Saturday morning we drove from Moshi to Mombo and arrived at 11:30 AM for a grand celebration of the opening of our first project – 16 toilets. It was a perfect beginning to mark World Toilet Day.
Celebration begins with children’s dance
Teachers presented a thank you poem
Mombo Community Development Council presented a report
Ribbon cutting with local politicians
16 toilets – 8 for boys and 8 for girls
The work is not complete but because I was there they decided to open it
Water is also connected with septic system and porcelain squat toilets
Lunch was served
Then we travelled to the next primary school to see what needs to be done there. Two classrooms and possibly 4 more need to be renovated. This school has seen no renovation in 40 years. This is the school Rama, our project manager, attended.
When it rains the students move their desks to one side of the classroom. Roof needs to be replaced
We also visited the local dispensary / hospital / maternity ward.
100 patients per day. 40 to 60 births per month. 10 beds and 1 and ½ birthing beds.
Several of the communities we are working within the Mombo area have no access to clean water. We went to look at the various sources for water. The government is laying pipes but there is a problem. I will cover that in tomorrow’s visit report.
We are looking at various levels of the education system and seeing where the gaps are. Primary is from Grade 1 to 7; Secondary is from grades 8-11 and high school is grade 12 and 13. There are primary schools but they need some renovations, water and toilets.
There are two secondary schools in the area fed by eight primary schools.
One of the urgent needs is to complete the labs for the secondary school. The community and government have started but it is stalled as only a few dollars are allocated each year to the project. I have reviewed the PPP – Private Public Partnership and have asked them what it would look like to finish the labs. Three labs are needed and are partly constructed. If we agree the PPP may look at us buying the remaining materials and the community supplying the labour. I have started the dialogue.
We then travelled to Lushoto up the mountains to spend the night. I love this part of Tanzania. Lush greenery, winding mountain roads with breathtaking views.
Part of my mission is to start looking for hotels to bring groups from Canada to volunteer here. We need teachers for teacher training, medical teams to train and do clinic work. So tomorrow I will begin that and start looking for places. Tonight I am staying in a hotel that may be a possibility for our future trip goers. This is a resort but it will my last resort! The day was good considering we checked in at 2:30 AM on Saturday in Moshi and got to bed by 10 PM in Lushoto having been able to visit all of this including about 5 hours of driving!