travel bursary reports
My objective for my time in Colombia was to give the communities we were living with whatever they needed. My first project was in Bogota, in a community in the ‘invasion’ areas, our objective here was to help with the children’s, youth and any other church groups, we had to emerge ourselves into their church and do whatever was going on, and this varied from home groups to evangelising on the street and bringing new families to our church. We also had a project that was given to us, this was to help improve their school’s sports hall, when we arrived the floors were filthy, the walls were crumbling and the roof was pretty much falling apart. This is how it looked when we were finished… The community were very welcoming, and the Millan Family were amazing and made being away from home so easy.
My trip to Tanzania was absolutely fantastic. There were moments of happiness, stress, heart-break, pure joy and exhaustion! I was working with a small charity called Go Make A Difference (Go MAD) in a town called Musoma and the villages surrounding it. Musoma is right on the edge of Lake Victoria in Northern Tanzania.
During the 6 months, me and my team of nine got involved with loads of different projects, thanks to the amount of fundraising support we received in the lead up to the trip! One of the main things we got involved in was the building projects. Overall, we built seven water tanks, six goat sheds, a toilet for the teachers at a primary school, a house for a woman and her six children, and a couple of other little things. We loved doing the water tanks as we thought they were the most important and most needed in East Africa. They also worked slightly differently in that most of the work was done by the local people and we paid them to do it. So as well as receiving clean, safe rain water to drink (drinking from the Lake is highly dangerous and is riddled with the disease, bilharzia), the local people got work and received a fair, much-needed salary. The other building work was done by our team; I have learnt a lot of new skills, including concrete mixing, brick laying, sawing wood… I actually loved doing these projects as we felt like we had really made a difference in people’s lives and after all the hard work it was so satisfying to see the finishing products.
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