Not many get to go on a ‘once-in-a-life-time’ experience twice, but on the 2nd July 2015, team leader Gillian travelled with Mike, Jim, Chris and Grace to our sponsored school in the village of Songea, Tanzania.
The aim for this year was to focus on giving the school the foundations for self-sufficiency, and develop their ability to support themselves using the land they have. However, the ground in Tanzania is particularly dry, lacking water and vegetation. So, it was decided between One4Kids and our fellow charitable companions RUDA to build portable chicken coops. The aim was to kill two birds with one stone – not literally! We would use the chickens to fertilise the land as well as provide another source of food and vitamins for the children through the eggs.
The build was a great success, and the 20 new chickens (including a cockerel to rule the roost) were welcomed by the children into their new home.
Once again, Jim and Mike worked as a fantastic team. With the help of men from the local area, they built two perfectly crafted coops from scratch.
Gillian, Chris and Grace incorporated this into their week’s teaching and created fun activities for the children to help them understand the biology behind the chickens.
Chris also brought the sound of music to the teaching week, and mesmerised the children with his voice and guitar skills in music lessons.
Each child was given the opportunity to have a one-on-one reading session as well. This not only helped their reading abilities, but also gave them the chance to have someone’s full, undivided attention.
Another focus of the week was to build benches and chairs for the children. The school had previously only had tables and chairs in some of the classrooms so meals were predominantly eaten on the ground. Within a minute of completion, the children were making themselves at home in their new seating area.
Like last year, the week ended on an absolute high with our sports day and we were all over enjoyed to see our first egg from the hens.
The children have made amazing progression over the past year. Not only have their English language skills improved, but their education, health and happiness is going from strength to strength.
One4Kids’ relationship with The Ntimbanjayo Memorial School of Excellence has been cemented, and they will continue to work together with RUDA to ensure every child leaves the school with the best education possible.