Chibe ECDC, Tanzania 2015
The ECDC in Chibe is finished! Attached is a picture of the school, together with another which shows The Myles Trust plaque but it’s difficult to read!
Below is a link to the video created by Raleigh
Significant progress has been made over the last few weeks on the Chibe Early Childhood Development Centre. Raleigh volunteers have worked alongside the ‘fundi’ (builders) to construct and plaster the walls, in preparation for the next phase of volunteers to create educational murals. Volunteers have also begun digging trenches, which will form part of the sewage system piping waste water away from the ECDC; this will be the first building with flushing toilets in the community.
Volunteers have kept in mind the importance of community involvement and have met with the ECDC’s committee, as well as other key community members, to discuss the inclusivity of the entire community. Awareness raising has also been considered, with the potential benefits to children and their mothers being highlighted. Volunteers have drawn attention to the vital stage of educational development for children that the ECDC will provide, as well as the opportunity for mothers to dedicate some time to other endeavours and generate income to provide for their families.
The community are excited by the prospect of the work that is being done. Many people approach the volunteers in the street and ask about the project.
The end of the project phase in Chibe saw the team leave having completed the floor of the Early Childhood Development centre (ECD), ready for the next team to begin the construction of the walls. The volunteers worked with the ‘fundi’ (tradesmen) in the morning on the construction work, mixing and laying cement. Afternoons were given over to community integration and awareness.
One of the first community integration experiences was the volunteers’ visit to a local school’s sports day where they performed a short drama about hand-washing. It was good to see how well it was received, especially by other schools who invited the volunteers to give similar presentations. They also communicated with the people of Chibe on a visit to a church, where they took the opportunity to explain what they were doing and invited them to visit the project site. Another school visit shortly after involved games, songs and the introduction of several tippy taps to reinforce the hand hygiene awareness presentations.
The Trust has agreed to fund the building of an Early Childhood Development Centre in Chibe in the Shinyanga Region of Tanzania to commence between Spring and Summer 2015.
The centres are a critical entry point for reaching the needs of children 0-6 years of age, which may not be captured in traditional school-based interventions. The centres also serve as entry points to address other needs of children such as healthcare, food and nutritional support, and psychosocial support.
The engineers are planning to build the following basic structures:
One standard classroom
Toilet with 4 holes (2 plus urinals for boys and 2 for girls)
This ECDC will be able to benefit the growing number of children in the village who want to receive pre-primary education and hopes to be able to cater for an increased number of at least 50 children.