Thinking we'd have a nice lie in on our rest day, we were abruptly awoken by Jack at 6 in the morning to get ready fir church. Shirts and sarongs at the ready, we set off on our 10 minute walk up the hill to church where we joined the congregation.
After church it was time for SDC Tanzania's a cappella rendition of 'Stand by Me' by Ben E King. The locals appreciated our efforts and we were wildly cheered. We exited the church and once we'd shaken the entire congregations's hands, we entered into a Tanzanian market auction to help raise money for the bishops house.
After missing the opportunity to purchase a live chicken for £3, we eagerly started bidding on bananas with Pieter, Ben and Sean winning a tense bid to claim some bananas for the boys. To our surprise, the community then started bidding on our behalf. Considering the locals don't have much, this selfless gesture was deeply appreciated.
Once we returned from the church we had a rest where some of the girls desperately tried to tan (Fiona to still no success) as the boys played rugby with some of the local children. However, the highlight of the day came after lunch when we took a trip out of Gendi Primary School and went and visited a school that LTT had worked with for over 5 years. Seeing the changes made to classrooms and the introduction of innovative farming methods to help the school run efficiently helped provide perspective to all our hard work at Gendi as we can see the bright future the school has. We then continued onto Lake Babati where we had a cold one (a non alcoholic beverage) alongside the waterfront. Some of the group played uno whilst the big dogs played 'Boere Bridge' (Farmers Bridge). Julian, the founder of LTT popped by to say hello after a 60 hour trip from Mexico City before we travelled home to a lovely cooked meal from Helena.
Having charged up our batteries we are ready for another day of project tomorrow.
Pieter, Fiona & Dylan
We now have some personal messages from the team:
Sam Bailey: Hey guys, in case the blogs haven't covered it, Tanzania has been awesome. We went to the community church today, and after some hecty auctioning we cane back with 70-80 bananas, which will probably open after we leave. So rest assured I'm spending your money on useful stuff. But anyway, I hope things are going well over in Britain. Lots of love Sam Bailey.
Aimee: Hi mum, dad, Max (+ Tilly). Hope everything's going okay. A teacher is reading my favourite book (Sapiens)- very exciting. I've been having a great time and I'm not finding the work/heat too strenuous. Missing you, Aimee xoxoxo
Bea- hi mum and dad, all is well Herr in Tanzania. Hope that the cats are well and that you are both enjoying Norfolk. Also happy birthday dad for Monday xxx
Fiona- hi mum and dad, bumble and the chickens. Having a great time Herr its a crazy experience and I can't wait yo tell you about it and shoe you pictures. Hope you enjoyed Scotland. Lots of love, Fiona xxxx
Finlay- cher parents, y'escrit comme ça come il va avoir des autres qui font essayer de line ceçi, alors he be veut pas qu'ild comprends. Iin'y a rieu qui m'embete, say que le norriture eat toujours le même. Led chaleurs sont en peut come check nous, et c'est plus grain led watirs. So it's vent metre quelque chose our le blog, eint le dans le men league parcel que led proys lit led messages a tout le monde. Quand je retourne preids does bonbons ou quelque comme çu otp. Aussi quand tu recevoi cette message, c'est led proq am copie le message on a mobile (et excuse les rauwains most come j'ai due escibe ça vachent plus vite que he voulu.
Sean- ciao, wishing you the best as I continue on this exceptional experience. Loving the food but I cannot wait to have a huge bowl of your pasta (mum). I feel very at peace and don't want to go back. Hope you are good, to mum dad and Martha. See you soon.
Ben- dear mum dad and Lydia. Hope you're having a good time without me and mum hasn't tried yet. Its fantastic over have but its a definitely a strange experience without a phone! The food here is good, which is vital for me of course, curries every night so it is a little repeititve. Anyway I'm embracing the hot weather and I hope Lydia hasn't gone mad being the only child. love from Ben xxx
Simon, hi mum and dad, hope the cats aren't missing me too much. I'm having a great time, its such an amazing experience. The heat isn't too much and the work is good fun! See you soon, simon xxx
Isla- hi mum dad Jake. It would be great to hear a couple more updates from you guys. (Careful comments get read out to the whole group!) Missing home but can't say the same about the weather. Lots of love and see you soon, Isla.
Sam barrett- hi mum and dad things are fine on my end. Went to church today, not sure what was happening but they didn't manage to convert me. Beginning to struggle with food, people keep talking about all the stuff they want but I keep thinking about roast chicken in particular, cough cough. Love you lots.
Kate- hi mum. Dad, Max and Bea. I'm absolutely loving it here- its amazing here including my exciting experience with a giant spider inside my mosquito net. I hope you guys are enjoying Scotland/ Wales/ Nottingham and I'm missing you all and mums cooking (as well as G, Ethan and Lara) love you all xxx
Harriet- hi mumma dad and lyden, having a great time and I'm feeling right at home. Missing you all, not sure how Lyndon is coping being an only child. I'm also missing a proper brew of tea and of course Popeye. Love you lots and see y'all soon. P.s. tell Rebecca I'm missing our face times.
Peter R- hi mum and dad, I'm hoping a great time here just had a day off, gone to church and to a great lake. The heat is OK now, and the whole thing is amazing., with great progress being made on the project, hope you had a great birthday mum! Love peter xx
Pieter s- dear mama and papa, Tanzania is a beautiful country. Waking up at 6 in the morning is almost bearable when its 20 degrees. The people are so kind as they look after their guests. The work is going very well as you can already see the toilets taking shape. As commercial as the premier league is it hasn't quite reached babati, what happened in the premier league this weekend? Megan, how is the north?hope the house isn't too quiet. Love Pieter.
Luke- hi mum and dad. Say hi to Paul for me. Miss you all. I will make this short. I am fine and goodbye.
Dear parents. Its been a fantastic first five days. The group have all worked exceptionally hard and gelled together. The toilet block is being built at a rapid rate and the food is being demolished equally quickly. Its great to heat the comments from family and friends so please keep it up. Miss Charleton and Mr cox