On every trip there’s something that’ll make you the biggest impression that will leave you the biggest footprint and affect you in some particular way. Every time you come back from a different trip, probably when what changed something on you was a few childhood smiles.
We always visit villages and walk between houses, local shops, markets, fields etc, but during our trip to Tanzania and especially in Zanzibar we thought we would do something different, something for others, not for us. So after a long search of several volunteering and crowdfunding programmes and reflection on the subject we contacted the school in jambiani village.
The village of Jambiani
Jambiani is one of the largest villages of Zanzibar and stretches over a large stretch of coastline for a village to the west of the island. It is a beautiful village in terms of authenticity but it is very poor without roads of course. Characteristic is that drinking water does not exist and to procure a family of water must walk (vehicles there are few) or cycle several kilometers in incredible heat.
Like he told us one. Landscape boy 18 years old Arturo (Adam) “You could die on the bike”…
If you find yourself there don’t forget to walk all over the village to try to communicate to show you how they lower the cocos from the trees, what they do with the algae, what they do with the coconut dwellers and even show you their house inside. Ask a village boy who might know English and can turn you around or just look for Arturo!
The truth is that in the search for clues and in communication we have been helped by a Pole who has been and works in the village in recent years. So our first contact with the school began. Unique experience unique images etched in the mind and soul. Wonderful little children and admirable teachers try to do difficult space work inside which for all of us were and will remain data and easily. We don’t know what to describe first, so you’d better see the photos we took with the school principal’s permission.
Nearly 900 kindergarten and high school children are housed there, halls full of children many of them without desks (children just sit on the floor) drinking water on some tap with despite many problems and facilities torn down!
Jambiani school projects
School survival is very important. And its survival depends on some work and needs that exist and are real without any dose of exaggeration! Uniforms for students, tank drinking water, painting on the walls, dining area, ceiling, desks, books, paper, bags and go saying!
How can you help?
- Buy school supplies from Stone town (you will find small bookstores scattered in the city where you can buy notebooks and but items but in small quantities) and donate them.
- To bring school supplies from your country with you, don’t worry about the kind of school as there is a need for everything! Notebooks of pole pencils from the simplest until anyone can imagine it would help!
- Try one of the infinite volunteer programs that exist and are already organized. In Jambiani there are African impact facilities, for example where you can stay and help with projects that are already running.
- To make your “holidays” and at the same time contact the school for needs and ways of helping. Offer your time. The little English you know can help these kids find work later.
- Send money to jambiani school or any other institution of your choice.
- Joining a crowdfunding campaign you know and trust (eg. wheeling2help).
Read more about the volunteer programs and do your search!
Why there? I’m not going to do that. Certainly everywhere there are needs, even in your neighborhood, and you certainly can’t change the whole world, but you can definitely put a stone in the way you beautify a child’s life a little bit even if it’s just a simple children’s book.