I know we have been a bit quiet on the Tanzania front but that certainly doesn’t mean we have not been as busy as ever. Anderson, Eliphas and the Camp Tanzania team have been running the show in Tanga while Tommie has come back to Kenya to support the overall operations in East Africa. So here’s the story straight from the camp and what our gappers have been up to…in Tanzanian village. This year we kicked off with construction of a nursery School in Mwambani, Tanzanian village where Camp Tanga is located. The village comittee in Mwambani has really been asking for support as the closest school is a 6km walk to school. Imagine doing that every day at our age let alone when you are 4-6yrs old. Most of the kids here in Mwambani village as you can imagine end up staying at home until they are old enough to go to primary school and therefore have no educational foundation when they start.åÊ There was no question that we should help support to put up a nursery school and once a plot of land was identified and kindly donated by one of the villagers, we got cracking. We have had an amazing group of very hard working gappers so progress is well underway And of course we haven’t just been building; ongoing support the mamas who depend on their seaweed harvest is such a critical component of our support. Increasing the harvest, simply means a little bit more money for one woman to support her family…. For us one of the most important aspects of our program is to be able to share our Tanzanian hospitality with visitors. The villagers love to show and share whatever little they have so we often so we often spend a bit of time learning how to make local Mwambani food such as chapatis, vishet (made with wheat flower) and vibibi (made with rice flower). The afternoons are often spent sitting outside with one of the mamas in the village learning to make natural roof thatching from coconut leaves and helping to increase her production as well. A small helping hand goes a long way. Women in most rural places in Africa spend a fair portion of their day either fetching water or firewood for cooking so simple tasks where we can help reduce the daily burden for a woman goes a long way too and its also a great way to get to know people. Of course, the men have the pleasure of harvesting coconuts so we make sure we get a chance to scuttle up the trees with them too! After all this is the real Tanzania! And we can‰Ûªt let the Gappers go without getting to know the local cows really well. Before we go to the bush we wake up in the morning and milk the cows. It’s actually really fun and honestly, you can see the cow smile after she has been milked! After milking we take the cows out for grazing, herding them and learning how the Maasai walk with the cows. This takes roughly two hours. Out lot here decided to go the Full Monty Maasai! And we have discovered that we also have so much to offer by simply setting up a chalkboard underneath a mango tree. Adult illiteracy is very prevalent in the village so we have found that a lot of young and old adults are really keen to learn how to read and write… Not so far from our main camp are the Usambara Mountains which we know for a fact are one of the most spectacular range of mountains in the world. Look them up for yourself on the internet. Our three month volunteers get a chance to stay at Camp Emau for five days where we help to support various projects run by theåÊ Amani Women’s Group.åÊ We join this group of dynamo women making little African dolls and get a chance to learn how to sew. As the camp is in the heart of the Amani Forest Reserve, there are some spectacular nature walks and so much to learn from the guides at Camp Emau. That’s all for now and looking forward to having many more volunteers join us at Camp Tanzania! Anderson and Eliphas