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Earlston H.S. - Blog 3

Wednesday 21st June We started our day normally with breakfast at Berea and got ready to go to Fuka to visit the Parish and Vocational School for orphans and local children.  After a 45 minute journey, we arrived at the school and were led into a classroom where the Head Teacher spoke to us about the purpose of the school, and translated what one of the teachers was saying. The school provides a home and education to orphaned and deprived children within the community, and to offers a brighter future for young people who have found themselves in difficult and vulnerable situations. As always,…

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Earlston H.S. - Blog 2 - On Safari

We got up early this morning - 5.30am for a 6am breakfast! It was a struggle to get out of bed, but we wanted to have the best possible chance of seeing lots of animals on our safari. After a long climb to the top of the ridge of the Ngorogoro Crater, the drivers navigated us down into the crater. We saw hippos and lots of wildebeest and zebras. Apparently a rhino was spotted, but all it really looked like was a grey rock in the distance!  After lunch and on the way to leave the crater, some lions were spotted on a hunt. We waited…

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Berwickshire H.S. - Blog 2

Day #4 - Thursday (15th June) Thursday was one of my favourite days so far! It started off with a late breakfast at 8am - something which was definitely appreciated. We then spent the majority of the day at Fuka, a local school and children's home, where we had the wonderful opportunity to play with what seemed like hundreds of children. We met so many people and got to hear their stories during the short time we had with them. After the games finished, we helped paint the children’s home – "Sarah Hardie House". It felt so good to help with even the smallest of things. That evening we went out for a meal. I…

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Earlston H.S. - Blog 1

Monday 12th Monday started with a visit to the headquarters of Tanzania Women Research Foundation (TAWREF), one of Vine Trust's partners in Tanzania, where we were greeted with a welcome song sung by all the staff, before listening to a presentation about their work. We were then able to visit the gift shop, where a couple people made some questionable fashion choices when buying shirts! We then drove to both of our home-building worksites and started digging foundations for the houses. Visiting the sites was an eye-opening experience - witnessing the nature of the extreme poverty faced by these communities left many of us quite emotional. However, we made sure…

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Berwickshire H.S. - Blog 1

Day #1 - Monday On our first day we had a team briefing in the morning, followed by a visit to the office of Tanzania Women Research Foundation (TAWREF), one of Vine Trust’s local partners in Tanzania, for an eye-opening presentation. After purchasing a few gifts for family and friends back home, we went to Moshi Christian Children’s Centre, where we played football and games with the children, using some of the donations we brought to Tanzania with us. It was a good introduction to what we will be doing over the next couple of weeks. - Freddie R and…

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Robertson Trust T20 - Blog 5

Our final day in Tanzania was filled with warm goodbyes. In the morning we visited both home-building sites and were able not only to say our final goodbyes to the families and the fundis, but also to see the incredible progress that had been made in the past few days. The team was astounded by the dedication and hard work of the fundis, and was amazed to see the homes nearing completion. Having visited the sites, the volunteers were able to do some last minute shopping before heading back to Umoja Hostel for a final feedback and reflection session. The team all agreed…

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