Aussie volunteers lend a hand in Tanzania

A team of volunteers from Western Australia recently spent one month assisting Global Development Group project J768N Njelela Secondary School, including building a manual arts workshop from shipping containers earlier received.

Two local carpenters and a tractor driver assisted the Aussie guys to build the workshop. New skills were learned as truss construction methods previously unknown to the local men were used. “Containers were even rolled on eucalyptus logs down the hill into position on the newly-levelled ground. After the wooden trusses were in place, the corrugated iron roof was attached,” describes team member, Bronwyn. One container will be used for the safe storage of food (maize and beans) harvested from the school’s farm; while the other has been transformed into a manual arts workshop, where students will learn trade skills.

After the workshop area was complete, two of the men were able to teach some boys how to make shelves. After five book shelves were made, other team members positioned 30 boxes of books, in the library, ready for the new school year.

Once school resumed, some of the team assisted by teaching computers—the first ever computer classes for these students, as well as English, history, geography, science and craft. They even became umpires for netball and volleyball!

Most teenagers in this area do not have access or the means to attend secondary school and are faced with limited employment opportunities. The school currently has 98 students with another 40+ anticipated to arrive within the next month.

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