This is the great thing about small charities, we can adapt quicker to the needs of the people we are helping but we don’t have millions of pounds so the money we have has to work harder. Thats why we work with small partner charities who think the same.

From my exploratory trip to Nepal after the earthquake and seeing how large NGO’s and Aid agencies waste money and simply don’t talk to the people they are trying to help, its important for us to work with partner charities and spend time talking to find out what the community actually needs instead of thinking we know what they want, this way the little money we do have goes further.

The Tanzania project was borne out of a single Facebook post for women to donate their bras to help reduce the risk of sexual assault and donate they did, in their thousands and so after hours of sorting and packing, two ladies and I spent four days in June fitting and distributing 3000 bras to 1500 women in Iringa and the surrounding villages.

This was an exploratory trip to build a relationship with our new partner charity, develop a new project for future teams and see whether the project was viable which is what we do for every project we run. This I believe reassures the people who come on the trips and who donate that their money is working harder.

The trip next year for 15 women (which is fully booked) will create a £6500 pot of money to deliver new projects in Tanzania along with the team delivering 3000 more bras during their 8 day adventure.

The first £1000 has been sent out and on Tuesday 2nd August in the village of llola we distributed clothes to 300 women, unfortunately 500 women turned up along with the local TV  station but all got something to take away. As I explain to the teams who come on the trips, its not the big donations you remember, its the small gestures that remain in your mind. This small gesture by us and delivered by Willhard, Alfred, Alexander and Ion of Iringa Rural Development Initiative has strengthened local relations and built IRDI reputation.

Just one of the schools we aim to help once sat and the temporary learning centre built by HELP next door

Just one of the schools we aim to help once sat and the temporary learning centre built by HELP next door

Just one of the schools we aim to help once sat and the temporary learning centre built by HELP next door

Just one of the schools we aim to help once sat and the temporary learning centre built by HELP next door

So, wheres the rest of the money going ?  Well, we will be sending out a further £2000 next month to help start the build of a brand new school for the local Masai tribe we visited. Why? Because at present the Masai children wake at 4am, have to do their chores before walking 2-3 hours to school, they will have no lunch then have to walk home at a time when the local wildlife is coming out.

We hope to cover the cost of the cement, timber and roof sheets and hopefully the team will see the finished building in June 2017 when they visit the Masai themselves.

The minimum donation to gained a place on the team is £1600, but if the team raise more then it all still goes to the project and then we hope to distribute school bags to the Masai as well like the school we visited below;

Adventure Aid UK is an international Non-Government organisation which has no operating costs, so after the expenses of the trip all the rest of the money goes to the project which is why we travel economy and sleep in basic but clean accommodation and eat great home cooked food with the locals. This not only means more of the money goes to the cause but also builds a stronger relationship with the host charity and creates unforgettable memories for the team.

Places now available for June 2018.

Ash

Just one of the schools we aim to help once sat and the temporary learning centre built by HELP next door

Just one of the schools we aim to help once sat and the temporary learning centre built by HELP next door