Saturday, 7 July 2018

On the way home

Just a short note to let you know the team have been dropped at Kili International Airport and are on the way home :) 

It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Portland Place and all their students again.

We hope you will enjoy seeing their photos and hearing about all the stories in Tanzania 😊

Safari and departure

Today, we woke up at the crack of dawn in order to head off to a safari. The myriad of tired eyes were soon transformed into faces filled with wonder and astonishment when we saw all the creatures in the park. 

After a quick stop for lunch, the safari continued and the search for the animals continued. The whole experience was wonderful and every student enjoyed it.

After the safari we departed for the KIA lodge. Once we arrived we ate a meal consisting of pizza, meatball and chips which was a drastic contrast to the food in Malangi. After dinner we watched the Russia vs Croatia match and waited to depart for the airport.

By Panni Lemos










Friday, 6 July 2018

Farewell to the village

Today was the last day for project work. We could really see the difference between when we arrived and when we finished. I could see how useful the space will be for the school and the students. I was project leader today and we painted the outside of one of the school buildings. Other groups had to paint the blackboards in the classrooms, people painted the skirting boards in the rooms and the other group finished potted up 1000 tree seedlings.
After we finished work we had lunch with the majority of the school committee, students and parents from the town Malangi. There was lots of celebrations and congratulations to thank all of the people have taken part in improving the school. All of the PPS students received personalised t-shirts and the teachers local fabrics. 
After all of the speeches and giving of gifts we sang the Tanzanian national anthem which we had been practising all week. Everyone danced and you could really feel how close the community is. 
After the ceremony we said good bye to all of the students and local builders that we had developed strong relationships with. It was very emotional as it feels like we have been here for a long time.
I will always remember this experience and hope to be able to come back some time in the future.









Thursday, 5 July 2018

Final day on project

Today was our last full working day at Malangi school. Breakfast was porridge and bread as usual. Our jobs were less demanding compared to earlier on in the week, completing the classrooms and planting trees in the market garden. I started the day pooching the side of one of the new classrooms. Pooching involves flinging coloured cement onto a wall. 
In the afternoon we had a football match against the local team, we won 5-4 holding the lead for the entire match. 
We were up 2-0 at halftime with goals from one of the local fundis (builders) and of course Big Barney. We were feeling confident and a bit surprised with ourselves really. Then in the second half they scored two pretty quick goals and we started to get on each other a bit. Obviously that didn’t last long and we turned around well going up 5-2 with a banging goal from Lukas our main player and another from Barney. He was unlucky not to get a hat trick. They somehow scored two goals near the end but it didn’t end up mattering that much.

Nick and Colin










Day 5: Football

Today was our last full working day at Malangi school. Breakfast was porridge and bread as usual. Our jobs were less demanding compared to earlier on in the week, completing the classrooms and planting trees in the market garden. 

I started the day pooching the side of one of the new classrooms. Pooching involves flinging coloured cement onto a wall. 

In the afternoon we had a football match against the local team, we won 5-4 holding the lead for the entire match. 

We were up 2-0 at halftime with goals from one of the local fundis (builders) and of course Big Barney. We were feeling confident and a bit surprised with ourselves really. Then in the second half they scored two pretty quick goals and we started to get on each other a bit. 

Obviously that didn’t last long and we turned around well going up 5-2 with a banging goal from Lukas our main player and another from Barney. He was unlucky not to get a hat trick. They somehow scored two goals near the end but it didn’t end up mattering that much.

Nick and Colin




















Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Day 4 in Malangi

Today on site, we were split into different groups, some were painting the windows and beginning to paint the outside of the classrooms, some people learnt how to sew in the market garden as they prepped the netting to create man-made shade for the plants. We  were then invited to a community lunch. We went to Mr Michael’s house and had a big open discussion with a lot of the members of the community. We discussed rain in Paris and marrying many women with the odd bit of politics. We also heard from the women in the community with their questions on breast feeding and contraception in the UK. In our reflection this evening we talked about how eye-opening it all was. Overall it was a really fun experience and it was really interesting with everyone coming together. The food we ate was also really good, and had our ration of fizzy drink which was a treat. 
The day was really fun and there were good discussions and everyone learnt something new.

Hannah and Amy




Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Day 3 at Malangi

Today was a pretty pleasurable day. We managed to make a good amount of progress on the project due to our hard work and positive team spirit. The market garden is almost completely finished and the classroom doors and windows have now been painted. We have all put in a lot of effort into our work and have been able to see the result of it. 

After a delicious lunch prepared by the cooks, we headed off to town to experience life in Babati. We stopped off at the local clinic to speak to the doctor and his staff, which put into perspective how the healthcare system works in Tanzania. Once we left the clinic we went on a walk to the houses around the school, through the never ending maize fields and experienced a view of the vast wild life and landscapes, the experience was breathtaking.

In the evening we had very tasty dinner which consisted of pasta and tomato sauce, cooked by Mr Lalande and after that we practiced ‘all when the saints’ for our leaving lunch on Friday. This was a difficult process as we had to go through many different variations until we finally chose one

By Veer Puri, Umar Latheef, Yanni Lemos, Panayioti Lemos, and Simon Browning