Miss Turner’s news from Tanzania
Miss Turner’s News from Tanzania
As you will probably be aware, Miss Turner has gone out to Tanzania, to visit our link school, Manyata Primary. This has been arranged through the ‘Connecting Classrooms Project’. The project will involve both Luston and Manyata carrying out tree surveys, logging temperatures and rainfall data along with learning about the effect of the earth’s rotation on shadows. Each school will also learn about the life cycle of trees and the importance of each stage for maintaining a healthy environment. All the work will then be shared between the two schools.
Jambo! Had a long trip over but caught up on sleep and just had a very cold shower so we’re ready for the day. Saw Maasai with animals and lots of bananas and coffee and donkeys with carts on way from the airport. Went to a beautiful lake last night in the sun but the rainy season has started over night and it is seriously wet now! Could beat the UK! Off to meeting with director of college now then a market, an Eco farm and visiting Manyata tomorrow. Everyone very impressed by our 600 pencils!! Hope all ok in UK.
The rainy season started early overnight and it’s definitely not hot! Amazing storms all day. Got stuck on an Eco farm waiting for a vehicle to be fixed and pulled out of mud as roads are just very holey mud tracks. Had a very interesting afternoon at a farm and made it home. Off to Manyata Primary tomorrow unless it rains too much as roads will be impassable. Going to try and find some wifi to send you video of storms and pictures. Slowly getting used to living in room.
Fanatastic day today. Sun shone and managed to get to Manyata. It was a 30 minute trip down a very rough dirt track, with the trees I had bought tied on the roof with banana leaves. I bought 2 lemon trees, 5 moringa trees, 10 gravillea trees, 10 mango, 10 orange and 5 avocado trees. They were overwhelmed with the gifts and the head teacher was quite emotional about the children’s 600 pencils and the staff passed around the bear and hugged him! They said that they knew how to look after the trees and wanted to pass on sincere thanks to the staff, parents and pupils. They were learning English at a higher level than our pupils but not sure on their understanding of it!
Jambo! First sunny day today, electric on and no storm as forecast! Been to buy 60 textbooks for Manyata costing 642300 Tsch. Buying footballs and netballs tomorrow. Last day of visiting schools tomorrow and hopefully a trip to the market. Hope Redwoods have been ok. Love from everyone in Tanzania!
Half term!! Finished a jam packed week of visits. Bought balls and books and written a letter to the head for when they’re delivered. Good storms again today. Lenny the lizard has moved house! Early start tomorrow for next set of adventures.
We have seen a pride of lions eating a buffalo. Had the most amazing two days. Have seen cheetah, elephants, hippo, rhino, giraffe and millions more. Feeling very lucky. It’s been cloudy all day here! Now in lovely hotel with hot showers and electricity. Bliss! Going to a lake tomorrow then back to Arusha for one night before flying home. So many experiences to tell you about!
Electric is now off in hotel! Sat waiting for dinner in restaurant in pitch black. So yet again no food or electric!
Final Update from Miss Turner:
Had a lovely farewell meal last night with all the lecturers from the college and friends of the Leominster Tengeru link. They have all been so welcoming and we feel like we have known them all for a lot longer than 10 days. I’m now sat at 5 am in Doha airport in the middle of flights, 5 hours gone and 2 still to go! I’m filling the time going through all my photos and videos from a life changing week. All the children were so happy to see us and never failed to be smiling. They sang us lots of songs and we taught them ‘heads and shoulders’ and ‘if you’re happy’!! I am coming home with so many fantastic memories but the one that stands out the most is all the children, however old, filling up their containers of water at school, which the project has funded in many schools over the years, and then seeing them carrying it home on their heads. Such fundamental things like water we take for granted where as they just don’t have it readily available. Other highlights are watching the teacher’s faces in Manyata Primary as I handed out the stationery and gifts you all gave them and teaching them how to play cricket in Nganana Primary.
I hope to be able to put together a video when I get back that showcases all the experiences I have had during my time in Tanzania.
Only a few more hours until I return to wet Herefordshire and I’m very much looking forward to a meal that doesn’t include rice!!!
Goodbye from a tired Miss Turner in Doha!
We look forward to seeing Miss Turner back at school after half term to hear all about her amazing experience.