Tommie, our Tanzania Operations Manager has just sent in a great post on the opening of a new kitchen built by our gappers in Tanzania. Congrats to all! There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the fruits of your labor come to pass. It has always been our ethos to make sure that any project we start we see it off to its completion. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:null,”attributes”:{“class”:”media-image alignright size-full wp-image-946″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”style”:””,”width”:”209″,”height”:”216″,”title”:”finishing touches on the kitchen”,”alt”:””}}]]The Fumvuhu School Kitchen construction started from scratch. Making of bricks was the first job the volunteers had to do before embarking on digging the foundation and the construction of the main kitchen block. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:null,”attributes”:{“class”:”media-image alignleft size-full wp-image-945″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”style”:””,”width”:”189″,”height”:”175″,”title”:”Fumvuhu Primary School Kitchen”,”alt”:””}}]]The beauty of this project and its progress is that the Kidia community worked hand in hand with our volunteers. The locals got their hands dirty just as much as the ever working hard gap students. It is always pleasing to see parents, local pupils, teachers and local authority joining in helping a common goal. Last week saw the volunteers rushing against time and putting on final touches on the Kitchen. Why the rush? The plan was to finish all pending work and hand over the Kitchen to Fumvuhu School. The targets were realized and we were not going to just hand over the keys and say äóìHere is your Kitchen, weäó»ve done our bitäó. A proper handing over party was on the cards with the area local authority (Councilor), parents/Teachers board and the Camp Tanzania project coordinator and staff were present to grace the occasion. You should have been there to see how appreciative the School and the community at large were. The group of volunteers, who were involved in seeing the construction come to its completion, was received with songs and dance. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:null,”attributes”:{“class”:”media-image alignnone size-full wp-image-947″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”style”:””,”width”:”189″,”height”:”144″,”title”:”School celebration”,”alt”:””}}]] Speeches, vote of thanks from the local authority, parents, Teachers, pupils and volunteers and the actual handing over of the Kitchen marked the end of the party. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:null,”attributes”:{“class”:”media-image alignnone size-full wp-image-948″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”style”:””,”width”:”178″,”height”:”238″,”title”:”short speech from gappers”,”alt”:””}}]] Jackson (our Projects main man and area councilor-doing us the honors of cutting the tape to symbolize the official opening of the Kitchen). [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:null,”attributes”:{“class”:”media-image alignnone size-full wp-image-949″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”style”:””,”width”:”162″,”height”:”203″,”title”:”Opening the kitchen”,”alt”:””}}]] From the camps Team and on behalf of Kidia community we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the gapers who were involved in this project. Wanna be part of camps next Kidia project?….coming up, Furniture for Fumvuhu!