Tanzania: my school project and other adventures, from Gabi

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Dear friends,

I hope you are all enjoying the spring and have been busy and safe while I have been away.

After our busiest ever period of courses in January and February, I finally flew off for Tanzania on the 8th March to continue with the Msasani school project and find some sun! I spent two months in this beautiful country, and I am now in my eighth year of volunteering, a hobby I love.

During my stay, my partner and I reviewed the school kitchen at the Msasani school we helped to build last year (with the help of a donation from Ludlow Rotary Club). We researched a possible grant application for Rotary International, visited 6 schools, met with architects and builders, called at a dozen building merchants, attended 5 meetings (one involved lots of beer!) and even managed a 2-day safari! I met new friends and caught up with old ones, I cried a few times (mainly at the poverty and knowing that I can’t help everyone) but I also laughed a lot, learning many things and forming friendships with new people.

Out of the 7 schools I saw, 5 of them I visited through the help of Childreach (http://www.childreachtz.org/). This charity helped me in researching safe hand-washing and toilet facilities that would be suitable for the Msasani schoolchildren. I planned to deliver handwashing training to the children once the facilities had been installed, as well as food hygiene training to all of the catering staff. However, some things just don’t go to plan, this is Africa after all! Another excuse to return back to you all ASAP.  

Hand Washing Photo (me testing it!)

Gluten free - Ludlow Food Hygiene Centre

This simple device allows handwashing for up to 22 children at a time, and miraculously only uses a minimum amount of water ( 1 bucket provides cleansing for up to 100 children). For Tanzania, a country with long periods of drought, this was unquestionably what made us decide to use the device for our Msasani school project.

At one of our many Rotary meetings, I met Stephen, a teacher from a secondary school in the Kilimanjaro region.  He was so passionate about providing good hygiene practices for his senior pupils that I decided to give him some training materials to help. Unfortunately, I just did not have the time on this trip to deliver the training myself at his school. His wife Katherine, also a teacher, translated the poster I provided into Swahili for his classroom, and sent me a video of their presentation. Humbled by their proactive attitude, LFHC aims to now help Stephen’s school in 2018 by providing the same handwashing facilities we have chosen for Msasani, and to deliver more hygiene training to all 400 pupils and staff.

Photo: School Teacher Stephen  with the translated handwashing poster including  the Handwashing system

Ludlow Food Hygiene Centre

As well as International Community Support, LFHC also supports local community projects, including the Festival of Small Gardens in Ludlow (2nd July), and Ludlow Dog Day ( 23rd July) :


More LFHC news

To give value to our clients we are now offering a complimentary First Aid at Work First Aid Kit to all ‘in house’ First Aid course bookings ? don’t forget that as we are an independent Training provider, we can be flexible and deliver any course when it is convenient to your business – that’s week days, weekends, evenings or whenever!  Contact 01584 875818 for more details.

We are also providing complimentary 1 hour consultations on Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and licensing with no strings attached.

Our Alcohol Personal Licence (APLH) courses are now also available via eLearning as well as open courses and 1-1s.  Need a premises licence? we can act as your agent and submit your application Visit www.ludlowfoodhygienecentre.co.uk for more information.

For a more comprehensive list of available dates for training at your premises, from just £295 for up to 12 candidates, contact 01594875818.  

Open courses coming up in Ludlow to Telford!   To Book call  01584 875818 on online at : www.ludlowfoodhygienecentre.co.uk  or eventbrite! 

Level 2 Food Hygiene May 30th, June 12th,

Level 2 Personal Alcohol Licence (APLH) 20th June

Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work 21st June

Level 3 Food Hygiene for Supervisors in Catering 26th ,27th and 28th June (option for 2 day with course work)

IOSH Managing Safely   3rd ,4th, 10th and 11th July (Telford)  

Please enquire if you require Paediatric First Aid courses or  Fire Warden Training

I hope to see you soon – as always, it’s a pleasure doing business with you!

Gabi ?


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