10 years ago I had a life changing experience when I spent 5 months volunteering with this amazing small charity called ‘Village Africa’ in Tanzania.
The children called me 'Teacher Tina', the villagers called me 'Mama Tina'
In January I return to see the people I taught and lived with.
I want to raise some awareness of the great work they are doing, and much needed funds!
Promoting the work of Village Africa
Since the volunteer programme stopped due to changes in visa laws, the charity has had greater challenges in funding its work in health & education high in the West Usambara mountains in north Tanzania. It can get very wet - and cold - yes cold there! They are 100 km away or a two day walk from provisions and a hospital.They provide health seminars, supervise medicine bags for eight remote villages and run an ambulance service. They build classrooms, desks & school toilets and provide books, school stationery and sports equipment as funds permit. They employ local African staff.
Each round trip for the ambulance costs over £200 - and there are an average of 50 a year! The emergency trips save lives. Patients include babies, children, pregnant women having complications during labour and the elderly.
Locally the charity is known as ''Vyaadahikana', which in their local language, Kisambaa, means 'It is Possible'.
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