On Saturday we went for a Waterfall Hike with our volunteers. It was such a nice day :-)
The journey from Arusha is only about 7km and involves some steep ground and some clambering, but is quite manageable.
We had a lot of fun!
Yesterday our two Belgium volunteers Jana and Annabel started their work at Pippi House – a safe house for girls.
All in all they will stay for three months, but they are going to work in three different placements for one month each.
They love spending time with the kids there! :-)
Our volunteer Glynis from the UK started teaching at Haradali School today – she is so excited about the kids and everyday life of the school.
Very interesting article!
Originally posted on Dr. Lorena Brownlee:
Today, 1 in every 1,400 Tanzanians is born Albino. Some people believe having an Albino baby is a curse while other believe they are a ghost tribe and can not die. The Albino African people have been attacked, killed, dismembered, had their graves dug up and desecrated all for the belief the witch doctors have passed on to the people, their body parts carry magic powers.
On the black market a complete “set” ears, tongue, nose, genitals, all four limbs can sell for $75,000. Children are the most affected by this horrific crime and although Tanzania has made some progress but it has been slow and many families are still displaced and living in fear.
We must not although the spotlight to leave the Albino African people, Tanzania must know the International world is watching and demanding they protect the Albino African children.
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Today and tomorrow Tanzania’s record on children’s rights will be reviewed by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland. Tanzania is one of the 194 states that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and so is required to undergo regular examinations of its record before the Committee of 18 independent experts.
Among the possible issues to be discussed by the CRC and the Tanzanian Government delegation are: social stigmatization of pregnant girls, teenage mothers, children with disabilities, children with HIV/AIDS, children in street situations; strategy to stop gross violations of right to life, survival and development of children with albinism; increasing FGM; violence against children, particularly sexual and physical; forced and early marriage; birth registration coverage; the juvenile justice system; access to sex education; ensuring education is free and accessible to all children.
Thanks to UNICEF TANZANIA for this post!
Today we are back from the Christmas / New Year holidays!
Hope you all had a wonderful festive season and we will start together in a powerful year 2015. :-)
In December something great had happened – Janina, a former Projects Overland volunteer from Switzerland, sent a material donation for the girls at Pippi House: clothes for the girls and their kids, nail polish, soap, cream and some jewelry. Thanks so much!
Today we welcome our new volunteer Anette from Switzerland!
She is going to work as a physiotherapist at Mawenzi Hospital in Moshi for six weeks and will stay in our volunteer hostel.
Mawenzi Hospital started in 1920 as a small military dispensary for German soldiers before it became a hospital in 1956. With about 300 beds, 152 nurses and more than 20 doctors, the hospital is very big and busy. The clinic’s services include eye, dental, ultrasonic, physiotherapy, laboratory, general surgery, psychiatry, maternity, mother and child care and family planning. The workers speak English which makes Mawenzi Hospital a very good practical training placement for volunteers with medical experience.
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