We got to see two exciting projects this week. The first project highlighted the striking contrast between Tanzania and Australia’s way of operating in the first. The second project was a completely unexpected series of events and discoveries that unfolded from a simple invitation to a party.
The first project was at the Team Vista block of land at Newlands, a new and growing area on the outskirts of Moshi (as the name suggests). The block had one harvest of maize last year and has since stood empty. Team Vista’s plan for the block is to build a caretaker’s hut with a small classroom facility, a fence to border the block from the random roads that spring up though paths of least resistance, and a workshop, made from shipping containers where youth can undertake vocational training programs for various trades. The rest of the land would be planted with crops and fruit trees, along with a compost toilet and water well.
“So how far is it to Moshi?”
“Well it depends who’s driving…”
And so began our 6 week adventure in Moshi, Tanzania. After 36 hours in transit, including a healthy dose of turbulence, unexplained delays, beautiful airport sunrises and surprisingly good quality breakfasts in Johannesburg, we groggily entered Moshi about 9pm Saturday night (in 40 minutes, definitely on the shorter end of the travel times thanks our speedy driver).
Our group is made up of Caroline (Team Vista director, our guide to Moshi and our contact for everything we’ll do here), myself (helping with Team Vista through a scholarship with W&G), mpenzi Sam (working with both Team Vista and KWEICO providing legal aid), Olivia (teaching English with Team Vista as part of her gap year) and Thomas (volunteering with Team Vista and connecting Engineers Without Borders). We are based at the Haria Hotel in the centre of Moshi, which Team Vista recently took over in December 2014. The hotel is the perfect base with awesome staff, a charming rooftop restaurant and bar and postcard views of Mount Kilimanjaro
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