Tanzania Trip 2017/18 and 2019!
TANZANIA TRIP 2017/18 by Sammy Miles
Since January 2017, 11 students and I have been very privileged to be part of the Tanzania Exchange Programme, between our school, Imberhorne School, and Minaki High School. The programme involves raising £10,000 to fund bringing 10 students back from Minaki to experience the busy culture of England for two weeks, commencing on the 13th March this year, which will be a very entertaining experience.
In October, we were very humbled to travel out to Tanzania for a fortnight to immerse ourselves in the Tanzanian values to widen our perception of education, activity and to personify the true meaning of a community. Over the course of our stay we were truly made to feel welcome by everyone we met in Tanzania, from bus drivers to local teachers and we developed a particularly strong and special relationship with the boys at Minaki High School.
We stayed on site in teachers houses at the High School but we also had multiple trips to a local Kisawari Orphanage as well as a Chanzige Primary School which is fundraised for by Champion Chanzige. Both visits would inevitably be very emotional, at Kisawari we played with children as young as four all the way up to young adults aged 23. The orphanage was no more than two small buildings on a small plot of land with a few sweet potato plants necessary for eating, and yet the feeling we went through was very unique, despite having so little there was no anger nor any sustained sadness shown. We brought as many donations as possible and just to see the smiles and joy which resulted brought about the most rewarding feeling which made our time at Kisawari truly amazing. Our visit to The Chanzige Primary showed us how much the youth of today under value the importance of education. We taught lessons while we were there and the inquisition and enthusiasm for students made our trip very worthwhile.
Our time spent in Tanzania was most definitely life changing and on behalf our all 12 students (and our 2 teachers) I can ensure we will make the students stay in England as welcoming and enjoyable for them as our journey was for us.
TANZANIA TRIP 2018/19
by Tom Skinner and Charlotte Powell
Thursday the 11th of October is the day Charlotte Powell and I (Tom Skinner), two Copthorne residents, will be flying out to Tanzania to visit Minaki High School and Orphanage. We are doing so with 10 other students and 2 teachers from Imberhorne School as a part of the yearly exchange that takes place. Next year we will hopefully be joined by several of the Minaki students hosting them at our homes in Copthorne. We, as a group, are fundraising to pay for the students return trip back to England, also we are hoping to raise enough funds to build a brand-new water tank for the orphanage which will help supply the children with the necessities like clean running water which we take for granted so often. This experience has been described by previous Imberhorne students as “life changing” and is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to make a physical difference and improve the lives of the children and students living in Tanzania. This is why we are so thrilled to take part in this adventure. Our fundraising includes various events from cake sales at school to iFest, a festival at Imberhorne in the summer with live music and food for everyone to go and enjoy themselves at. Me and a few others from the group are training to run a sponsored half marathon in Barns Green on the 30th of September in hope to raise enough money for all this to happen.