Five Classrooms for Gedeli B School

3rd September 2019

The Tanzania 2019 expedition took place this summer and saw the team decorating the brand new classroom which has been built following this years’ fundraising. This brings the total number of new classrooms funded by the project since 2013 to five.

Almost £10,000 was raised for the 2019 project by the thirteen students who took part in the trip as well as general fundraising activity across the school.

This years’ fundraising was helped considerably by the generosity of Marketing Derby bondholders including Sibbalds Accountants, Bespoke Inns, Medica Image, Highfield Drinks, Software AG, Rotary South Derbyshire and YMCA.

As well as funding the classroom this years’ project has funded sanitary products for the girls. This now takes place annually and has seen an increase in attendance and reduction in infection for the schoolgirls.

The Derby Grammar School students also spent time teaching the children of Gedeli B School and visiting Forever Angels Baby Home and Hisani Orphanage, where a lot of the Gedeli B school-children call home.

Varchas Swamy was a student on the project. He said: “If we learnt anything on this trip, it is that teaching is incredibly rewarding and heart touching.

Seeing the determination to learn in the childrens’ eyes, as well as the joy they get out of reading stories and solving maths problems really warmed our hearts. The love and respect the children gave us easily made all the challenging fundraising worth it.”

Vinay Tank added: “We went to visit the Hisani Orphanage with a suitcase full of clothes, footballs and tennis balls.

The kids were so grateful for us visiting and donating toys for them to play with. This shocked many of us as they were so happy with basically nothing.

It was emotional seeing quite a lot of young kids in an orphanage knowing that they will grow up without parents. I think this showed everyone how lucky we are and showed us that what we have is a clear privilege. Some of us then went off to play with the smaller kids where we tried our best at putting a smile on their faces.”

Following two weeks of hard work at the school, the team headed off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Seven students made it all the way to the summit, the rest having to return to base camp at various stages of the climb when affected by altitude sickness.

Mrs Sly, Tanzania project lead said: “Our boys get so much out of the trip and it ties in so much with what we do in terms of trying to make them into caring and thoughtful citizens. They come back from Tanzania as very different people; it gives them a completely different perspective.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this years’ project, and thank you to the teachers who gave up three weeks of their summer to take part in the trip – Mrs Cowgill, Mr Clark and Mrs Ben Messaoud.”

We are now on to planning our trip for July 2020. Find out more about the Tanzania Project at www.derbygrammar.org/tanzania-project, or if you or your organisation would like to support the project, contact Mrs Sly.