.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="141" /></p> <p>4. In early March, the rural community of Naumbu and the teaching staff were invited to the school for a meeting and plans were finalised for the development of the school.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/12803035_1055029661220070_7412205140083400259_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>5. The fundi team have clearly started the development when the UK team visit towards the end of March.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/12748000_1065944020128634_866913561698774098_o.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="444" /></p> <p>6. Serious work has started on the latrines&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/DSCF82487.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">7. Building work has come on along way and now the latrines are painted!</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="../../../uploads/DSCF8251.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp; <img src="../../../uploads/DSCF8247.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>8. The ouside of the building is coming along as well.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/DSCF8056.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>9. And now the renovations are complete! On the outside...</p> <p><img src="../../../uploads/DSCF8497.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="167" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/DSCF8499.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p>And in...</p> <p><img src="../../../uploads/DSCF8525.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p>10. The Tanzanian team have also presented a hygiene workshop and installed tippy taps for the children to use.</p> <p><img src="../../../uploads/DSCF8272.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/DSCF8277.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/naumbu-primary-from-start-to-finish http://www.edukaid.com/blog/naumbu-primary-from-start-to-finish#add-comment-link Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:43:11 +0100 The story of Rahaleo - 0 comment(s) <p>"Signs are to eyes what words are to ears" Ken Glickman</p> <p>Fidea, a friend of EdUKaid's who lives in Mikindani, approached us in February 2014. Her son had attended a school in the local town Mtwata, called Rahaleo which educated deaf children. The school was unsupported and had little facilities. Fidea wondered if we would be able to help.</p> <p>The EdUKaid team set out to visit Rahaleo and found that the school needed some rounded desks so that they could see each other sign. We set up the Mustafa fund (named after Fidea's son) and raised money to firstly provide these essential desks. We now also provide a full meal of rice, beans and spinach during the school day for the children. Fidea continues to oversee the project and the spending of monthly donations.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="../../uploads/11846723_948203028569401_2027182265786393129_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="185" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/11870815_948202241902813_4181489328315569790_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="185" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/the-story-of-rahaleo http://www.edukaid.com/blog/the-story-of-rahaleo#add-comment-link Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:28:57 +0000 Looking back over 2015... - 0 comment(s) <p>2015 was a fantastic year for us in terms of fundraising. We held the annual Great Vending Get Together in October raising a fantastic &pound;13,000. We had a variety of cycle rides including the London to Paris challenge and across Hadrians Wall, Scotland. In addition, some of partner schools held some fantastic events. Amble Links First School held a pj day and raised &pound;137, and Downton Primary held a sponsored silence. For the first time we took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge and managed to raise an incredible &pound;13,118.38.</p> <p><img src="../../uploads/yu-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="167" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/11141163_912987948757576_1415628364793976330_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>All of this meant that we have been able to complete some fantastic work. Three whole school developments have been completed this year, Mkangala, Mitengo and Likonde. We went back to one of our first schools Mgao to complete some maintenance work. One our new projects this year was the installation of tippy taps. The project has been successful in three of our schools and we are looking to roll it out in our other schools throughout 2016. We have contined to offer triaing for our staff and meetings to allow teachers to talk to and help each other. Below you can see Mitengo Primary School post renovation and some students at Likonde using their tippy tap for the first time.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="../../uploads/11667222_10207222009247748_290890511_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="141" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/3e5017d177b9149c1f120deff442507d.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="141" /></p> <p>We have lots going on this year so keep a close eye on our social media profiles and our blog!&nbsp;</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/looking-back-over-2015 http://www.edukaid.com/blog/looking-back-over-2015#add-comment-link Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:53:10 +0000 A Special Gift - 0 comment(s) <p><br /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/12219391_1283792974979907_2919567637740379873_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="333" /><strong>A gift that changed Fatuma's life...</strong></p> <p>This is Fatuma, who lost her foot in an accident. Two years ago she visited the EdUKaid offices for the first time. She attended Singino Primary and the walk caused her a lot of pain. She asked if there was anything we could do.</p> <p>The EdUKaid team returned to the UK and after a bit of thinking time, they had a couple of ideas on what they could do to help Fatuma. After purchasing some kevlar reinforced kneepads our Chair of Trustees got his sewing kit out and adapted the knee pads to fit Fatuma's stump. We also purchased some waterproof socks to give her that extra protection and to keep her foot dry during the rainy season.</p> <p>Two years later (November '15) Fatuma arrived back at at our offices to let us know she had passed her standard 7 exam! She explained how this was largely due to her being able to walk to school comfortably every day. At the same time she showed us the kneepads and socks, of which were very well used to say the least.</p> <p>On return to the UK we contacted <em>Spinlock</em> and <em>Salt and Bracken</em> (who are an agent for <em>SealSkinz</em>) to let them know how we had used there products and what this meant for Fatuma. Both companies very generously provided us with some stock to take to Tanzania for Fatuma. This included three pairs of knee pads and multiple pairs of waterproof socks. As an extra they have also provided Fatuma with a rucksack to help continue her studies. She will be so excited to receive these early next year.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Thank you very much to James at Spinlock, and James at Salt and Bracken for making this happen, asante sana as we say in Swahili!</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/spinlock.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="197" />&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/sealskinz.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="197" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/a-special-gift http://www.edukaid.com/blog/a-special-gift#add-comment-link Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:15:45 +0000 We raised £13,118.68! - 0 comment(s) <p>A huge thank you to everyone who donated and pledged in The Big Give Christmas Challenge! We beat our target of 12,000 with your help. To find out where this money will go click on the link.&nbsp;http://www.edukaid.com/news/entry/the-big-give-christmas-challenge</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/we-raised-1311868 http://www.edukaid.com/blog/we-raised-1311868#add-comment-link Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:01:20 +0000 Pre-primary Training Workshops - 0 comment(s) <p><img src="../../uploads/DSCN5892.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="181" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/DSCN5896.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="186" /></p> <p>During a focus group held in February our pre-primary teaching assistants highlighted that they didn't feel confident teaching with resources. Our fantastic Montessori trained pre-primary teachers took this on board and provided workshops, designed to develop their skills and confidence when using resources. The workshops have given the teaching assistants some much needed and much appreciated extra support. Our project manager Ally Simba went along to some of the workshops to see how they were going. He sent us some wonderful photos.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/pre-primary-training-workshops http://www.edukaid.com/blog/pre-primary-training-workshops#add-comment-link Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:26:06 +0000 The Great Vending Get Together 2015 - 0 comment(s) <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again, the run up to the Great Vending Get Together 2015.&nbsp; Gathering people from the industry it&rsquo;s time to let your hair down, enjoy yourselves and of course raise some all important cash for our projects out in Tanzania. Last year we raised a record breaking &pound;12,000. Can we beat it? I think we can.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" src="../../uploads/yu-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/P1000313.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>A massive thank you to all those who have donated auction prizes. Including Henri Lloyd, Beyaz Villas (<a href="http://beyazvillas.com">www.beyazvillas.com</a>), and Experience Days (<a href="http://www.experiencedays.co.uk">www.experiencedays.co.uk</a>).</p> <p>It will be a fantastic event!</p> <p>Check back to this blog to hear how the event went, including how much was raised.</p> <p>The Great Vending get Together 2015 has now taken place and was a huge success, raising nearly &pound;14,000! A fantastic evening full of laughter, dancing and fun. Here are a few photos of the event!&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="../../../uploads/10945678_10153588438700675_9051164090838605624_o.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="167" />&nbsp; <img src="../../../uploads/11224087_10153588439590675_3164113354712929687_o.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p><img src="../../../uploads/12080394_10153588440305675_6308120968529215500_o.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="167" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/12113527_10153588439815675_3819553102858005636_o.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/99ED35CE1E2ABB8CC8F04C16A3600E449F12B3CCED3276A6C0pimgpsh_fullsize_distr.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="46" /></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/the-great-vending-get-together-2015 http://www.edukaid.com/blog/the-great-vending-get-together-2015#add-comment-link Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:34:28 +0100 The BIG GIVE Christmas Challenge - 0 comment(s) <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/P1070928.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="267" /></p> <p><strong>We need your help! For 2 days only- every &pound;1 donated EdUKaid recieves &pound;2!</strong></p> <p>Our project &ldquo;safe water and sanitation&rdquo; has been chosen for the Big Give Challenge this December which includes match funding! <strong>So for every &pound;1 donated we receive &pound;2</strong>! To access these match funds, donations need to be made <strong>as close after midday as possible on the 4<sup>th </sup>and 5<sup>th</sup> of December,</strong> when the funds will be released. Of course the Big Give is a competition so it will be a race to see who can get the most donations before funds run out. We need you to help us get there first!</p> <p>Where is our money going?</p> <p>Good question, We're looking to raise &pound;6000 in online donations on these two crucial days in December to fund the introduction of rainwater harvesting and improved sanitation at two schools.&nbsp;<strong>Click <a href="http://new.thebiggive.org.uk/project/edukaid">here</a> to find out more about the project.</strong></p> <p><img src="../../../uploads/11696565_10207222009127745_2145291328_n.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="141" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/P1070931.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="150" /></p> <p>So if you&rsquo;re thinking about making a donation this Christmas, please consider us. Your donation will go twice as far.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you to eveyone who donated during the Big Give Challenge on the 4th and 5th of December. And also to those who pledged funds! The challenge was a success and the money raised will make a huge difference in Tanzania. Asante!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/64612"> <img src="https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/assets.thebiggive.org.uk/static/images/donate_now.jpg" alt="Donate Online" border="0" /> </a></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/the-big-give-christmas-challenge http://www.edukaid.com/blog/the-big-give-christmas-challenge#add-comment-link Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:24:00 +0100 Mitengo pre-primary class: from its foundations to finish in pictures. - 0 comment(s) <p><strong>Parents help by digging foundations for the classroom.</strong></p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Mit1.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Mit2.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>It's not long before the breeze blocks start to take shape.</strong></p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Mit4.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Mit5.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Mit6.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Mit7.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>The wooden structure goes up ready for the iron sheet roof to be secured.</strong></p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Mit8.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Mit9.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;Then for a little bit of plastering and painting.</strong></p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Mit10.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Mit11.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Parents put on a celebration to mark the opening of the class and thank EdUKaid and the workmen for supporting their village and future generations.</strong></p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Mit12.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Mit13.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Mit14.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Mit15.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Children enjoying their resourced classroom.</strong></p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Mit16.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Mit17.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Mit18.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="169" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/mitengo-pre-primary-class-from-its-foundations-to-finish-in-pictures http://www.edukaid.com/blog/mitengo-pre-primary-class-from-its-foundations-to-finish-in-pictures#add-comment-link Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:09:16 +0100 The Tippy Tap - Small steps, big changes - 0 comment(s) <p>3.5 million children die from diarrhea and respiratory illnesses in developing countries everyday. In fact it is the second most common cause of child deaths worldwide. It is believed that washing hands at critical times, including before eating or preparing food and after the toilet - can reduce diarrhea rates by 40%.&nbsp;</p> <p>Without access to running water, this is easier said than done for children in developing countries. However there is a solution. The tippy tap is a hands free way to wash your hands. It is operated by a foot pedal and reduces the chance for bacteria transmission as the user only touches the soap.&nbsp;</p> <p>We realised that in Tanzania the schools have a need for the tippy tap. We developed a hygiene workshop, designed to promote the use of washing your hands with soap. To demonstrate the danger of spreading germs we coated a plastic ball in petroleum jelly and then glitter. When the ball is passed from child to child the glitter spreads in a similar way to germs. When the children wash their hands after they have to use soap to get rid of the glitter. This technique helps them understand that although they can't see the germs it is similar to the glitter and won't be washed off with water alone.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/P1070928.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="267" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Tippy_Tap_7.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="267" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Above left: A Mnaida school child using the tippy tap. Above right: The four tippy taps installed and ready for use.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Our pilot of the tippy tap project was at Mnaida School. We installed 4 tippy taps for the school as well as presenting the hygiene workshop (including why, when and how to wash your hands effectively). Talking with the headteacher 5 months on, we have received some fantastic feedback.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/P1070917.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Project Manager Ally Simba demonstrates the tippy tap to students and presents the hygiene workshop.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Mr Bure explained, "Children never asked for a facility to wash their hands before and now they would miss it if it wasn&rsquo;t there - I can safely say they use it everyday". He went onto express that Mnaida school would not be without a tippy tap now, and will even be making some more because during break times they get very busy. More impressively some of the parents have been up to the school to see what the fuss is about after the children had talked about the tippy tap at home. Mr Bure finished by saying "Thank you EdUKaid for highlighting this issue and choosing Mnaida school to pilot".&nbsp;Through the power of demonstration we hope to see a change in behaviour in the children at our schools when the project is rolled out. A simple device such as the tippy tap has the potential to save lives.&nbsp;</p> <p>Update...</p> <p>Mitengo, Likonde, Mwenge, Mgao, Naumbu &amp; Namgogoli Primaries have now had the tippytap installed and the project continues to grow.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/the-tippy-tap-small-steps-big-changes2 http://www.edukaid.com/blog/the-tippy-tap-small-steps-big-changes2#add-comment-link Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:46:13 +0100 AVEX 2015 - Tower to Tower - 0 comment(s) <p>Amongst the busy vending stands at the AVEX exhibition 2015 was a rather different stand. In early June of this year a group of people from the vending industry, led by David Brady and Roger Bunn, cycled from London to Paris. The reason? Not only to tackle a huge challenge but also to raise funds for EdUKaid and Macmillian. The tower to tower team chatted happily to other exhibitors and visitors about the work we do in Tanzania and the grueling task they faced in their epic cycle ride. It was clear they had many happy memories of their adventure. Even Levi Roots came over for a chat and was more than happy take a few photos! Overall the team raised a total of &pound;14,000, meaning we have received a massive &pound;7000. Asante Sana to the tower to tower team in particular the orgainisers. Also to the people who volunteered to run the stand on the day and of course to each person who sponsored.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="../../uploads/CI0XWqNWoAAxpY2.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="267" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/CIwM2KrWgAAZGT5.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/avex-2015-tower-to-tower http://www.edukaid.com/blog/avex-2015-tower-to-tower#add-comment-link Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:22:31 +0100 Extra Tuition - Leaving no child behind - 0 comment(s) <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/DSCN4805.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/DSCN4807.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>All to often when a child falls behind in Tanzania they will stay behind. With no help available to keep them on track they will eventually drop out. Every Saturday we provide a Secondary and Primary School teacher to give extra tutition sessions. This enables vulnerable, struggling children a secound chance at education.&nbsp;</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/extra-tuition-leaving-no-child-behind http://www.edukaid.com/blog/extra-tuition-leaving-no-child-behind#add-comment-link Mon, 11 May 2015 15:35:59 +0100 London to Paris - Tower to Tower - 0 comment(s) <p>On the 4th of June a group of couragous people from the vending industry are departing London for a cycling adventure. Leaving the UK capital, by the tower, they will arrive in Paris, by the other tower, on the 7th of June. You can support them on their just giving page. They are fundraising for both Macmillian and EdUKaid. Orgainisers Roger Bunn and David Brady have promised that all the money will be split between the two charities and not on their post event relaxing hotel stay!&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to support them, don't hesitate to check out their <a href="http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=towertotowertour&amp;isTeam=true">just giving page.</a></p> <p>This event has now taken place and the tower to tower team have raised a massive &pound;14,000, meaning &pound;7000 for each charity. Thank you very much for all your work, the money will make a huge difference.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/london-to-paris-tower-to-tower http://www.edukaid.com/blog/london-to-paris-tower-to-tower#add-comment-link Wed, 06 May 2015 12:04:04 +0100 Obstacle Colour Rush - 0 comment(s) <p><img style="width: 163px; height: 157px; float: left;" src="../../../uploads/11180052_10206665914385724_1131690272_n-001_edit.jpg" alt="" width="208" height="208" /></p> <p>Sophie, Sophie and Clare from the EdUKaid/Revive office are heading off to Windsor to tackle the Obstacle Colour Rush in&nbsp;June. The course combines the best of colour powered running and a variety of fun obstacles along the way. This includes giant inflatable slides, bouncy castles, foam, gladiators, climbing nets and plenty of surprises. They will also encounter a surprise obstacle every 500 yards, so wish them luck! If you would like the support the&nbsp;girls and raise money for EdUKaid, check out their&nbsp;<a href="https://www.justgiving.com/ObstacleRush4EdUKaid/">justgiving page.</a></p> <p>The girls finished the course and raised just over &pound;200!&nbsp;</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/obstacle-colour-rush http://www.edukaid.com/blog/obstacle-colour-rush#add-comment-link Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:07:38 +0100 Making Connections - Amble Links First School and Mgao Primary - 0 comment(s) <p><img style="width: 450px; height: 241px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../uploads/Mgoa_5.JPG" alt="" width="3264" height="2448" /></p> <p>Just over 5 months ago the young children and their teachers at Amble Links first school got in touch with us, and wanted to do something to support the&nbsp;work that we do. A small primary school over in Tanzania called Mgao needed&nbsp;additional support&nbsp;and we suggested that Amble Links could fundraise towards the work that needs doing there. The wonderful children raised &pound;220 on a Christmas jumper day. The children didn't stop there, they also created a book to give to the children at Mgao to show them what primary school is like in the UK. As you can see from the photo the children were very excited to read the book and were all trying to get a good look. In return, the children at Mgao have drawn some pictures which we have brought back to the UK. A great effort by young children, making connections even though there is a huge distance&nbsp;between them.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/making-connections-amble-links-first-school-and-mgao-primary http://www.edukaid.com/blog/making-connections-amble-links-first-school-and-mgao-primary#add-comment-link Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:49:37 +0000 The Story of Mgao - 0 comment(s) <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><img style="width: 337px; height: 269px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../uploads/sized_544713_10201087966220506_538385292_n_edits.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="229" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">45 Minutes of dusty tracks takes us to the rural and poor, yet rather beautiful village of Mgao. A costal village, the picturesque beach is quite a contrast to the mud huts and old school buildings. Before 2011 children were packed into damaged buildings with broken desks and unusable blackboards. A large building to the back of the school stood abandoned and run down. The teachers, clearly unmotivated, often didn&rsquo;t turn up. A group of eager pre-primary students sat in their uniforms under a tree and with no teacher.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><img style="width: 302px; height: 173px;" src="../../uploads/sized_5050704ac5462032_Mgao_edit.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="168" /><img style="width: 292px; height: 168px;" src="../../uploads/sized_Mgao_Primary_1_edits.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="200" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">We realised the difference that EdUKaid could make to the school and in 2011 made some big changes.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">The old building once abandoned is now full of laughter and signing. This classroom belongs to the youngest children in the school, who not only have a classroom but a teacher and teaching assistant too. The primary children sit two to a desk in safe buildings with teachers in attendance regularly. All 300+ students have access to porridge now too, as provided by the local community.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><img style="width: 242px; height: 148px;" src="../../uploads/sized_P1070058_edit.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="379" /><img style="width: 368px; height: 247px;" src="../../uploads/sized_IMG_2653_edit.jpg" alt="" width="480" height="362" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Of course it has been a number of years since the original renovation and this poor rural school could do with a bit more help. In April 2014 during a community meeting, which included the street chairman, the village chief and parents from the school, these issues were discussed. This was mainly about the leaky roofs and holes in the floor. It was decided that EdUKaid would provide the material and the community would do the work.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><img style="width: 412px; height: 273px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../uploads/sized_Mgao_school_band_edit.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="379" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">A school which once struggled with community involvement now has parents providing food for all year groups and who are willing to get involved in work for the school. What a fantastic thriving community!</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/the-story-of-mgao http://www.edukaid.com/blog/the-story-of-mgao#add-comment-link Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:53:52 +0000 Route 72 for EdUKaid - 0 comment(s) <p style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10pt;"><img style="width: 287px; height: 165px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../../uploads/Hadrians-wall-601x264.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="262" />&nbsp;</p> <p><strong style="width: 137px; height: 157px;">Introducing Troy Van&rsquo;de I'lsle</strong> who is taking on a huge challenge to fundraise for EdUKaid.</p> <p>Along with his brother Errol, Troy is planning on an epic cycle route along Hadrian&rsquo;s Wall, to raise funds and promote our projects in Mtwara. You can support them by going on their just giving page.</p> <p><a href="https://www.justgiving.com/Route72ForEDUKAID">https://www.justgiving.com/Route72ForEDUKAID</a></p> <p>Troy and Errol are planning on making a few stops along the way. Check out their chosen route...</p> <p>19 June - Ravenglass -&gt; Allonby 42 miles staying at The Ship Inn</p> <p>20 June - Allonby -&gt; Wetheral, 53 miles staying at The Crown Hotel</p> <p>21 June - Wetheral -&gt; Hexham, 43 miles staying at Anick Grange Farm</p> <p>22 June -Hexham -&gt; South Shields, 35 miles. Then a train back to Edinburgh</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>You Never Forget How to Ride a Bike</strong></p> <p>They say you never forget how to ride a bike; that's lucky because I can't remember learning to ride one. I'm currently trying to teach my daughter with limited success. The main result is that I end up with a sore back as I try to keep her balanced by running, crouching and holding on to the back of her bike to stop her from toppling over.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">The first two wheels I remember having was a Raleigh Chopper from the 1970s!</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;"><img style="width: 137px; height: 157px;" src="../../../uploads/gb.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="225" /></p> <p>This was it, I had made it into the world. A Raleigh Chopper, what more could an 8 year old boy want as he cruised around the army estate in Bushey.&nbsp;And cruise I did, practicing wheelies and other tricks, I must have looked cool (or rather thought I did). The last thing I remember doing on that bike was attempting to go down some stone steps on the estate, falling off and cracking my head. The bike was fine, my head was sore, I never told my mum what I attempted to do.</p> <p>That was the last of riding a bike for a number of years until I ended up as a volunteer on the island of Pemba.&nbsp;I was given a mountain bike used it for my shopping trips from where I worked, Vitongoji, to the nearest town, Chake Chake.&nbsp;Google maps says it's about 7.5 km and I did that journey twice a day along dirt tracks in 30 degree glorious sunshine for three months while suffering some from various tummy bugs.</p> <p>I loved it, you can't beat cycling in sunshine followed by some ice cold fizzy pop. A move to Bububu on the Zanzibar main island followed and a similar length journey to Stonetown of 8.5 km each way. By that time I had been well and truly bitten by the cycling bug and weekends of 50 to 60 km journeys with other VSOs or Peace Corps to the beach were not uncommon</p> <p><strong>Next instalments</strong></p> <p><strong>Getting Fit, Bring your own mechanic, Cycling in the wind, Newcastle to Edinburgh</strong><strong><br /></strong></p> </blockquote> <p><strong style="width: 137px; height: 157px;"><br /></strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Cycling in the Wind</strong></p> <p>The one thing you can be sure of is that there will be weather. In a car you can "escape" the weather by closing the windows, putting on the air con or turning on the windscreen wipers. It's not so easy on a bike; if it rains you get wet, if it's cold you layer up - you're exposed to the elements more so than any other form of transport.</p> <p>Cycling into a headwind or battling against fierce cross winds is challenging unless you have one of these.<strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 242px; height: 173px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../../uploads/bike.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="480" /><br /></strong></p> <p>I'd love a shot on one of those but there is only room for one bike in my house and it is one of these.</p> <p><img style="width: 286px; height: 173px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../../uploads/fn.jpg" alt="" width="419" height="276" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Add some saddle bags onto the back and you become an instant target for a windy day. If you ride a bike reasonably frequently then it becomes a matter of when not if you get attacked by windy weather especially if, as I do, you live in a place such as Edinburgh where the wind can be fierce and icy as it blows in from the North Sea. There's no denying, it's tough work, it can sometimes feel like you're cycling with the brakes on!</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">In my view, the best ways to get through it are:</p> <ul> <li style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10pt;">cycle in groups so that someone is acting as a wind break but don't forget to swap places otherwise you lose a friend!</li> <li style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10pt;">don't worry about your speed and drop down some gears, think of it as going uphill</li> <li style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10pt;">crouch and offer as little air resistance as you can</li> <li style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10pt;">reward yourself afterwards - beer, chocolate, champagne whatever takes your fancy. I particularly like this one!</li> <li style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-bottom: 10pt;">if it all gets too much, stop, take a rest, regroup</li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">We will be exposed to cross winds as we make our way up the Cumbrian coast and, as much as we hope for prevailing winds, we are prepared to meet headwinds and put some of the points into action and rewarding myself with some beer!</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Cycling is fun, weather is a part of it.</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Reflections on the first day - Just us and the sheep.</strong></p> <p>We started our journey this morning after breakfast and for the first few miles from Ravenglass there was just us and a few hundred sheep.</p> <p>We went past the old steam railway and generally found the route well sign posted until that is we got to Sellafield where they were doing some work on some pipes so there was a diversion! We did go a little bit off track, realised our mistake and started walking back along the grass verge - the police stopped us, pointed us in the right direction and gave a donation!</p> <p>Big thanks to Cumbria Police.</p> <p>There was a fair in Whitehaven, where I picked up a small gift for my daughter, saw a Delorean mocked up as a time machine and dipped my back wheel in the Irish Sea. It was at this point that things nearly went badly wrong - the jetty was covered in algae and I nearly ended up in the Sea with my bike luckily I didn't but it was a close run thing. I did give the volunteers at the RAF stall some entertainment. We made good time on the rest of the journey and are ready to rest ready for tomorrow.</p> <p>&nbsp;Some things you would not expect to see on a bike journey - a jellyfish on a bike path, a hay bale teddy bear and a time machine. We saw all three.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/image2.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="300" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/image1.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="300" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">We also saw this memorial which made me sit up and think that this event happened over 500 years ago.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/image3.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="253" /></p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Day 2 and 3 - Dodging the rain</strong></p> <p>Day 2 was all about avoiding the rain. The forecast was variable so we set off from Allonby a little after 9 after the rain had stopped. We arrived at Burgh by Sands for lunch at a tea shop. Burgh by Sands is home to a Roman fort and is a possible site for the semi-mythical Avalon where King Arthur died and Excalibur was forged. We sat outside for lunch but then it started raining, at first innocuous drizzle and gradually got worse, we huddled up in the shelter with a couple who had just started walk along the Roman wall and swapped stories until the rain stopped and then made our way past Carlisle and on to the village of Werheral where we stayed for our second night. We had avoided the rain :)</p> <p>On day 3 we got soaked! We got to Lanercost and took a couple of pictures the Abbey, you can see Errol on the right and the dark clouds above. Those dark clouds opened up as I took this shot and we were cycling in the rain for some distance.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/image4.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="264" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Futher along, we saw some parts of the wall.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/image5.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="255" /></p> <p>And then stopped for lunch at Bardon Mill before the tough climbs, there were a couple of very tough climbs were I wished I had some lower gears than my lowest. My thighs were burning after finishing those. The reward came after we got to Vindolanda when we had some superb downhills all the way into Hexham where we stayed the night at a farm. The last day looks like another journey through the rain...&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Day 4 - More Rain Dodging and Reflections on the Journey</strong></p> <p>The last day of our journey was another story of rain dodging. The forecast at breakfast was for rain all day from Hexham all the way to the Coast, so much for picking a June weekend! It stopped raining a little after breakfast and we decided to set out.</p> <p>The plan for this day was for it to be a wind down day. The route was fairly flat with mostly wide cycle paths into&nbsp;Newcastle. Along the way we crossed the Tyne a few times, this was one of the bridges - the Hagg Bank bridge which used to be a railway bridge for carrying coal around the country and is thought to be a model for grander bridges that followed - teh&nbsp;Tyne&nbsp;Bridge&nbsp;and the&nbsp;Sydney&nbsp;Harbour&nbsp;Bridge. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/image002.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="298" /></p> <p>&nbsp;A bit further on we passed by a cottage where George Stephenson was born with an appropriate plaque on the wall.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/image005.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="302" /></p> <p>And then came across someone who was cycling a Fat Bike. My brother being a bike mechanic was overjoyed at seeing one of these on the path and chatted to him about his own Fat Bike, tyre dimensions and where they had ridden them. For the uninitiated (me!) these bikes are what they say on the tin and have very, very big tyres and are suited for sand, snow etc. Errol also got complemented on the bike seat by an old gent; Errol has a Brookes Saddle ( leather seat as did he and another chat ensued about how he had had his seat for over 50 years and still going strong!</p> <p>We arrived on the outskirts of&nbsp;Newcastle&nbsp;without too much rain and thought we had got lucky until the heavens opened and we got completely drenched! Ah well, next time we do a road trip we may try sunnier climes.</p> <p>On reflection, we could have done this in a day less as we were kicking about in&nbsp;Newcastle&nbsp;train station for a few hours waiting for a train to&nbsp;Edinburgh. We could have done another 10 - 15 miles on the first day, another 5 - 10 on the second day and then set ourselves up for a good ride to the&nbsp;North East Coast. We had a lot of fun and had a good catch up and importantly have raised money for an excellent cause. I will look forward to visiting&nbsp;Tanzania&nbsp;again at some point in the near future and wish all at EdUKaid the very best in all their work.</p> </blockquote> <p>Troy has now finished his challenge and raised an incrediable &pound;920! His target was originally &pound;500. Thank you to Troy and Errol!&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you want to take on a huge challenge for us? Get some ideas from our events and sponsorship page or get in touch! Email <a href="mailto:clare@edukaid.com">clare@edukaid.com</a>.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/route-72-for-edukaid http://www.edukaid.com/blog/route-72-for-edukaid#add-comment-link Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:16:08 +0000 What a year it's been... - 0 comment(s) <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><strong>There are many smiling faces in Mtwara because of the successful work EdUKaid has done this year</strong>.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Schools improvement project:</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Early on in the year the team finished Lwelu Primary School. It was a tough project to tackle but you can see the huge difference below. There are new and improved latrines, beautifully renovated classrooms and an incredible brand new pre-primary class which didn&rsquo;t even exist before. A new water harvesting system was built in to provide the children with fresh drinking water throughout the school day</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img style="width: 200px; height: 138px;" src="../../uploads/sigdh.jpg" alt="" width="428" height="330" /><img style="width: 220px; height: 134px;" src="../../uploads/Lwelu_upgraded.jpg" alt="" width="438" height="335" />&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">The young pre-primary students of Mkangala School were being taught in an unfinished teacher&rsquo;s house. The building was unsafe, there were little resources and an occasional voluntary teacher. We are excited to announce that from January 2015 these children will have their own classroom and teacher. You can see the children in the old teacher&rsquo;s house below left and the finishing touches being applied below right.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><img style="width: 237px; height: 149px;" src="../../uploads/Mkangala_before.jpg" alt="" width="513" height="385" />&nbsp; <img style="width: 241px; height: 147px;" src="../../uploads/mkangala_after.png" alt="" width="480" height="360" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Vocational Training:</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">EdUKaid are continuing to support students in vocational training. These students are attending a college in Mtwara and are enrolled on courses ranging from welding and construction to pre-primary teaching and accountancy. Two years on and this project is already a success, seeing students complete courses and secure local employment.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Catching up:</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">Exciting news from Msijute primary school. Back in 2012 when EdUKaid renovated the school the average pass rate was 57.6%. In 2013 this has risen to 77% but incredibly this year the pass rate was 100%. This means that these standard seven pupils will have the opportunity to move up to secondary school!</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;">November saw the graduation of three of our sponsored vocational students. Well done to Yusuph, Ismail and Twalibu who completed courses in mechanics and construction. You can see them at their graduation below with some of the EdUKaid Staff.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 8pt;"><img style="width: 180px; height: 176px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../uploads/Graduation.jpg" alt="" width="321" height="335" /></p> <p>You may remember Stefano Fabian who (with help from EdUKaid) trained and qualified as a secondary school teacher in 2012. Last year, due to a lack of teaching jobs, Stefano was working in a cashew nut factory. However in February this year we discovered that Stefano had just got a job teaching a form 1 class at a secondary school in Mtwara.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A huge thank you to:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Katie Foundation</p> </li> <li> <p>Downton Primary School</p> </li> <li> <p>London Early Years Foundation</p> </li> <li> <p>Guests at the Great Vending Get Together</p> </li> <li> <p>Queens College Somerset</p> </li> <li> <p>Amble Links First School</p> </li> <li> <p>Ten Degrees South</p> </li> <li> <p>People who took part in the 50x50 challenge</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(Look back on our blog and newsletters to find out more information on how they helped us).</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/what-a-year-its-been http://www.edukaid.com/blog/what-a-year-its-been#add-comment-link Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:32:21 +0000 Give a meaningful present this Christmas - 0 comment(s) <h5><strong>Bored of giving socks for Christmas?</strong></h5> <p><strong>Capture the real spirit of giving, and give a meaningful present this Christmas.</strong></p> <p>Not only are they great to give and fun to recieve, you'll know that the money you've spent will help provide a child in Tanzania with an education.&nbsp;</p> <h5><strong>How does it work?</strong></h5> <p>Once you have chosen a gift from the list below, visit our <a href="https://www.justgiving.com/edukaid-meaningful-gifts/" target="_blank"><strong>JustGiving</strong></a> page set up specifically for giving a meaninful present. Here, you can make your payment and leave your address so we can send you a card to give to your loved one.</p> <p>Alternatively, send a cheque to our office and make a note of the address you would like us to send the card to,</p> <p><strong>EdUKaid, 1 Scotts Close, Downton Buisness Centre, Downton, Salisbury, SP5 3RA</strong></p> <p>OR</p> <p><a href="https://www.justgiving.com/edukaid-meaningful-gifts/" target="_blank"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to go striaght to the JustGiving page now.</p> <h5><strong>Where does the money go?</strong></h5> <p>The meaningful presents that you purchase are real examples of EdUKaid's work with schools in Tanzania.</p> <p>Our projects include setting up and running pre-primary classes, providing resources and improving school facilities and supporting some of the most vulnerable children in assisting with school fees and other associated costs like buying shoes, socks and uniform.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_2_small-55.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="139" />&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_2_small-90_-_Copy.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="139" /></p> <h5><strong>What meaningful presents can I buy?</strong></h5> <p><strong>Buy a toy for a pre-school for &pound;7</strong>... and build a brighter future for a child.</p> <p><strong>Buy a mat for a pre-school for &pound;10</strong>... so a childs one set of school clothes don't get dusty and dirty.</p> <p><strong>Buy a pair of school shoes for &pound;14</strong>... and say no to a child walking to school everyday barefooted.</p> <p><strong>Buy a desk and chair for &pound;45</strong>... so primary children no longer have to sit on the floor.</p> <p><strong>Support a teacher's salary for one month for &pound;130</strong>... and give children the best start possible.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/Copy_of_boy_with_chalkboard.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="141" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/shoes_and_socks.JPG" alt="" width="210" height="139" /></p> <p>If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us, email&nbsp;<strong><a href="mailto:admin@edukaid.com">admin@edukaid.com</a></strong>&nbsp;or call Clare in the office on <strong>017 25 514 612</strong>.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/give-a-meaningful-present-this-christmas http://www.edukaid.com/blog/give-a-meaningful-present-this-christmas#add-comment-link Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:10:18 +0000 EdUKaid Christmas Appeal: Leaving no one child behind. - 0 comment(s) <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>We need your help this Christmas!</strong></p> <p><strong>Support EdUKaid's Extra Tuition Project for vulnerable children and help make sure no one child is left behind</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_2_small-144.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="300" /></p> <p><strong>Make this Christmas special by helping to fund extra tuition sessions throughout 2015 for the most vulnerable and struggling children in Mikindani, Tanzania.</strong></p> <p>Education is a path that children follow to reach their full potential. Through no fault of their own, some children struggle to stay on track and fall into a cycle of underachievement, eventually dropping out of school.</p> <p>Living in poverty, where spending the day at school and not at the farm could mean there is less food for the family to eat, puts pressure on thousands of children across Tanzania and wider sub-Saharan Africa.</p> <p><strong>When a child falls behind at school in Tanzania, it is likely that they will be left behind.</strong> All too often this means that soon after, they drop out.</p> <p>EdUKaid doesn&rsquo;t just support children in gaining access to school, we support them so they can stay at school.</p> <p><strong>We desperately need to raise &pound;1000!</strong> This will pay for two teachers, 400 textbooks and over 150 pencils and allow us to help more vulnerable children have a second chance of learning.</p> <p>You can help make sure that if a child in Mikindani falls behind at school, they don't get left behind.</p> <p><strong>Click through to our <a href="https://www.justgiving.com/EdUKaid-Christmas-Appeal" target="_blank">JustGiving</a> Christmas Appeal page <a href="https://www.justgiving.com/EdUKaid-Christmas-Appeal" target="_blank">here</a> to make a donation today OR text EDUK90 &pound;5, to 70070 to donate &pound;5.</strong></p> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Thank you very much for your support. We wish you a very Happy Christmas.</h3> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/edukaid-christmas-appeal-leaving-no-one-child-behind http://www.edukaid.com/blog/edukaid-christmas-appeal-leaving-no-one-child-behind#add-comment-link Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:09:42 +0000 EdUKaid visits local primary school - 0 comment(s) <p>In early October, EdUKaid&rsquo;s Project Manager Clare visited Downton Primary School to tell them a little bit about EdUKaid and the area that EdUKaid work in, in Tanzania.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../uploads/downton3.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/downton4.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" /></p> <p>Having been studying Africa and Tanzania since the beginning of term, Class two were extremely knowledgeable on the topic and asked lots of questions. One child knew all the facts on the Coconut crab, the largest land crab known to live in Tanzania&ndash; these guys were experts.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../uploads/downton2.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" /></p> <p>They looked through pictures of primary school classrooms in Tanzania and identified all the differences they could spot comparing it to their classroom here in Downton.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../uploads/downton1.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" /></p> <p>A couple of weeks later we were invited to go-along and watch Class two taking on the equivalent of Mount Kilimanjaro. In pairs, and rotating every five minutes, the children were stepping up on benches in the school hall for 1 hour and 20 minutes. There were some very tired legs afterwards, but what a lovely way to raise awareness and support EdUKaid.</p> <p>Asante sana Class Two for all of your hard work and effort, we really appreciate it!</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/edukaid-visits-local-primary-school http://www.edukaid.com/blog/edukaid-visits-local-primary-school#add-comment-link Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:33:19 +0000 Ten Degrees Charity Race Night - 0 comment(s) <p><strong>There has been an incredible sense of community involvement in the School Improvement Project at Mnaida Primary.</strong></p> <p>In 2013 and before volunteering for EdUKaid, Barbara and Neil were volunteering with another local NGO. They invited their friend Maggi to come and visit. After visiting local primary school Mnaida, they decided that together, and with some incredible support from their friends and family, they would raise enough money to renovate the primary school buildings and facilities.</p> <p>In fact, the money they raised didn&rsquo;t only cover the whole primary school renovation; it also paid for desks that were needed, improved drainage channels around the school buildings, a water harvesting and guttering system was installed, and a pre-primary class was introduced (which included covering the costs of the teacher and assistants salaries for the first year, and all of the resources and teaching aids).</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/frontpic.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="364" /></p> <p>A couple of months after the renovation was finish, on Saturday 16<sup>th</sup> August, <strong>Ten Degrees South</strong> local bar, restaurant and guest house organised a charity race night to raise funds to provide on-going support to Mnaida pre-primary throughout 2015.</p> <p>Inviting friends who live in both Mikindani and Mtwara, they raised a whopping <strong>$2020</strong>, which will pay for additional resources, teaching aids and equipment, and will also largely contribute towards the Teacher and Assistant salaries for the next year.</p> <p>We would like to say a special thank you to all of the race sponsors, to the winners who re-donated their winnings, and to Isobel, Kayley, the Ten Degrees team and everybody else that helped organise such a successful fundraiser.</p> <p><strong>Asante sana from all of us at EdUKaid.</strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/ten-degrees-charity-race-night http://www.edukaid.com/blog/ten-degrees-charity-race-night#add-comment-link Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:25:56 +0100 #100Care Challenge - 0 comment(s) <p>JustGiving are offering charities with JustGiving pages like EdUKaid a chance to win &pound;1000 every week throughout August.</p> <p>For EdUKaid to be in to win one of the four &pound;1000 prizes we need our friends and supporters to click through to our JustGiving site and simply click the new 'Care' button.</p> <p>Once we reach 100 cares, EdUKaid will be entered into the raffle to win &pound;1000. You've got to be in it to win it. It only takes two clicks... &nbsp;please help us by caring for our cause.</p> <p>Click through to our <strong><a href="https://www.justgiving.com/edukaid/" target="_blank">JustGiving page</a></strong>&nbsp;here</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Cuddles.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="301" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/100care-challenge http://www.edukaid.com/blog/100care-challenge#add-comment-link Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:02:53 +0100 Let's send Daudi to Uni! - 0 comment(s) <p>When the UK team visited Tanzania in February 2014 they received a letter from one of EdUKaid&rsquo;s long-term sponsored students, Daudi George.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/scanned_daudi_letter.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="386" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Daudi has been supported by EdUKaid for 6 years now. His sponsorship started when he was entering Form 1 (the beginning of Secondary School), where the fee&rsquo;s increase, and at which point most children in this region of Tanzania (approximately 75%) finish their education. This is not because they want to; but because their families cannot afford it, or there are no schools within a 10+km radius and it is just inaccessible.</p> <p>This wasn&rsquo;t the case for Daudi &ndash; with his ambition and enthusiasm, and with support from EdUKaid&rsquo;s sponsorship scheme, he was determined to make it count, and not be one of the 75% stat! In his letter that we received, Daudi shared his most recent exam results with us. He had achieved straight A&rsquo;s and B&rsquo;s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and English! He also asked if EdUKaid could support him in going to University, <strong>and this is why we need your help.</strong></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/sec_students.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="239" /></p> <p>In a small village like Mikindani and others close-by, opportunities to further education are usually always out of reach for local people due to the high fee&rsquo;s associated, and very low, if any income that most families experience.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Daudi_and_Anna.jpg" alt="" width="120" height="120" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Daudi and Anna doing their EdUKaid updates with the team.</p> </blockquote> <p>To give you a bit of background on Daudi, Daudi&rsquo;s father left when he was very young and he has grown up with his Mother, two younger sisters and brother. One of Daudi&rsquo;s sister&rsquo;s, Anna is an EdUKaid sponsored student; both Anna and Daudi were identified as two of the most vulnerable children by the local village Ward Councillor. Daudi grew up in a small mud-hut in Mtwara, and went to his local Primary School. Daudi&rsquo;s mother doesn&rsquo;t have an income, she is a subsistence farmer &ndash; in and around their school timetables and home-based work, Daudi and Anna have always, and continue to help their mother on their small farm.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/mudhut.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="266" /></p> <p>The EdUKaid updates&nbsp;that the Tanzanian&nbsp;team carry out with sponsored students started to paint a picture of Daudi&rsquo;s hard work and dedication, and subsequent outstanding achievements early on. Back in 2010, Daudi featured in EdUKaid&rsquo;s newsletter leaflet, being identified as the top student in his class. When we caught up with Daudi to congratulate him, his initial response was to thank EdUKaid for supporting his sister.</p> <p>Despite the challenges and the not knowing if he will ever be able to continue his education, Daudi has not for a second given up, given in, slowed down, or let the what could or what could not happen, get in his way.</p> <p>During the latest trip to Tanzania we caught up with Daudi to tell him the latest on our fundraising efforts. After a difficult meeting in September having to say that we were only half way to our target, it was fantastic that this meeting was to be a positive one. After one year of fundraising we can now announce that Daudi can go to university! A huge thank you to all the supporters, you have made his dream come true.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="width: 267px; height: 184px; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../../uploads/10985009_1098013870224486_7026307759206207917_o.jpg" alt="" width="2048" height="1536" />&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact <a href="mailto:admin@edukaid.com">admin@edukaid.com</a>&nbsp;for more information on Daudi&rsquo;s story.</strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/lets-send-daudi-to-uni http://www.edukaid.com/blog/lets-send-daudi-to-uni#add-comment-link Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:53:57 +0100 Catch up with the 5x50 team blog today! - 0 comment(s) <p>On the 30<sup>th</sup> March the EdUKaid Fundraisers 5 x 50 team set out on a challenge. A challenge that was going to rip cartilages, stiffen knees, and cause slipped disc&rsquo;s, but do think that would stop them? Absolutely not!</p> <p>The team had to either run, walk, swim or cycle 5km everyday for 50 days. This wasn&rsquo;t 5km between them, this was 5km each, everyday!</p> <p>In doing so they wanted to raise funds for EdUKaid&rsquo;s projects in Tanzania, and this they have definitely done. To date, the total raised stands at <strong>&pound;2405.00.</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/5x50logo-FINAL.png" alt="" width="250" height="177" /></strong></p> <p>We thought that the best way to give you a real taste of the struggles, pain, sweat and triumph that the team members felt throughout, and following the challenge would be to bring them straight to you.</p> <p>But first off, from all of us at EdUKaid in the UK and in Tanzania, we want to say a massive thank you to Becky, Paul, Glenn, George, Ruth, Teresa, Kevin, Tim and Clare for putting their trainers on, taking part in the challenge, and pushing forward EdUKaid&rsquo;s cause.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/kids_thank_you.jpg" alt="" width="254" height="227" /></p> <p><strong>Find out how Glenn got on&hellip;</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><em>There is an old saying that as you get older not only do policeman look younger, but time speeds up. I have recently discovered that the best way to slow down time, is to undertake something like a &nbsp;5 x 50. Never has 50 days felt more like 50 years. When Becky did her charming best to twist my arm up and out of my armchair, I thought &ldquo;How hard can it be ?&rdquo; 5 km is after all only 3.2 miles which is a quick jog down to my local off license (via the kebab shop)</em></p> <p><em>Having not done any exercise of any kind for years I was confident that there would be no need for any pre-preparation. Slipping into a pair of tracksuit bottoms and an old Heineken T-shirt I left the house for a pre-measured distance and discovered, after about a mile that my trainers weren&rsquo;t up to the task, followed shortly by the realisation that nor were my legs. Having persevered and arrived back at the house to be greeted by my wife with a look on her face that she normally reserves for victims of muggings, I laid in the bath and wondered if it would be acceptable to complete the 50 x 5 by car.</em></p> <p><em>After wallowing in self-loathing that such a short distance could cause so much distress and berating myself for the years of physical abuse and lack of exercise that could have reduced me to such a physical wreck, I came to the conclusion that it was actually a message from God (or Tim Varney) that I needed to use this task to get myself in shape. And so, with a new found resolve, like all of us, I set about getting through it. I&rsquo;d like to say that it got easier, or it made me feel fitter, or I enjoyed the experience but none of this would be true.</em></p> <p><em>Ultimately however I have to say there is some intense pleasure to be derived from telling people that I have completed a 5x50 for such an excellent cause as EdUKaid. So, thank you Tim, thank you Becky and well done team. I have earned the right to be gloriously smug&hellip;.at the expense of both of my cartilages. &nbsp;A price I am happy to pay!&nbsp;</em></p> </blockquote> <p><strong><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Edukaid_1.jpg" alt="" width="290" height="217" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Catch up with Becky&rsquo;s thoughts post challenge&hellip;</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><em>50 days of 5ks? That seemed reasonable to me. But in fact it was MUCH harder than expected, mainly from a time point of view. Finding 30 mins to put aside each day is harder than you think&hellip;..and you can&rsquo;t just go for a run, you have to factor in showering after it and eating around it&hellip;. But it has been a great challenge and I feel fitter and healthier. And the best thing is that we raised money for such an important charity.</em></p> </blockquote> <p><strong><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Edukaid_2.jpg" alt="" width="270" height="202" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Teresa and Kevin had a few injuries (and Prosecco&rsquo;s) along the way but this didn&rsquo;t stop them&hellip;</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><em>"Some things seem like a good idea when you are on Facebook having drunk a few glasses of wine - then the reality begins!!!!&nbsp; We started off well and enjoyed the challenge but began to struggle around 20 days in.&nbsp; Kevin had aching knees but kept going and I slipped a disc in my back which meant I had to modify my exercise routine - but I kept going.&nbsp; Becky and I even managed t do our 5k going from bar to bar along the Southbank drinking Prosecco along the way!!&nbsp; Great sense of achievement to get to the end and, between Kevin and I, we raised over &pound;300 for a fantastic cause."</em></p> </blockquote> <p><strong>There will be more from Paul coming soon so make sure you come back to catch up on the blog in a few days.</strong></p> <p>This challenge wasn&rsquo;t a case of going fast, this was about stamina, commitment and team morale.</p> <p>We believe, and the 5 x 50 team proved true...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>&ldquo;If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together&rdquo;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;">The challenge may be over, but you can still support this challenge and the incredible effort the EdUKaid's fundraisers team put in, click <a href="https://www.justgiving.com/EdukaidFundraisers" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> to make a donation on the teams JustGiving page.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/catch-up-with-the-5x50-team-blog-today http://www.edukaid.com/blog/catch-up-with-the-5x50-team-blog-today#add-comment-link Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:58:53 +0100 The Plant sale fundraiser... in the sunshine! - 0 comment(s) <p>They&rsquo;ve done it again&hellip; but this year it didn&rsquo;t rain!</p> <p>You may remember last year when Caroline Murray, through Cambridge University Press&rsquo; Great Garden Giveaway raised funds for EdUKaid and its projects inTanzania&hellip; and it rained all day long. But this didn&rsquo;t stop them- because they did it all over again this year!</p> <p>This year there was not only plants given away in return for donations, but also these wonderful little handmade hedgehogs&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/max-and-hedgehogs.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="350" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Cute, cuddly hedgehogs, and Max the cat, who was just keeping an eye on things...</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Altogether they raised a whopping &pound;615</strong>,<strong> and the University Press have generously doubled the total amount fundraised, bringing the total donation to EdUKaid up to an incredible &pound;1230!</strong></p> <p>These sorts of funds will make a huge difference inTanzania, it could;</p> <ul> <li>Pay for a full time Montessori trained Teacher for one whole year</li> <li>It could pay for a water harvesting system, including two 1000 litre sim tanks at one of EdUKaid&rsquo;s partner schools, offering the school and local village an additional lifeline of fresh water storage.</li> <li>It could resource three pre-primary classes with a full set of Montessori resources; essential teaching and learning resources that will keep over 250 children occupied and learning for years.</li> </ul> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_1_small-204.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="186" /></p> <p>We would like to say a HUGE thank you to all who were involved in the Great Garden Giveaway, raising funds for EdUKaid. It is supporters like you, that make changes happen!</p> <p><strong>Asante sana EdUKaidi rafiki&rsquo;s</strong> (and in English; Thank you very much EdUKaid friends).</p> <p>Click <strong><a href="http://cambridgelibrarycollection.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/another-cat-picture/" target="_blank">Here</a></strong> to catch up with Cambridge Library Collection Blog.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/the-plant-sale-fundraiser-in-the-sunshine http://www.edukaid.com/blog/the-plant-sale-fundraiser-in-the-sunshine#add-comment-link Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:00:51 +0100 The Bridge Lunch fundraiser for EdUKaid - 0 comment(s) <p>On Monday 12<sup>th</sup> May, Helen and Stuart Middleton held a Bridge Lunch for the second consecutive year to raise funds for EdUKaid and its projects in southern Tanzania.</p> <p>We heard from Helen in April to say the event was organised and the date was set. Other than asking for the a few print outs of leaflets and the latest EdUKaid newsletter, Helen and Stuart made it all happen with some help from a few of their friends. And what a fabulous fundraiser it turned out to be!</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/banner.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="300" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Flying the EdUKaid banner whilst the guests arrived</p> </blockquote> <p>Those who came along enjoyed a three course lunch full of delights, including yummy brown sugar meringues with lemon cream and berries.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/food.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>You just have to look at the above pictures to understand why they received so many emails following the event saying just how wonderful the lunch was!</p> <p>One lady who contacted Helen following the event said,</p> <blockquote> <p><em>&ldquo;The whole event was beautifully organised.&nbsp; The lunch was delicious, the bridge was great fun, I even won a raffle prize, the tea and shortbread was an unexpected treat, and then on leaving a very kind lady gave me a lettuce and some rocket to take home.&nbsp; Fundraising events often rely on being for a worthwhile cause and the satisfaction for the visitor is in donating to it.&nbsp; Your event was outstanding on every level.&nbsp; Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.&rdquo;</em></p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img src="../../../uploads/stuart.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="280" /></em></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Struart in preparation for the Bridge players</p> </blockquote> <p>The EdUKaid banner was well and truly flown throughout the day and we are so very grateful to Helen and Stuart, and all of their friends that helped in pulling together and organising such a wonderful fundraiser that will transform the lives of many children in Mikindani. I&rsquo;m sure you&rsquo;re asking yourself now, but exactly how will these lives be transformed?</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/photo_5_helpers.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="210" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Helen and Stuart recruited a group of friends who helped make the day such a success</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>This fundraiser raised a whopping &pound;1625, and here&rsquo;s a few ways that this money could make a huge difference&hellip;</strong></p> <ul> <li>It could pay for a Montessori trained pre-primary teacher for one year &ndash; each class has between 50 and 120 children, so this really could shape the lives of hundreds of children.</li> <li>It could pay for the materials to make up to 40 desks, which would seat 80 children. Unfortunately it is all too common to see overcrowded classrooms with 4 to 5 children squeezed on a desk.</li> <li>It could support 3 vocational students to attend college for one year, giving them the opportunity to develop skills and bridge the growing gap of youth unemployment inTanzania.</li> </ul> <p>If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. Together, Helen, Stuart and friends are turning small steps into big changes in Mikindani.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/taliki.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="210" /></p> <p>Asante sana from the entire EdUKaid team in both the UK and Tanzania, and all of EdUKaid's beneficiaries, we can&rsquo;t thank you enough.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/the-bridge-lunch-fundraiser-for-edukaid http://www.edukaid.com/blog/the-bridge-lunch-fundraiser-for-edukaid#add-comment-link Mon, 19 May 2014 11:08:11 +0100 Mambo Mikindani, February 2014 - 0 comment(s) <p>In mid-February Tim and Clare travelled toTanzania to catch up with EdUKaid&rsquo;s growing Tanzanian team and to spend some time visiting EdUKaid partner schools in and around Mikindani.</p> <p><strong>Catch up with their trip in pictures&hellip;</strong></p> <p>Within an hour of reaching Mikindani, and after a 26 hour journey from the UK they were off to Mnaida Primary School where Ally and his fundi team are currently working. Being only a 5 minute walk from the house, they just couldn't resist...</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Mnaida1.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="261" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Mnaida2.jpg" alt="" width="261" height="200" /></p> <p>They visited freshly renovated <strong>Lwelu Primary School</strong> and the <strong>new pre-primary class.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Lwelu1.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="138" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/lwelu3.jpg" alt="" width="138" height="180" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/lwelu4.jpg" alt="" width="138" height="180" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Lwelulatrine2.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="153" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Lwelulatrines.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="153" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/lwelupre.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="153" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/lwelupre1.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="153" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/lwelupre5.jpg" alt="" width="182" height="200" /></p> <p>...and here they watched children filling up their plastic cups and drinking from the water collection and storage system installed by Ally Mushini and his Fundi team in December 2013.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Lwelu2.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="261" /></p> <p>Clare, Ally, and his head carpenter and mason made the trip off road to <strong>Mkangala Primary School</strong> - a school EdUKaid is hoping to support later in 2014. They met with the deputy Head-teacher and teaching staff and carried out a full audit of the work needed at the tired looking and dilapidated school. There was a desperate need for the construction of a pre-primary classroom with 35 pre-primary students sharing a classroom with the 99 standard 1 students.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Mkangala1.jpg" alt="" width="153" height="200" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Mkangala2.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="153" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Mkangala3.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="153" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Mkangala4.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="153" /></p> <p>After a days work, there was always time for an hour or two playing hopscotch, and catching up with the local children outside EdUKaid House.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/clarekids.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="154" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/timkids1.jpg" alt="" width="190" height="175" /></p> <p>Tim visited <strong>Rahaleo Deaf Unit</strong> in Mtwara with local villager and friend Fidea, whose son had attended this school before moving onto board at a secondary school in another region. Children with hearing disabilities of all ages were in a single classroom. Tim and the teachers discussed how some very simple and basic equipment and support could make a huge impact to the children; like trapazoid designed desks and making a partition in the classroom so children of different ages and levels can have their own blackboard and area to learn.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/deafunit1.jpg" alt="" width="220" height="128" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/deafunit2.jpg" alt="" width="220" height="168" /></p> <p>They spent time meeting with Maisha the pre-primary Cooridnator, and seperately the pre-primary team; Head-teachers from EdUKaid partner schools and the Tanzanian board of Trustee's; and worked closely with Jaylani, Ally, Ally Simba and Mohamed who continue to astound them with the incredible coordination and management of the projects in Tanzania.</p> <p><img src="../../../uploads/staffmeet.jpg" alt="" width="220" height="166" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/HTmeeting1.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="162" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<em><img src="../../../uploads/preprimmeet.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="198" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/miki2.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="160" /></em></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/mambo-mikindani-february-2014 http://www.edukaid.com/blog/mambo-mikindani-february-2014#add-comment-link Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:10:20 +0000 EdUKaid 5 x 50 Fundraisers - 0 comment(s) <p>From the moment she stepped off of Kili, Becky has been looking for her next challenge to raise money for EdUKaid. She&rsquo;s found it, but this time, she&rsquo;s rounding up a group of merry men and women to join her&hellip;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s called <strong>5 x 50</strong> &ndash; and basically what this means is you (because I&rsquo;m sure you&rsquo;re going to get involved) have to do a <strong>50</strong> day stint of<strong> 5</strong> kilometres of exercise every day; be it running, swimming or cycling. And you simply log your exercise online &ndash; but, no cheating&hellip;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../uploads/5x50logo-FINAL.png" alt="" width="270" height="191" /></p> <p>So far signed up we have (drum roll)&hellip; Becky Cole, Paul Cryer, Glenn Hudson and George Thomas from Aimia; as well as Tim Varney and Clare Nolan from EdUKaid and long term supporters Teresa and Kevin Wells.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s still plenty of time to get involved. The fundraising event runs from 30<sup>th</sup> March until the 18<sup>th</sup> May so if you want to join the team get in touch &ndash; email us on <strong><a href="mailto:admin@edukaid.com">admin@edukaid.com</a></strong>, send us a message on Facebook, or call Clare in the office on <strong>017 25 514 612</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../uploads/Logo.jpg" alt="" width="220" height="218" /></p> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to get your trainers on to support the event. You can sponsor the EdUKaid Fundraisers by following this link <strong><a href="http://www.justgiving.com/EdUKaidFundraisers">http://www.justgiving.com/EdUKaidFundraisers</a></strong></p> <p>Remember, please tell people around your workplace, and your family and friends about this challenge coming up. Wouldn&rsquo;t it be great if EdUKaid had 50 participants in the event &ndash; we could re-name it altogether 50 x 5 x 50&hellip;. <strong>How about it?</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>If you want to go fast, go alone... if you want to go far, go together.</strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/edukaid-5-x-50-fundraisers http://www.edukaid.com/blog/edukaid-5-x-50-fundraisers#add-comment-link Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:00:05 +0000 A day in the life of an EdUKaid pre-primary student. - 0 comment(s) <h3><strong>A day in the life of an EdUKaid pre-primary student</strong><strong>&hellip;</strong></h3> <p>Taliki is five years old and attends one of EdUKaid&rsquo;s pre-primary classes.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/taliki.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>It is early morning in Mikindani and like most other children Taliki has an early start. He&rsquo;s awake at 6am helping his mother sweep their hut and collect water from the nearby well. This water will last the family for a day, to wash, cook, clean and to drink.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/mudhut.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="166" /></p> <p>By 7am, Taliki has to think about leaving for school with his older brother, Hamisi, who is nine. Taliki doesn&rsquo;t have breakfast most mornings but he knows now that he will get a bowl of porridge at school. Since EdUKaid helped his school last year, local parents are now helping and paying to feed the children every morning.</p> <p>Taliki walks for 45 minutes through the local mud villages to get to school. At this time in the morning the village is very lively! There is the sound of roosters singing, a call to prayer from the nearby mosque and groups of children laughing and chattering on their walk to school.</p> <p>Now almost 8am, and in the warming sun, Taliki and his brother reach school. He waves bye to his brother and arranges to meet him under a tree to walk home later in the day. The pre-primary teachers are arriving; they&rsquo;re unlocking the classrooms and opening the wooden shutters. Children are now coming from everywhere; other pre-primary children join Taliki and his friends in an orderly queue at the pre-primary classroom door.</p> <p>Mrs Muamba, Taliki&rsquo;s class teacher, opens the door. She sings.</p> <p align="center"><em>&ldquo;Karibuni, Karibuni, welcome, welcome.&rdquo;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>The children repeat in chorus whist taking off their shoes outside and then form a big circle in the classroom. The lesson has started.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/shoes.jpg" alt="" width="188" height="250" /></p> <p>It isn&rsquo;t long before the sounds of beautiful singing, rhythmical clapping, and gentle beating drums echo around the school grounds. Taliki and his class friends learn and sing songs and dance out their actions. The songs are about things they can do when they play, ways they can help at home, how to stay clean &ndash; by doing things like washing your hands and cleaning your teeth.</p> <p>Using resources that were donated to the classroom, children take it in turns to stand in the middle of the circle, and using wooden letter shapes, they sing the alphabet, pointing to big letters and small letters as they go along.</p> <p align="center"><em>&ldquo;Big letter &ldquo;A&rdquo; and a small letter &ldquo;a&rdquo;</em></p> <p>It wasn&rsquo;t long until it was Taliki&rsquo;s turn, he was so excited! At the top of his voice and pitch perfect, he led the class in song from A-Z.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/in_class.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="166" /></p> <p>It was 10am, and time for porridge. One by one, and with Taliki near the front of the queue, the class collected and rinsed their bowls before they were filled with warm porridge. Like Taliki, some of the children in Taliki&rsquo;s class may not have eaten since the day before so they were really looking forward to their porridge.</p> <p>Back to the classroom. Once settled, Mrs Muamba told the class to go and collect three small stones and a strong stick each from outside and then return to the circle in the classroom. They had to go quietly, and quickly. When back in the circle, every child was given an empty bottle. After putting their stones in their bottles, the children would shake the bottles, and tap them with a stick on the side. This meant that every child had an instrument, and together all the children joined in creating a wonderful, energy filled, musical morning.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/classroom.jpg" alt="" width="188" height="250" /></p> <p>When midday was approaching, all the children assisted the teacher and assistant in tidying the classroom, dusting off any resources and putting everything away safely.</p> <p>After waiting for his brother to finish school and the walk home, Taliki will go with his mother to the family&rsquo;s small potato farm where he will help her farm. Taliki doesn&rsquo;t mind helping his mother but sometimes he gets really tired because he has had a very long day. At least today, Taliki could take his new handmade musical instrument home with him and make music all the way to the farm and back.&nbsp;</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-edukaid-pre-primary-student http://www.edukaid.com/blog/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-edukaid-pre-primary-student#add-comment-link Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:36:58 +0000 Thank you Downton Primary School - 0 comment(s) <p>The local Primary school to the EdUKaid UK offices got in touch earlier this year and set off on a quest to raise money for EdUKaid's project in Mikindani, Tanzania... and that they have definately done!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>They raised an incredible &pound;371 from a sponsored African dance that they held in late 2013. </strong></p> <p>And thats not it... as they then went on to continue to raise funds at their Christmas carol service to.</p> <p><br /><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/downton.jpg" alt="" width="236" height="213" /></p> <p>Thank you, and as we say in ki-Swahili, Asante sana to Laura (class two's Teacher), the children at Downton and all their friends and families that supported these fundraising events - we can't thank you enough.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_1_small-204.jpg" alt="" width="270" height="179" /></p> <p>This level of donation will support Mikindani's children in so may ways - it could fund a pre-primary assistant for 6 months OR it could almost completely fund 3 children's school fees and contributions for an entire year!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Together, Downton Primary school are turning small steps into big changes in Mikindani!</strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/thank-you-downton-primary-school http://www.edukaid.com/blog/thank-you-downton-primary-school#add-comment-link Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:34:31 +0000 Sunshine on Mikindani - 0 comment(s) <h4><strong>What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. Scattered along life&rsquo;s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. &ndash; Joseph Addison</strong></h4> <p>Mnaida Primary school is set back into the hills of Mikindani, surrounded by trees, greenery, mud huts, but more importantly, children with beautiful smiles and a desire to learn</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/P1060775.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/P1060778.JPG" alt="" width="188" height="250" /></p> <p><strong>May 2013</strong></p> <p>Maggie Vaughan was visiting her friends Neil and Barbara who were volunteering for a local NGO in Mikindani. Maggie, and Barbara and Neil (who have been volunteering for EdUKaid in Tanzania throughout October, November and December) visited Mnaida Primary, which is only a short walk from the EdUKaid office, and also the closest primary school to the centre of Mikindani&rsquo;s village.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Mnaida15.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/2.JPG" alt="" width="188" height="250" /></p> <p>A few weeks later, an email dropped in the EdUKaid UK email inbox. This email was going to make a difference to the lives of hundreds of children and their families in Mikindani. It was only days later that Maggie set up a JustGiving site called Sunshine on Mikindani. As a trio, they set out to raise &pound;30,000.00.</p> <p>This money would renovate Mnaida Primary school, set-up a pre-primary class with a Montessori trained teacher and local assistant, provide teaching and learning resources, repair and provide desks, improve the drainage system, and give hope to hundreds of children.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/DSC_3223.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="166" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/DSC_3558.JPG" alt="" width="166" height="250" /></p> <p>Now skip to December 11<sup>th</sup> 2013&hellip;. and their Just Giving page, Sunshine on Mikindani now stands at &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>&pound;41,917.80</strong></p> <p align="center">&ldquo;If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far,go together&rdquo;. An African Proverb proving very true to the heart of Sunshine on Mikindani&rsquo;s quest.</p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/P1060766.JPG" alt="" width="320" height="240" /></p> <p>The support, generosity, energy, and hard-work of Barbara, Neil and Maggie, and their friends and families, has been out of this world.</p> <p>Between coffee mornings and selling very cute dolls, sharing the sights and sounds of Mikindani with friends; supporting EdUKaid&rsquo;s Tanzanian staff, and carrying out community research for the development of EdUKaid's community centre, they have, and will continue to make such a difference to the lives of so many in Mikindani.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Go_fast_go_alone.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="298" /></p> <p>Did I mention they also gained the support of JK Rowling, who donated a unique copy of The Cuckoo&rsquo;s Calling, signed by &lsquo;Galbraith&rsquo; and Rowling, and was auctioned at Sotheby&rsquo;s earlier this week, raising an incredible &pound;2500!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/book.jpg" alt="" width="165" height="220" /></p> <p>We want to say a huge Asante sana. Thank you from all of us at&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Logo.jpg" alt="" width="35" height="35" /></p> <p><strong>That email I mentioned we recieved back in May, well, it turned out to be a pretty BIG deal!</strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/sunshine-on-mikindani http://www.edukaid.com/blog/sunshine-on-mikindani#add-comment-link Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:58:58 +0000 Catch up with Barbara and Neil in Mikindani. - 0 comment(s) <h4><strong>12 DECEMBER</strong></h4> <p><strong>FAREWELL TO MIKINDANI</strong></p> <p>Sadly, this is our last blog for Edukaid as we leave Mikindani early next week.</p> <p>Our visit to the private King David School in nearby Mitengo on 28 November was an eye-opener in terms of class sizes. Their pre-primary class had 30 pupils, with 2 full time teachers, compared with up to 80 pupils, one teacher and one assistant in the schools we&rsquo;ve been visiting.&nbsp; Interestingly from our point of view, the young Head Teacher had taken part in an educational visit to a school in Edinburgh when he was a teenager in northern Tanzania, and asked us to remember him to the Deputy Head of Holyrood High School.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/King_David_Head_-_Edwin_Peter_Msanga_2.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="198" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/King_David_pre-primary_2.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="223" /></p> <p>On 30 November we had a meeting with the pre-primary class teachers for them to share their experiences of parental engagement. Unlike the UK, it seems that with a few exceptions there is little contact between the class teacher and parents on a one-to-one basis.&nbsp; We took the opportunity to get the views of the class teachers on possible uses for the community training centre. We also mentioned the possibility of a space for mothers to meet with each other whilst their children at are extra tuition classes, or where they could all meet together with younger children; to our surprise, they said that the Quakers already run such a group occasionally in Msijute and that it&rsquo;s very popular.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Pre_primary_teachers_2.JPG" alt="" width="320" height="191" /></p> <p>Six young men from Mikindani also came to give us their ideas for using the community centre. Most of the suggestions involved the learning of a skill e.g. carpentry, driving, motor mechanics which would help them in their search for employment.&nbsp; One interesting idea was for a music studio; something which might not be popular with the neighbours!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Youth_Group_2.JPG" alt="" width="320" height="166" /></p> <p>Our last school visit was to Lwelu, which is currently being renovated by EdUKaid. Much has been completed and the tradesmen are working hard to get it all finished by the end of the year.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Lwelu_1_2.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="150" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Lwelu_2_2.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="150" /></p> <p>Apart from that, we&rsquo;ve been busy doing more training, writing reports and tidying up loose ends in preparation for our departure from Mikindani . We&rsquo;ll miss the staff here enormously &ndash; Ally S, Jailani and Mohamed in the office, Ally M on site at the schools, Hadija who does our cleaning (often with her lovely son on her back), Mama Sara and Sara downstairs and all the teachers. We&rsquo;ll also miss the views from the EdUKaid house balcony (including a wedding at the end of the street), the sun, the colours, the greetings and the pace of life. We won&rsquo;t miss the frequent power cuts, the water shortages and the frustrations of slow internet access, but those are minor.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Babs_Hadija_and_Mama_Sara_2.JPG" alt="" width="230" height="119" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Banana_bicycle_-_Copy_2.JPG" alt="" width="220" height="165" /></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Edukaid_house_view_2.JPG" alt="" width="220" height="114" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Office_staff_2.JPG" alt="" width="220" height="165" /></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/young_boys_walking_2.JPG" alt="" width="220" height="127" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Edukaid_street_wedding_1_2.JPG" alt="" width="220" height="135" /></p> <p>&nbsp;Thanks for allowing us to be part of this wonderful community.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>25 NOVEMBER&nbsp;</strong></h4> <p><strong>School visits &ndash; Imekuwa and Msijute</strong></p> <p>We weren&rsquo;t sure what to expect of our visit to Imekuwa Primary, given the fact that the class teacher had recently left and the assistant is temporarily in charge. We needn&rsquo;t have worried; both the assistant and a woman employed from the local village to help are doing an excellent job in controlling the class and keeping things going until a new teacher is appointed. As is the case with many women employed in this area, the assistant had her very well behaved baby on her back whilst she worked. The new HeadTeacher was impressive and enthusiastic and was proud of the high number of passes in the recent exams. She said that the school &ldquo;feels well because of EdUKaid&rdquo;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Imekuwa_head_2.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="245" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Imekuwa's new, very energised Headteacher with Barbara</p> </blockquote> <p>We arrived whilst porridge was being served. 100% of the parents pay for porridge at Imekuwa, higher than in many schools. There are no kitchen facilities, so porridge is cooked and served outside. They&rsquo;ve asked if EdUKaid could provide a basic kitchen, necessary in the rainy season and when the wind blows.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Imekuwa_porridge_teacher_1.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="246" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Imekuwa_porridge_girls.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="263" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">It's porridge time!</p> </blockquote> <p>We arrived at Msijute in torrential rain.&nbsp; The taxi took us close to the door to the head teacher&rsquo;s office, leading to a quick clutch at our books and pens and a run through the mud into the office.&nbsp; Despite our ungainly arrival, bursting into the head&rsquo;s office, bringing a surprising amount of water into the room with us, the head teacher was very welcoming and happy to answer all our questions about parental engagement and integration of the pre-primary class with the rest of the school.&nbsp; As ever, the school is very grateful for the support provided by EdUKaid &ndash; it has been such a pleasure for us to hear this message so consistently in every school we have visited..</p> <p>The pre-primary class was friendly and welcoming.&nbsp; Frida, the class teacher, was supported by Mariam, and took the children through a series of well-rehearsed activities.&nbsp; It is always fun to watch the whole class congratulate a pupil who has successfully completed an exercise.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Msijute_1.JPG" alt="" width="380" height="285" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Msijute primary school teachers with Ally Simba (far right)</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Hunter University, Arkansas </strong></p> <p>We had a request from an American friend in Mtwara to give a talk to a group of students visiting from Hunter University, Arkansas. Ally Simba gave them a short guided tour of the village, including Mottisfont House, and we then filled them in on the work of EdUKaid</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Harding_University_Arkansas_students_visiting_EdUKaid.JPG" alt="" width="380" height="285" /></p> <p><strong>Mikindani Youth Group and Mikindani Secondary school</strong></p> <p>As part of our gathering of ideas for the use of the community training centre we held meetings with both the Mikindani Youth Group and Mikindani Secondary School. We were somewhat disappointed that the there were no youth present at the meeting with the Youth Group leaders, but a meeting is scheduled with the young people before we leave.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At Mikindani Secondary we met with the Head Teacher and the link teacher for the students which EdUKaid sponsors. Ideas which haven&rsquo;t been mentioned by any of the other groups included a space for young people to play table-tennis, information about HIV/AIDS prevention, and training sessions for young people in how to look after the elderly in the community.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Mikindani_secondary.JPG" alt="" width="380" height="285" /></p> <p><strong>Excel Training</strong></p> <p>Neil has been running a training course in Excel for the office staff.. They&rsquo;ve had 2 sessions so far and are currently working on their homework before next week&rsquo;s lesson.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Excel_training.JPG" alt="" width="430" height="323" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Concentration, concentration, concentration.</p> </blockquote> <p>On a personal note, we&rsquo;re making the most of our last 3 weeks in Mikindani and are delighted that the mango season has started before we leave. Even happier that they cost less than 1p each!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Mangoes_1.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="221" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Mangoes for under a penny!</p> </blockquote> <h4><strong>07 NOVEMBER 2013</strong></h4> <p>Since the last blog we&rsquo;ve been out visiting two more schools, Mwenge and Singino, had meetings with Mikindani Community Council and a group of community elders to discuss possible uses for the community centre when it&rsquo;s ready next year, and been to talk to our contact at Halliburton about their CSR policy. &nbsp;We also visited Mnaida School on Monday to do a video for Maggie Darling, who is hosting a &ldquo;Coffee for Mikindani&rdquo; fundraiser in Edinburgh next week.&nbsp; We were pleased to see that EdUKaid has already employed a pre-primary teacher at Mnaida, ahead of the renovation of the school in 2014. &nbsp;If you want to see the video, it&rsquo;s on youtube: <strong>Click <a href="http://youtu.be/va_Z5HTIJtg" target="_blank">Here</a></strong></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Mnaida_2.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="281" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Mnaida Pre-primary class with teacher Hajra, a past EdUKaid Vocational student who is now volunteering at the school.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Schools</strong></p> <p>We&rsquo;ve come to realise that, no matter how good the teachers are, it&rsquo;s impossible for them to adhere strictly to the Montessori methods given the large class sizes (up to 76) and the fact that most of them only have one set of materials. They do a splendid job given the circumstances. All of the schools encourage parental involvement and an important part of this is asking parents to pay for breakfast porridge &ndash; more successful in some schools than in others. Classrooms are clean and well looked-after.&nbsp; Pupils sweep their own classrooms at the beginning of each day. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Mwenge_shoes_and_brush.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="263" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Mwenge</strong> was renovated 6 months ago and, as you would expect, is in very good condition. The pre-primary classroom and teachers&rsquo; room were newly built by the EdUKaid team and are clean, bright and welcoming. Costika is a very good and enthusiastic teacher (she is, after all, Mr. Fidelis&rsquo;s sister!) and her pupils were attentive and confident.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Mwenge_class_6.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="263" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Mwenge Pre-primary class, Ally, Mussa, Kostica and Maisha</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Singino</strong></p> <p>Neil walked up the hill from Mikindani to see Mr Fidelis (head teacher) and Maisha (in charge of the pre-primary) at Singino School.&nbsp; Even at 8 o&rsquo;clock in the morning, he was extremely glad he had taken a full bottle of water with him, to help him rehydrate after the uphill walk in the sun.</p> <p>Mr Fidelis was his usual helpful and insightful self, helping Neil understand not only why Singino was achieving such good results, but also explaining aspects of the primary environment in Tanzania.&nbsp; Maisha&rsquo;s class was, as expected, a joy to watch.&nbsp; The children are cheerful and engaged, the classroom is well organised, with the Montessori resources neatly stored on shelves around the room, and Maisha and her assistant Beatha clearly in control.</p> <p><strong>Mikindani Community Council meeting</strong></p> <p>We were delighted that 20 people turned up for the meeting with the Mikindani Community Council, 13 men and 7 women. Ideas for use of the space in the community centre included computer training, literacy and numeracy classes, a library for schoolchildren, small business set-ups and a space in which to make crafts.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Mik_community_council_1.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="263" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Mikindani's Community council</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Village Elders&rsquo; meeting</strong></p> <p>We also invited the elders from the local communities in Mikindani to tell us what they want to see the space at the community centre used for.&nbsp; They were clearly very concerned about the children and young people at risk of failing in their education &ndash; and proposed extra classes in English as well as vocational training for those who do not continue beyond form IV at secondary school.&nbsp; One of the participants offered to provide training in tree management, with the community centre being used for the theory bits of the course.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Community_elders.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="279" /></p> <p><strong>Free time</strong></p> <p>We&rsquo;ve also had time for some relaxation at Msimbati beach and at the local cultural festival, Makuya and Barbara&rsquo;s had her hair done by the friendly young woman opposite EdUKaid house. We continue to enjoy walking round the village, often stopping to chat or to buy fruit or vegetables from small stalls outside people&rsquo;s huts. We love sitting on the EdUKaid balcony watching the world go by and looking at the wonderfully coloured birds on the tree opposite.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bird_-_Black_headed_oriole_3_2.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="263" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Cornrows_for_Babs.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="270" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Makuya.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="262" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>23rd October 2013:</strong></h4> <p>We&rsquo;ve been volunteering for EdUKaid for just over 3 weeks, and our expectations that it is a well-run, impressive organisation have been fully met. The staff are a delight to work with and have given us every help in settling in to EdUKaid house. Ally Muhsini&rsquo;s workmen have done a splendid job in replacing mosquito netting and, more importantly, creating a basic kitchen for us; we&rsquo;ve borrowed a 2 ring gas hob and are thoroughly enjoying being able to cook for ourselves.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/photo.kitchen.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="261" /></p> <p>Our first port of call was to the Montessori teachers&rsquo; training college to get an overview of the method of teaching and the materials used. We were given a warm welcome by Sister Josefa and the Principal of the College, Mr. Liwange. Sister Josefa gave us a checklist of things we should look for in a Montessori teacher; very helpful for our observations at the schools.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Montessori_Teacher_Training_College_-_document.JPG" alt="" width="375" height="225" /></p> <p>Visits to Mgao and Namgogoli schools were very interesting, in their own ways. The class teacher at Mgao was off sick and Maisha took the class; we hope to have time to revisit the school when the class teacher is back. The school itself was renovated 3 years ago and the pre-primary classroom already needs some remedial work, holes in the floor need to be filled in and the paintwork needs to be refreshed. The Deputy Head (who is also the EdUKaid link teacher) was articulate and informative.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Namgogoli_PP2_document.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="263" /></p> <p>Namgogoli gave the impression of being an altogether more affluent (in relative terms) school. The buildings were renovated earlier this year so one would expect them to be in better condition that Mgao, the difference was startling. The Head Teacher and the EdUKaid link teacher were very helpful and we watched the pre-primary class teacher use some of the Montessori methods we had discussed at the training college.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Namgogoli_PP5_document.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="273" /></p> <p>In both of the schools the teachers asked for more materials, and with class sizes of 48 and 49 respectively, duplicate sets would seem to be a priority. Teachers also stressed the enormous advantages the schools have gained from being partnered with EdUKaid.</p> <p>On the subject of the use of Motisfont House as a community centre, Barbara has had a meeting with a Women&rsquo;s Group who gave some useful suggestions including training in setting up small businesses, and spaces to share cookery and sewing skills.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Womens_group_1_document.JPG" alt="" width="400" height="205" /></p> <p>Neil has been working hard creating contacts with the CSR departments of (mainly oil and gas related) companies which operate in Mtwara. This information will be passed on to EdUKaid HQ to take forward.</p> <p>And finally, we&rsquo;re relieved to report that we are no longer illegal, having obtained visas which last until mid-December.&nbsp;</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/catch-up-with-barbara-and-neil-in-mikindani http://www.edukaid.com/blog/catch-up-with-barbara-and-neil-in-mikindani#add-comment-link Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:57:28 +0100 Karibuni Barbara and Neil! - 0 comment(s) <p>We are very excited to welcome Barbara MacLeod and Neil Blake to the EdUKaid team! Barbara and Neil have been volunteering for a local charity in Mikindani over the last 9 months. They will be volunteering with EdUKaid in Mikindani throughout October, November and December this year.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Babs_Neil.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="296" /></p> <p>We feel very lucky to have two such hardworking and experienced individuals, who demonstrate such a passion and drive for development through empowering local villagers and the younger generations of Mikindani.</p> <p>During Tim and Clare&rsquo;s trip to Mikindani in September, they told the Tanzanian team that Barbara and Neil were going to be working with them for a few months&hellip; the team were absolutely thrilled and welcomed them with big smiles.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/P1070346.JPG" alt="" width="450" height="375" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Staff meeting day in Miki welcoming Barbara and Neil to the team</p> </blockquote> <p>Leaving the Tanzanian team to the day-to-day running of the projects, one aspect that Barbara and Neil will be focusing on during their stay at EdUKaid House is vital community research; community research that will help shape EdUKaid&rsquo;s training facility, which is based in the heart of Mikindani and will be opening in 2014, watch this space!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/2.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="267" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Barbara wastes no time getting stuck in with the audit at Mnaida Primary School</p> </blockquote> <p><strong><a href="../../support-and-sponsorship/community-training-centre" target="_blank">Click here</a> to find out more about the community training centre to be&hellip;</strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/karibuni-barbara-and-neil http://www.edukaid.com/blog/karibuni-barbara-and-neil#add-comment-link Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:08:27 +0100 2013 Events and Challenges - check out what's happened and what's coming up! - 0 comment(s) <p>One of the undoubted strengths behind EdUKaid is the fantastic supporters we are surrounded by and the personal, yet extensive efforts individuals have gone to, to fundraise for our cause.</p> <p>This year has been no different to any other&hellip; we&rsquo;ve had supporters climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro; some standing in torrential rain at flower shows; others trekking Hadirans Wall - the entire eighty miles in wind, rain, hail and sunshine (although there was little of the latter), and many more...</p> <p>It truly has been one very busy year &ndash; especially with all the extra excitement as EdUKaid are celebrating ten years of working in Mikindani this year!</p> <p><strong>Check out the events and challenges that have taken place this year, and see how you can get involved in what we have lined up for the rest of 2013&hellip;</strong></p> <h3>Whats happened so far...</h3> <h5>February</h5> <p>In February Becky Cole and Ruth Galliers took on <strong>Kilimanjaro</strong>, and they did it! After months of training, and the rather late reaslisation of how high Kili actually is, they didn't only climb Africa's largest peak but raised &pound;10,000 doing so - a cracking start to the year! Read Becky's trip diary <strong><a href="../../../news/entry/beckys-kili-trek-diary" target="_blank">Here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec16.jpg" alt="" width="370" height="278" /></strong></p> <h5>April</h5> <p>A group of gallant walkers took on over eighty miles of terrain in trekking <strong>Hadrian's Wall</strong> by day and setting up camp along the way by night, all for EdUKaid. They went they walked and they conquered!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Hadriand_Wall_walkers_2.JPG" alt="" width="370" height="278" /></p> <p>Helen Middleton, a long term supporter of EdUKaid's put on a Bridge Lunch at the beginning of April to raise funds for projects. Over 60 people attended the <strong>Bridge Lunch</strong>&nbsp;for a fun filled afternoon and a delicious lunch. Over &pound;1500.00 was raised!&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_1_small-91.jpg" alt="" width="370" height="246" /></p> <h5>May</h5> <p>In May a letter arrived for EdUKaid - it was from <strong>Zouch Primary School</strong>. Some of the children at Zouch Primary School decided that funds they had raised from a book sale, they wanted to donate to EdUKaid, specifically the Pre-primary projects. What a lovely surprise this - we are very grateful for the continued support from Zouch.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/IMG_1402.JPG" alt="" width="370" height="367" /></p> <p>Although May is classed as Spring time, Caroline Murray found herself stood in torrential rain over a weekend <strong>Plant Sale</strong> during May. Caroline topped all previous years fundrasing this year - raising over &pound;600 for EdUKaid. Thats not it, Cambridge University Presss decided to double it! Thank you Caroline, we really do appreciate it.</p> <h5>June</h5> <p>June was a pretty big month for us. On June the 7th we held our <strong>Ten Year Birthday Celebration</strong> at Salisbury Guildhall, inviting old and new friends and supporters of EdUKaid's. It was a fantastic evening reminding ourselves of, and reminising about old memories, whilst looking to the future ahead.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/ten_year_back.jpg" alt="" width="370" height="261" /></p> <h5>July</h5> <p>The <strong>Budleigh Salterton Lions Club</strong> held two fundraising events on the 12th and 13th July including a cash bingo and a jumble sale. Gemma Salt, EdUKaid's Development Manager recruited friends and family to help out over the two days and over &pound;800 was raised for EdUKaid - a HUGE thank you to Budleigh Lions and all who helped.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/GS3_Jumble_Sale_July_2013.JPG" alt="" width="370" height="278" /></p> <h3>And what's coming up...</h3> <h5>September</h5> <p>In September we have been invited to visit <strong>Downton Primary School</strong> to share with the children EdUKaid's work in Tanzania - we're looking forward to it at Camp EdUKaid!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/downton.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="226" /></p> <p>If you fancy a last minute challenge and have some time off, why not make the decision - <strong>climb Kilimanjaro</strong> next month! Click <a href="../../../support-us/events-and-sponsored-challenges" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> to find out more and how you can get involved in a life changing adventure.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec9.jpg" alt="" width="370" height="278" /></p> <h5>October</h5> <p>It's the <strong>Great South Run </strong>in October&nbsp;and EdUKaid have still got two spaces to GET INVOLVED!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/GSR.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="282" /></p> <h5>November&nbsp;</h5> <p>Have you ever joked about trekking the Sahara desert... visualised yourself taking on a challenge of a lifetime? In November, you can walk the Morrocan desert in the heart of the Sahara.&nbsp;The trek follows an old trade route still used by nomadic Berber tribesmen and their camel caravans, and takes us over vast sand dunes, along dried-up riverbeds, across rocky plateaux and through idyllic oases. Click <a href="../../../support-us/events-and-sponsored-challenges" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> to find out more and how you can get involved.</p> <h5>December</h5> <p>This year, a very special Cuckoo has called on Mikindani... The first edition book, <strong><em>The Cuckoo's Calling</em></strong> by "Robert Galbraith" was given to EdUKaid by Maggie Darling, a friend of JK Rowling's and a supporter of our work. This is a very unique copy - being the first, and so far the only first edition to be signed with both names, JK Rowling and Robert Galbraith. This December, the book will be going to auction to raise funds that will by heading straight to our projects in Tanzania. For more details on the auction, contact us at <a href="mailto:admin@Edukaid.com">admin@Edukaid.com</a></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Image_of_Book.jpg" alt="" width="278" height="370" /></p> <p>We've been lucky enough to have secured a chalet at <strong>Salisbury Christmas Market</strong> this year. On Thursday 19th December you can find us selling authentic trinkets straight from Tanzania, fresh coffee beans and many more fabulous gift ideas. Remember, not only will you be filling a stocking when buying from our chalet, you will be supporting our projects, and ultimately giving the gift of education to many children in rural poor Tanzania.&nbsp;</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/2013-events-and-challenges-check-out-whats-happened-and-whats-coming-up http://www.edukaid.com/blog/2013-events-and-challenges-check-out-whats-happened-and-whats-coming-up#add-comment-link Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:24:25 +0100 J.K Rowling donates secret book to EdUKaid for auction - 0 comment(s) <p><strong>A Cuckoo Called on Mikindani</strong></p> <p>EdUKaid is delighted to announce that it has been gifted a first edition of JK Rowling&rsquo;s latest bestseller, the only book in existence to be signed with the names of both &lsquo;authors&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It will be auctioned on eBay to raise funds for our work to improve and develop education in schools in Mikindani, one of Tanzania&rsquo;s poorest regions.</p> <p>This astonishing coup will allow us to work with villagers, renovating schools, encouraging and motivating teachers and students, working with the local community to take small sustainable steps to a better future.</p> <p>This unexpected Cuckoo&rsquo;s Call on Mikindani will help transform lives.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>BACKGROUND</p> <p>The first edition book by &ldquo;Robert Galbraith&rdquo; was given to us by Maggie Darling,.&nbsp; a friend of JK Rowling&rsquo;s and a supporter of our work,.&nbsp; On a recent visit to help friends volunteering in the area, she came across one of our team, working on the ground with villagers and visited one of the schools in the area, Mnaida primary school.</p> <p>She decided to raise funds to help EdUKaid upgrade the most basic of buildings.&nbsp; Ms Rowling offered her a signed book to help.</p> <p>This week, after the true identity of the mystery writer was revealed, Ms Rowling very kindly gave us a unique copy,&nbsp; the first and so far the only first edition to be signed with both names.</p> <p>Maggie Darling said:&nbsp; &ldquo;Jo knows the value of education.&nbsp; She was a teacher.&nbsp;</p> <p>Her very special gift will allow EdUKaid and the community to put electricity, water, sanitation, blackboards, into schools like Mnaida.</p> <p>&ldquo;It costs approximately &pound;30,000 to transform a school and it also gives work to locals in an area where people scratch a hard living from the earth.&nbsp; The villagers and the children have little except hope.</p> <p>&ldquo;It would be wonderful if the auction which will be seen around the world can help to see some of those hopes realised.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"># # # # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For further information about EdUKaid or the eBay auction, please contact:&nbsp;</p> <p>Tim Varney, Chair of Trustees</p> <p>Email: edukaid1@gmail.com Website: <a title="blocked::http://www.edukaid.com/" href="../../">www.edukaid.com</a></p> <ul> <li>The item will be listed on eBay on Friday 19<sup>th</sup> July 2013</li> <li>J K Rowling's PA has provided a letter of authenticity for the book in support of the ebay auction.</li> <li>To support&nbsp; <strong>Mnaida School </strong>go to<strong> Maggie Darling's Fundraising Page: Sunshine on Mikindani</strong>:<a title="Maggie Darling" href="A%20Cuckoo%20Called%20on%20Mikindani%20%20%20%20%20EdUKaid,%20a%20small%20charity%20supporting%20schools%20in%20rural%20Tanzania%20is%20delighted%20to%20announce%20that%20it%20has%20been%20gifted%20a%20first%20edition%20of%20JK%20Rowling&rsquo;s%20latest%20bestseller,%20the%20only%20book%20in%20existence%20to%20be%20signed%20with%20the%20names%20of%20both%20&lsquo;authors&rsquo;.%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20It%20will%20be%20auctioned%20on%20eBay%20to%20raise%20funds%20for%20our%20work%20to%20improve%20and%20develop%20education%20in%20schools%20in%20Mikindani,%20one%20of%20Tanzania&rsquo;s%20poorest%20regions.%20%20%20%20%20%20This%20astonishing%20coup%20will%20allow%20us%20to%20work%20with%20villagers,%20renovating%20schools,%20encouraging%20and%20motivating%20teachers%20and%20students,%20working%20with%20the%20local%20community%20to%20take%20small%20sustainable%20steps%20to%20a%20better%20future.%20%20%20%20%20This%20unexpected%20Cuckoo&rsquo;s%20Call%20on%20Mikindani%20will%20help%20transform%20lives.%20%20%20%20%20%20BACKGROUND%20%20%20%20%20The%20first%20edition%20book%20by%20&ldquo;Robert%20Galbraith&rdquo;%20was%20given%20to%20us%20by%20Maggie%20Darling,.%20%20a%20friend%20of%20JK%20Rowling&rsquo;s%20and%20a%20supporter%20of%20our%20work,.%20%20On%20a%20recent%20visit%20to%20help%20friends%20volunteering%20in%20the%20area,%20she%20came%20across%20one%20of%20our%20team,%20working%20on%20the%20ground%20with%20villagers%20and%20visited%20one%20of%20the%20schools%20in%20the%20area,%20Mnaida%20primary%20school.%20%20%20%20%20She%20decided%20to%20raise%20funds%20to%20help%20EdUKaid%20upgrade%20the%20most%20basic%20of%20buildings.%20%20Ms%20Rowling%20offered%20her%20a%20signed%20book%20to%20help.%20%20%20%20%20This%20week,%20after%20the%20true%20identity%20of%20the%20mystery%20writer%20was%20revealed,%20Ms%20Rowling%20very%20kindly%20gave%20us%20a%20unique%20copy,%20%20the%20first%20and%20so%20far%20the%20only%20first%20edition%20to%20be%20signed%20with%20both%20names.%20%20%20%20%20%20Maggie%20Darling%20said:%20%20&ldquo;Jo%20knows%20the%20value%20of%20education.%20%20She%20was%20a%20teacher.%20%20%20%20Her%20very%20special%20gift%20will%20allow%20EdUKaid%20and%20the%20community%20to%20put%20electricity,%20water,%20sanitation,%20blackboards,%20into%20schools%20like%20Mnaida.%20%20%20%20%20%20&ldquo;It%20costs%20approximately%20&pound;30,000%20to%20transform%20a%20school%20and%20it%20also%20gives%20work%20to%20locals%20in%20an%20area%20where%20people%20scratch%20a%20hard%20living%20from%20the%20earth.%20%20The%20villagers%20and%20the%20children%20have%20little%20except%20hope.%20%20%20%20%20%20&ldquo;It%20would%20be%20wonderful%20if%20the%20auction%20which%20will%20be%20seen%20around%20the%20world%20can%20help%20to%20see%20some%20of%20those%20hopes%20realised.&rdquo;%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20#%20#%20#%20#%20#%20%20%20%20%20For%20further%20information%20about%20EdUKaid%20or%20the%20eBay%20auction,%20please%20contact:%20%20%20%20Tim%20Varney,%20Chair%20of%20Trustees%20%20Tel:%2007971%20800570%20%20Email:%20edukaid1@gmail.com%20Website:%20www.edukaid.com%20%20%20%20%20%20Notes%20for%20Editors%20%201.%20%20%20%20%20%20Established%20in%202003%20and%20a%20UK%20registered%20charity,%20EdUKaid%20works%20with%20children,%20their%20families%20and%20schools%20in%20the%20rural,%20poor%20Mikindani/Mtwara%20region%20of%20Tanzania.%20%202.%20%20%20%20%20%20Additional%20electronic%20photographs%20of%20EdUKaid&rsquo;s%20work%20in%20Tanzania%20are%20available%20on%20request.%20%203.%20%20%20%20%20%20EdUKaid%20representatives%20are%20available%20for%20interview.%20%20%204.%20%20%20%20%20%20The%20item%20will%20be%20listed%20on%20eBay%20on%20Friday%2019th%20July%202013%20%205.%20%20%20%20%20%20J%20K%20Rowling's%20PA%20has%20provided%20a%20letter%20of%20authenticity%20for%20the%20book%20in%20support%20of%20the%20ebay%20auction.%20%206.%20%20%20%20%20%20Fundraising%20Event:%20Sunshine%20on%20Mikindani:%20http:/www.justgiving.com/maggie-darling">http://www.justgiving.com/maggie-darling</a></li> </ul> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/jk-rowling-donates-secret-book-to-edukaid-for-auction http://www.edukaid.com/blog/jk-rowling-donates-secret-book-to-edukaid-for-auction#add-comment-link Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:25:34 +0100 Mambo Mikindani! - 0 comment(s) <p><strong><em>EdUKaid's Project Support Assistant in the UK, Clare visited Mikindani in April to catch up with the team and EdUKaid's projects. Read on to see how the trip went...</em></strong></p> <p>I got that buzz, that childish giddy feeling that I really try to keep under wraps when I arrived at Mtwara Airport &ndash; for those of you that haven&rsquo;t been there, Terminal 2 was opened last year and now the duty free consists of some cashew nuts and you can usually pick up a soda drink in the refreshment fridge. Bag collection is a wooden table where one by one a bag is carried from the aircraft to the table and you put your hand up to claim it! It&rsquo;s a pretty brief procedure&hellip; and I was out to warm welcoming&rsquo;s, big smiles and friendly faces rather quickly.</p> <p align="center">&ldquo;Mambo,&rdquo; &ldquo;Poa&rdquo; &ldquo;Mambo,&rdquo; &ldquo;Karibu sana.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><img src="../../uploads/The_road.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="246" /></p> <blockquote> <p align="center">Roadside Mikindani</p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center">With the huge help from Jaylani, Ally, Mohamed and Ally. S, as a team we managed to get so much achieved over the two week visit. I visited the Extra Tuition twice to observe both the Primary and Secondary classes. I was so impressed by the number of students that were there, in BOTH classes.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Extra_Tuition13.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="192" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Extra_Tuition13_2.jpg" alt="" width="192" height="250" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Extra Tuition is based at Mottisfont House, which EdUKaid plan to renovate in 2013 - Watch this space...literally!</p> </blockquote> <p>For me, the Primary class being taught in English (when this isn&rsquo;t even the case in schools for this age group) demonstrates the benefits that students attending really are getting &ndash; this project truly is a very successful extension to the Child Sponsorship Scheme.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Faces.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="246" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">It's all smiles for the camera at Singino Primary!</p> </blockquote> <p>Due to well organised planning on Jaylani&rsquo;s part, I managed to meet with Mr Fidelis, Maisha (Pre-primary Coordinator); the Fishing Project team, and visit the project one afternoon; go to Singino Primary and Pre-primary; spend a morning at Msijute Pre-primary; research courses at local Vocational Centre&rsquo;s in Mtwara for 2013/14 in-take of EdUKaid Vocational Students; and have a staff meeting with the entire team! &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Fishing_Proj_team.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="173" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Fishing_Proj1.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="173" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">A couple of pictures from the Fishing Project; A sustainable community initiative fish farming project supporting and allowing disadvantaged and disabled children to go to school. EdUKaid are going to be supporting this project later in 2013</p> </blockquote> <p>Having to pick a highlight from the trip would just be a mean task for me, but I really really really did enjoy my visits to both Singino and Msijute Pre-primary classes. Msijute was awesome! The class opened in September 2012. It was the first EdUKaid renovated school I ever visited on my first trip to Mikindani in August 2012. Children aged three were now counting to fifty in English&hellip; I was speechless!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Msijute13.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="246" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Msijute... with an enthused Teachers' touch (nine months after EdUKaid completed renovation work at this Primary School)</p> </blockquote> <p>There&rsquo;s that buzz again &ndash; seeing a school transformed; an additional Pre-primary facility and Montessori trained teacher provided, the impact it&rsquo;s having is simply awe inspiring. A Big difference!</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Pp_class_2.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="173" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../uploads/Pp_Class_Msijute.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="173" /></p> <p>There was learning and laughter, with a side of fun and a topping of singing. How these children stand up in front of their sixty or so co-learner&rsquo;s and belt out such a rhythmical version of the alphabet is beyond me, but it was mind blowing. It was beautifully sweet and very catchy&hellip;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Pp_Teachers.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="241" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">The Pre primary, Montessorie trained EdUKaid Teachers... and the numbers on the increase!</p> </blockquote> <p>It was great to work with Ally Simba, EdUKaid&rsquo;s new recruit in the Mikindani office. Starting only in March 2013, you would have thought he had been working with Ally Mushini, Jaylani and Mohamed for months, perhaps even years! He was very much part of the team, &lsquo;the growing EdUKaid family&rsquo; as Mr Fidelis put it at the staff meeting during the week.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Ally_Simba.jpg" alt="" width="246" height="320" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">EdUKaid Tanzania's new recruit - Ally Simba</p> </blockquote> <p>I am sure that this time round it was so much darker during the night time. This may have had something to do with me forgetting my torch so my walk back to EdUKaid house involved a &lsquo;knees up and slowly back down&rsquo; style walking to avoid any ditches or rocks on the road! Saying this, it was also the most amazing night skies I think I have ever seen, it was epic.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Wedding_dancing.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="244" /></p> <p>During the visit Ally, Project Coordinator for the Schools Improvement Project came to the office a few times to work with Jaylani and myself on the plans for the Community Centre House Renovation which is on the horizon, and very exciting. Now Mwenge Primary is finished and their NEW EdUKaid Pre-primary class is up-and-running, the focus of the School Improvement Team is on the House renovations &ndash; they&rsquo;re busy organising the scaffolding and finishing the last preparation before the build now!</p> <p>I was so happy to be back in Mikindani working with some incredibly motivated and inspiring people, in a magical place, surrounded by a warm, friendly community. A place I love being.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/mambo-mikindani http://www.edukaid.com/blog/mambo-mikindani#add-comment-link Mon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Singino Schools Success Story - 0 comment(s) <p>When we visited Mikindani in February '13 it was inevitable that we would be making a visit to Singino Primary School &ndash; a school that EdUKaid have supported, renovated and partnered with since 2009.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_1_small-82.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="266" /></p> <p>Mr Fidelis, EdUKaid&rsquo;s Tanzanian Chair is also the Headmaster at Singino School. His wife, Maisha is EdUKaid&rsquo;s Pre-primary Coordinator and Singino's Pre-primary Teacher.</p> <p>Recently we had noticed that the numbers of children attending the Pre-primary class and Primary School had risen rather quickly (moreso at Pre-primary and the Standards one to three). We asked Mr Fidelis why this was and he told us that Singino's external examination results are have been on the increase. Parents are bypassing a more local school and sending their child to Singino because of this very reason.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_1_small-164.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="376" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">A Singino Pre primary early learner</p> </blockquote> <p>When we got the stats &ndash; it was evident! Not only were student numbers increasing with a similar number of teachers; but Singino&rsquo;s pass rate in Standard 4 and 7 (externally examined years) exceeded, by far the average in the Mtwara region as a whole.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/180_Maisha.JPG" alt="" width="350" height="263" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Maisha in her Pre-primary class at Singino</p> </blockquote> <p>This year we have seen that almost all children passing their standard seven exams from Singino made the transition to Secondary school, despite the continual challenges including it's rural location.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_1_small-232.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="233" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Mr Fidelis, Singino Headteacher</p> </blockquote> <p>This transition stage (especially in rural areas) is usually when a child or young person would finish their education. This is because their costs and fee&rsquo;s goes up, the distance to travel increases and for many families, carrying on to Secondary education isn&rsquo;t a feasible option.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_1_small-92.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="233" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">A renovated classroom at Singino Primary</p> </blockquote> <p>It is here that we believe Mr Fidelis, Maisha and the Singino Primary teachers play a huge part in inspiring the children to achieve &ndash; achieve to the best of their own ability. Their passion for education is incredible and they truly are the driving force behind Singino&rsquo;s success!</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/singino-schools-success-story http://www.edukaid.com/blog/singino-schools-success-story#add-comment-link Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100 EdUKaid's 10 Year Birthday Blog for 2013 - 0 comment(s) <p><strong>2013 marks 10 years of EdUKaid's work in Mikindani, southern Tanzania. Find out how we're celebrating in 2013!</strong></p> <p><strong>We have plenty planned for 2013 already...</strong></p> <p>Not only do we have our Birthday Ball planned for Friday 7th June, but already this year Becky and Ruth have climbed Kilimanjaro; Helen Middleton, a long standing suppporter of EdUKaid's is putting on a Bridge Lunch in April and a group of individuals are off to tackle Hadrians Wall in May, and we've already got fundraising &nbsp;plans for Christmas - it's all GO GO GO!</p> <h4>More on the Birthday Ball...</h4> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Ball_Invite.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="637" /></p> <p>For more information on how to reserve your ticket visit our <strong><a href="../../../about-us/celebrating-edukaids-10th-birthday-in-2013" target="_blank">10th Birthday Page</a></strong></p> <h4><strong>Ways that you can get involved by fundraising for EdUKaid's Birthday...</strong></h4> <p>We have come up with three ways/fundrasing targets that you can get involved and support EdUKaid in the tenth year of working with Schools in Mikindani.</p> <p><a href="../../../about-us/celebrating-edukaids-10th-birthday-in-2013" target="_blank"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to read more on how you can get involved.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/Timber_Toy_-_Singino.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="214" /></p> <p>How about getting yourself signed up to one of the incredible events EdUKaid are running in 2013! These events range from <strong><a href="../../../support-us/events-and-sponsored-challenges" target="_blank">Climbing Kilimanjaro</a></strong>, to <strong><a href="../../../support-us/events-and-sponsored-challenges" target="_blank">Trekking the Sahara</a></strong>! If you don't fancy going quite this distance - get yourself down to the <a href="../../../support-us/events-and-sponsored-challenges" target="_blank"><strong>Great South Run 2013</strong></a>, held in Portsmouth. <strong>This could be the perfect way to kick start those New Year Resolutions!</strong></p> <p><a href="../../../contact-us" target="_blank"><strong>Contact us</strong></a> for more details! If you have other innovative idea's and ways in which you can help make the tenth year of working in Mikindani memorable, we want to hear from you!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/School_children.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="132" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/edukaids-10-year-birthday-blog-for-2013 http://www.edukaid.com/blog/edukaids-10-year-birthday-blog-for-2013#add-comment-link Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 One wall, one challenge, five days! - 0 comment(s) <h4>Why not walk Hadrian's Wall for EdUKaid?</h4> <p>Did you know that between 14<sup>th</sup> and the 18<sup>th</sup> May 2013 a group of individuals are planning on conquering Hadrian&rsquo;s Wall? They are setting up camp and walking over 80 miles in five days.</p> <p><img src="../../uploads/Hadrians-wall-601x264.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="220" /></p> <p><strong>More to the point&hellip;</strong> <strong>there are still spaces left to GET INVOLVED! </strong></p> <h4><strong>Find out more&hellip;</strong></h4> <p>All the walkers have been raising sponsorship for their trek and all monies raised will be going directly to EdUKaid&rsquo;s projects - providing a better teaching and learning environment in rural Tanzania.</p> <p>Why not put yourself to the test? Take on a challenge? Raise funds that will provide vital educational resources and support in the meantime? Does this sound like something you will be interested in?</p> <h4><strong>What you need to know&hellip;</strong></h4> <p><strong>The Dates</strong>: 14<sup>th</sup> &ndash; 18<sup>th</sup> May</p> <p><strong>The Cost</strong>: The trip will cost you &pound;200, which includes your tented accommodation. Tents and luggage will be transported to each campsite, meaning you won&rsquo;t have to lug it all the way. This means all you will need is your day pack with water or your power drink of choice!</p> <h4><strong>Who should I contact?</strong></h4> <p>If you want to find out more about how to get involved you can either contact Roger Bunn directly &nbsp;(Event organiser) <a href="mailto:rbunn52@hotmail.com">rbunn52@hotmail.com</a> or get in touch with us at EdUKaid <a href="mailto:fundraising@Edukaid.com">fundraising@Edukaid.com</a>, Alternatively please call us on 01725 514612 for an informal chat about the walk.</p> <h4><strong>Do you want to be a main sponsor of the walk?</strong></h4> <pre>Could you be a main sponsor for this walk? Would you like to Fly your flag throughout the walk? For a minimum donation of &pound;275.00 you can sponsor one of our walkers over the 5 day trek, they will fly your flag from their backpack and at the end of the walk at Wallsend we will photograph and frame the picture and present it to you. Think of he opportunities that you could use it for to sell your business.You will be included as a sponsor in all promotional material and articles. Go on support a fantastic cause and we will fly your flag.</pre> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/one-wall-one-challenge-five-days http://www.edukaid.com/blog/one-wall-one-challenge-five-days#add-comment-link Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Becky's Kili Trek Diary - 0 comment(s) <h3><strong>Day 1 &ndash; Monday 18<sup>th</sup> February</strong></h3> <p>Well, all that prep (or perhaps lack of) and fundraising comes down to this &ndash; the night before Ruth and I leave to climb Kilimanjaro. As it stands I left the UK with &pound;6420 in my justgiving account. No pressure then&hellip;.</p> <p>The flights were uneventful &ndash; Kenya airways bog standard and decidedly average. After some pretty impressive views from the plane (and a quick stop in Nairobi airport) we landed in Kilimanjaro airport where we were met by a &lsquo;team Kilimanjaro&rsquo; driver. We literally have no idea what to expect. The hotel in Arusha is quite charming really - surpassing all my expectations. It even has a &lsquo;lounge&rsquo; area and small (freezing as we later found out) pool. The room is large and clean and our luggage has arrived (unlike some others at the airport who have been told they will climb a few days later than planned as they await their stuff!) For us - so far, so good.</p> <p>I am writing this in the evening as Ruth is re packing her bag for perhaps the 4<sup>th</sup> or 5<sup>th</sup> time. I think this could be &lsquo;the one&rsquo; so shortly we will celebrate with another cup of peppermint tea (sad I know). We are both exhausted and ready for a long sleep before the &lsquo;epic climb&rsquo;. We spent most of the day relaxing, panicking about whether we have brought the right stuff, wondering if we are going to get altitude sickness and anxiously wondering who our fellow climbers will be.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec1.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>Then we met them&hellip;.. it was brief so only time will tell but initial impressions are a) it&rsquo;s a shame our group is now only a 4 as it was supposed to be a 6 b) Andy, 33, from London seems like he will have some good banter, comes across easy-going and chilled and c) Alec, 23, &lsquo;from Estonia, really from Russia but living sometimes in the Netherlands&rsquo; is going to be VERY hard work. His initial babyface smile is almost certainly a trick as soon he revealed his arrogance (he&rsquo;s a seasoned climber don&rsquo;t you know) and offended Ruth almost immediately about her lack of gaiters. Watch this space&hellip;&hellip;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec2.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="226" /></p> <h3><strong>Day 2 &ndash; Tuesday 19<sup>th</sup> February</strong></h3> <p>Day 1 is over. It&rsquo;s been long. Its 10pm and Ruth and I, having killed the spiders in the tent, have &lsquo;bedded down&rsquo; for the night in our sleeping bags. We look like a couple of worms (some of you may use different words). It&rsquo;s really noisy here and all the porters are chatting and banging pots and pans around. I hope this is the only night we are with so many other people, its crammed here &ndash; I am hoping that we will all split tomorrow to do different routes. We are doing a variation of the Lemosho Glades route and it is a relatively unspoilt trek compared to some of the others. The trek is 5 days up, 2 days down...it&rsquo;s considered one of the best routes because it allows enough time to acclimatise and give us a maximum chance of completion. If I don&rsquo;t complete it I do not know how I will show my face at work ever again&hellip;.</p> <p>We had a rather shoddy start to the day as our alarm failed. Because everything is on &lsquo;African time&rsquo; we really hadn&rsquo;t bothered with the mass panic in our room, fast shower (the last one for 8 days - this should not have been so rushed!)&nbsp; - we were 20 mins late to meet but our guide Harold wasn&rsquo;t even there yet! We even managed a quick cheeky omelette and toast &ndash; result. Our belongings had been split into two bags and we had our day bag freshly packed ready to go - extra layers, I pod, camera, first aid and water etc.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec4.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>We drove with one quick stop off to be ripped off for some chocolate and crisps (I have already packed 55 tracker bars, 10 frusli bars and some other biscuits but apparently require more &lsquo;just in case&rsquo;). After 3 hours we get to the base of the mountain, stopping to weigh in out bags and sign the register for the national park. I was hoping to look for Katy&rsquo;s name but it was pretty chaotic and even getting to write my name was a chore. Think that was a rather romantic (and naive) idea as she did do this 3 years ago.&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally after a lunch (soup and a salad sandwich) we set off. Straight away it was stunning and a sign of things to come. We had to stop a fair bit to let the amazing porters rush past (carrying everything on their heads - very humbling). Alec and Andy were entertaining in different ways as we begin to get to know each other. Andy has a lot in common with Ruth as he is a film technician so they had a lot of common ground and we all share a passion for travel. Alec is bizarre &ndash; one minute he is walking along talking to himself and cursing, seeming to throw a strop over nothing and the next he is enthusiastically talking about something of interest (geography, plant life, Russia). Hard to make him out at this stage.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec5.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>Dinner was served at 6.30pm- cucumber soup and a huge plate of potatoes with random bits of avocado. There was some suspect looking meat on offer which I swopped with Alec for his avocado. A wise wise move &ndash; apparently the meat was not so good. In my tent now I am on my third tracker bar, hunger is not going to be an issue for me with my vast supply.</p> <p>In summary, a good day. I am not sure how this is going to pan out but I am excited. (Oh, and massively thankful to Katy for the sleeping bag &ndash; I am toasty!)</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec6.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <h3><strong>Day 2 &ndash; Wednesday 20<sup>th</sup> February</strong></h3> <p>Last night I was rushing a bit and over breakfast today thought of a load more things that happened - for a start we saw monkeys. Also, I am not sure I gave the surround justice &ndash; we were trekking through rainforest and it was beautiful, so lush and green and every which way another breath-taking view. Our guides are called Harold and Victor and the head porter Justin.</p> <p>Anyhow, day 1 was a success and we seemed to quickly gel as a group and also with our guides. Although we have not had much sleep (that camp was packed so we had around 4 hours) we were still in good spirits this morning over our porridge. It is pretty unfortunate that this is served in metal bowls as you do feel a little like its prison food &ndash; we quickly named it gruel. To be honest though, the fact that someone has carried this on their heads to us makes it impossible to leave any.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec7.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>Today we climbed from 2600m to 3500m to Shira 1 camp. This was actually harder than expected and all day long you are getting covered in a thin layer of dust and dirt. The rainforest gives way to shrub land and big rocks that we have to climb. I will NEVER again take the mick out of people that use walking poles. The walk got steeper and steeper and there was no defined path &ndash; just rocks and thick vegetation that Harold expertly winds his way through with us following.</p> <p>The trek seemed to go on forever and the last part had a lot of relentless rock clambering which was tough. To put into perspective how hard &ndash; we walked 7.9k today and it took 5.5 hours. A couple of times - one when my &lsquo;camel toe&rsquo; (a cheap camelback) leaked all over everything in my bag and another when I was attempting to use the infamous &lsquo;she-wee&rsquo; in a bush- I did think to myself &lsquo;what the hell am I doing here?!&rsquo;</p> <p>We got to camp and as I write my legs are a little achy and I am drained and dirty but also happy to have done day 2 with very little drama. The views as we climbed were pretty incredible and the thought of the sponsors made the tiredness worth it. We also got to see the mountain in all its glory for the first time. It was scary, stunning and extremely daunting. I have to admit I am now really nervous of the days ahead. Today was tough and it&rsquo;s only going to get harder the steeper we get and then you have to chuck altitude in the mix.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec8.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>I mention I am dirty -this is AFTER a wash! Our fingernails are black and we are all covered in this red dust. Harold tells us tomorrow will be the same rocky terrain but assures us it is a slightly easier day &ndash; a lot of up and down to help with acclimatisation. This camp is pretty baron and sparse with the relentless dust of course &ndash; literally EVERYWHERE &ndash; you can&rsquo;t keep clean for 5 minutes. The shrubs are small scratchy things. It&rsquo;s not a pretty area. Tomorrow we get to camp for an acclimatisation climb before dinner and bed. Bet I get sick.</p> <p>I have been suffering from headaches all day but I have kept them in check with paracetamol and in general, the camp is in high spirits. I was a little short of breath too earlier but Harold assures me this is pretty normal. Touch wood, we all seem on the whole ok. The summit is anyone&rsquo;s guess as you can&rsquo;t plan for altitude. When we rounded the corner earlier and say the mountain looming and as Alec started cursing in a thick Borat accent I did have to agree with him that it is &lsquo;quite big&rsquo; (not his words). He got named Mr Flower as every now and then, amidst the sparse shrub land he will spy a rare flower and be off on one excitedly chattering about its history and how it is specific to Kilimanjaro.</p> <h3><strong>Day 3 &ndash; Thursday 21<sup>st</sup> February</strong></h3> <p>I am writing todays entry from Moi Hut camp. In the last 10 mins it has started hailing. Literally boulders of hail. But it&rsquo;s boiling and the sun is still out. Bizarre. I am just so grateful this has just started and was not happening as we walked/climbed today. I may have lost the will to live. We have just had our soup and veg lunch and Ruth and I are snuggled in our tent.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec9.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>We are now at 4100m and its getting serious! Whist I was feeling ok today, Ruth had some shortness of breath and was slower. Hers just came a day later than mine and soon we are both used to it. The nights are getting colder and last night we layered up in 3 socks, 2 trousers, 3 t-shirts, a fleece, a scarf and a beanie. On night 2. Dreading nights 4 and 5!</p> <p>Anyway we kept the pace slow which was actually really good as the views were spectacular. The views I thought were unsurpassable on day 1 were easily beaten today. The terrain today was rocky and is becoming more and more baron. Ruth described it like the moon which is pretty accurate (not that I&rsquo;ve been to the moon of course) Halfway through today I stuck on the I pod for the first time, until now we have been chatting and getting to know each other. I found it was a little easier to get in the right frame of mind. In fact the I pod and the odd joke about my &lsquo;camel toe&rsquo; seemed to be very influential reasons as to why I got through today!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec10.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>Today I realised I have underestimated this thing &ndash; they whole &lsquo;if Chris Moyles can do it&rsquo; attitude of people (myself included) has made me belittle what it actually is. And that is HARD, dirty and freezing (at night). You are constantly knackered and sleep deprived. We are really dirty now and I could do with a shower, a little bowl of tepid water with a load of baby wipes doesn&rsquo;t cut it. Having said all that it is the most amazingly beautiful place I have ever been and clearly these memories and views will stay ingrained in my memory forever. If Chris Moyles did it like this - camping, filthy and knackered - &nbsp;then fair bloody play to him!</p> <p>At the moment I am writing this before our altitude walk &ndash; we are going to test our bodies and see how we get on. We are all feeling it a little now, the headaches are more constant and we have had the odd &lsquo;dizzy moment&rsquo; between us. Victor our guide is certain we are going to all summit and keeps telling us we are a strong group (bet he says that to everyone). Alec keeps telling us how if we do not make it we will return home, disgraced and people will point and stare saying &lsquo;look, that&rsquo;s Becky the massive failure&rsquo;. Motivation indeed.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec11.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="226" /></p> <h3><strong>Day 3 &ndash; Thursday 21<sup>st</sup> February - Later</strong></h3> <p>Ok so it was hailing earlier, then rain, torrential rain. Ruth and I were having a doze in the tent whist it was tipping buckets and then before we knew it we were woken up to go walking. Great. Turns out this was as hideous as we thought it might be. In all our gear, including waterproofs, we donned our poles and set off. Soon the sideways rain that was pelting us in the face turned to freezing snow and we trudged in silence up the very steep ridge. Occasionally we had to use our hands to pull us over the boulders. It was labouring and draining and not at all fun. Once again, I was questioning what the hell I was doing.</p> <p>However we made it and when the sun came out and showed us the spectacular views we were feeling quite emotional. Trudging back to camp we felt pretty elated that we had not suffered too much and we had &lsquo;done&rsquo; it. As I write this I am in my sleeping bag worrying like mad about whether I am going to make the summit. The closer we get to the day and the more we talk about it, the harder it is to rationalise how cold, steep and air-less it is going to be. Oh, and we have to do it in the dark.</p> <h3><strong>Day 4&ndash;&nbsp; Friday 22<sup>nd</sup> February</strong></h3> <p>If anyone had asked me how I was feeling this morning it would be a very different answer to now. We are now at Pouf Camp (lots of mileage with that but I can already see my sisters eyes roll so I will leave it well alone) It&rsquo;s the afternoon, the sun is out, lunch is devoured and Ruths mini speakers are getting some good use. We walked today for 5 hours and on the whole it has been a good day. It has been up and down (to help acclimatisation) and the mountain has been there all day silently mocking us.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec12.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>This morning I was not feeling the same. I hardly slept, the cold has really affected my neck (I had whiplash last year) and caused me some serious discomfort last night. I have to admit that I did greet this cold windy morning with a little homesick cry - Ruth gave me a hug with the right balance of sympathy and &lsquo;man up now Bex&rsquo; followed by a concoction of herbal drugs to get me going. Andy had been up all night with a dodgy tummy and Alec, well, Alec was just moody. My mood soon lifted once we got going and the stunning views put pay to any bad feeling I had. All morning the mountain loomed over us looking stunning and scary in equal measures. To the left, the vast expanse of Kenya really making us feels quite insignificant. The land continues to be baron and &lsquo;moon like&rsquo; and we are all never more aware of the task ahead.</p> <h3><strong>Day 5 &ndash;&nbsp; Saturday 23<sup>rd</sup> February</strong></h3> <p>Last night we were all a little more upbeat as a group and the most magical thing happened which I think will be the highlight of my trip (aside from summiting of course!!). We left the mess tent knowing that we had to layer up some more before trying to sleep. We were staring at the stars and saying our goodnights. The mountains serious presence felt so very close now and the spectacular sky was breathtakingly clear. We were picking out stars and wishing we had some (even basic) astronomy knowledge. Then out of nowhere, a huge cloud engulfed us, leaving us in a silver fog. It was amazing. We realised how very high we were &ndash; literally in the clouds. It was freezing and once we scrabbled around for each our sleeping partner (luckily I found Ruth straight away) we head off to bed on a serious high feeling quite literally on top of the world. This paragraph will never do it justice but it was truly a moment I will never ever forget.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec13.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>Harold told us yesterday that the sunrise at this camp was one of the best so we woke up this morning (another terrible sleep) at 6am to sit on a rock on the dark and wait. Kenya stretched out before us as far as the eye can see and we waited for the sun to rise over it. It was the best start to the day ever &ndash; peaceful, stunning and a little surreal. Pretty emotional stuff!&nbsp;</p> <p>Although Andy is still not 100% we have generally all been good today -acclimatisation has finally happened for us it seems! We set off late (8am) and the trekking today has been pretty &lsquo;easy&rsquo;. I worry we have been lulled into a false sense of security as we arrived here at camp (Third Cave) by midday. Victor keeps bantering about summit and referring to it as a &lsquo;piece of cake&rsquo; with icing on the top (snow). It&rsquo;s beginning to look more daunting and high even though we are closer but perhaps that&rsquo;s just because we know what&rsquo;s coming. This camp is really chilled and I think it&rsquo;s to encourage us to relax before the walking we have tomorrow. In an hour or so we go for another acclimatisation walk (my fav!). Tomorrow we head from here (3900m) to School Hut camp (4750m)</p> <h3><strong>Day 5 &ndash;&nbsp; Saturday 23<sup>rd</sup> February&nbsp; -Later</strong></h3> <p>We just got back from our 2 hour trek &ndash; it seemed a bit pointless to me - we walked for 2 hours up in the direction of school hut (tomorrow&rsquo;s destination) to come back again. I guess it was for Harold and Victor to monitor our pace at this altitude. We had a bonding moment and a motivational speech from Harold so all was not lost. The thing that shocked me a bit was the terrain &ndash; now it has gone from baron hardy rock to ashy, sandy loose scree&ndash; imagine a deep gravel driveway and that&rsquo;s what we are trying to walk up. The main thing to note was the laboured breath &ndash; it was hard to get into a rhythm, I know the I-pod is going to be essential if we end up on this for the whole summit night</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec14.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One more thing to note at this stage&ndash; 55 tracker bars was a tad too many and I have given 25 or so to the porters. My choice of clothes for this trip has been, so far, a good combination. I was led heavily by Katy and seem to have a good mix of clothes. Tonight we are trying out a new thing too &ndash; foil blankets under our mattresses as we expect it to be seriously cold!</p> <p>So the next entry is going to be &lsquo;the one&rsquo;&hellip;&hellip;..</p> <h3><strong>Day 6 &ndash;&nbsp; Sunday 24<sup>th</sup> February</strong></h3> <p>Tricked you! Thought I&rsquo;d sneak in another entry before we leave. I am sitting on a rock overlooking Kenya at 4750m. The trek to here was hard-core and I am already exhausted. It&rsquo;s been steep, uneven rocks all the way &ndash; there were a few slips. Harold and Victor continued their motivational chat &ndash; gratefully received. Pole Pole (slowly slowly) has been a theme of the week, never more so required. Last night it got cold quick &ndash; the wind was bitter and continues to be so today even though the sun is out. My hands are badly burnt making tasks difficult.&nbsp;</p> <p>We share this camp (school hut) with only a couple of other groups and we got here first -Harold is chuffed about this and to reward us we set off straight away on another bloody acclimatisation walk. I think a &lsquo;walk&rsquo; that will actually require a lot of climbing. We are all feeling good &ndash; Alec has now separated himself totally from the group including the guides and I think he is suffering but not wanting to let on &ndash; he has been ignoring all their advice to drink water and when we managed to get signal phoned his parents &ndash; later he came out of his tent (imagine Borat) saying &lsquo;my parents tell me, Alec, you must take down that mountain or not come home&rsquo;. Nice.</p> <p>So I have accepted we have a job to do to do tonight, it&rsquo;s here, there is no hiding. Let&rsquo;s go acclimatise&hellip;.</p> <h3><strong>Day 6 &ndash;&nbsp; Sunday 24<sup>th</sup> February - later</strong></h3> <p>Right then, so I get altitude sickness. Awesome. Our walk took us to 5000m and it was hideous. I had a vice like squeeze on my head and every step I took made it worse. By the time we got to turn back I cried with relief and as you start the descent it starts to dissipate as quickly as it starts &ndash; very strange. That was an hour, in the daylight and sunshine. Tonight, that&rsquo;s the first hour of 6 or 7 in freezing temperatures. Now I am truly scared.</p> <p>I am not worried now we will not summit -unless something drastic happens as we are too close now. But I do question how much pain it&rsquo;s going to take to get there. I keep looking at the stunning views to remind myself of how special this whole experience is. But there is no getting away from Ruth&rsquo;s shoes being too small, my neck relentlessly aching, Alecs moody-itis and Andy, well he&rsquo;s been pretty quiet so not sure how badly he is suffering&hellip;.. 9 hours to go. Arhhhhhhhhhhh!!!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec17.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>Off to sort my summit clothes out now and have a general panic. Getting woken up at 11pm for gruel and to set off.</p> <h3><strong>Day 7 &ndash; Monday 25<sup>th</sup> February</strong></h3> <p><strong>WE DID IT</strong>!! All four got to the summit with some serious help from Harold and Victor along the way. I really have no idea how to describe the past 16 hours of my life! In my mind the whole process of summiting has been a total contradiction. It was both the best and worst thing I have ever done, I was happy yet in agony. I fluctuated between thinking this was amazing to then questioning what the hell I was doing.</p> <p>We donned our clothes (literally all of them- 3 trousers, 6 tops, 2 thick socks as well as foot warmers, hand warmers, a buff, scarf, 2 hats) ate some gruel and set off at midnight feeling in high spirits (aside from Alec of course &ndash; by now we know he is just &lsquo;ticking this off the list&rsquo; and not actually enjoying it at all). &nbsp;Ruth and I leaned quite quickly we had overdone the back, hand, leg and foot warmers &ndash; we had literally put them on every available bit of skin and had spent a lot of time sticking them all over each other&rsquo;s bodies. As we began to walk I was sweating harder than I had in any of the strong days of sun and had to start contorting my body to rip them off me!</p> <p>The walk was immediately taxing due to the altitude and every step was laboured. The ground underneath was that &lsquo;quicksand&rsquo; consistency and we were on the serious go slow.&rsquo; Pole Pole&rsquo; was never more relevant. Occasionally there would be a huge bolder but on the whole it was small rocks, flint and scree. This was all being done by headtorch. I haven&rsquo;t concentrated so hard on anything since school &ndash; I was talking to myself quite a lot and focusing entirely on Alecs backside (not a nice backside I tell you) to make sure my pace was correct.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec15.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>To begin with we were the only group in sight and an eerie peace was amongst us. We got into a silent rhythm and tackled the first couple of hours stopping every now and again for water.</p> <p>After some time we looked up to see a load of &lsquo;glow-worms&rsquo; zigzagging up the mountain (other groups going pole pole up the mountain) &ndash; some VERY far into the distance. We had reached the point where all routes meet. The strangest thing happened to me shortly after &ndash; no headache, no sickness but a case of &lsquo;drunken legs&rsquo;. My brain was working perfectly but couldn&rsquo;t seem to let my legs know how to function so I was &lsquo;all over the place&rsquo; as one would say about someone with too many wines inside them. Almost everyone at one stage had me on top of them and a couple of hours before the top Victor took my bag, worried I would topple over and disappear down the side of the mountain.</p> <p>The higher we got the harder it was&nbsp; - even though at times it felt we were almost at a standstill it seems we were still pretty fast, often passing other groups while they waited for someone to vomit or have a cry. Not that motivating so I ended up looking at the ground when we passed other people for fear of catching someone&rsquo;s stricken face.</p> <p>Gillman&rsquo;s point felt like a trick (5681m) &ndash; I was exhausted and my body did not love what I was doing to it. You round the corner and suddenly see a sign &ndash; In delirium I forget there are two points before the final summit and burst into tears of happiness thinking we had made it. I soon realised this actually meant around 2 hours to go and felt like turning round and roly-poling down the mountain, taking out all the glow-worms like skittles. Victor soon shut me up by telling me not to let everyone down and with no time to dwell we bypassed all the elated photos being taken by other groups (why were they so cheery?!) and trudged on.</p> <p>The sun was rising by now and you knew as soon as you could stop and take it in the views would be out-of- this-world-stunning. This (the I-pod which was working, and the thought of EdUKaid) kept me focused and we all had a slight new lease of life. We reached Stella Point (5756m) and we are rewarded with a beautiful glacier to the right, covering the whole mountain side and looking as surreal as anything whist the sun was rising over to the left. The &lsquo;walk&rsquo; (aka almost crawl) from here to summit took only an hour but felt like a day. It felt like a trick because you were at the &lsquo;top&rsquo; and it was pretty flat &ndash; just a long bloody walk!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec16.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>Summit was a strange feeling- we expected a lot of hugging, high fiving, crying and a serious sense of euphoria. But in fact it was a relief interspersed with disbelief that we were there and a smattering of pride. Again, the contradiction &ndash; I was elated but drained, happy and sad and totally exhausted but buzzing with adrenalin. After the obligatory photos we looked around and there are no real words for the beauty that was surrounding us. The dusting of snow was illuminated by the sun and each way you looked was another breath-taking view. The nights of poor sleep, headaches and the dirt paled into insignificance.</p> <p>Our elation soon gave way to the knowledge that what goes up, must come down. After about 45 minutes at the summit we began the descent. Splitting from the boys (we needed the loo and it took an age to find a suitable spot) we went down the scree run (much like skiing but with dust and dirt and the odd bit of flint smacking you in the face and blinding you &ndash; not enjoyable). I slipped over onto my bum more than once and given we had done just a bit of walking that day I was not feeling particularly jovial about the whole thing.&nbsp;</p> <p>We finally ended up here (5 hours later) at millennium camp suffering from sheer exhaustion but extreme elation. I think tonight, even though I am disgustingly filthy, a bit bruised and battered, I will sleep like a new-born.</p> <h3><strong>Day 8 &ndash; Tuesday 26<sup>th</sup> February</strong></h3> <p>The last day! All I thought when I woke was that later we can wash &ndash; that&rsquo;s the most exciting thing ever&hellip;.. As I predicted I had the best night&rsquo;s sleep in that tent. No spider, cold, noise or neck pain was going to wake me up.</p> <p>We woke early as Harold and Victor were keen to &lsquo;beat other groups&rsquo; from other camps to the gate to exit. We had a 5 hour trek through jungle which I was quite looking forward to. The final (more gruel) breakfast and we were off for the final time in our stinky, dirty clothes This was the quickest I think we have exited a camp, all knowing there was a shower in it for us at the bottom.</p> <p>As the moorland turned into rainforest and the sun began to streak through the trees we were all very happy. The pain in the joints was excruciating (most notably the knees). However we were rewarded by seeing loads of monkeys &ndash; literally 20 or 30 of them in the trees above us. One peed on Victor which was hilarious. Even Alec cheered up as he compared different tree barks.</p> <p>Finally we made it to the gate and boarded our bus back to Arusha in quiet reflective moods. There is not much more to say on this day other than we have tonight drunk 3 bottles of wine (Andy, Ruth, Victor and I &ndash; Alec joined us for 10 mins to complain about how dusty the sleeping mats in the tents were on the climb and soon after went to bed). What a day. And what a shower!!!!!</p> <p>So there it is, Kilimanjaro &lsquo;taken down&rsquo; as Alec would say. It was surreal. A true testament of my friendship with Ruth. Totally worth the pain for the money raised for EdUKaid. &nbsp;A total contradiction in many ways but I am very proud of us and glad I have done it.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec19.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>Now to the charity&hellip;..</p> <p>*****</p> <h3><strong>EdUKaid</strong></h3> <p>I am not going to write a diary of my time at EdUKaid as I did so last year. We had a truly wonderful week visiting the schools, seeing ones completed that this time last year were in disrepair and of course seeing my favourite little boy in the world, Jabir. Below are some pictures of the schools before and after EdUKaids help.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Bec18.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>As well as spending time with the charity we did have some &lsquo;down-time&rsquo; and saw Hippos on the Mozambique border and had a couple of chilled evenings with a&nbsp; bottle of wine to reflect on the past 2 weeks and wonder what our next crazy fundraising idea will be.</p> <p>Thank you to everyone who sponsored me and supported me, particularly Aimia. Katy &ndash; thank you for saving me a fortune by loaning me pretty much everything and also for all the advice and support before we left.</p> <p>Now onto next years trek/climb/cycle/run&hellip;&hellip;..</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/beckys-kili-trek-diary http://www.edukaid.com/blog/beckys-kili-trek-diary#add-comment-link Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 EdUKaid Bridge Lunch - 0 comment(s) <p>Helen Middleton, a continuing supporter of EdUKaid's is putting on a Charity Bridge Lunch in support of our projects in Mikindani, improving education in rural Tanzania.</p> <p>Like the sound of this? Well you can get involved today!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_2_small-263.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="166" /></p> <p><strong>The Event:</strong></p> <p><strong>Come and join in on Monday 29th April 2013 @ Bishopstone Village Hall, Butts Lane SP5 4AA...</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Bridge.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="164" /></strong></p> <p>Recruit some players and bring your troops along to make up your own table of four players, or just turn up and you will be matched up to form a table.</p> <p>The event will start at 12:30pm and finish at 5pm. Lunch will be served first, followed by an afternoon of bridge; tea or coffee will be served later in the afternoon. There will also be a raffle - get your tickets in!!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_1_small-204.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="166" /></p> <p><strong>The cost per head os &pound;20 and includes a glass of wine and tea/coffee</strong> (further drinks are available in return for a charitable donation)</p> <p>Please send a cheque for &pound;20 a player by 8th April 2013, made payable to Helen Middleton, to 28 Harcourt Terrace, Salisbury, SP2 7SA; you should include the names of the players, and a contact telephone number. If you are in a group of 4, please give an indication of your skill level (beginner/improver/advanced) and we will try to match you up to a suitable table!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_4-56.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="166" /></p> <p>If you would like any further information or have any queries, please contact Helen Middleton on 01722 333510 or email <a href="mailto:helen.middleton@which.net.">helen.middleton@which.net.</a></p> <p>If you're thinking of, or would like to run your own fundraiser for EdUKaid - get in touch. Contact us at <a href="mailto:admin@edukaid.com">admin@edukaid.com</a>&nbsp;with your ideas, we would love to hear from you!</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/edukaid-bridge-lunch http://www.edukaid.com/blog/edukaid-bridge-lunch#add-comment-link Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 En route to Mtwara... - 0 comment(s) <p>This Saturday we're heading back to Mtwara to catch up with our Tanzanian team and see how the projects they're working on are coming along.&nbsp;</p> <p>We will be bringing you daily updates as to what we are doing, where we will be and how the projects are getting on... but first we have to drive the distance from Dar es salaam to Mtwara! It's going to be a bumpy Sunday!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/map-home.png" alt="" width="300" height="256" /></p> <p>Although from this map the distance doesn't look that far from Dar to Mikindani... we will let you know next week!!!</p> <p>Leave a comment on our blog or catch up with us on <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/EdUKaidCharity" target="_blank">Facebook</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Sunday 10th February</strong></p> <p>Tim, Clare and &lsquo;a couple of Paul&rsquo;s&rsquo; started their travels to Mikindani by driving from Dar es Salaam to Mikindani &ndash; what an adventure!</p> <p>Reaching Mikindani as it always is was brilliant! The staff welcomed us, &lsquo;Karibu, Karibu Sana.&rsquo; Now this is where the excitement kicked in! We all just couldn&rsquo;t wait to wake up on Monday morning in Mikindani!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Tanzania_Feb_047.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="333" /></p> <p><strong>Monday 11th&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Today we set off to our Schools Improvement Projects. First stop, Imekuwa Primary. It was great to see the EdUKaid&rsquo;s Pre-primary class in full swing. The children were singing and dancing &ndash; the noise was just incredible. Every child had a partner who they sang (in English) too and put actions to the words. There were smiles, laughter and learning just radiating from the classroom! Some very fond memories were made here&hellip;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Tanzania_Feb_014.JPG" alt="" width="320" height="240" /></p> <p>Next stop&hellip;onto Mgao Primary! EdUKaid have set up two pre-primary classes here as Mgao is located in an extremely rural location- it&rsquo;s the last stop on the dust track! Because of this reason, EdUKaid wanted to make sure teachers weren&rsquo;t overstretched and children had a class big enough to attend, meaning they wouldn&rsquo;t have to travel 5km plus to get to another school. Here, the children ages 3 to 6 years were reading the entire alphabet, A- Z loudly and confidently.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday 12th</strong></p> <p>Off to Namgogoli we go! The Fundi team, masons and carpenters started working at Namgogoli at the end of August 2012. When I returned in November I honestly couldn&rsquo;t believe how much work they had managed to do on both the interior and exterior of the building. At that point, the community were digging a huge hole for the latrines! The latrines will be finished in the next couple of weeks. Namgogoli will then have the required amount of latrines to students, according to government regulations. What a success, it looks incredible!</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Tanzania_Feb_027.JPG" alt="" width="150" height="200" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Tanzania_Feb_025.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>In the afternoon, we went to Mwenge Primary School. Refurbishment work here started at the beginning of December and once again, you just wouldn&rsquo;t believe how much the Fundi team of carpenters, masons and painters have achieved &ndash; and this has been through the rainy season too! Both the interior and exterior of the classrooms are now complete and it&rsquo;s full speed ahead on building a Pre-primary classroom. This will be EdUKaid&rsquo;s fifth Pre-primary class and we are really excited about it!!</p> <p><strong>Wednesday 13th</strong></p> <p>Today was a big day! We had a lot on the agenda, and as always the team stepped straight up to the game. First off we were working on EdUKaid&rsquo;s New Vocational Training Project. This enables young adults the opportunity to return to education and develop their skills in an area of their own interest. Currently we have students enrolled onto a range of courses from Accountancy to Carpentry. Jaylani, EdUKaid&rsquo;s Project Coordinator informed me that all the students have been successfully enrolled and have been attending, and enjoying their classes since January. We are really looking forward to hearing feedback from the students through the first of three updates we will be carrying out throughout the year.</p> <p>In the afternoon we had a meeting with Maisha who oversees EdUKaid&rsquo;s Pre-primary classes and is also the teacher at Singino Pre-primary, a very inspirational teacher. Maisha brought us up-to-date with the progression of the classes, and after visiting Imekuwa and Mgao on Monday, she confirmed what we saw. The children are happy and attending regularly. Children aged 4-6 years in Tanzania tend to find it extremely difficult to maintain their attendance as there is the need of constant parental support to get them the distance to the classroom. This appears not to be a problem with the EdUKaid pre-primaries as the community and parents are very much involved &ndash; supporting the provision of porridge to ensure the children can have a meal in the mornings.</p> <p><img src="../../../uploads/Tanzania_Feb_004.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Tanzania_Feb_016.JPG" alt="" width="180" height="135" /></p> <p>Shortly after meeting with Maisha, we had a full staff meeting. This was definitely one of the highlights of the last trip to Mikindani for me! Mr Fidelis, EdUKaid&rsquo;s Tanzanian Chair of Trustee&rsquo;s facilitated the meeting and kindly translated where we struggled with Swahili (which was a lot)!!! A fantastic afternoon!</p> <p><strong>Thursday 14th</strong></p> <p>This morning we went to visit Lwelu Primary School. This school is located in an extremely rural location; you can almost say it&rsquo;s in the middle of the jungle. On the drive to Lwelu, everywhere you look is a picture. We visited this school in August to carry out an audit of work needed. It was highlighted that the considerable amount of rain over the years has had a very damaging effect on the buildings. You can see from the pictures just what a child has to climb to get to their classroom!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Lwelu_steps.JPG" alt="" width="225" height="300" /></p> <p>Whilst we had a volunteer draughtsman with us, Paul Siller, it seemed the right idea to re-visit the schools and Ally, our Tanzanian Project Manager who looks after the Schools Improvement Projects so they can put their heads together and come up with some drainage solutions. So as they were cracking on with the plans we were wondering where Mr Tim had gone&hellip;</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Tanzania_Feb_050.JPG" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>&hellip; We found him in a standard 1 class joining in with the class introduction!</p> <p>We had planned to have a Tanzanian Trustee&rsquo;s meeting in the afternoon, and so we did. These regular meetings ensure that both the UK and Tanzania teams keep up-to-date with EdUKaid activities in both countries; along with being an opportunity to share ideas and progress surrounding current projects. Our Tanzanian board of Trustees are doing a great job in showcasing EdUKaid&rsquo;s work at schools with local communities and educational officers.</p> <p>Jaylani and Mohamed who work in the office as Project Coordinator and Support had organised a community meeting to be held during the visit from the UK. In this meeting we hoped to hear from the community and see what they want moving forward&hellip; it&rsquo;s so important to regularly speak to local people and get their take on EdUKaid&rsquo;s work &ndash; it&rsquo;s extremely important to us!</p> <p><img src="../../../uploads/Tanzania_Feb_055.JPG" alt="" width="190" height="253" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Tanzania_Feb_058.JPG" alt="" width="190" height="253" /></p> <p>&nbsp; Community Meeting 14/02 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Tim with the village Chief</p> <p>The turn-out of this meeting was fantastic &ndash; Jaylani, Ally, Mr Fidelis and the Chief of Mikindani village kindly facilitated the meeting. We heard some incredible, very much grassroots initiatives that the community have come up with to support vulnerable children in the village &ndash; this is in addition to EdUKaid&rsquo;s support.</p> <p>It took some time to sink in throughout the duration of the evening as to how well the community and trustee meetings had gone. I feel surrounded by motivation and inspiration in this village!</p> <p><strong>Friday 15th</strong></p> <p>It was our last full day in Mikindani &hellip; so we spent some time in the office with Jaylani, Project Coordinator and Mohamed catching up with EdUKaid&rsquo;s Child Sponsorship Scheme. We were able to collect over 20 updates from sponsored children and their teachers that the team have been working on- these will soon be reaching our UK donors.</p> <p>I managed to squeeze in a quick trip up to Singino Primary School, which isn&rsquo;t that much of a walk from the EdUKaid office. Mr Fidelis, our Tanzanian Chair of Trustee&rsquo;s is Head Teacher at this school and it really is such a success story! I collected some pass rates from Mr Fidelis for the pass year to allow us to assess the impact and motivations that EdUKaid&rsquo;s Schools Improvement Project has supported in the refurbishment and resource provisions here. I should have been ready for it by now, but oh no&hellip;I was blown away!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Singino.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="233" /></p> <p>The average pass rates at standard 7 (last year of Primary education) in Tanzania is around the 50% mark. At Singino Primary, we&rsquo;re looking nearer 80-90%... I say no more!</p> <p>What a trip! Now just for the drive back to Dar es Salaam&hellip;surely we can&rsquo;t have any other shock/that&rsquo;s unbelievable/blown away moments&hellip;</p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/en-route-to-mtwara http://www.edukaid.com/blog/en-route-to-mtwara#add-comment-link Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 A special Christmas donation to EdUKaid - 0 comment(s) <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_2_small-83.jpg" alt="" width="453" height="300" /></p> <p>We have just received a donation from a group of children&hellip;not just any group of children, a group of children that have given up their Christmas Presents in 2012 from their child minder to put the money towards EdUKaid&rsquo;s projects.</p> <p>Together the children wanted to provide one of our Pre-primary classes with a seesaw, an abacus and a number line. Resources to work with really do make a huge difference to the teaching and learning that happens within a classroom &ndash; its more interactive, interesting and is guaranteed to put a big smile to the faces of EdUKaid&rsquo;s pre-primary (4-6 years) classes in Mikindani.</p> <p>What a lovely gesture! We want to say a huge thank you on behalf of all of the Tanzanian beneficiaries for this generous donation &ndash; now there&rsquo;s a way to kick start 2013!</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/a-special-christmas-donation-to-edukaid http://www.edukaid.com/blog/a-special-christmas-donation-to-edukaid#add-comment-link Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Catch up with Extra Tuition - 0 comment(s) <p>Some of you may be aware that back in August 2012 EdUKaid introduced some extra tuition for their Child Sponsors. This provision was decided upon due to feedback we were receiving from our Tanzanian Project Coordinators &ndash; feedback that suggested that there were children that perhaps weren&rsquo;t attending school because they were struggling due to various reasons surrounding high pupil numbers in comparison to teachers; the distance it takes to travel to school; and the need and unavoidable distraction of working on the farm!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Bordered1.jpg" alt="" width="220" height="171" /></p> <p>The EdUKaid UK and Tanzania teams needed to find a way to support these students. It was decided to run some Saturday classes offering extra tuition for any aged child that is on EdUKaid&rsquo;s sponsorship scheme. Left in the hands of our very trusted and hardworking Tanzania team, when we returned in November for our regular monitoring and evaluating trip these classes were thriving!!!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Bordered2.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="256" /></p> <p>Even better than this&hellip; the teacher that was employed to run the class for older students (did I mention there are two separate teachers for different age groups), is a previous Child Sponsor of EdUKaid&rsquo;s, who graduated in May 2012.</p> <p>Attendance is great; the gender split is even better and the projects turning out to be a massive success &ndash; we will keep you updated on return from our monitoring trip in February!</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/catch-up-with-extra-tuition http://www.edukaid.com/blog/catch-up-with-extra-tuition#add-comment-link Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 NEW Vocational Training Project - 0 comment(s) <p>For 2013, which happens to be EdUKaid&rsquo;s tenth consecurtive year supporting educational initiatives inTanzania we have introduced a NEW vocational training project for older students in the Mikindani area.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/Hajira_saidi_Vocational.JPG" alt="" width="150" height="201" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Hajra Saidi - Starting her Pre-primary teacher training in Jan 2013</p> </blockquote> <p>Mohamed (Tanzania Project Support) and Mr Fidelis (EdUKaid&rsquo;s Tanzanian Chair of Trustee&rsquo;s) held interviews at the office in Mikindani back in October. From this, six individuals (3 male, 3 female) were selected on a basis of their motivations; previous education and ability to complete the chosen course of their choice. All six students are now enrolled and starting their course this month &ndash; the courses ranging from Mechanics to Accounting.</p> <p>This project aims to give young adults the opportunity of gaining employment through studying a vocational course; young adults that may have missed the opportunity of support through EdUKaid&rsquo;s Child sponsorship programme. By ultimately bridging the gap between education and employment, EdUKaid continue to take small sustainable steps to improving lives in Southern Tanzania.</p> <p><img style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../../uploads/Yusuph_Hamisi_vocational.JPG" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Yusuph Hamisi - About to start his Building and Construction course in Jan 2013&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>Thank you <em>Affinity Sear</em>ch for supporting this project and our first 6 students!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.affinitysearch.co.uk/" target="_blank"><img src="../../../uploads/AffinityLogo.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="25" /></a></p> <p>To find out more about our students for 2013/14; what course they&rsquo;ve chosen and where they will be studying <strong><a href="../../support-and-sponsorship/youth-training" target="_blank">Click Here</a></strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/new-vocational-training-project http://www.edukaid.com/blog/new-vocational-training-project#add-comment-link Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Seasons Greetings from EdUKaid - 0 comment(s) <p><strong>We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our supporters, partners and friends a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!</strong></p> <p>We're very much looking forward to 2013 and building upon our achievements from 2012. What we have achieved just wouldn't of been possible without the continuous support that we have received from individual donors, our corporate sponsors and extremely dedicated fundraisers!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Thank you!</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="../../uploads/Cuddles.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="361" /></strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/seasons-greetings-from-edukaid http://www.edukaid.com/blog/seasons-greetings-from-edukaid#add-comment-link Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 EdUKaid's Winter Newsletter - 0 comment(s) <p>Have you read EdUKaid's Winter Newsletter? It's packed full of news from the last couple of months, from both the UK and Tanzania!</p> <p>Don't miss out! <strong><a href="../../uploads/EdUKaid_Winter_Newsletter.pdf" target="_blank">Click Here</a></strong> to catch up with whats been happening...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../uploads/Young_girls.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/edukaids-winter-newsletter http://www.edukaid.com/blog/edukaids-winter-newsletter#add-comment-link Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Time's ticking away until Becky climbs Kilimanjaro... - 0 comment(s) <blockquote> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../uploads/Becky-_training.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="250" /></p> <p>I have been a bit quiet the last couple of weeks. This has been due to a Kili trip glitch, rather than a training related injury (although there is still time for that)! The company we were going with pulled out of the trip and it's taken quite some time (and tears) but we now are back on track and still going in February.&nbsp;</p> <p>This minor glitch has meant the training has been a little slack as it was uncertain as to whether it was necessary as we may not have been going. For all those that know me, any excuse not to do exercise is grabbed onto for dear life so aside from the odd spin, not much else has been done and my 'no drinking' rule went right out the window (on day 3).&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/Becky1.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p>HOWEVER now we are back on track and the step machine in the gym, although hated with a passion, is getting some good use. Funny how it is always available for me to use. I am up to 35 minutes and aiming to be up to 45 by Christmas. Sunday saw a very very cold 10 mile walk - see picture. Now if that's not dedication I don't know what is.&nbsp;</p> <p>The no drinking is the next thing to give some more thought to..(might be worth a mention here that the 10 mile walk ended in the pub and the need for a taxi home..)!</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/times-ticking-away-until-becky-climbs-kilimanjaro http://www.edukaid.com/blog/times-ticking-away-until-becky-climbs-kilimanjaro#add-comment-link Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Back to School Campaign 2013 - 0 comment(s) <h2>Thanks for registering and joining schools and classes around the country in our Back to School Campaign.&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope to send lots of teachers and students in a well equipped and motivating enviornment back to school in 2013.&nbsp; That's what it is all about ...doing a little to help motivate and inspire others.&nbsp; Here is the space where your school or class can tell us about your whacky or innovative fundraising antics!!</p> <p>Leave us a message and/or send us some photos!</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/back-to-school-campaign-2013 http://www.edukaid.com/blog/back-to-school-campaign-2013#add-comment-link Mon, 26 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Karibu ya Tanzania! - 4 comment(s) <p><strong>Sunday 11<sup>th</sup> November &ndash; Dar es Salaam</strong></p> <p>I spent a very brief time in Dar es Salaam, but very enjoyable all the same! When I reached the hotel I was staying in for the evening my Swahili was tested! Every time I got in the lift throughout the entire day, one of the staff members would teach me two numbers in Swahili&hellip; I can now count to six &ndash; a great excuse NOT to use the stairs!</p> <p><strong>Monday 12<sup>th</sup> November &ndash; My first day in Mikindani</strong></p> <p>I landed in Mtwara airport early morning and was greeted by Jaylani, one of our Tanzanian Project Coordinators &ndash; a familiar and very friendly face! &ldquo;Karibu Clare!&rdquo; It was great to catch up and see how his 5 month old baby Sarah is getting on &ndash; she&rsquo;s adorable!</p> <p>In the car and off to Mikindani we went! I was so excited and couldn&rsquo;t wait to reach the EdUKaid Office to see the rest of the staff. Ally, EdUKaid&rsquo;s Project Manager and Mohamed (Project Support) were there to welcome me with big smiles and LOTS of energy!</p> <p>I chucked my bags down and it was straight to work! The Tanzanian team were so enthusiastic to get stuck in straight away &ndash; they truly are fantastic!</p> <p><strong>Tuesday 13<sup>th</sup> November</strong></p> <p>Jaylani had kindly arranged for us to have a meeting with Mr Fidelis, EdUKaid&rsquo;s Tanzanian Chair of Trustees and head-teacher of Singino Primary School. Singino School is situated at the very top of a very BIG hill. Although it was a million degrees centigrade and I was struggling to keep up with Jaylani on the climb, the view from Singino Primary, looking over Mikindani Bay really is something else &ndash; it&rsquo;s beautiful!</p> <p>The children were at School and they had spotted me &ndash; &ldquo;Mzungu Mzungu!&rdquo; To see the excitement in their faces is such an amazing feeling.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/Children_at_desks.jpg" alt="" width="260" height="172" /></p> <p>Mr Fidelis has so much enthusiasm for EdUKaid projects and was delighted to hear of the new website (which I&rsquo;m looking forward to showing him this coming Friday at an EdUKaid staff meeting)!</p> <p>Mr Fidelis recently assisted Mohamed in interviewing candidates for our NEW Vocational Training Project. When talking this through with him, it was clear for me to see how passionate he is about education. Not just education itself, but bridging the gap between education and employment, something that EdUKaid&rsquo;s Vocational Training is doing.</p> <p>Then back to the office for the afternoon!</p> <p><strong>Wednesday 14th November</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s the end of Wednesday already! It surely can&rsquo;t be? Today I have been mostly in the office with Jaylani and Mohamed working on EdUKaid&rsquo;s Child Sponsorship Scheme. Since I was last here they have been working really hard collecting lots of updates with teachers of sponsored children to send out to UK donors.</p> <p>I love reading the updates! Ghafala Seifu, one of EdUKaid&rsquo;s sponsored students is a young girl of 14 years and was identified as one of the most vulnerable children in the Kisungule Ward; living in extreme levels of poverty. The update from her teacher was incredible &ndash; she is the Number one student in Standard 7 (last year of Primary School)! Despite living very far from her school, she has the most perfect attendance record, a great attitude and is very hard working! This is what it&rsquo;s all about!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/Young_girls.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="187" /></p> <p><strong>Thursday 15<sup>th</sup> November</strong></p> <p>I was really looking forward to today! Firstly because it was my first day working with Ally on the Schools Improvement Project and secondly because I got to go to Namgogoli Primary and check out the building improvements &ndash; improvements was an understatement, it looks incredible!</p> <p>It was an early morning &ndash; up and out! First stop Mwenge Primary School to carry out an audit of work needed at that school. The Head and all the teachers were so welcoming! We went round all the classrooms and the mason, carpenter and Ally were ace!</p> <p>Onto Namgogoli! I was honestly speechless &ndash; not really the norm for me! In August the Development Manager Gemma and I visited this school to do the audit &ndash; and now it was almost finished! I couldn&rsquo;t believe my eyes! The Fundi were still hard at work when I got there; the Head teacher was so pleased; and the children looked fresh faced in their new learning environment! We went round the back of the school to the latrine pit &ndash; I have never seen a hole that big in my life! Ally was telling me the local community largely assisted in digging the pit, which is great to hear how supportive and motivated they are towards EdUKaid projects! I cannot stress enough how hard working the EdUKaid Tanzania team is &ndash; they are incredible!</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Namgogoli_After.jpg" alt="" width="180" height="243" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/Namgogoli_After2.jpg" alt="" width="230" height="171" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">Namgogoli Primary School Nov 2012 - Incredible stuff!</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Friday 16<sup>th</sup> November</strong></p> <p>Staff meeting day! It was a fantastic turnout with the Askari; Mr Fidelis; the office team; EdUKaid&rsquo;s Pre-primary teachers; the Fundi management; and Hadisha, our lovely housekeeper present. It was great to have all the staff together, Mr Fidelis and Jaylani kindly facilitated and translated for me (I may be able to count to six in Swahili &ndash; but let&rsquo;s not run before I can walk)! It was such a productive meeting, everybody got involved - suggestions, comments and questions, there was a bit of everything! All the staff took time to view the New EdUKaid website and Facebook. Spirits were high and it was lovely to have everybody together to share their opinions and views.</p> <p><strong>Saturday 17<sup>th</sup> November</strong></p> <p>This morning I went to check out the extra-tuition that EdUKaid introduced in August as a way to encourage and assist child sponsors in their learning. The building that is being used for this is not far from the office. When I arrived, the primary aged children were heads down and in their books. I was so impressed with the learning resources they had in place &ndash; each child had a &lsquo;questions book&rsquo; as well as their own textbook. This was something that unfortunately I have not seen in Primary Schools that I have visited prior to EdUKaid support! Upstairs were the Secondary students, with a separate teacher. Having two teachers really does open up this opportunity for the children, allowing them to attend the extra classes, whatever their level of education. A brilliant initiative!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/Extra_Tuition.jpg" alt="" width="170" height="226" /></p> <p><strong>Sunday 18<sup>th</sup> November </strong></p> <p>Today I had a day off and was mostly writing an assignment for University &ndash; nothing interesting unfortunately! Bring on Monday morning!</p> <p><strong>Monday 19<sup>th</sup> November</strong></p> <p>I can count to 39 in Swahili now&hellip; very slowly! This means I can nearly tell the time (quite important when I have two planes to catch at the weekend)! It will also make sure I get the lift to the correct floor in the hotel in Dar es Salaam this time around!</p> <p>Today I worked with Jaylani on the Child sponsorship programme. With almost 80 pupils on EdUKaid&rsquo;s child sponsorship programme there is a lot of work to be done to make sure we have recent updates on their progress so we can identify any students that are struggling or excelling, allowing us to assist them in whichever way possible. I am always amazed at how much information Jaylani can carry in his head. I name a student and he tells me their school (we have students throughout 21 schools in the area); their age; what standard or form they are in and sometimes their address &ndash; and this is before looking at any documentation!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/Group_of_children.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="159" /></p> <p><strong>Tuesday 20<sup>th</sup> November</strong></p> <p>Jaylani and Mohamed visited some of the colleges today that we are hoping to send our 6 Vocational Training students too. They are all doing slightly different course ranging from Mechanics to Accountancy!</p> <p>I spent some of my day chasing electricity and internet connections around Mikindani! I think it&rsquo;s just brilliant how much patience the team have here &ndash; the smallest things can wind us up a treat at home (like a dodgy internet connection) but in reality it&rsquo;s no biggie, I&rsquo;m learning so much from these guys!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/Tribal_Dancing.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="269" /></p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;">I was lucky enough to see some tribal dancing</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Wednesday 21<sup>st</sup> November</strong></p> <p>Today really has been a goodun! We had a brief meeting this morning to run through the plan for the rest of the week. &nbsp;Mohamed has been very busy putting together a budget for the next school improvement project &ndash; Mwenge Primary School! Visit our Schools Page to have a look at the &lsquo;before&rsquo; pictures! It&rsquo;s a very exciting time, work is happening so quickly out here in Tanzania. We will be building our second Pre-primary classroom from scratch here very soon!</p> <p>Ally popped into the office today to run through some bits and pieces about the next build, he&rsquo;s looking to move some Fundi to Mwenge next week, leaving just a few to finish off the work at Namgogoli!</p> <p>Jaylani has been here, there and everywhere today, I just can&rsquo;t keep up with him! From planning resources required for our Pre-primary classes; to organising the next round of child sponsorship updates, whilst running the office and seeing to visitors that pop in every now and again - Unbelievable!</p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/karibu-ya-tanzania http://www.edukaid.com/blog/karibu-ya-tanzania#add-comment-link Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 The Great Vending Get Together 2 - 0 comment(s) <p><strong>What a night! It definitely lived up to its name &ndash; The GREAT Vending Get Together 2!</strong></p> <p>Saturday 3rd&nbsp;November 2012 is definitely a night not to be forgotten! The Great Vending Get Together 2 was organised to raise awareness and generate funds to support EdUKaid&rsquo;s projects in the next coming year &ndash; this, it definitely did!</p> <p>Following on from the success and extremely positive response from the Vending Ball in 2011, Sarah (EdUKaid Events Coordinator) and Tim Varney (Chairman of Trustee&rsquo;s) organised a fantastic evening full of brilliant entertainment and lots of cheer!</p> <p><strong>The entire evening managed to raise over &pound;7000! </strong></p> <p>This sort of money really will make a huge difference, and have such an impact on so many children&rsquo;s education in Mikindani.</p> <p>The evening wouldn&rsquo;t have been possible without the hard work of a few individuals; the contributions to the auctions; and continuous support received from the Vending Industry.</p> <p>The Auction was definitely a winner! A BIG thank you to the donors of contributions to the auction, some of which included the New Kindle Touch; two tickets to Newcastle Football match; and a new Douwe Egberts Coffee Machine, just to mention a few!</p> <p>These contributions played a huge part in raising funds for EdUKaid projects and provided some brilliant entertainment and very competitive bidding (you know who you are)!</p> <p>The remainder of monies raised was through the &lsquo;Balloon Raffle&rsquo; (which also made the venue look fantastic); 2013 Calendar Sales &ndash; <strong><a title="available Here" href="../../../support-us/edukaid-2013-calendar" target="_blank">available Here</a></strong>; the ticket sales; and a 5% contribution from the venue bar of drinks sold throughout the evening.</p> <p>Thank you once again to all those who attended the event for your kindness and generosity, and making the event such a huge success!</p> <blockquote> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It was such a pleasure to organise such a great event for such lovely and generous people&rdquo; Sarah Varney (EdUKaid Events Coordinator)</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Take a look at some of the pictures that were snapped on this Great evening!</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="../../../uploads/DSC_0035.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/DSC_0041.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img src="../../../uploads/DSC_0064.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/DSC_0067.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img src="../../../uploads/DSC_0078.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/DSC_0098.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img src="../../../uploads/DSC_0149.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133" />&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>For more photo's of The Great Vending Get Together 2 check out our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EdUKaidCharity" target="_blank">Facebook Page</a></strong></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/the-great-vending-get-together-2 http://www.edukaid.com/blog/the-great-vending-get-together-2#add-comment-link Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Stepping Hill Hospitals' Half Marathon - 0 comment(s) <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Pre-Op Team at Stepping Hill Hospital (Magnolia Suite) Stockport, really went the extra mile last weekend! Emma Mitchell ran the Tatton Park half Marathon on Sunday 4th November to raise funds for Saidi Selemani, a sponsored student that they are supporting through his schooling.</p> <p>Linda Boardman (a Pre-Op Nurse) and Margaret Edge (an EdUKaid supporter) turned out on Sunday to support Emma Mitchell (Pre Op Nurse) in her run.&nbsp;</p> <p>Raising over &pound;270, the Pre-Op Team have assured that Saidi will have secured funding, allowing him to finish his Primary education!</p> <p>What an achievement! A BIG Thank you to the Pre Op Team for your continuous support and efforts from the entire team at EdUKaid!</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/stepping-hill-hospitals-half-marathon http://www.edukaid.com/blog/stepping-hill-hospitals-half-marathon#add-comment-link Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 EdUKaid 2013 Calendar - 0 comment(s) <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="../../../uploads/img142.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="344" /></p> <p>Our calendar could be that perfect stocking filler you&rsquo;ve been looking for! A calendar that&rsquo;s sure to bring a smile to your face with every turn of the page.</p> <p>It's only &pound;5, and with that you can be sure that all monies raised will be going straight back into EdUKaid Projects</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested in purchasing one please contact us at admin@edukaid.com</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/edukaid-2013-calendar http://www.edukaid.com/blog/edukaid-2013-calendar#add-comment-link Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Christmas Card Campaign - 0 comment(s) <p>Christmas is just round the corner now!</p> <p>If you haven't started already it's time to start thinking about your Chirstmas Card lists!&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the seven card designs have been paired with EdUKaid &ndash; and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our Projects &ndash; See which card we&rsquo;ve been paired with and visit our profile on the Love is Christmas Campaign!</p> <p>If you want to read more on the 'Love is Christmas' Campaign and see how you can get involved <a href="../../../support-us/love-is-christmas-campaign" target="_blank">Click Here</a></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/christmas-card-campaign http://www.edukaid.com/blog/christmas-card-campaign#add-comment-link Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 16 weeks until Becky's Kili Climb... - 1 comment(s) <blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_4_small-54.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="378" /></p> <p>So since last writing I have attempted to stick to a training program and not drink. For those that know me -as you can imagine, the former has gone more to plan than the latter. I am supposed to be able to do 20 mins on the stepper 'with ease'. Not sure about that definition - I am going with the meaning 'bores you after around 10 mins, legs ache at 20 min, glad to be off the thing' . This would all be ok if I didn't have to build this up to an hour over the next 10 weeks..</p> <p>The other thing I have managed to do (this weekend) is a couple of 10 mile walks - one in the New Forest which was mostly flat, very pretty and on a beautiful Autumnal day. The other was in the torrential rain, up muddy slippery steep footpaths along the freezing British coast. I was on a GREAT mood that day. Anyhow, feeling like I have done more than I normally would on a weekly basis but given I have not managed to stop the weekend drinking and still eating the same rubbish food I can't honestly say I feel 'in training' just yet.</p> <p>The most scared I have been about the impending trip was when asked how high Kili was I was rather surprised by my reply - 19,300 feet. Although I have of course known this all along, it seems to be sinking in around about now. Off to killer circuits now - should take me around a week to recover. Will keep you posted.</p> </blockquote> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/16-weeks-until-beckys-kili-climb http://www.edukaid.com/blog/16-weeks-until-beckys-kili-climb#add-comment-link Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Becky's Training Blog for her Kilimanjaro Climb! - 3 comment(s) <p><img src="../../../uploads/Becky_in_practice.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="421" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>18 weeks to go...</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So this is only week one of training (of 18) and I am in agony from Tuesdays circuits class. I am not sure what relevance boxing, weight lifting and sit-ups have to climbing Kilimanjaro but I am told that it must be done, so I am cracking on with the pain. Yesterday was a rest day after the brutality of Tuesdays class. Back to the gym today with leg weights on the stepper for 30 mins amongst other, horrific 'training' exercises. Not sure how that's going to go...</p> <p>This weekend will be the second weekend of walking- the first was the peak district around a month ago with my fellow climber Ruth -our 'warm up' to see how well we could go. I was pleased - 15 miles on day one and 10 miles on day two, all uphill. The fact I was unable to walk properly for around 3 days after was neither here nor there... we tested the new expensive boots (they are good), braved staying in a hostel (luxury compared to the mountain I would say) and almost succeeded in map reading (not going to need that up Kili).</p> <p>Watch this space (or not, I may have overdone it and not be able to move AT ALL!)</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/beckys-training-blog-for-her-kilimanjaro-climb http://www.edukaid.com/blog/beckys-training-blog-for-her-kilimanjaro-climb#add-comment-link Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 BusyBusyBusy! - 0 comment(s) <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="../../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_2_small-266.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="331" /></p> <p>The last few weeks at EdUKaid have been an extremely busy time! Not only are we in the process of launching our new website, we are also re-designing our Child Sponsorship Scheme to increase its capacity, allowing us to help and support more&nbsp;children through this programme.</p> <p>The team in Tanzania have been extremely busy. School holidays came to an end in August and since children have returned to School at the beginning of September. Our Project Coordinator, Jaylani has been collecting updates on sponsored children, assessing their progress and feeding back progress reports to the UK.</p> <p>Some more exciting news &ndash; Our NEW Pre-primary classroom has been opened and the children at Msijute have been test running the classroom. This is our first new build, and marks our fourth Pre-primary classroom that we have introduced!</p> <p>Not only are the Child Sponsorship and Pre-primary projects at Full steam ahead, but we have lots more happening right now in our Schools Improvement project! Work has started at Namgogoli Primary School in early September. Ally, our Tanzanian Project Manager has been overseeing simultaneous build projects recently, and we are really excited to be starting at Namgogoli with the support from teachers and the community.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/busybusybusy http://www.edukaid.com/blog/busybusybusy#add-comment-link Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Tanzania Trip Blog - 0 comment(s) <p><img style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../../uploads/tims_2010_094.JPG" alt="" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>It has been a very eventful first week on this visit for the EdUKaid UK team in Tanzania. Not only has Ally (Project Manager, Tanzania) assisted us in reporting, monitoring and reflecting on EdUKaid projects that are currently running; he has supported the work in assessing the needs and requirements for further Pre-Primary and Primary Schools that EdUKaid are hoping to support in the up-and-coming months.</p> <p>It is a very exciting time as we are nearing completion of our first &lsquo;new build&rsquo; for a Pre-Primary classroom at Msijute Primary School. There have been considerable developments since the last visit- with only a few desks and chairs to finish at this school before the primary children return, and the pre-primary children begin their learning in their new classroom in September. In visiting the project at Msijute, we met with the head-teacher who displayed many thanks from the Teacher&rsquo;s, School committee and local community for the additions to the school. Take a look at our school projects page for further developments, and the &lsquo;<em>was and</em> <em>now&rsquo;</em> pictures of Msijute Primary School.</p> <p>In meeting with our current Montessori trained Pre-Primary teachers and their assistants; we were thrilled to find out how positive an impact in preparing children for Primary education the pre-primary classes are having. Learning the alphabet, counting up to one hundred, singing, dancing, sports games and developing life skills are just some of the activities the children have been learning and as feedback suggests &ndash; thoroughly enjoying!</p> <p>We were also informed that recently the Local Municipal Mayor visited Singino School, where EdUKaid have introduced a Pre-Primary class. In speaking to one of our Tanzanian Trustee&rsquo;s, Mr Fidelis, the Municipal Mayor demonstrated how pleased he was with early learning, children&rsquo;s progress and their abilities at such an early age in the classroom.</p> <p>As it is currently the school holidays, we haven&rsquo;t managed to see the children in action in the classroom this time around. But with the beaming motivations of the EdUKaid staff in Mikindani we managed to get to explore new schools that EdUKaid are planning to work with. With the very much committed help of Ally and Jaylani (EdUKaid&rsquo;s Tanzanian Project Coordinators) we have been able to identify the work that needs to be done in these schools, and in speaking with their local Fundi team of carpenters, masons and other tradesmen we can put timescales and plans in place.</p> <p>A very eventful and successful week!</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/tanzania-trip-blog http://www.edukaid.com/blog/tanzania-trip-blog#add-comment-link Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Stefano Fabian Achievements! - 0 comment(s) <p>Pictured Above - Stefano&nbsp;with our Chair of Trustee's, Tim Varney&nbsp;during one of his visits to Tanzania</p> <p>Stefano Fabian (a previous sponsored student of EdUKaid) graduated in May as a Secondary School Teacher. Jaylani, Gemma, Tim, David and Joan all made the trip to theTeacherTrainingCollegein Mtwara on his graduation day to meet and congratulate him on his achievement. He was delighted that we made the effort to attend.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/stefano-fabian-achievements http://www.edukaid.com/blog/stefano-fabian-achievements#add-comment-link Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Tim's London Marathon Success! - 0 comment(s) <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><em><img src="../../../uploads/Tim.png" alt="" width="220" height="293" />&nbsp;<img src="../../../uploads/LM.png" alt="" width="300" height="300" /></em></p> <p><em>Tim Varney took on the greatest challenge of his life back in April. His strict fitness regime worked a treat; he completed the run in 5:55 and raised &pound;4,400. Well done Tim. Below he describes the experience:</em></p> </blockquote> <p><em><em>&ldquo;Without doubt that is probably the most stupid thing I have ever done. Nothing could have prepared me for the pain I felt in my ankles and knees for the last 12 miles. Yet despite the pain this was not the worse thing that happened to me. No, the worse thing was getting to the last 600 meters and being over taken by Big Ben, St Pauls Cathedral and the Gherkin. I will never look at those landmarks again in the same way. A massive thank you to everyone who has helped me raise over &pound;4,400. That is enough money to set up a whole pre-primary school in Tanzania which will accommodate up to 60 children&rdquo;</em></em></p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/tims-london-marathon-success http://www.edukaid.com/blog/tims-london-marathon-success#add-comment-link Tue, 01 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Timber Toys! - 0 comment(s) <p>A huge thank you on behalf of Singino, Imekuwa and Mgao Pre Primary Schools to Telford Thomson, for the wonderful handmade 'Timber Toys,' that were very kindly donated</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/timber-toys http://www.edukaid.com/blog/timber-toys#add-comment-link Mon, 09 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0100 Whats going on at EdUKaid...? - 0 comment(s) <p><img style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../../uploads/EdUKaid_Day_3_small-46.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="166" /></p> <p>Just to recap, in 2011 the pre-primary project went from strength to strength with the opening of three new classes each providing much needed pre-school development, stimulation and support to approximately 50 children. Our primary schools project of providing basic school resources and making improvements to facilities has been extensive, and included three schools making a difference to the lives of 100s of children.</p> <p>As a result of this success to date, 2012 has kick started very positively. Following Tim Varney&rsquo;s (Chair of Trustees) visit to Mikindani in early January it was realised that much still remains to be done. In the region where we operate the need is pressing, there are many villages, communities and schools&nbsp;struggling to give their children an education&nbsp;and the next few years are likely to present challenges.</p> <p>We are however tackling this head on, and currently busy preparing ourselves for what lies ahead, putting in place a robust five year plan. The foundation of our work will remain the same, but our plans are becoming more ambitious; we hope to renovate 4 schools in 2012 and this will mean employing 4 more pre-primary teachers and 4 assistants.</p> <p>Always striving to do more, we are also looking to expand our operation a little and potentially exploit new greener building materials, tackle teachers&rsquo; housing, as well as extend our sponsorship programme to include providing vocational opportunities for young adults.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/whats-going-on-at-edukaid http://www.edukaid.com/blog/whats-going-on-at-edukaid#add-comment-link Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 A Varney visit to Mikindani - 0 comment(s) <p><img style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="../../../uploads/Jacob.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Jacob (Tim and Sarah's son)&nbsp;beaming&nbsp;on a visit to meet children from a school sponsored by EdUKaid</p> <p>Sarah and Tim Varney took their four children to Tanzania to see first hand what EdUKaid was all about. &nbsp;They spent a week in Mikindani staying in EdUKaid house working with Ally and Jaylani, our two project managers. During their stay Sophie, Daniel, Bethany and Jacob spent time at the schools looking at the new pre-primary classes and even got the opportunity to sing with the children at Mgao&rsquo;s pre-school. &nbsp;During the evenings Jacob enjoyed playing in the village with the children who were very curious and wanted to touch his skin and particularly his straight hair! &nbsp;The Varney Family had a fantastic holiday and especially enjoyed their departing <em>Thank You </em>Party with all the staff and their families.</p> http://www.edukaid.com/blog/entry/a-varney-visit-to-mikindani http://www.edukaid.com/blog/a-varney-visit-to-mikindani#add-comment-link Sat, 30 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0100