Tanzania Blog

Welcome to the official Raleigh International blog for Tanzania! Here you will find updates, stories and photos of our life on expedition, the adventures and the impact of our sustainability projects on communities. Stay in touch by posting your messages below! All blogs are written by our volunteers, unless otherwise stated.

Challenging trekking in the Southern Highlands - update from team Alpha one

We met up with team Alpha one for a couple of days, just over half way through their nineteen day trek across the Southern Highlands near Iringa. In this guest blog Kate, from team Alpha one, sums up their experiences so far.

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Community integration and hygiene in Hangomba - update from team Alpha three

In this blog post, team Alpha three give us an update on the progress they are making with a School Water and Sanitation Hygiene (SWASH) project. In Tanzania, over 10,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and bad hygiene. Many more children and adults get ill, with knock-on effects on education, livelihoods and general wellbeing. Few schools have proper hand-washing facilities. In households, water is rarely treated to make it safe and, although soap is available, it is hardly ever used for hand-washing. To tackle the problem effectively, a change in attitudes and behaviour surrounding sanitation and hygiene is essential. Raleigh is working with a number of partner organisations here in Tanzania to endeavour to improve this situation.

In Hangomba, until the construction phase is ready for the venturers to work on, the team has been concentrating on the challenge of raising awareness and changing behaviour. Over to team Alpha three...


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Hygiene and environmental awareness in Gongoni - update from team Alpha four

Having spent the last week visiting team Alpha five, I wanted to catch up with the other groups to see how they had been getting on so far. Team Alpha four are in Gongoni where they are staying with host families in this rural village. They gave me this update...

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Why does Salawe need an Early Childhood Development Centre?

One of team Alpha five’s goals in Salawe is to assist in the completion of an early childhood development centre. An early childhood development centre provides children aged 3 to 6 with a safe haven to learn and grow, as well as providing benefits for those caring for young children.

There is a lot of research evidence that early childhood development programmes have significant benefits for children, particularly those who are disadvantaged. Children who go to pre-school are more likely to go to primary school, to stay on and complete school, and to have better educational performance. Pre-schools also help children’s social skills, self-confidence and motivation. Because attending an early childhood development centre has so many benefits, pre-schools are one tool to use in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and achieving universal primary school education.

This blog explains a little more about why an early childhood development centre is needed in Salawe.

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Salaam (greetings) from Salawe - team Alpha five's update

It is always great to hear our venturers’ perspectives. In this post, Becky, from team Alpha five, writes about what the team have been doing so far; the important links they have already made with key members of the community; and also a little about what the area is like.

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