Friday, 23 May 2014

The roofs are on!

The next stage of building has been completed with the roofs on the two pre-schools in Chitemo and Nyhinila.  Funds have been sent to cover the costs for making windows, doors, rendering and painting  walls inside and out and cementing the floor.   The next stage will be to clear the land surrounding the schools and build toilets for the children.

 Nyhinila Pre-school

 Chitemo Pre-school

Rev Agripa  Ndatila  our project coordinator in Tanzania visited the Pre-school teacher training school and sent this lovely photograph of Lutu who is from Chitemo village and training to be their pre-school teacher.  Lutu will graduate at the end of 2014

Friday, 2 May 2014

Pre-schools are on the up!

Great progress is being made with the building of the pre-schools in Chitemo and Nyhinila villages. The latest photographs show the process of erecting the roofing and I am pleased to say that the roofing is now completed.  The next stage is to render all the walls and paint, cement the floors and make windows and doors.  We have received a detailed account of costs and funds are being sent to enable the work to continue. 

          Older school children getting involved carrying the roof beams to the building site.
Didn't we do well!

                                                                           Construction in progress

Muscle power is needed!

 No cranes just man-power - Up she goes!

                                                                                The beams are up but they left a man up there!
                                                                         A ladder was the answer!

1 April 2014 - Meeting the President of Tanzania

It was a great honour for me to be invited to a reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to meet H E Dr Jakaya Kikwete the President of Tanzania.  Some 200 people who have varying interest in Tanzania were hosted by the Foreign Office and offered delicious canap├ęs and excellent wine throughout the evening.  A representative of the British Tanzanian Society was the first to address the gathering, followed by Lord Mandelson and then the President spoke. The main topic was the growing partnership between the UK and Tanzania offering significant opportunities for British businesses in the energy sector and beyond as Tanzania has the potential to become a major new global gas supplier. I was privileged to speak with President Kikwete and also had many interesting conversations with other guests with the opportunity to speak about 'SEEDS'.

           President Dr Jakaya Kikwete